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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International   |   Sept. 12, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

WEAVER SPENDS SEPT. 11 ON NY STAGE

Actress Sigourney Weaver chose a very special way to remember those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. She appeared on stage at New York's Lincoln Center in a play called "The Guys," the heart-wrenching story of a fire captain struggling to write eulogies for four of his men who were killed at the World Trade Center.

New Yorkers weren't the only audience members touched by Weaver's performance as the journalism professor who helps the distraught fireman find words to memorialize his fallen men. A film version starring Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia, and directed by Weaver's husband, met thunderous applause when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last night.

"We feel an urgency to get it out to the public as soon as possible," Weaver said of the film, which was shot in two weeks last spring for just $550,000. "That's why everyone worked so hard to get it done in time for the anniversary."

Weaver originated the role of the writer at TriBeCa's Flea Theatre last winter.

"One of the things that drew me to the play in the first place was that for so many New Yorkers, whether you had lost someone you knew well or not, you felt like you had," Weaver told the New York Daily News.


MORE WOES FOR WINONA

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office has filed a motion stating it has further incriminating evidence against actress Winona Ryder. The two-time Oscar nominee has been charged with stealing almost $6,000 worth of merchandise from a Beverly Hills boutique.

According to E! Online, the "evidence" in question remains a mystery, at least to the public. Newsweek, however, previously reported Ryder's Saks Fifth Avenue bust was not her "first shoplifting incident," even though she had never been charged before or convicted of a crime.

The 30-year-old actress faces felony counts of grand theft, second-degree burglary, vandalism and unlawful possession of the prescription painkiller oxycodone. She has pleaded innocent to all charges and her camp argues Ryder was unfairly targeted by Saks employees and prosecutors because of her fame.

A trial date could be set Thursday, although Ryder's attorney is tied up in another trial and may have to request another delay.


GWYNETH, THE NEXT GRACE KELLY?

We've seen her romance nobility on-screen before, but is Gwyneth Paltrow ready to be a real-life princess?

Tongues on two continents are wagging about the "Possession" star's recent connection to Spain's Prince Felipe, the son of King Juan Carlos.

The New York Daily News reports the pretty blonde actress and the handsome prince were introduced by mutual friends and have met several times for dinner in Madrid.

The News quotes one source as saying, "Her friends are teasing her about being the next Grace Kelly," who wed Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.

Felipe is "the hottest royal catch in the world," gushed the source. "He certainly would be a step up for her after Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck."


GREEN ADMITS HE WAS DRUNK ON 'TONIGHT SHOW'

"It was one of the first times we've had to hose out the limo."

That's what "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno told Tom Green when the shock comedian appeared on his show Tuesday night. The two had been reminiscing about Green's last appearance -- the night back in June when he slammed down eight shots of Jagermeister while Leno tried to interview him, then vomited inside an NBC limousine on the ride home.

Green and his publicist initially said Green suffered no ill effects from the drinking binge. However, the comic actor, who is as well known for the outrageous stunts he perpetrated on his short-lived MTV show as he is for his brief marriage to Drew Barrymore, admitted to Leno Tuesday the 70-proof liqueur he consumed made him violently ill.

Although he claims to remember very little of what actually happened that evening, Green appeared remorseful for his bad behavior when he took the stage Tuesday.

"I feel the need to redeem myself since the last time I was here, Jay," he said.

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