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PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

January 30, 2009|By From Baltimore Sun news services

Mickey Rourke won't wrestle pro Chris Jericho

A spokeswoman for actor Mickey Rourke says he won't be taking his role as a professional wrestler into a real-life ring after all.

Paula Woods told the Associated Press that Rourke will not wrestle WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in April.

Rourke, who plays pro wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson in the film The Wrestler, said Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild awards that he would toss Jericho "around the ring like tossed salad."

Calling e-readers

Tom Clancy, the author of such blockbusters as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger , is making his work available electronically starting Tuesday with his breakthrough novel, The Hunt for Red October.

Publisher Penguin Group announced yesterday that Clancy's books will be available in all e-formats.

Executives Laura Porco of Amazon.com and Chris Smith of Sony Reader said yesterday that Clancy has been in great demand.

Speaking of books

Michelle Obama's brother is working on a book, part tribute to his family and part inspirational guide.

"I've been privileged to know some extraordinary people in my life," said Craig Robinson in a statement yesterday. His A Game of Character will be published next year by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group.

"I've watched as my sister, Michelle, a rock of a mother, became a leader in her own right. My brother-in law, President Barack Obama, who I knew from the first time I met him had something special, continues to inspire all of us."

Robinson, who coaches men's basketball at Oregon State University, introduced his sister last summer at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

6 design teams in running

Six design teams - all with prominent black principals - will compete for two months to design a national black history museum on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution announced yesterday.

The National Museum of African-American History and Culture will likely be the last new museum building added to the grounds between the Washington Monument and Capitol. The design finalists have created structures that include the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and an expanded Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

Two teams have members with Baltimore connections, including Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates and The Freelon Group, which co-designed Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture.

In early April, the design proposals will go on display at the Smithsonian Castle for the public to help choose a winner by April 10. It will be the first time that the Smithsonian has sought public comment in a museum design competition, said spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas.

The museum did not require design teams to include black architects. But the groups had to show an appreciation of black history and culture.

Third baby for Hasselbecks

The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her husband, Tim, who played for the Arizona Cardinals, are expecting their third child.

Hasselbeck announced yesterday on the ABC daytime chat show that she's due in August.

She said: "We are thankful for such great news and will begin planning our zone defense strategy immediately." The couple are the parents of a 3-year-old and a 15-month-old.

Private delivery system

Police in Phillipsburg, N.J., say a man stole stacks of newspapers from paper boxes and delivered them to unsuspecting customers for years.

Police say Michael Farrell delivered copies of the Express-Times of Easton, Pa., for the past three years.

Newspaper officials say the Lopatcong Township man worked in the past as a carrier for the paper. Customers assumed that the 53-year-old still did. Some even wrote him a check every month. Subscriber Mike Markle of Phillipsburg says he was satisfied with the service. He never had a problem getting his morning paper, he said.

Quick clicks

NBC did it ... ordered 12 more episodes of Howie Do It, that is.

Variety reports the pickup comes as Howie continues to give the network a ratings bump in the 8 p.m. Friday hour - a slot previously held by shows that included Crusoe and America's Toughest Jobs.

Howie Do It stars Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel as he plays pranks on camera.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Producer Harold Prince, 81

Actor Gene Hackman, 79

Actress Vanessa Redgrave, 72

Singer Phil Collins, 58

Actor Charles S. Dutton, 58

Actor Christian Bale, 35

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