Of Human Interest: News-lite

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  Jan. 9, 2002 at 5:20 AM
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"Weakest Link" host Anne Robinson came out "on top" of this year's list of the Worst Dressed Women of 2001, as rated by Hollywood designer Mr. Blackwell.

Robinson looks like "Harry Potter in drag," said Blackwell.

Britney Spears fell one spot to No. 2, with Mr. Blackwell castigating her as "re-hashed Madonna ... on a really bad day." No. 3 was Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche -- a "haute couture catastrophe." Pop divas Destiny's Child took No. 4 for being "trilogy of taste-free terror," in Mr. Blackwell's eyes.

As if singer Björk didn't already hear enough ridicule for the outfit she wore at last year's Academy Awards, Blackwell called her get-up "A 'Swan Lake' mistake" and ranked her No. 5.

Rounding out the list: Princess Stephanie of Monaco ("Her wardrobe has the allure of nuclear waste"); Kate Hudson ("Looks like a cyclone victim from the OK corral"); Camilla Parker Bowles (Packs the punch of a dilapidated Yorkshire pudding"); Cameron Diaz ("Chaos in heels, period!") and Gillian Anderson ("A grunge plunge resembling an escape from a Bohemian barbecue").

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


The Three Stooges being discussed in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Supreme Court seems more like a plot twist in a Stooge movie short, but it has actually happened.

On Monday, the high court let stand a California state Supreme Court ruling that a photographer who used images of the slapstick trio without getting consent from the family violated existing laws and must pay $75,000 in damages. The case involved Los Angeles artist Gary Saderup, who had argued in lower courts that he did not need permission from the heirs of Larry, Moe, Curly and the other Stooges in order to use the comedians' images on T-shirts and other merchandise.

(We don't know if during the deliberations there was any eye-gouging, head slapping or shouts of "Woo! Woo! Woo! Woo! Woo!" from the justices...)


Most of the trappings Paris put in place to celebrate the arrival of the millennium two years ago have been quietly swept into history's trash bin.

Not so the millennium Ferris wheel, which continues to tower over the city's stately Place de la Concorde, oblivious to official warnings that the good times are over.

A Monday deadline to dismantle the 200-foot steel attraction came and went. So Tuesday, as the wheel turned serenely -- and illegally -- in the winter sun, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe sought a court order to take the structure down.

To Delanoe and many French aesthetes, the wheel clashes gaudily with the city's grand architecture, and mars a stunning vista stretching from the Louvre museum to the Arc de Triomphe and beyond.

But co-owner Marcel Campion argues the structure is beloved by tourists and Parisians alike. "This represents bad political will, maybe political discrimination," he told reporters Tuesday. "The former mayor promised to find us an alternative site," he said of Delanoe's conservative predecessor, Jean Tiberi. "The promise wasn't fulfilled, and in the meantime we will stay here."

The controversy didn't stop Frenchman Frederic Desormaux from paying the $7 ticket Tuesday for one of the best views in Paris. "It's true compared to the beauty of the surrounding sites it's not very esthetic, but if people like to go up on it, why not?" he asked.


WEDNESDAY: This is Martyrs' Day in Panama, a public holiday.

And the Feast of the Black Nazarene is held in the Philippines, the culmination of nine days of celebrations.

(Thanks to Chase's 2001 Calendar of Events)


It was on this date in 1959 that the CBS-TV western series "Rawhide" premiered. Can you name the future movie star who co-starred on the show?

Clint Eastwood.

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