People talk 8/7/02

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Maguire horses around in new role

LOS ANGELES -- "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire plans to saddle up for the true-life horse racing drama "Seabiscuit."

Maguire, who previously starred in "The Cider House Rules" and "Wonder Boys," will play Red Pollard, the jockey atop the horse that became a fabled figure during the Depression.

The film is an adaptation of author Laura Hillenbrand's nonfiction best seller "Seabiscuit: An American Legend."

Her book chronicled the life of the famed horse, owner Charles S. Howard, trainer Tom Smith and Pollard, who rode Seabiscuit more than any other jockey. The roles of Howard and Smith have not yet been cast.

Ross and Maguire previously collaborated on the 1998 fantasy "Pleasantville," in which the actor played a teenager who was magically drawn into his favorite 1950s sitcom.

Sarandon gains star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES -- Susan Sarandon, who won an Oscar for 1995's "Dead Man Walking," got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before a crowd of about 600 fans.

She was joined by her longtime partner, actor Tim Robbins; her three children; and actors Kieran Culkin and Ryan Phillippe, who co-starred with Sarandon in the upcoming film "Igby Goes Down."

"I am so honored and thrilled," Sarandon said. "Being from New York it's great to have ... a little bit of real estate in L.A. when I am here."

She made her film debut in "Joe" in 1970. Her other movies include "Atlantic City," "Lorenzo's Oil" and "The Client."

Sarandon's star, on the sidewalk in front of the new Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, is next to comedian Whoopi Goldberg's star.

Cooking specialist Child honored at dinner

NAPA, Calif. -- Julia Child, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Aug. 15, was honored at a black-tie dinner at Copia, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, with some 200 friends and family.

The menu for Friday night's dinner was culled from Child's recipes, including some from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," the 1961 cookbook that landed her international acclaim and spawned the much-imitated PBS TV series "The French Chef."

Guests included master chef-cookbook author Jacques Pepin, Child's friend of 41 years; Boston chef Jasper White; and Alice Waters, owner of Berkeley's Chez Panisse restaurant.

Daschle inks deal to write book

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has a deal for a book. Now he just has to write it.

Crown Publishers, a division of Random House in New York, emerged from a four-day auction last week with the rights for the Daschle book.

"We're hoping to publish it at the end of next year. That's the goal," said Robert Barnett of Washington, D.C., the lawyer who represented Daschle during the auction.

Financial details were not disclosed. The New York Times reported people familiar with the bidding said Daschle would receive an advance of more than $500,000.

Barnett said the money for the book will be reported in Senate disclosure forms as it is received, and added that Daschle will give the money to charity.

The book will be a reflection on the past two years, Barnett said.

-- From wire reports

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