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August 28, 2003

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From boyz to starz

Los Angeles -- John Singleton has turned Hollywood Boulevard into his 'hood.

The "Boyz N the Hood" director accepted a star Tuesday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the acclaimed gangland drama about three friends growing up in South Central Los Angeles.

The 35-year-old director wrote the script for "Boyz N the Hood" as part of his work as a film student at the University of Southern California.

The film helped launch the acting careers of its young stars, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut, and earned Singleton Academy Award nominations in 1992 for best director and best screenplay.

Singleton's other credits include "Poetic Justice," "Shaft," "Higher Learning" and "2 Fast 2 Furious."

Earning his angel wings

Los Angeles -- David Boreanaz says playing the TV vampire "Angel" is like being possessed by a legion of rambunctious spirits.

The supernatural drama on the WB chronicles the "life" of a youthful-looking 250-year-old bloodsucker who's trying to redeem his history of wickedness by helping people in demon-infested Los Angeles.

The DVD of the second season of "Angel" debuts Tuesday.

The program recently renewed for a fifth season, thanks to support from critics and its outspoken fans.

It's the 32-year-old's eighth year playing Angel, who started out as a love-interest on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in 1997.

Jackson offers piece of Neverland

Los Angeles -- Like a real-life Willy Wonka, Michael Jackson has announced plans to open his carnival-style Neverland Ranch estate to 500 guests.

The invitation-only event, set for Sept. 13, is a one-time-only gathering, complete with dinner, magicians, games and a tractor-trailer full of stuffed animals, according to Jackson publicist Stuart Backerman.

Tickets for two people cost $5,000, with $1,000 from each sale going to charities. Jackson will keep the rest -- Backerman said it would pay for costs of the party.

Jackson's former financial advisers settled a lawsuit against him in June that suggested he was overburdened with debt and near bankruptcy.

Surgery delays acting gig

New York -- Serena Williams' dramatic acting debut has been postponed because of her recent knee surgery.

The tennis star had been scheduled to shoot scenes for the Showtime series "Street Time" in mid-August for an episode to air Oct. 1. Now she's expected to begin shooting Sept. 8 for an episode airing on the cable channel at 9 p.m. Oct. 22.

Williams, 21, the 2003 Wimbledon winner, will play a reformed gang member on parole.

"Street Time," starring Rob Morrow, follows the lives of ex-cons and parole officers.

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