Stars - and a blue-haired boy - land in Venice

You'd think George Clooney and Brad Pitt making two appearances at the Venice Film Festival this week would be enough of a stir.


But no, Us magazine went to the trouble to report on its Web site that Maddox Jolie-Pitt, the 7-year-old son of the actor and Angelina Jolie, was spotted sporting a blue mohawk as he and brother Pax were boarding a speedboat with their dad.

The Clooney-Pitt appearances include a visit to the red carpet tonight when the Coen brothers film, Burn After Reading, in which they star, opens the festival. And last night they were to appear at a fundraiser for Not On Our Watch, which aids people in Darfur and victims of the cyclone in Myanmar.


Puttar-ing along

Bollywood producers set to release a film called Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors are working to fend off a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. that claims the movie title hews too closely to their mega-famous Harry Potter franchise.

While Bollywood films often borrow liberally from Western movies, producers of Hari Puttar say their movie bears no resemblance to any film in the boy wizard series.

Hari is a common name in India and "puttar" is Punjabi for son, says Munish Purii, chief executive officer of Mumbai-based producer Mirchi Movies.

The film is a story of an Indian boy left home alone, who fights off burglars when his parents go away on vacation - a plot more reminiscent of the film Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin.

And we're betting there will be singing and dancing.

Olympics: gold in ratings

Viewership of the second week of the Summer Olympics on NBC fell off from the first week - blame the end of Michael Phelps' run for the gold - but still dominated TV ratings for the Aug. 18-Sunday week, according to Nielsen Media yesterday.


The closing ceremony was watched by 27.8 million viewers while the Beijing closing party drew 20.6 million. The prime-time Olympics coverage drew 26.6 million viewers Tuesday; 26.4 million Aug. 18; 24.8 million Wednesday; 22.4 million Thursday; 17.9 million Friday and 16.8 million Saturday.

Rounding out the top 10 are two CBS shows, Two and a Half Men with 8.2 million viewers and NCIS with 7.6 million viewers.

Gotcha covered

A trio of celebrated quilters from rural Alabama has resolved lawsuits against an Atlanta art dealer whom they accused of cheating them out of their rightful earnings. Attorneys for both parties asked for the lawsuits to be dismissed Monday.

The elaborate multicolored quilts have been made for years by the women of the community of Gee's Bend, often in the small community center where they gather for lunch most days. The quilts, celebrated as prime examples of Southern folk art, were chosen for the U.S. Postal Service's American Treasures stamp series.

The lawsuits claimed that three of the quilters - Annie Mae Young, Lucinda Pettway Franklin and Loretta Pettway - were cheated financially by Atlanta art dealer William Arnett, his sons, Paul and Matt Arnett, and Tinwood Ventures of Atlanta.


An attorney representing the quilters, Peter Burke of Birmingham, Ala., said the lawsuits "have been resolved." He would not elaborate.

From Sun news services


Musician Daryl Dragon is 66.

Actress Tuesday Weld is 65.

Actress Diana Scarwid is 53.


Actress Chandra Wilson is 39.

Singer Mario is 22.