"His name is not in any of our bulletins," Maria A. Smith, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, tells Inquirer reporter Sam Wood. "There is no list, we never even had a list."
Columbus, the famous - Pole?! Christopher Columbus
, who (re)discovered our fine continent centuries after the Vikings' blood-splattered sojourn, wasn't born in the Italian port of Genoa, but was the son of a Polish king.
No, this isn't a tasteless joke, but a serious claim by Portuguese historian Manuel Rosa, who claims Columbus actually was the son of King Vladislav III. Rosa says the king didn't die in the Battle of Varna in 1444, as is generally believed, but fled to the Portuguese island of Madeira, where he married a local noblewoman. Rosa says the family agreed to keep their origins secret.
Rosa has requested that the remains of King Vladislav III's father, King Vladislav II, natch, be made available for DNA tests.
Celebs remember Leslie Nielsen
"To this day Airplane!
is still one of my favorite comedies ever." So tweets American Idol
host Ryan Seacrest
, one of many boldfacers who continue to pour out Twitter sentiments in the wake of Airplane!
star Leslie Nielsen
's death on Sunday.
Funnyman Russell Brand also had Airplane! in mind, writing, "RIP. Leslie Nielsen. Shirley, he will be missed." [A reference to a famed Nielsen josh: "Surely you can't be serious." "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."]
Nielsen friend Marlee Matlin tweets, "What a lovely, funny, talented man. He will be missed. RIP." An unlikely pal, unkempt rocker Slash, tweets, "U my friend, will be missed big time. Wow, what a loss."
Oscar duties bequeathed to the young
In a refreshing break with tradition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has chosen two conspicuously young stars to host the Feb. 27 Academy Awards: Anne Hathaway
, 28, and James Franco
(Their combined age, 60, is, like, about half the 117 years shared by last year's hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.)
"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons," says a news release.
In a still more shocking twist, both kids are Serious Thesps and Intellectuals.
Franco, an Oscar fave for 127 Hours, also is a published author (Palo Alto) and a Ph.D. student in English at Yale. Anne, who may nab the best-actress Oscar for Love & Other Drugs, studied at Vassar and at NYU's funky-egghead enclave, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Hathaway: But I do love Katie!
Meanwhile, Hathaway wants the world to know she doesn't hate Katie Holmes
. Anne, who mocked Katie's teen show Dawson's Creek
on Saturday Night Live
, tells the Hollywood Reporter she didn't mean to insult Katie. "I was a pretty avid fan [of Dawson's Creek
], so it just sort of came from that," Anne says. "It wasn't really Katie Holmes; it was more [her character] Joey Potter."
Lust, marriage, babies 'n' divorce Brangelina
'n' brood held a bash for son Pax Jolie-Pitt
's seventh birthday Sunday night aboard the riverboat Josephine along the Seine River in Paris. Pax was joined by hard-partyin' siblings Maddox
, 9, Zahara
, 5, and Shiloh
, 4. Monday, Brad Pitt
'n' Angelina Jolie
shed the kids to do a media confab in Paris for Brad's new flick, Megamind
Nina Garcia has lots of birthdays to look forward to: The Project Runway judge and husband David Conrod welcomed a baby boy over the weekend. Alexander, who weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces, joins bro Lucas, who is almost 4.
The New York Post says Martha Stewart spawn Alexis plans to have a baby by surrogate. Alexis, famed for her droll, satiric takes on Mum in her Hallmark Channel show Whatever With Alexis and Jennifer, has tried for years to have a baby via in vitro fertility treatments. No comment from her reps.
Canadian chanteur Michael Bublé told NBC's Today on Monday he and his Argentine fiancee, Luisana Lopilato, will tie the knot on April 6. "I was going to do it on the 29th, but figured I wouldn't get any press," Bublé joked, referring to Prince William's recently announced wedding date.
Lust continues to bloom, again, between Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez, who were spied looking very sexy yachting in Miami last week, says USA Today.
Love in the age of theme parks
Seems Michael Douglas
and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones
have a lot in common with that other Hollywood royal couple, Megan Fox
and Brian Austin Green
. Both couples spent the holiday weekend at theme parks. The Douglases were at Universal Orlando Resort, while the recently wed Fox and Green expressed their hot passion at that sexiest of all sites, Disney World.
Today in EntBiz news
In her latest venture, disco darling turned entrepreneur Madonna
has opened a high-end, 30,000-square-foot gym in Mexico City called Hard Candy Fitness.
"It's a sexy name that gives you the opportunity to have fun and to build strength," the Mystical Mom says in a news release. Sounding more Fortune 500 than Kabbalah, Madge says she's using the Mexican market as a testing ground "to fine-tune our brand and . . . in the long term, develop a global brand."
Portia de Rossi's confessional tome about being a closeted gay American, Unbearable Lightness, fell from No. 5 to No. 15 on the New York Times best-seller list this week. But it's still five notches above Ricky Martin's Me, a confessional tome about being a closeted gay American.
Soap opera The Young and the Restless, which debuted in 1973, has been renewed by CBS for three more years.
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