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Jan. 18, 2005 at 3:19 PM
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50 Cent hot for 2006 Dodge Charger

DETROIT, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Chrysler is getting its money's worth from rapper 50 Cent, who wants a Dodge Charger to go with the Chrysler 300 he bought last year.

The New York-born rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, quickly registered his desire to get the four-door remake of the classic muscle car, the Detroit News reported.

"I need to know what I gotta do to get that Dodge Charger first. I need that," 50 Cent said in a voice message to an auto customization magazine, the Detroit News reported.

DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group will do the same for 50 Cent as it did Snoop Dogg, who generated reams of free publicity last summer when he also was hot to get a Chrysler 300, the newspaper said.

"That's two 50 Cent purchases," Chrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche said at the Detroit Auto Show. "Now, we're up to a buck."

Double-oh Next: Jackman ... Hugh Jackman

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- British bookmakers say Australian Hugh Jackman is the most likely actor to become the next James Bond, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill cut their odds to 2-1 to make Jackman the favorite to take over the role from Pierce Brosnan.

If true, it would make Jackman the second Australian after George Lazenby to play the perpetually middle-aged icon of debonair derring-do.

Clive Owen had his odds cut after his Golden Globe-winning role in the film "Closer," and the bookmakers now have him in third place behind "Star Wars" star Ewan McGregor.

Speaking backstage at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Owen was asked about rumors he was in the running to play Bond.

"I think that's what they are," he said. "They're just rumors."

Black Sabbath fans weary of Osbournes

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A group of Black Sabbath fans want vocalist Ozzy Osbourne fired for his lack of commitment to the British heavy metal icons.

Disgruntled fans have put a petition online asking Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward to give Ozzy the boot, Roadrunner Records' Web site, Blabbermouth.net, reported Tuesday.

One of the fans behind the anti-Ozzy movement, James Clarke, criticized Blabbermouth.net for giving too much attention to Osbourne's many side projects.

"Blabbermouth.net gives Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne a lot of publicity with regards to issues that are trivial at best," he posted. "Some feel that this is only exacerbating the problem of Ozzy's failure to commit to Black Sabbath by encouraging him to pursue other interests."

The fans' petition is at petitiononline.com/FireOzzy/petition.html, Blabbermouth said.

Soap actress Ruth Warrick dead at 88

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Emmy-winning veteran "All My Children" soap star Ruth Warrick died in New York of pneumonia. She was 88.

Since 1970, Warrick has played the role of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford in the show, for which she received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in May.

Over a 70-year career Warrick appeared in 30 movies, several Broadway shows and countless television productions, making her mark as the scheming Mrs. Wallingford, the New York Daily News said Tuesday.

She was also the last surviving cast member of the film "Citizen Kane."

Warrick was studying acting in Kansas City when a promotional tour brought her to New York's Mercury Theater, run by Orson Welles. He hired her and she followed him to Hollywood, where he cast her as first wife Emily Monroe Norton Kane in his 1941 masterpiece.

She is survived by her three children, Karen, Jon and Robert.

Comedy film star Virginia Mayo dead at 84

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Beautiful blonde comedic actress and former vaudevillian Virginia Mayo has died in Los Angeles. She was 84.

Mayo died of pneumonia and heart failure after a long illness in a nursing facility near her home in Thousand Oaks, family friend Alex Ben Block told the Los Angeles Times.

Mayo launched her movie career with a small part in the 1943 movie "Jack London," starring her future husband, Michael O'Shea. She also received billing as a Goldwyn Girl in "Up in Arms," a 1944 comedy starring Danny Kaye and Dinah Shore.

In the same year, Samuel Goldwyn promoted Mayo to leading lady, casting her as Princess Margaret in "The Princess and the Pirate," an adventure comedy co-starring Bob Hope.

After moving to Warner Bros., Mayo gave one of her best-remembered performances, in "White Heat," director Raoul Walsh's crime saga in which Mayo played the wife of James Cagney, a mentally disturbed gang boss.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Johnston, and three grandsons.

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