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PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

December 19, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Mindy McCready in hospital after apparent suicide attempt

Country singer Mindy McCready was in stable condition in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital yesterday after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills in an apparent suicide attempt.

A Nashville police report said McCready's brother discovered the singer in her bloody bed several hours after she returned Wednesday morning from a night out. Timothy McCready told police his sister had been "very intoxicated."

Centennial Medical Center spokeswoman Jenny Barker said yesterday that Mindy McCready, 33, remained in stable condition.

McCready attorney Lee Ofman said he did not have details about the situation, and her publicist did not return a phone message yesterday.

SAG Awards nods

The Catholic school drama Doubt led contenders yesterday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with five nominations, including honors for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.

The late Heath Ledger earned a supporting-actor nomination for The Dark Knight.

Doubt also has a nomination for overall cast performance, along with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk and Slumdog Millionaire.

Best-actress nominees are Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married; Angelina Jolie, Changeling; Melissa Leo, Frozen River; Streep, Doubt; and Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road.

Nominated for best actor are: Richard Jenkins, The Visitor; Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon; Sean Penn, Milk; Brad Pitt, Benjamin Button; and Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler.

In TV, the casts of comedies 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives, Entourage, The Office and Weeds got nods. The casts of Boston Legal, Dexter, House, Mad Men and The Closer were nominated in the drama category.

The 15th annual SAG Awards will air live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 25. The show will include SAG's life-achievement award for James Earl Jones.

Red kettle surprises

The volunteer emptying Salvation Army kettles in southwest Florida recently came across something that stood out from the piles of spare change and crumpled bills: a 1911 Liberty Eagle gold coin worth about $1,000.

The person who quietly deposited it outside a Fort Myers supermarket last week continued a holiday tradition of using the iconic red pots to make valuable and unusual donations to the charity.

"It's a welcome gift, believe me," said Maj. George Hood, a national spokesman for the charity, which has seen total donations drop about 25 percent.

Earlier this month, a rare 1910 gold coin worth thousands was dropped into a kettle in Berlin, Vt. Someone in Uniontown, Pa., deposited a diamond ring worth about $2,000. In northeast Kansas, a gold American Buffalo coin worth at least $1,000 was slipped through a kettle slot.

And every holiday season for the past seven years, someone has dropped a Krugerrand, a gold coin from South Africa, into a kettle in Waterloo, Iowa. The one left last weekend was valued at $678, Hood said.

'Batman' buzz

There's never enough Batman talk.

Even as the late Heath Ledger is nominated posthumously for an Oscar and Golden Globe for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, there's buzz building about the next film, Fox News says on its Web site.

For instance, Britain's Sun newspaper reports that comic actor Eddie Murphy has been selected to become the Riddler, although it was widely speculated that Johnny Depp was up for the role.

Other actors rumored to be joining Christian Bale and Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan's next Batman film are Shia LeBeouf as loyal sidekick Robin and Rachel Weisz as the Catwoman.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Actress Cicely Tyson, 75.

Actor Tim Reid, 64.

Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey, 64.

Magician Criss Angel, 41.

Actress Alyssa Milano, 36.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 28.

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