People And Places


July 24, 2004

Jennings wins another $75,000 on 'Jeopardy' Will Ken Jennings ever lose? Not anytime soon. The Jeopardy! quiz master won his 38th straight game yesterday, shattering a one-day record by earning $75,000. Now his fans - and foes - have to wait while the show goes on hiatus until September.

Jennings, the 30-year-old Utah software engineer, has earned $1,321,660 during his nearly two-month stint. Jeopardy! goes into reruns starting next Monday. But new shows will resume on Sept. 6, and Jennings will be there to defend his championship.

Three times, Jennings purposely tied the one-day record of $52,000 with carefully calculated wagers on Final Jeopardy. Yesterday, he approached the Final Jeopardy question having already earned $51,400.

Asked to name two of the four Shakespeare plays in which ghosts appear onstage, Jennings correctly answered Hamlet and Richard III.

His bet: $23,600.

The long wait

The Sopranos won't be back until 2006, but HBO Chairman Chris Albrecht says the hit series' final 10 episodes "will be well worth waiting for," despite the lag of more than a year and a half.

"People complain that TV does the same formula all the time," Albrecht said, "and now people seem to be upset that we aren't following the formula" of airing the show every year.

Albrecht also said there's a chance of getting more than 10 hours from series creator David Chase.

The Baltimore drug-war drama The Wire will return for its third season Sept. 19.

Paris dumps Nick

The party's over for Paris Hilton and her Backstreet Boys beau Nick Carter. The couple are no longer together, Hilton's publicist told the Associated Press yesterday.

The 23-year-old Hilton hotel heiress/reality TV star, and Carter, of the Backstreet Boys, had dated for seven months.

It was Hilton who ended the romantic relationship, said her publicist, Gina Hoffman.

Allen honored

Woody Allen will open the 52nd San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in September with the world premiere of his new film, Melinda and Melinda.

The 68-year-old Allen also is to be honored with a lifetime achievement award, and the festival will show a retrospective of his work as a writer, director and actor, organizers said yesterday.

His new romantic comedy stars Radha Mitchell, Chloe Sevigny and Jonny Lee Miller. It will not be competing for the festival's top Golden Shell prize.

Love surrenders

Rocker Courtney Love surrendered to Los Angeles police yesterday on an assault charge stemming from an April altercation at the home of her former boyfriend and manager.

A warrant was issued for Love's arrest earlier this month after she failed to appear for her arraignment on the assault charge. Her attorney, Michael Rosenstein, said she was hospitalized in New York City.

Yesterday, Love was photographed, fingerprinted and then freed on a $150,000 bail bond and ordered to appear for an arraignment on Aug. 20.

"She was extremely cooperative. She was pleasant. She was very coherent," said police Capt. Pat Findley.

Fashionistas flubbed

Joan and Melissa Rivers' move from E! Entertainment Television to TV Guide Channel may keep them off the red carpet at September's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

The comedian and her daughter had been expected to provide TV Guide Channel with the fashion commentary and celebrity interviews they were known for on the E! cable channel.

But E! has an agreement with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for exclusive live cable coverage of the Emmy arrivals scene this year and next, an academy spokeswoman said Thursday.

The Emmys air Sept. 19 on ABC.

Today's birthdays

Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 69.

Actor Michael Richards is 55.

Actress Lynda Carter is 53.

Country singer Pam Tillis is 47.

Actor Kadeem Hardison is 39.

Actress Laura Leighton is 36.

Actor John P. Navin Jr. is 36.

Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 34.

Actress Elisabeth Moss (The West Wing) is 22.

Actress Anna Paquin is 22.

Actress Mara Wilson is 17.

From wire reports

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