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'Malcolm' mother: We are not dysfunctional

NEW YORK -- Don't call the "Malcolm in the Middle" family dysfunctional around Jane Kaczmarek, who plays the mother of four sons on the zany Fox sitcom.

"I've gotten a little heated under the collar about that description," Kaczmarek tells Ladies' Home Journal magazine in its July issue. "This family has dinner together every night. They function extremely well as a unit.

"I often think of dysfunctional families as those in which no bounds are being set; there are definitely bounds in this family. They survive by common sense."

In real life, Kaczmarek, 45, is married to Bradley Whitford of "The West Wing." They have two young children.

She says she has learned at least one truth about parenthood.

"You can't live with a white couch when you've got kids," she says.



Do the women of 'Sex' get to keep those clothes?

NEW YORK -- The women on "Sex and the City" just love a good sale.

And they get one at the end of each season, when the stars -- Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon -- are given a chance to purchase the cool designer clothes they've worn on the HBO comedy.

"We buy them at very discounted prices," Davis, who plays Charlotte, tells People magazine. "Last year I had to write a check for $1,000, and I got two big boxes of good stuff. A lot of Prada, a lot of leather, and I bought some of Cynthia's cashmere sweaters."



Jane Fonda a late bloomer?

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Life is good for Jane Fonda.

While attending the International Council of Nurses' world congress, the actress said she's happier than ever after her divorce from CNN founder Ted Turner. The divorce was granted last month by a judge in Atlanta.

"Oddly enough, this is the most wonderful period of my life," Fonda, 63, said. "While sad, divorce doesn't necessarily mean failure. The things which cause us the most pain are also the things we learn most from."

Fonda also spoke about her recent commitment to Christianity, which Turner had said played a role in their breakup. She says it has given her extra drive in social commitments.

"It doesn't matter if you're a late bloomer as long as you don't miss the flower show," she said. "I question everything I do in the light of what Jesus Christ would have done."



Lawsuit against Chuck Berry proceeds

ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- Johnnie Johnson -- the inspiration for the seminal rock 'n' roll song "Johnny B. Goode" -- can proceed with his lawsuit against Chuck Berry.

Johnson sued Berry last November seeking millions of dollars in past royalties for songs Johnson says he co-wrote with Berry, including "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Sweet Little Sixteen," The Associated Press reports.

Berry's attorneys were seeking a dismissal of the case and cited a three-year statute of limitations on copyright claims, but a federal judge ruled Monday that Johnson may attempt to show why the statute of limitations should not apply.

Judge Donald J. Stohr also ordered Berry to turn over all of his financial records showing the royalties he has received over the years, The AP reports.

Johnson maintains that he often wrote the music to many of Berry's songs, but received no official credit and no royalties over the years.

In March, Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "sideman" category.



'Survivor' Skupin attacked with pepper spray

COLUMBIA, Missouri -- First he was burned, now he's been sprayed.

Michael Skupin, the contestant who killed a pig but suffered bad burns on his hands during the most recent rendition of the CBS show "Survivor," was attacked with pepper spray on Tuesday during an event to promote workplace safety.

Animals right activist David Cravens, 30, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault because two other people were also hit with the pepper spray, The Associated Press reports. All were treated at the scene.

Cravens apparently handed Skupin a letter indicating he was not acting as part of any organized group.

Skupin had earlier received criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after he slaughtered a pig on "Survivor: The Australian Outback."

PETA spokeswoman Kathy Guillermo called the killing "completely unnecessary" and "cruel," but added, "We were not involved in any way in the spraying of this guy."

Skupin, 39, survived six weeks on the reality show, but was forced to leave after falling into a camp fire.






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