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  • Martin Sheen: Bush a 'drunk'


    VISTA DEL MAR, California -- Actor Martin Sheen called Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush a "white-knuckle drunk" in a speech at a California treatment center Saturday.

    A recovering substance abuser, Sheen expressed concern that Bush never received counseling after his 1976 arrest for drunken driving. "He's still in denial about it," said Sheen. "You have got to be in a program. I did not make up the rules about that."

    Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlett on NBC's political drama, "The West Wing," and a vocal supporter of Al Gore, said he didn't mean to insult Bush, but wanted to make him acknowledge the severity of drug and alcohol dependence.

    Hollywood pays tribute to Steve Allen

    LOS ANGELES, California -- Hundreds of Hollywood stars gathered Sunday to pay a final tribute to entertainer Steve Allen, eulogized as a "standard of humanity" in the entertainment field.


    Allen, the multitalented performer who created the "The Tonight Show" in 1953, died last month of an apparent heart attack at age 78. At a memorial service at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Allen was remembered not only as an entertainer, but as a man of integrity.

    "He set a standard of humanity that I have not seen since," said Bill Maher, host of ABC's "Politically Incorrect." Also in attendance were Milton Berle, Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Valerie Harper and Jerry Stiller.

    "Thank you for being here to celebrate my father's life, a life truly well lived," said Bill Allen, the entertainer's son.

    Film institute honoring Streisand's lifetime achievements


    LOS ANGELES, California -- Barbra Streisand better make room on her mantel. She'll soon be adding to it a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

    "Barbra Streisand is a living legend who epitomizes the essence of American film," AFI board member Howard Stringer said. "She is a pioneer in everything she does, whether it's acting, directing, writing, producing or singing."

    Streisand will receive the award at February 22 ceremony. Her award collection already includes two Academy Awards, 10 Golden Globes, 10 Grammys, two Peabody Awards, three Emmys and a Tony.

    Actors guild tees off on Tiger Woods


    LOS ANGELES, California -- It's going to take more than a sand wedge for Tiger Woods to get out of this trap. The Screen Actors Guild has fined Woods $100,000 for shooting a nonunion Buick commercial during its six- month strike against advertisers.

    The union suspended half the fine but will reinstate it if Woods makes a commercial during a future strike. Woods took part in last week's three-day hearing by telephone and agreed to the decision.

    SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists struck on May 1. The next day, Woods refused to shoot a nonunion Nike ad and issued a statement supporting the strike. But in July, he shot Buick ads in Canada, saying he had to uphold his relationship with his sponsors.

    The strike was settled last month.


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