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November 28, 2009

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Foundation starts Swayze scholarship

Dayton, Ohio — The Arabian Horse Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of the late actor Patrick Swayze and his wife.

Swayze and wife Lisa Neimi owned Arabian horses and competed in shows for several years. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Denver-based Arabian Horse Association.

Foundation President Larry Kinneer of Dayton, Ohio, said Friday that the scholarship honors Swayze for his career and the couple’s “love of the Arabian breed and contributions over the years to AHA youth programs.”

The scholarship will be awarded each spring to a youth involved with Arabian horses who seeks a performing arts career. It was launched with a pledge from Iron Horse Farms in Canton, Ga.

Swayze died in September of pancreatic cancer at age 57. His wife survives him.

Swiss: Polanski in jail until at least Monday

Geneva — Roman Polanski will remain in a jail outside Zurich for at least three more days until he meets the security conditions of his bail, a Swiss official said Friday.

Polanski wouldn’t be placed under house arrest in Switzerland before Monday, because he has yet to fulfill all the requirements to ensure that he stays in his chalet in the Swiss luxury resort of Gstaad, Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said.

Galli did not elaborate, but the 76-year-old director must post $4.5 million bail, surrender his identity papers and be fitted with a monitoring bracelet.

Polanski cannot leave the chalet because the ministry is still deciding whether to extradite him to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Authorities in Los Angeles want him sentenced after 31 years as a fugitive.

‘Avatar’ game to expand alien world

Los Angeles — James Cameron was thinking beyond the big screen when he created the alien world of Pandora. The “Titanic” director worked in tandem with video game developer Ubisoft Montreal on the game based on his upcoming sci-fi epic “Avatar.”

Opening Dec. 18, the film stars Sam Worthington as a paralyzed human soldier who takes on the form of an exotic blue-skinned alien species called Na’vi on their home world Pandora, a remote paradise teaming with freaky flora and fauna.

“James Cameron did something really smart,” said Kevin Shortt, story designer of “Avatar: The Game.” “When he started preproduction on the movie three-and-a-half years ago, he said, ‘I want a game. I know I want a game. I want them working on it right now.’ Because, what often happens is they make the movie, and then somebody says, ‘Hey, let’s tack on a game.”’

In a plot that diverges from the film’s story line, players can portray either a blade-wielding member of the Na’vi or a gun-toting human soldier for the Resources Development Administration, a massive organization that mines Pandora’s rare natural resources. The game’s parallel narratives explore the implications of aligning with either the Na’vi or RDA.

“Let’s face it,” Cameron said at the Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this year. “Games derived from movies, historically, some of them have kind of sucked. And I didn’t want ‘Avatar’ — I didn’t want anything associated with ‘Avatar’ — to suck. So I proposed to Ubisoft this theory that the game should not be a slave to the movie.”

Chris Brown to be interviewed on ’20/20’

New York — ABC says Chris Brown will appear on its “20/20” newsmagazine Dec. 11.

In what’s billed as an in-depth interview, the singer will discuss his assault of ex-girlfriend and recording superstar Rihanna in February. He is on probation for the beating.

Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” conducts the interview. It was taped last weekend.

ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider says clips may also air on “Good Morning America.” He says Brown will not perform live.

Brown is scheduled to release his album “Graffiti” on Dec. 8. He has previously spoken about the attack on MTV News and “Larry King Live.”

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