Kim Novak, the veteran starlet of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," the Frank Sinatra musical "Pal Joey" and many others films, lost her home and mementoes in a fire Monday. Authorities in Eagle Point, Oregon, told The Associated Press that the fire was probably electrical, and it was likely triggered when a tree fell on to Novak's house the night before.
The blaze destroyed a computer that contained Novak's autobiography-in-progress, which she had been working on for a decade.
''I take it personally as a sign my story should not be told,'' the 67-year-old actress said.
It's the second time Novak has lost her home to a disaster. In the 1960s, her Bel Air, Calif., home was wiped out in a mudslide, and her Picasso paintings and other valuables were destroyed.
"South Park" CHEESY POOFS AND SAFE SEX: The "South Park" kids are branching out into new fields of entertainment. Soon, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Chef will be appearing on condoms -- yes, condoms -- that will be sold in the United Kingdom.
Manufactured by a company called Condomania, the "South Park" prophylactics will be sold in boxes of 10 for about $20.
But, will they make you "bigger, longer?"
Heather Graham's long list of ex-boyfriends just got longer. The actress' publicist confirms today that the 30-year-old "Austin Powers" star has split with her boyfriend of two years, Hollywood multi-hyphenate Edward Burns ("Saving Private Ryan").
No reason for the split was given. The breakup was termed "amicable" by Graham's camp.
Graham and Burns were particularly notorious on the celebrity circuit for public displays of affection, in general, and appearing joined at the lips, in specific.
Certainly, though, Graham is no stranger to the breakup. Ex-beaus include: James Woods, Kyle MacLachlan, actor Elias Koteas and her "Lost in Space" director Stephen Hopkins.
Burns, 32, who wrote, directed and starred in his own breakout vehicle, 1995's "The Brothers McMullen", previously was linked to Maxine Bahns, his "McMullen" leading lady, and Lauren Holly, his "No Looking Back" leading lady. Burns and Graham reportedly were to team for his fourth film, "On the Job," about New York City cops.
Brace yourself Dr. Laura. This clueless teen queen (Natasha Lyonne) has it all: good looks a football captain boyfriend and a popular pair of pom-poms. But her candy-colored world crumbles when her panicked parents stage an intervention after finding a Melissa Etheridge poster that leads them to conclude she's a friend of Ellen. After being carted off to an anti-gay rehab camp for teens the perky princess must choose between the straight and narrow-minded or the love that dare not speak its name.
The quirky ensemble casting is half this film's fun. Lyonne is charming as the pepster tempted by T&A and she sparks onscreen with swanky and sexy co-star Clea DuVall who plays the butch femme fatale suitor (alarmingly reminiscent of Nancy McKeon's Jo from "The Facts of Life.") Drag queen supreme RuPaul is unrecognizable out of his high heels and even higher blond wig wearing a "Straight is Great" T-shirt as a macho militant ex-gay counselor. Cathy Moriaty is sweetly sinister as the homophobic headmistress and Mink Stole steals scenes as the uptight upright meddling mom.
Kudos to Jamie Babbit for tackling this hot-potato topic but this well-intentioned film too often misses its mark turning potentially comical scenes into unbearably awkward moments. Babbit fouls when tugging at the heartstrings but hits home runs when the humor is at its broadest.