People talk 9/15/03

If docs OK, Madonna wants a third child

LONDON -- Madonna wants to have another child.

The 45-year-old singer and pop icon, who has two children, told Britain's Times newspaper she was consulting doctors about having another baby.

"Because of my exercising and this, that and the other, I've kind of screwed up my cycle a bit," Madonna was quoted as saying by the newspaper's weekend magazine that came out Saturday.

"And I'm going to the doctors to make sure I'm OK to have a baby, so wish me luck."

Madonna, 45, has a daughter Lourdes, 6, from her relationship with ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon; and a son Rocco, 3, with her film-director husband, Guy Ritchie.

Eartha Kitt to be one of 'Nine' on Broadway

NEW YORK -- Two more new ladies will keep John Stamos company in the Broadway production of "Nine," which undergoes major cast changes Oct. 7.

Singer Eartha Kitt will replace Chita Rivera as Parisian producer Liliane La Fleur, and Marni Nixon will play the mother of Guido Contini, the womanizing film director at the center of the Tony-winning musical revival.

Stamos, now in rehearsal to portray Contini, also joins the cast next month, replacing Antonio Banderas whose last performance is Oct. 5.

Kitt, best-known for her kittenish renditions of "C'Est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby," was last seen on Broadway in the musical "The Wild Party."

Phillips working on film about his native land

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. -- At 41, Lou Diamond Phillips gets a little sentimental when he looks back on a career that includes roles in 40 movies and a Tony nomination for "The King and I."

"Talk about a career retrospective -- I look at my resume and start to feel suddenly old," Phillips said last week at the Breckenridge film festival.

His first film was "Angel Alley," a Christian youth film made in Dallas when he was 19, but he became a star with his portrayal of Richie Valens in 1987's "La Bamba."

Since then, Phillips has earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in "Stand and Deliver" and become an official member of the brat pack for his role in "Young Guns."

Phillips said he is working on a film about his native Philippines. He plans to star in, direct and produce the film about a Filipino singer with American blood who never knew his father, and hopes to begin filming in January, he said.

Filipino causes are dear to Phillips, who also has been working to pass a benefits bill for Filipino soldiers who fought along American troops in World War II.

George Harrison's guitar sold at public auction

LOS ANGELES -- A guitar played by the late George Harrison during the Beatles' last public performance was sold for $434,750 in a public auction.

Harrison played the custom-made Fender Rosewood Telecaster during the filming of the movie "Let It Be," said Bill Miller, president of Odyssey Auctions, the California auction house that conducted the sale Saturday. The Jan. 30, 1969, performance on the roof of London's Apple Records was the last time the band performed together in public, Miller said.

The winning bidder was an "anonymous West Coast collector," the auction house said.

Harrison, 58, died of cancer Nov. 29, 2001.

-- From wire reports


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- To his fans, he's a pioneering rap artist, to authorities who have tangled with him, he's a felon. But to players and parents in the Orange County Junior All America Football League, he's just coach Dogg.

"Teaching kids is something fun," said Snoop Dogg, who watched Saturday night as his son's Rowland Heights Raiders defeated the Huntington Beach Dolphins 18-0.

"I give them a lot of strength and vision," added the rapper, who is a former football player and who attended a clinic to become certified as a coach.

"I am falling in love with these kids," he added.

Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, made a name for himself rapping about street violence, gangs, sex and marijuana, and in 1990 he was convicted of possessing cocaine for sale. Earlier this year, someone shot at a convoy he was traveling in, and he arrived at Saturday's game surrounded by six bodyguards.

But parents and players alike said they were impressed with Snoop's dedication to his 8- to 10-year-old charges.

Dolphins team mom Jennifer Gutierrez won't let her son listen to Snoop's music, but is happy to see him at the games.

"I think it's great that he does this for his kid," she said.

-- From staff reports