Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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With British aplomb, ANTHONY HOPKINS says that winning an Oscar gave him more thrills than winning a knighthood.

"My wife likes the title - she ran out to buy tiaras - but I don't," he tells W magazine. "I can't take it seriously. When she told me they wanted to give me a knighthood, I said, `What the hell for?' "

Does he mind doing the interviews that go along with fame? Not at all, he insists. "Why shouldn't I like interviews?" he asks. "I get to talk about myself."

Silenced: DURAN DURAN'S comeback tour has been postponed indefinitely, less than two weeks into the U.S. leg, because lead singer SIMON LeBON has torn a vocal cord. Doctor's orders: antibiotics and rest. The tour began Oct. 12 in Merrillville, Ind., and was supposed to end Dec. 10 in Bozeman, Mont.

Beware of the dog: Actor JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT underwent surgery Sunday after a dog bit off a thumb-sized part of his lip.

The attack happened during a dockside victory celebration after Vincent won a Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association race on Lake Mead, Nev., a National Park Service spokeswoman said.

"In his exuberance he reached down to pet a dog that was there with his owners," the spokeswoman said. "The owners warned him not to, but he then did it a second time and the dog nipped at him and took off part of his lip." Vincent underwent surgery in Las Vegas and was released Monday.

The dog, a female Rottweiler, was taken by park rangers to the Boulder City Animal Control shelter and released to its owners Monday.

Vincent is best known as a youthful leading man during the 1970s, starring in the 1975 film "White Line Fever" and the 1984 TV series "Airwolf."

Among the weekend volunteers searching for an abducted 12-year-old girl in Petaluma, Calif., was actress WINONA RYDER. Ryder, who grew up in Petaluma, earlier had offered a $200,000 reward for the return of the girl, Polly Klass.

One good thing about stardom: country singer BILLY RAY CYRUS no longer worries about the end of the world.

"I used to watch CNN late at night and document the end of the world with my VCR," he tells TV Guide. …

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