People talk 8/22/03

Friday, August 22, 2003

Garrett likely to return to CBS' 'Raymond'

LOS ANGELES -- "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Ray Romano said holdout co-star Brad Garrett will likely return to the CBS sitcom.

Work on the new season began this week without Garrett, who's asking for a bigger paycheck. He was written out of the first episode.

"You know we want him back as soon as he can get back. And, you know, we want everything back to normal and I'm sure it will be," Romano told the syndicated program "Entertainment Tonight."

Asked whether Garrett's absence this week is having an impact, Romano said: "No. I mean, they were just in the middle of negotiation and we had a show that didn't involve him, and so they could work out their differences. We're hoping to see him soon."

But is Garrett, who plays Romano's brother, coming back? "We're a family. Everybody is coming back. We need Brad there," Romano told the TV news magazine.

The series' other co-stars, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle and Patricia Heaton, had briefly failed to show up for work. Roberts and Heaton cited health issues.

N.Y. high school named after 'Queen of Salsa'

NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new high school named in memory of "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz.

The DeWitt Clinton High School-Lehman College Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music is scheduled to open in September. The 90 students enrolled this year will take academic classes at DeWitt and their music classes at Lehman College, where the music school will be located.

"It is a great honor to her and a way to remember the contribution she made to the community and gives all those who hold her in their hearts the feeling that she lives on and that she's a part of us," Bloomberg said Wednesday.

Collins on TNT's NBA broadcast team

ATLANTA -- Former NBA coach Doug Collins leads TNT's list of broadcast teams for the upcoming NBA season.

Collins, the former Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls coach, will be an analyst and team up with play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan and sideline reporter Cheryl Miller, it was announced recently.

Also, former San Antonio Spurs guard Steve Kerr will work as an analyst this season, joining the team of Marv Albert, Mike Fratello and sideline reporter Craig Sager.

Collins, the former Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls coach, signed a five-year deal with the network last week.

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Magic Johnson return as TNT's studio team.

Curtis says plastic surgery not the answer

NEW YORK -- Plastic surgery isn't necessarily the answer for women who want to change their looks, says Jamie Lee Curtis.

The actress, who most recently starred in a remake of "Freaky Friday," won't say specifically what surgery she's had, but says, "I did all of it in attempting to stave off aging."

The result: "It made me look worse and feel worse. What they say works doesn't," Curtis says in the Sept. 1 issue of People magazine, in which stars including Roseanne Barr, Sharon Osbourne and Dolly Parton discuss the work they've had done.

To help women accept their shapes, Curtis posed in her underwear last year in More magazine without makeup or retouching.

"I wanted to say to women, 'Hello? I look like this. Relax, we all look like this.' I'm 44 and weigh 150."

Ben & Jerry's festival at Woodstock canceled

BETHEL, N.Y. -- Ben & Jerry's "One World One Heart Festival" scheduled this weekend at the original 1969 Woodstock concert site has been canceled.

Tracy Chapman and LeAnn Rimes had been scheduled to headline the festival Saturday and Sunday at the former farm, now the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 80 miles northwest of New York City.

"An economic downturn coupled with an unexpected slump in the music industry" forced cancellation of this year's event, the company's Web site said.

Only 1,000 of the 30,000 tickets had been sold, USA Today reported Wednesday.

-- From wire reports

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