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September 25, 2009

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Randy Quaid arrested for not paying hotel bill

Marfa, Texas — Actor Randy Quaid and his wife have been arrested in West Texas for allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 California hotel bill.

Quaid and his wife, Evi, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon, according to Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials, who said authorities in West Texas informed them of the arrest. A statement from the California agency said it was told by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Department that Evi Quaid was restrained after a brief struggle.

Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez declined to respond to questions from The Associated Press.

Presidio County authorities said earlier Thursday that the two were in custody in Marfa but the department wasn’t releasing other details.

Santa Barbara County’s sheriff’s spokesman Drew Sugars says the warrant for Quaid and his wife set bail at $20,000 each. The felony warrant is for burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy.

He says detectives haven’t been able to interview the actor yet.

Beck’s homecoming riles up people in Wash.

Mount Vernon, Wash. — Glenn Beck’s visit to his hometown in Washington state this weekend seemed simple enough on the surface, with a ceremonial key to the city awaiting him and the mayor naming the day in the Fox News personality’s honor.

But this being Glenn Beck, nothing is that easy.

Groups have demonstrated on the streets and in city council meetings over the conservative commentator’s visit. Petitions have been collected calling on the cancellation of the visit. A small business owner put up a sign that says: “Glenn Beck & Hatred not welcome here.” And the leader of a nearby city has offered the key to his city to Jon Stewart in sort of a mayoral rebuttal.

Welcome home, Glenn.

Mount Vernon Mayor Bud Norris came up with the idea to honor Beck, proclaiming Sept. 26 as “Glenn Beck Day” as a way to honor his success as a nationally known broadcaster. The event at which Beck is scheduled to speak sold out.

Demonstrations are expected at the event Saturday. His supporters are expected to show up as well.

Too clean? Swayze once doubted ‘Dirty Dancing’

New York — “Dirty Dancing” made Patrick Swayze a superstar, but when he first read the script, he found it a little clean.

The actor, who died Sept. 14 of cancer, writes in his memoir, “It seemed fluffy — nothing more than a summer-camp movie.” The memoir “The Time of My Life” comes out next week.

Swayze’s reaction was completely different about another future smash, “Ghost.” He immediately wanted to be in it and persuaded Jerry Zucker to cast him despite the director’s skepticism that Swayze could play a sensitive leading man.

Swayze also remembered working with a then-little known Tom Cruise in Francis Coppola’s adaptation of the young adult classic “The Outsiders.” Cruise, Swayze said, was so “self-conscious about his teeth” that he resisted magazine photo shoots.

Phillips hopes incest memoir can help others

New York — “I am sharing my truth,” says Mackenzie Phillips, “in the hope that it helps other incest survivors.”

But just how true is her new book, “High on Arrival”? In this explosive new memoir, she defends her father, the Mamas and the Papas leader John Phillips, as a good man while claiming they had an incestuous affair that, over time, became consensual.

Two of her stepmothers, including Mamas and Papas singer Michelle Phillips, say she is lying and just trying to cash in with her book.

“I love my stepmother Michelle,” Mackenzie Phillips responded in a statement Thursday, “but she is having the textbook family reaction to accusations of incest: deny that it happened and protect the accused.”

The former child actress writes that she and her father had a decade-long sexual relationship that started while they were doing drugs the night before she was to get married in 1979 at age 19.

The truth of Mackenzie Phillips’ account can never be fully known. Her father died of heart failure in 2001.

But publishers have acknowledged they rarely fact-check memoirs, relying instead on legal review to ensure against libel. Although memoirs, the most subjective of literary genres, are often disputed, publishers rarely withdraw or alter a book unless confronted with documented evidence of inaccuracy.

Jessica Biel joins celeb climb to Kilimanjaro

Los Angeles — When Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco and Isabel Lucas get together in Africa, they’ll have nowhere to go but up.

The entertainers have signed on to climb the continent’s highest peak — Mount Kilimanjaro, at more than 19,000 feet — to raise awareness about the need for clean water worldwide.

The Summit on the Summit expedition, set for January, is the brainchild of singer and producer Kenna. His father suffered from waterborne diseases as a child in Ethiopia.

Biel, 27, said she was “astonished” to learn that more than a billion people across the globe have no access to clean water.

“This is a basic human necessity that needs to be addressed now,” Biel said in a statement, adding that she’s proud to climb Kilimanjaro with the celebrity team “to help any way I can in order to raise awareness toward the life-threatening clean water crisis happening not only in Africa but around the world.”

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