'Easy Rider' actor-director Dennis Hopper honored with top French prize

Dennis Hopper has been named a commander in the French Legion of Honor.


The 72-year-old actor was visibly moved as he received France's most prestigious prize at a ceremony in Paris yesterday.

The Cinematique Francaise in Paris is opening an exhibit on Hopper this week that will run through Jan. 19.


Hopper's screen credits include Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet and 1969's Easy Rider, which he also directed.

Real bell ringers

The Jonas Brothers will perform during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys' nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The band will officially launch this year's Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas campaign at the Nov. 27 contest. The fundraising drive continues through Christmas Eve.

Since its partnership with the Cowboys, which began in 1997, the annual Red Kettle campaign has raised more than $1 billion, helping the Salvation Army serve 30 million people each year nationwide. Last year, the campaign raised a record $118 million.

Previous halftime performers include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny's Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

M.I.A. says she's pregnant

British artist M.I.A. finally put rumors to rest when she confirmed Saturday that she is pregnant with her first child. "I'm creating a baby," the singer, 31, told Pitchfork Media. People magazine posted the news on its Web site. "When I found out I was pregnant and 'Paper Planes' was in the iTunes top 10, it seemed like the whole world was reshuffled in one week, and all my plans went out the window," the artist said. "I've got two kids - that's what it feels like. And that's the lesson - you can't make plans."


She and fiance Ben Brewer, lead singer and guitarist of The Exit, did not reveal when the baby is due or the gender, but they made sure their fans knew they are serious about having a child. "I got engaged first, then I got pregnant, kids," M.I.A. said.

Pooh and friends help brighten struggling town

Characters from the beloved story of Winnie the Pooh are brightening one of the many vacant homes in the struggling industrial city of Flint, Mich.

Twenty-year-old Kristina Pringle has a sketch pad full of cartoon characters. Since August, she's been applying her hobby to beautifying an unoccupied house near her own home, painting Winnie's friends on the boarded-up windows.

"I'd like to make my street better, for sure," Pringle said. "And drawing is something I like to do."

She was recruited by Art Wenzlaff, community relations director of the nearby International Academy of Flint charter school.


Hoping to spruce up the neighborhood, he used donations and grant money to provide Pringle and other volunteers with art supplies. City officials gave their blessing to the project.

Quick clicks

* Despite tepid ratings for its first few episodes, NBC wants to see a little bit more from the new Knight Rider.

The network has ordered four additional scripts for the show, show-business trade papers report. That's typically a good sign for a show, though there's no guarantee those scripts will be filmed.

Knight Rider, a remake of the 1980s series about a man and his super-smart car, is averaging about 7.3 million viewers a week and a 2.4 rating among adults ages 18 to 49.

* The CBS drama The Mentalist has also received an order for extra scripts.



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