People & Entertainment

PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

October 08, 2008|By From Baltimore Sun news services

Esquire dubs Halle Berry 'sexiest woman alive'

"I don't know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I'll take it," says Halle Berry, about her being named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine in its November issue.

Berry, who gave birth to daughter Nahla in March, says she can't claim the honor all for herself.

"I share this title with every woman, because every woman is a nominee for it at any moment," she says.

Funniest man - this year

Larry Doyle, a former TV writer-producer for The Simpsons, was named the winner Monday of this year's Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was cited for the novel I Love You, Beth Cooper.

"Clearly, Larry Doyle was not the BMOC [Big Man On Campus]," Thurber judge Firoozeh Dumas said in a statement. "Had Larry been cool, he could have never written I Love You, Beth Cooper, a hilarious yet painfully accurate account of high school in all its pimply glory."

Doyle will receive $5,000. The two other finalists were Patricia Marx, for the novel Him Her Him Again The End of Him, and Simon Rich for Ant Farm, an essay collection.

The Thurber Prize, named for author-illustrator James Thurber, was founded in 1996.

Speaking of funny men

Jimmy Kimmel will bring another round of chuckles as he hosts the American Music Awards Nov. 23 on ABC.

The comedian has been the emcee of the event four previous times. This year, Pink and the Jonas Brothers are among those scheduled to perform.

The American Music Awards are voted on by fans through online voting.

Tops on TV

The Mentalist, the new CBS drama starring Simon Baker as a police detective with seeming psychic powers, is moving higher in the top 10 TV shows with 15.5 million viewers for the week of Sept. 29-Oct.5, according to Nielsen Media Research. Its 15.5 million viewers landed it in sixth place.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars again led with 18.9 million viewers. The rest of the top 10 (in millions): NCIS, CBS, 17.5; 60 Minutes, CBS, 16.6; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 15.7; Dancing with the Stars Results, 15.5; CSI: New York, CBS, 14.9; Criminal Minds, CBS, 14.8; CSI: Miami, 14.3; Sunday Night Football, NBC, 14.2.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, 67.

Comedian Chevy Chase, 65.

Author R.L. Stine, 65.

Actress Sigourney Weaver, 59.

Comedian Darrell Hammond, 53.

Actress Stephanie Zimbalist, 52.

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