Celebrity Scoop

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Ohio colleges were inundated with calls after a fake Web site reported that twin teenage actresses Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen had applied for admission. "We'd be happy to give them a tour if they want to stop by, and we might even buy them lunch," University of Cincinnati spokesman Greg Hand said Wednesday. "There's no truth to it. They didn't apply. And Britney Spears isn't coming either," said University of Dayton spokeswoman Teri Rizvi. Current and prospective students called admissions officers in droves after seeing the fake links Tuesday and Wednesday. The sites since have been removed from the Web. The hoax is "all over the country," said Michael Pagnotta, a spokesman for the Olsens, who debuted as infants on the ABC sitcom "Full House" in 1987. "In a way, it's flattering so many people want to believe (the twins) will be going to their school," Pagnotta said. "But at the end of the day, none of the reports are true." The 16-year-olds have a year of high school left, he said.

Sadie Frost, the actress wife of screen star Jude Law, is in a London clinic suffering from severe postnatal depression. Frost, 34, was admitted to the $1,600-a-night Cromwell Hospital over the weekend, immediately after returning to Britain from Los Angeles, where newspaper reports said she'd marked her wrists in a "suicide scare." In a statement released Thursday through publicist Simon Halls, Law said his wife was "feeling very blue" after the premature birth of their third child, Rudy, in September. "This depression can be a serious thing and it has left Sadie feeling very sad and run down and she is just trying to get a handle on it," Law said in the statement. Law, 30, has returned to the couple's north London home to care for their three children: Rudy, son Rafferty and daughter Iris, and Frost's son Finlay from her previous marriage to Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp. Frost appeared in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" in 1992, but her acting career has not matched the success of her husband's in Hollywood. She is well known in Britain for her "Frost French" designer underwear. Law starred in the film "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and most recently appeared in "Road to Perdition."

Terius Gray, better known to rap music fans as Juvenile, was arrested on drug charges with three other people when police smelled, then saw, two burning marijuana cigarettes in the car they were in. Gray was a front seat passenger in the rented Lincoln Town Car stopped Wednesday at a New Orleans intersection where police had set up a checkpoint to make sure drivers were carrying proof of insurance. "Officers detected a very strong odor of burning marijuana coming from the vehicle," Sgt. Paul Accardo, a police spokesman, said in a news release. "Officers then observed two, still burning, marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray and subsequently arrested all four occupants for possession of marijuana." The men were later booked with possession of cocaine after officers found a small amount of cocaine in the trunk of the car, Accardo said. Gray, 27, also faces a simple robbery charge from an incident in September. Police said two of Gray's associates took $200 from a barber whom Gray had accused of bootlegging a Juvenile compact disc.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, donated $370,000 of his $1 million Nobel Peace Prize award to an institute she founded to help caregivers and their families. "Rosalynn and I have been life partners in all our work, and it is appropriate that a portion of the Nobel Peace Prize award go to the Rosalynn Carter Institute," Carter said Tuesday in a ceremony at Georgia Southwestern State University, where the institute is located. "Its mission to support caregivers is important to our nation's future and accomplishes goals that I noted in my Nobel speech, to 'cross boundaries in service and in love to alleviate suffering and promote peace,'" he said. Caregivers are those who care for people with physical and mental disabilities, the elderly or children. Established in 1987, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development provides relief for caregivers, who often struggle with physical and emotional stress, isolation, guilt and financial strain. The institute also promotes effective caregiving practices and builds public awareness of caregiving needs. It's in Americus, about 10 miles east of the Carters' hometown of Plains.

Mike Tyson was talking boxing, while Meg Ryan was nearby shooting pictures. Tyson may be coming off his worst beating at the hands of Lennox Lewis, but Hollywood still recognizes a star, even one as faded as Tyson. "Why are you taking my picture?" Tyson asked the actress Tuesday while sitting in a dressing room getting his hands wrapped. Ryan explained that she recently shot a movie about boxing and "I just got into it." Besides, she said, "Sometimes I take good pictures." Ryan, 41, stars in the upcoming "Against the Ropes," a fictional story inspired by female boxing promoter Jackie Kallen and her struggle to survive and succeed. Tyson, who fights Clifford Etienne in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 22 in his first fight since losing to Lewis, talked for the first time publicly about why he lost as he was getting ready for a sparring session. "If he was that dominant he should have knocked me out in the second or third round," Tyson said of Lewis. "He was still scared. He took no risks." As usual with Tyson, the conversation drifted to things beyond boxing. It didn't help that Ryan was there with a camera shooting pictures. "Hi Mike, I'm Meg," she said by way of introduction. "I know who you are," he replied.

George Lucas is combining his film production, special effects and video game companies under the name Lucasfilm Ltd. The strategic business move, announced Tuesday, will bring together special effects shop Lucas Digital, video game maker LucasArts Entertainment, Lucas Licensing and Lucasfilm. Those four companies are housed in Marin County, where Lucas makes his home. The consolidation means most of the 2,000 employees will relocate to the company's planned Digital Arts Center campus at San Francisco's Presidio in 2005, said Lucasfilm spokeswoman Lynn Hale. Also coinciding with the move, Lucasfilm President Gordon Radley has decided to leave the company. Lucas, creator of the "Star Wars" series, will remain chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Lucasfilm Ltd. "We have a unique array of talent in the areas of special effects, sound design, interactive games, licensing, distribution and marketing," Lucas said Tuesday. "This new structure will make it easier for our diverse talents to work as a team."

Now that the NFL season is done, Bon Jovi is turning to golf. The band will headline Tiger Woods' benefit concert in Las Vegas on April 19, it was announced Wednesday. "I grew up listening to Bon Jovi, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them live," Woods said. "It means a lot to me that Jon and the guys have joined in my efforts to support today's youth through 'Tiger Jam.'" Bon Jovi played in New York's Times Square at a promotion to start the NFL season and helped close it with a performance at the Super Bowl in San Diego. The "Tiger Jam" concert raises money for Woods' foundation and children's charities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Also performing with Bon Jovi at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be the Goo Goo Dolls.