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May 12, 2009


‘Titanic’ stars help ship’s last survivor

London — “Titanic” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have pledged to help the last survivor of the sinking of the ocean liner.

The stars say they have thrown their support behind a fund that would subsidize Millvina Dean’s nursing home fees.

Dean was 2 months old when the Titanic sank beneath the waves on the night of April 14, 1912. She has been living at a nursing home in the English city of Southampton since she broke her hip about three years ago but has struggled to pay the fees.

In October she sold several Titanic mementos to raise cash.

DiCaprio and Winslet said in a statement that they hoped Dean could rest easier knowing that her future was secure. The Millvina Fund was launched Monday in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Lawyer: Sutherland didn’t instigate fight

New York — An investigation by New York City officials into a charge Kiefer Sutherland head-butted a fashion designer at a nightclub will show the star of TV’s “24” was not a wrongdoer or instigator, his attorney said Monday.

Sutherland was charged Thursday with third-degree assault in the incident a week ago at a nightclub at the trendy Mercer Hotel in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

The designer, Jack McCollough of the high-end Proenza Schouler fashion house, claims Sutherland broke his nose after an argument about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Police are also planning to question actress Brooke Shields as a witness.

Representatives for the three celebrities worked to clear up rumors after initially refusing to comment to the Associated Press.

Representatives for McCollough said the designer’s injuries were more serious than what was initially noted on the police report. McCollough’s nose was broken in several places and he had to seek medical treatment after the altercation. The police report says he suffered a cut on his nose.

No decision has been made on whether the New York City charge will affect Sutherland’s probation for a drunken-driving conviction in Los Angeles.

Cowell: Adam Lambert will win ‘American Idol’

Chicago — “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell says he thinks Adam Lambert will win this season of the popular singing competition show.

Cowell told Oprah Winfrey on Monday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that his money is on Lambert because the contestant is fearless, unique and “he’s got swagger.”

Winfrey also featured Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle, who is competing on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Boyle told Winfrey she’s “loving every second” of her newfound fame.

The 47-year-old Boyle became famous after she shocked judges and the audience with her version of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical “Les Miserables.”

One of those judges was Cowell, who wished Boyle congratulations and wished her “best of luck” on the rest of the competition.

Oprah Winfrey to say goodbye to Dr. Oz

Chicago — Oprah Winfrey’s in-house medical and health expert is leaving his spot as a regular on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for his own syndicated program.

Winfrey will bid Dr. Mehmet Oz farewell on today’s episode of her talk show. His program, “The Dr. Oz Show,” is to debut Sept. 14.

Oz has been featured on Winfrey’s show for five years and 55 episodes. He would often offer diet tips or discuss life-threatening diseases.

Today’s show ends with Oz and Winfrey raising a champagne toast.

According to Oz’s biography on, the best-selling author and heart surgeon is a surgery professor at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Tearful Yoko Ono talks about Lennon exhibit

New York — A new John Lennon exhibit is particularly emotional for his widow, Yoko Ono. Besides Lennon’s guitars, letters and other personal effects, it also includes a paper bag containing the bloody clothes from the night he was shot to death.

Ono received the items from the medical examiner in December 1980, when the former Beatle was gunned down in New York City at age 40.

“It was hard to include,” Ono said. “And I thought it might be criticized as well.”

But ultimately, Ono thought it was important to let people see the effects of gun violence.

The Lennon items are part of a new exhibit that will launch today at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex. “John Lennon: The New York Years” includes Lennon’s famous New York City T-shirt, his upright piano from his Dakota apartment, and a posthumous 1981 Grammy Award for the couple’s album “Double Fantasy.”

Tobey Maguire’s wife gives birth to baby boy

Los Angeles — The wife of “Spider-Man” star Tobey Maguire has given birth to the couple’s second child, a boy. reports that 31-year-old Jennifer Meyer gave birth to a baby boy on Friday. Maguire publicist Kelly Bush on Sunday confirmed the birth but gave no other details.

Meyer gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Ruby Sweetheart Maguire, more than two years ago.

The 33-year-old Maguire and Meyer met in 2003 and were married in 2007.

Meyer is the daughter of Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios.


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