People And Places

PEOPLE AND PLACES

July 23, 2005

In the News

Amazon.com uses star-studded delivery service

Clay Aiken lurked outside a house, Emmylou Harris stopped by a university, Nick Lachey dropped in on a stranger's workplace and Moby played with dogs while making special deliveries in honor of online retailer Amazon.com's 10th anniversary.

Over 10 days, 23 Amazon customers received a surprise visit from a celebrity associated with their order. American Idol runner-up Aiken dropped off his memoir, Learning to Sing. Lachey delivered all three seasons of MTV's Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica on DVD, while musicians Moby and Harris showed up with their CDs.

Other celebrities who participated in the surprises included Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Fat Joe and Michael J. Fox.

`Spamalot' to tour next year

Those Monty Python boys will be looking for the Holy Grail across America (and in Canada, too) starting next March.

Monty Python's Spamalot, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for best musical, will begin a North American tour in Boston, playing March 7-April 15 at the Colonial Theatre. The engagement will be followed by stops in Chicago, April 18-June 4 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre and then Washington, June 7-July 9, at the National Theatre.

The show, based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has been a hot ticket since opening in March at the Shubert Theatre. Spamalot, which has a book by Eric Idle and a score by Idle and John Du Prez, was directed by Mike Nichols, who also won a Tony for his efforts.

The rumors are true

On her budding romance with Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, Eva Longoria says: "They [the press] got it right ... it's so hard to keep things private because then you compromise your own lifestyle. It's like I don't want to hide, I don't want to eat in every day ... we have a good time and we don't care what is written."

Longoria says she's decided to learn French, since Parker is a native of France.

"It's a beautiful language. I mean his whole family speaks French and all his friends. I mean I want to be in the conversation," she says. "I am going to have to get with it."

Lopez to open Chicago boutique

State Street, meet J.Lo.

Jennifer Lopez has selected Marshall Field's store on State Street as the first U.S. store to house a boutique for her JLo line of products. The first JLo boutique opened in Moscow last year.

Electric-pink cargo pocket knit pants, a faux crocodile leather clutch purse and a wild rose camisole with a removable garter belt are among items likely to be featured at the singer-actress' store within a store.

Lopez, who began her design career in 2001, is set to open the Field's boutique on Sept. 22, when she'll also attend a fashion show highlighting her clothing. The event will benefit Children's Memorial Hospital.

`Dr. Kildare,' in a boat

Richard Chamberlain is going out on the road in September with the play On Golden Pond.

Chamberlain will play college professor Norman Thayer Jr. in Ernest Thompson's family drama, which recently had an abbreviated run on Broadway. The production folded last month after its star, James Earl Jones, had to leave the show because of a severe bout of pneumonia.

The 71-year-old Chamberlain is best known for his roles in classic television miniseries such as The Thorn Birds and Shogun, as well as for starring in the TV series Dr. Kildare.

He heard it through grapevine

Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote a slew of R&B hits such as "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," has been sentenced to six months of home detention and fined $25,000 for failing to report more than $4 million in income to the U.S. government.

The Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, credited with helping shape the Motown Records' sound of acts such as the Temptations, was also sentenced to one year probation, said Robert Kwan, an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.

Actress Hartman Black returns

It's back to acting for Lisa Hartman Black after a five-year hiatus that included writing and recording music with husband Clint Black.

During her time away, Hartman Black moved to Nashville, Tenn., where she and Black recorded the Grammy-nominated song "When I Say I Do." She also had the couple's first child, Lily, now 4.

Hartman Black returns to television tonight in the Hallmark Channel movie Back to You & Me.

She plays a Los Angeles doctor who returns to her small hometown for her 20th high school reunion. The movie co-stars Rue McClanahan and Dale Midkiff.

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