France president promotes Eastwood
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American screen icon Clint Eastwood was made a commander in France's prestigious Legion of Honor yesterday.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy presented the 79-year-old actor and director with the decoration, honoring his body of work, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences around the globe, according to the award citation.
Former French President Jacques Chirac made Eastwood a knight of the Legion of Honor two years ago, and yesterday's decoration was a step up for Eastwood to grade three on the legion's five-grade scale.
Speaking in English, Eastwood thanked Sarkozy and the French people.
"This is a wonderful honor," Eastwood said. "It is just a great pleasure for me. I really love France. I love movies, and I love the appreciation that the French people have for movies."
FORMER AL BUNDY CHEWING THE FAT
Ed O'Neill, beefy star of the new ABC sitcom "Modern Family," says there's nothing wrong with being overweight.
"I think you're worse off being too thin," says O'Neill, 63, who has a black belt in Brazilian-style jujitsu. "To be overweight is not that unhealthy. You see those Midwestern waitresses, strong as bulls, they live until they're in their 90s. Hollywood is so obsessed with thin that it is a sickness."
O'Neill, whose most famous TV role was the uncouth Al Bundy on "Married With Children," is not into low-cal treats. "Health food ice cream?" he asks. "Why even eat it?"
His idea of health food? "I like wine," he says proudly.
WILLIAMS EVICTED FROM FOUR SEASONS
TV and movie star Katt Williams has been kicked out of a posh midtown Atlanta hotel, the comedian said at an impromptu press conference late Thursday night.
Williams told reporters he recently bought a penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in addition to renting seven rooms for seven nights. Then, he says, hotel management asked him to leave for creating a disturbance.
"I haven't been here 72 hours and I'm being kicked out of the Four Seasons even though I paid up front and in cash. I don't understand," he said.
Williams said a hotel employee also presented him with three bills asking to be paid, unaware the rooms had already been covered.
A representative for the Four Seasons Hotel said late Thursday he was not aware of the incident and had no record of Williams' stay at the hotel.
GOSSELIN SUES NETWORK OVER CHILD LABOR
Jon Gosselin has filed a counter lawsuit against the TLC network, claiming television producers violated Pennsylvania's child labor laws in filming the hit reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and are preventing him from working.
The suit seeking more than $5 million in damages was filed Thursday in Maryland circuit court in response to a network lawsuit alleging Gosselin failed to meet his obligations as an employee.