People And Places

PEOPLE AND PLACES

August 18, 2005

In the news

Pierce Brosnan's license to kill is revoked

A single, surprising phone call and it was over. That's how Pierce Brosnan says he learned that his services as James Bond would no longer be required.

"One phone call, that's all it took!" the 52-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly magazine in its Aug. 19 issue.

"You know, the movie career for me really started with Bond," says Brosnan, acknowledging that by the time GoldenEye premiered in 1995, he was already 42. He then starred as 007 in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).

He plays a foulmouthed, skirt-chasing hit man in the coming film The Matador.

Cojocaru's kidney

Steven Cojocaru is looking for another kidney transplant after the first donated kidney had to be removed due to infection.

Cojocaru, a correspondent for syndicated TV shows Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, received a kidney from a friend in January. That kidney was removed in June after it became infected with a virus that can afflict transplant recipients and lead to eventual loss of the organ.

The red carpet mainstay says the virus is now gone, leaving him in proper shape for a new transplant. He is seeking the right donor match. The 40-something fashion commentator suffers from polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary disorder that causes the growth of cysts on the kidney.

Britain's shining stars

Nicole Kidman, Charlie Chaplin, the Rolling Stones and Laurence Olivier will be included on the British equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Television network ITV announced yesterday that it was sponsoring the Avenue of the Stars, dedicated to performers from Britain and the Commonwealth.

The thoroughfare of silver stars will be set within the courtyard of St. Paul's Church - a 17th-century structure nicknamed "the actors' church" - in London's Covent Garden market.

The network said an initial 100 honorees had been chosen for their impact on the world of entertainment in the past 50 years. Sixteen names were announced yesterday, including Alfred Hitchcock, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Rex Harrison, John Cleese and Shirley Bassey.

ITV said the rest of the 100 names, chosen by a panel of television and music figures, would be revealed during a live TV special on Sept. 18.

Happy Birthday

Actress Shelley Winters (85). Ex-first lady Rosalynn Carter (78). Actor Robert Redford (68). Actor Patrick Swayze (53). Actor Denis Leary (48). Actress Madeleine Stowe (47). Actor Christian Slater (36). Actor Edward Norton (right, 36). Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (35).

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