By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  Feb. 21, 2002 at 4:52 PM
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Troubled singer-actress Maria Carey found out the hard way that "all that 'glitters' is not gold." Her try at movies went Hindenburg on her and "Glitter" became one of the biggest blowouts of recent years. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, her star is on the ascendancy again. Reviews of her starring role in "Wisegirls" -- a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival -- are top notch. And now there are reports that she may be reunited with the film's producer, Anthony Esposito, in a flick to be called "Sweet Science." The film centers around the exploits of a boxing manager (Carey -- where is Burgess Meredith when you need him?) and an up-and-coming young female pugilist. Together, the two seek stardom. Filming should begin in a few months.


The surviving member of the original Kennedy Clan, Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. (Teddy) Kennedy, has turned 70. The birthday party -- according to the New York Post -- is likely a bittersweet affair. Kennedy and wife Vicky have invited about 250 guests to a "private" party at their home. The publication notes that with Congress on break, there could be a few no-shows. Many members may be back in their home districts, reconnoitering or campaigning. The "bittersweet-ness" of the party will likely be brought on by thoughts of the two brothers who will not be there. Had they lived, JFK would be 84; RFK would be 76. By the way, Teddy is the ninth and youngest of the children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy.


The music world is putting together the agenda for a huge memorial to the late country rebel Waylon Jennings. The Ryman Auditorium says it will hold the remembrance on the night of March 23. The memorial is still early in the planning stages and no official lineup has been announced. Recent graveside services were very private, with only the immediate family and Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart in attendance. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a fund started by Jennings to provide students with scholarships in music.


When enigmatic actor Johnny Depp moved to Europe many people assumed that he was too rebellious to live in the States anymore. He had openly noted that he thought the country was becoming too politically correct. But, according to columnist Neal Travis, there are reports that Depp is now becoming disturbed with the "curbs on personal liberty" he is seeing in France, his semi-adopted country. Travis says that France has joined many other countries in cracking down on smoking and where you can light up. Depp isn't impressed. He recently quipped that he wants to start a MUST-SMOKE airline where smoking would be mandatory.


That well-publicized lawsuit between singer LeAnn Rimes and her father, Wilbur, has been settled. The Tennessean says that because of this, Rimes' father and mother (Wilbur and Belinda) have now decided to walk their 19-year-old daughter down the aisle at this week's wedding. The younger Rimes had accused her dad and a business partner of stealing some of her earnings ... $7 million! LeAnn recently settled another lawsuit that she had brought against a former bodyguard and Curb Records. Most recently she has been working with producer Desmond Child on a new project. Now that the suit against Curb has been settled it's assumed the label will print and distribute the CDs.


Sir Elton John doesn't care much for today's generation of music-making entertainers. In an interview with the BBC, he compared acts such as 'N SYNC and Britney Spears to packets of cereal ... all alike and bland. He accused today's record companies of caring more about "making a quick buck" than actually nurturing talent. Appearing on the network's "Newsnight" program, John says that too many of today's acts are "average and mediocre ... I think it damages real people's chances, real talent, of getting airplay. It's just fodder." He even blasted most music videos and says he rues the day that he decided to turn his "Greatest Hits" album into a live-action format.


A couple of nights ago I got a great phone call from a college roommate. Jim and I still keep in touch, though it's been decades since we roomed at Indiana University. We either see each other or phone or e-mail at least every four months or so. So, here's today's question: "How many people from your school days do you still regularly keep in touch with?" By the way, Amanda, since you're still in high school I don't need a list of all your classmates... :o) Put CLASSMATE in the subject line and send to on the Internet.


Last week I reported on a new blood test that could possibly tell a person if he or she will have Alzheimer's disease in later years. The question asked if you would actually want to know what lies ahead. Here are some of the replies: First of all, the answers were nearly evenly split. Among those who would definitely like to know is Stacey, who lives in the nation's capital. Pamela agrees. She says it would be nice to know ahead of time how to plan her later years to be less of a burden on her family. Among those not wanting to know are IFT. He says that "since you can't change the future, you just have to live with it". His thoughts were shared by many who would not want to take the test. TOMORROW: The way you treat animals. Monday, those new automated checkout stands. GBA.

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