Lara Croft: Philanthropist! Angelina Jolie fell in love with Cambodia when she made "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" there, and she not only adopted a Cambodian child (with ex-hubby Billy Bob Thornton) but has promised $5 million over the next 15 years to set up a wildlife sanctuary. The funds will also help war veterans and amputees rebuild their lives. And Jolie is truly a woman of action: The charity (Cambodian Vision in Development) says it's already received the first installment of $350,000. (CNN)
Bill Clinton continues to be a catalyst. The big guy showed up at Willie Nelson's 70th birthday concert on Wednesday in New York and got a mix of applause and boos, leading the ex-prez to mumble something about "angry Republicans" before he introduced Willie. The show also featured John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones. No mention of whether Bill sat in with the band. (Page Six)
It's dangerous to be in a rapper's entourage. An unknown assailant fired on Snoop Dogg Thursday night as he drove down Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles with a five-car caravan. He had several people with him, including a bodyguard who was injured in the attack. We think Snoop should consider renting a minivan next time. (MTV.com)
It's also dangerous to be near Sean Penn. Not only was his car stolen in broad daylight in Berkeley, Calif., Tuesday (with two guns stashed in it), but he isn't a very good driver. The Fix just got a call from a friend who was almost broadsided in a San Rafael, Calif., parking lot by Penn behind the wheel of a Range Rover. Perhaps he's not used to handling an SUV -- the car pinched from him was an '87 Buick. (SFGate)
Melanie Griffith is no fool. Her hunky hubby Antonio Banderas is getting rave reviews for his role in "Nine," in which he is the only gaucho in a cast of gorgeous gals. Mel probably figured she should stick close to her man, so she got herself cast as Roxie Hart in that obscure musical "Chicago," around the corner. We don't blame her a bit. We hear that on Valentine's Day during rehearsals the Latin lover sent a dozen roses to each of his lovely cast members. But Melanie has firmly staked out her claim -- she has her husband's name tattooed on her shoulder. (N.Y. Daily News) P.S. We also hear rumors that if Antonio doesn't stay with the show for the full run, Richard Gere might step in.
In other Broadway news: We aren't sure we want to know this, but reports are that Yoko Ono has approved a musical version of John Lennon's life. And surprise! -- word is that the story will be less about the Beatles and more about John's time with Yoko. Obla-dee, Obla-dah. (Fox News)
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