Harrelson’s paper sees forest for trees
Woody Harrelson is putting his paper where his passions are. The 51-year-old actor is the co-founder of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc., which launched its brand of environmentally friendly paper Wednesday.
The company spent 15 years researching and developing its Step Forward Paper. It’s made of wheat-straw waste and wood fiber rather than virgin trees.
The company says replacing two packs of traditional copy paper with their product saves one tree. Harrelson says half the world’s forests are cut down to make paper, and his company’s new paper is “going to be great for our future.”
Blair leaves ‘Anger Management’
Charlie Sheen is evidently still having trouble getting along with costars.
The producers of Sheen’s FX comedy “Anger Management” confirmed late Tuesday that costar Selma Blair will be leaving the show immediately, after reports of friction with Sheen became public over the last day or so.
The website TMZ reported that Sheen went on the warpath after Blair complained to the producers about his lax work ethic. According to TMZ, Sheen gave “Anger Management” producers an ultimatum to fire Blair or he’d quit.
Deen says she used racial slur long ago
Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
The 66-year-old Food Network star and Savannah, Ga., restaurant owner was peppered with questions about her racial attitudes in a May 17 deposition by a lawyer for Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, own the restaurant. Jackson sued them last year, saying she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.
According to a transcript of the deposition, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, an attorney for Jackson asked Deen if she has ever used the N-word. “Yes, of course,” Deen replied, though she added: “It’s been a very long time.”
William Franklin, Deen’s attorney, said the celebrity was looking forward to her day in court. “Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable,” he said in a statement.
The birthday bunch
Actor Martin Landau is 85. Actress Olympia Dukakis is 82. Actor Danny Aiello is 80. Singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is 71. Singer Anne Murray is 68. TV personality Bob Vila is 67. Musician Andre Watts is 67. Actress Candy Clark is 66. Pop singer Lionel Richie is 64. Actor John Goodman is 61. Actress Nicole Kidman is 46. Country/bluegrass singer-musician Dan Tyminski is 46. Movie director Robert Rodriguez is 45. Country-folk singer-songwriter Amos Lee is 36. Rock singer Grace Potter (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) is 30.