People And Entertainment

PEOPLE AND ENTERTAINMENT

January 01, 2009|By From Sun news services

Woody Harrelson ties knot with longtime girlfriend

Woody Harrelson and his longtime love have officially wed.

A spokeswoman for Harrelson said the 47-year-old actor married his girlfriend of 20 years, Laura Louie, in Maui on Sunday. The couple have three daughters.

The spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, added that the ceremony was attended by family and friends.

Leading the way

Cloris Leachman, the 82-year-old Dancing With the Stars contestant, is the grand marshal of today's Rose Bowl parade - but, she says, don't look for her to be dancing in the streets of Pasadena, Calif.

Leachman will also do the coin toss before the Rose Bowl game between the University of Southern California and Penn State.

A prayer is answered

The paper that fluttered out of an envelope being opened by Atlanta teacher Ron Clark last week was, quite literally, an answer to a prayer, he says.

For inside a letter from Oprah Winfrey was a check for $365,000 for the innovative private school he opened in a poor Atlanta neighborhood in 2007.

"We teach school all day and fundraise at night," said Clark, who finds private donors to pay most of the $14,000 annual tuition for each student.

The donation, which likely will go to scholarships for students, would pay for 26 children to attend the school for one year.

Dillon too speedy?

Vermont State Police say actor Matt Dillon has been cited for speeding on an interstate highway.

Dillon was charged with excessive speed after he was pulled over by a trooper on Interstate 91 in Newbury on Tuesday night. The 44-year-old actor was allegedly traveling at a speed of 106 mph on the road posted for 65 mph.

Dillon is set to appear in court on Jan. 21.

'Slumdog' actress honored

Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 20th annual Palm Springs Film Festival awards gala Jan. 6, Variety reports on its Web site.

The Indian-born actress' performance in the surprise hit directed by Danny Boyle is her first lead role; it follows jobs as a model and TV correspondent in Mumbai. The festival runs Jan. 6-19. The gala kickoff will also honor Sean Penn, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Hathaway and Gus Van Sant, Variety reports.

More 'Phantom'

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber says the long-awaited sequel to Phantom of the Opera should be ready at the end of next year, with a possible simultaneous opening on three continents.

Lloyd Webber told The Times of London that he hopes the new musical, to be called Phantom: Love Never Dies, will open in New York, London and Shanghai or another Asian city.

He said the locale of the celebrated musical will be switched from the Paris Opera to New York's Coney Island. The sequel will be set about 10 years after the original.

And who will play the Phantom? Lloyd Webber is keeping that secret for now. today's birthdays

Author J.D. Salinger, 90

Actor Frank Langella, 71

Rock singer Country Joe McDonald, 67.

Rapper Grandmaster Flash, 51

Actor Verne Troyer, 40

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