Alice Cooper bobblehead
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Rocker Alice Cooper is known, at least in the sports world, for his love of golf after playing in all those celebrity tournaments.
His real passion is hockey.
A native of Detroit, he grew up with the bruising Red Wings teams of the 1950s and '60s, and played pickup games on the frozen lakes in the area.
A Phoenix-area resident, Cooper has been a fervent and knowledgeable fan of the Coyotes since they arrived in the Valley of the Sun in 1996.
Cooper was at Saturday night's game against Dallas for "Coop's Troops" military night and his first-ever bobblehead.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Paul Sorvino might finally be over his trouble with "The Trouble with Cali."
Armed with $500,000 in taxpayer funding, the first-time director and "Goodfellas" star shot the independent film in northeastern Pennsylvania six years ago. But the project ran short of cash, and politicians in Scranton demanded to know what he did with their investment. Sorvino, in turn, was stunned and hurt that anyone would question his integrity.
Sorvino is hoping all that's in the past now that his passion project is about to get its first screening on Tuesday, at Arizona's Sedona Film Festival.
The 72-year-old actor said he's proud of the black comedy about an aspiring dancer and her dysfunctional parents. His Oscar-winning daughter, Mira, has a small role as the title character's ballet instructor; another daughter, Amanda, wrote the script and most of the score; son Michael produced the movie and also appears on screen. Sorvino himself plays Cali's father.
"It's the little film that could," Sorvino said.
Biking to the Oscars
PHILADELPHIA - Picture this, why doncha: A betuxed Bradley Cooper rolling up to the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre on Oscar night, stepping off his bicycle, and heading in to present some awards. How about Academy Award nominees Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams, Brad Pitt and/or Bret McKenzie (best song: "Man or Muppet") likewise pedaling their way through Hollywood's blocked streets and limo jams Sunday evening, Feb. 26?
That's the goal of Commute by Bike cycling advocate Ted Johnson, who is doing his best to get nominees, presenters, and guests to leave the gas guzzlers at home and show a little cycle chic. So far, no one has committed to his Academy Awards ceremony cycling idea - and admittedly, it'll be more of a challenge for the women arriving in designer gowns and $100,000 baubles than for menfolk, who can simply put a trouser clip on their tuxedo pants - but Johnson is drumming up support for his campaign.
ST. GEORGE, Utah - A former "American Idol" semifinalist from Utah has been arrested on warrants alleging two counts of misdemeanor theft.
Police say 20-year-old Tamara Taylor Vaifanua was released from the Washington County jail near St. George after posting $2,529 bail on Thursday, a day after she was arrested in her southern Utah hometown of Hurricane.
According to court documents, the alleged thefts took place in the Sandy area of northern Utah in September 2010. No details of the thefts were immediately available.
The Spectrum of St. George and Salt Lake Tribune report the arrest warrants were issued after she failed to appear in court on the charges.
No new court date was immediately set.
In 2008, Vaifanua made it into the top 36 contestants of "American Idol" before being eliminated.
NEW YORK - The past three years have been upbeat ones for Archie, the everyteen hero of one of America's most enduring comics. He's gotten married - twice, no less. He's even appeared on a postage stamp.
But behind the scenes, a bitter and sometimes bizarre feud has brewed at the company that produces the more than 70-year-old comic.
In lawsuits, Archie Comic Publications' co-CEOs Jon Goldwater and Nancy Silberkleit are accusing each other of all sorts of funny business.
He's asked a court to strip her of her role at the company. She's sued him for defamation and $100 million in damages.
A judge vows to appoint a temporary receiver to protect the company's assets amid the fight if the two sides can't choose someone on their own by Wednesday.