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February 6, 2002


Ryan wins restraining order

Santa Monica, Calif. Â Meg Ryan obtained a three-year restraining order Monday against a man who claims he's her husband and who broke into a home he thought belonged to the actress.

The same man, John Michael Hughes, 30, of Navarre, Fla., was convicted last year of trying to drive onto the Texas ranch of President George W. Bush with high-powered automatic weapons.

On Jan. 6, Hughes was arrested at the Malibu home that belonged to Andrea and Tomas Ryan. The owners are not related to the actress. Deputies found whiskey, wine, $2,700 in cash, a magazine with Ryan on the cover and a night vision scope in Hughes' car, according to court documents.

Ryan did not appear in court Monday, but sent a statement saying Hughes' actions were "alarming" and "caused me to be concerned and fearful for my and my family's safety."

In the pink at 60

San Luis Obispo, Calif. Â Singer-songwriter Graham Nash celebrated his 60th birthday with friends and relatives amid a sea of pink.

More than 150 guests attended Saturday's offbeat party, including Stephen Stills and David Crosby, who wore a pink bunny costume.

"I asked everyone to dress in pink and just act silly," said Nash's wife, Susan. "It's not very often that we all get to see each other."

A three-month "Tour of America" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is set to begin today in Detroit.

Directors Guild nominates Crystal

Los Angeles  Billy Crystal has earned a best-director nomination from the Directors Guild of America for his television film "61," recounting the home-run derby between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.

Other nominees for best director of a TV movie announced Monday were Robert Allan Ackerman for "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"; Jon Avnet for "Uprising"; Frank Pierson for "Conspiracy"; and Mark Rydell for "James Dean."

The guild announced nominees for theatrical film directors last month. Awards will be presented March 9.

'Producers' cast to change

New York  Veteran British actor Henry Goodman is pretty much unknown in the United States, but he'll be making his Broadway debut in the showiest of roles  replacing Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in "The Producers."

Lane and his co-star Matthew Broderick will leave the smash Mel Brooks musical on March 17 after nearly a year's run, said John Barlow, a spokesman for the show. It's unknown who will replace Broderick, although Steven Weber, best known for co-starring in the sitcom "Wings," is rumored to be in the running.

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