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April 23, 2006


Actor DiCaprio suffers minor injury during filming in Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio suffered a minor leg injury while filming in Mozambique, his publicist said Saturday.

The accident happened Friday on the set of "Blood Diamond," Ken Sunshine said in a statement. He provided no details.

DiCaprio "received medical attention and was back at work" Saturday, Sunshine said.

As a precaution, he was flown to the Nelspruit Medi-Clinic in neighboring South Africa for X-rays, the Johannesburg-based newspaper The Citizen reported.

He was accompanied by a medic and bodyguards, the paper said.

Hospital officials were not immediately available to comment.

"Blood Diamond," a Warner Bros. Pictures action drama directed by Edward Zwick, went into production in South Africa and Mozambique in February.

Tom Cruise still ga-ga over Holmes even after birth

New York - Tom Cruise hasn't toned down his enthusiasm at all now that fiancee Katie Holmes has given birth to their daughter.

The birth "was everything that we wanted it to be," the actor, who once hopped up and down on a couch to profess his love for Holmes, said in an interview on ABC's "20/20."

"It was spiritual. It was powerful. It was indescribable," he said in the interview broadcast Friday. "What words can you use? It's still something that I'm processing and keep reliving."

Holmes gave birth Tuesday to a girl the couple named Suri, said Cruise spokesman Arnold Robinson.

Details about the birth weren't disclosed, but it had been planned as a silent procedure under the tenets of the Church of Scientology, to which both Cruise and Holmes belong.

Lachey says comments aren't meant to hurt Simpson

New York - Nick Lachey says his divorce from Jessica Simpson is a "nasty situation," but he's not trying to hurt her with his revelations about their split - and he still loves her.

Lachey's new solo album, "What's Left of Me," is set for release May 9. He sings openly about divorce-driven heartbreak and angst on the title track and in songs such as "I Can't Hate You Anymore."

"It's a nasty situation," Lachey reveals in his MTV special, "Nick Lachey: What's Left of Me," broadcast Saturday. "It's not fun. ... So, it's not in any way vindictive or an assault on her. In a lot of ways, it's more of an assault on me."

If Simpson feels attacked, Lachey says he doesn't mean any harm, as "Jessica knows I still love her."

Lachey, 32, and Simpson, 25, starred in the MTV reality show, "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica." The singer-actress filed for divorce in December, after three years of marriage.

He says his "biggest fear is being alone" and feeling like he'll "never find that person that you're looking for, especially when you thought you had it."

Still, Lachey remains hopeful.

"Do I believe that I'll fall in love again one day? I certainly hope so. I certainly hope I'm not going to be the jerk, uncle, bachelor the rest of my life," he says. "You know, it's not what I envisioned for myself, but at the same time, when I got married, that was it for me, you know, that was my life."

Actress Ryan very pleased with adopted daughter

New York - "Very perfect" - that's how Meg Ryan describes the adoption of her 1-year-old daughter, Daisy True, from China.

The 44-year-old actress tells Allure in its May issue she tried for 10 years to adopt in the U.S. and India.

"I understand now. There's no mistake at all - ever - in adoption, no mistake. However these babies come, it's very perfect," she said.

Ryan says she had named her daughter Charlotte but then decided on Daisy True because "she is such a flower, just blooming and blooming."

Her 13-year-old son Jack, from her marriage to Dennis Quaid, welcomed his little sister's arrival, Ryan says.

"First thing Jack did when he saw her was climb a tree," she tells the magazine. "He was just showing her, 'Look, you'll be able to climb a tree. Trees are OK."'

Actor bares bottom to be an equal opportunist

New York - Bill Paxton, who stars in the polygamy drama "Big Love," says baring his bottom on the HBO show is a form of "equal opportunity with showing the skin."

"For too long, women in film and TV have been expected to show all, while men are always covered up," the 50-year-old actor tells People magazine in its May 1 issue.

Paxton plays Bill Henrickson, a Salt Lake City merchant who has three wives and seven children, on "Big Love," which has been renewed for a second season.

"I'm not trying to burden the American public with my butt, but you've got to be equal opportunity with showing the skin," he tells the magazine.

Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin and Harry Dean Stanton also star in the series.

Actress new government advocate for wild animals

Washington - Actress Bo Derek, who keeps Iberian horses and German shepherds at her home in California, is the government's newest advocate for wilder sorts of animals.

At an Earth Day ceremony at the State Department on Friday, Derek was named a special envoy on wildlife trafficking. The department's new Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking is enlisting help from other countries to fight an estimated $10 billion annual black market in wildlife and wildlife parts, second only to trafficking arms and drugs.

"I'm very excited. I think I'll learn as I go exactly what my role will be," Derek said. "We are at a critical time where we're just about to lose control over our wildlife and their habitats. ... But it's not hopeless. And I think that's what appeals to me also."

Derek, best known for the 1979 movie "10," has escorted Joshua Bolten, the new White House chief of staff, to Washington social affairs. She campaigned for President Bush in 2000 and 2004 and attended both GOP conventions.


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