Martin Lawrence is just glad to be alive.
In an interview on Thursday's "Entertainment Tonight," the comic actor ("Martin," "Blue Streak") spoke out for the first time about his brush with death in August, when he collapsed while jogging and lapsed into a coma.
Martin Lawrence "It kind of woke me up and made me appreciate life ... and just be happy to be here," Lawrence, 34, told "ET." "You make due with the time you have here. Hopefully when you pass on, somebody can look back and say, 'Wow, they made a difference in some kind of way.'"
Lawrence's mistake was running while wearing several layers of clothing in hopes of sweating away some excess poundage for his role in "Big Momma's House," which is now in production (after a delayed start due to the star's hospitalization).
Lawrence spent three days in a coma and underwent physical therapy to regain his motor skills when he revived.
"I had to learn to walk again and all kinds of stuff. It was a real traumatic experience. You go under, your functions, everything shuts down," Lawrence says. "Your bowels, everything. Everything goes. It was real scary."
GRAMMY GRUDGE: Big, bad, bass-voiced Barry White isn't forgiving and forgetting.
Martin Lawrence A day after the lovemeister won the first two Grammy Awards of his three-decade-long career, the soul singer openly criticized the music industry's annual pageant, saying the voting process is corrupt. Apparently he's still ticked that he lost the Best New Artist award for his first platinum album, "Can't Get Enough," all the way back in 1974. (Bette Midler won instead.)
"I should have got it. I was the best new artist," White told Reuters from his San Diego home. "You don't forget things like that, man. You know there's something wrong. There's corruption or something going on. ... It's not a fair organization. A lot of things determine who wins Grammys. Record companies, how much money they give in their parties. It's all suspect to me."
White says he won't forget his 1974 snub "'til the day I die. I'll never forget that, man." As for his two fresh Grammys, he says, "I was thankful and everything, but it was a very short thankful, believe me."
White did not attend Wednesday's ceremony. Obviously.
OBITUARY: The Israeli pop star who recorded the theme song for the 1998 biblical toon "The Prince of Egypt" died from organ failure at a Tel Aviv hospital Wednesday. Ofra Haza was 41. She had been hospitalized for 13 days.
HONORED: Clint Eastwood will be presented with the Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement at the 57th Annual Venice Film Festival, launching Aug. 9. Eastwood's latest directorial effort, "Space Cowboys," which stars Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, Donald Sutherland and Eastwood himself, will premiere at the Italian fest.
WHAT ABOUT 'HAPPY GILMORE'? So, serious director Martin Scorsese listed his 10 favorite films of the 1990s for The Hollywood Reporter this week. And -- surprise!-- his compendium featured a bunch of highfalutin' foreign films with a few recognizable titles thrown in for good measure.
Mr. "Goodfellas" says his fave of the decade was Chinese director Tian Zhuanzhuang's "The Horse Thief." He also liked Wu Nien-jen's "A Borrowed Life," Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut," the Coen brothers' "Fargo" and Lars Von Trier's "Breaking the Waves," among others.
KEANU'S IN THE HOUSE: Keanu Reeves, bassist for the alt-rock band Dogstar and occasional A-list actor, is set as a presenter at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. It'll be the second time the "Matrix" dude has handed out an Oscar. We just thought you'd like to know.
They might not win Oscars, but several singer/actors/divas are up for Grammys.
Nominations for the 42nd Grammy Awards, honoring the would-be best in music, were announced in Los Angeles today -- and the list of hopefuls reads like a who's-who in movieland, with Jennifer Lopez ("Out of Sight"), Courtney Love ("Man in the Moon") and Cher ("Tea With Mussolini") among those making the cut.
Here's a look at some of the key Grammy races involving Hollywood types:
'BELIEVE' IT OR NOT: That infectious dance song you heard all last year, Cher's "Believe," set the stage for the Oscar winner ("Moonstruck") to make her pop comeback. The Grammy people handed Cher three nominations, for Record of the Year, Best Pop Album and Best Dance Recording. Rivaling her in the Dance Recording category is Jennifer Lopez. Lopez's nomination is for "Waiting for Tonight," off her multiplatinum debut album "On the 6."
But hold on a sec, we're not done yet -- also nominated in that dance category is Gloria Estefan for the single "Don't Let This Moment End." Estefan's better known as a singer, but she made her feature-film debut in last year's "Music of the Heart" with Meryl Streep. That film's title track -- a duet featuring Estefan and the boy band 'N Sync -- also picked up two nominations.
MOVIE MANIA: The Grammys honor movie tunes, too. Vying for the title of Best Score: "A Bug's Life," "Life is Beautiful" (which won the drama score Oscar last year), "The Red Violin," "Shakespeare in Love" (which won the comedy score Oscar) and "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace."
Nominated for Best Film Song: Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" (from " "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"); Gloria Estefan and 'N Sync's "Music of My Heart" ("Music of the Heart"); Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's "When You Believe" (""The Prince of Egypt"); Randy Newman's "The Time of Your Life," ("A Bug's Life") and Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" ( "Tarzan").
As for soundtrack compilations, the Grammy contenders are: "American Beauty", "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "The Matrix", "The Prince of Egypt" and "Tarzan."
Sorry, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" didn't make, um, the cut.
DIVAS, DIVAS EVERYWHERE: Whitney Houston ("Waiting to Exhale") scored a total of four nominations, including R&B nods for her cuts "Heartbreak Hotel" and "It's Not Right But It's OK" (perhaps an apt reference to the box-office disappointment of her last flick, "The Preacher's Wife"). Courtney Love, meanwhile, received a best rock-group performance nod for the Hole song "Malibu."
And let's not forget the men: Will Smith ("Wild, Wild West") furthered his multi-media lifestyle with a nod in the Best Rap Solo Performance category.
GOD AND THE VIRGIN: Madonna (a Golden Globe winner for "Evita" and Grammy winner for her last CD, "Ray of Light") will look to add to her trophy collection with "Beautiful Stranger." The song was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance -- a category that pits the Material Girl against Alanis Morissette (who went God in "Dogma") and pop princess Britney Spears, who isn't an actress -- yet. Read on.
FILM ME BABY ONE MORE TIME: Britney Spears, at age 18, is sitting pretty with the highest-selling teen-female album in history (10 million copies sold of "... Baby One More Time"). But it's not enough.
"I really want to do a movie," Spears says in the February issue of Teen People. "There are, like, 20 scripts waiting for me -- I get some really good scripts -- but I haven't taken them seriously because I knew I didn't have any time."
But unlike her celebrity life so far, Spears' movie roles don't have to be in the spotlight.
"To go all out and have the lead role -- I'd be scared having that much pressure on me," she says. "It would be fun to do a teen movie -- maybe a good supporting role where I could show my acting ability."