A change in luck . . .
Actor Dennis Farina's luck is beginning to turn around.
The former Chicago police officer hadn't appeared in any major projects for some time and then was forced to withdraw from "Collateral," the thriller starring Tom Cruise, after a car accident.
"He was starting to doubt that there was going to be anything really worthwhile on the horizon," Chuck Adamson, a friend and retired Chicago police sergeant told the New York Times.
Then Farina was recruited to join the cast of "Law & Order," after longtime fixture Jerry Orbach announced he was leaving to join a spinoff.
Farina says he was already a fan of the show and liked the emphasis on the crime stories rather than the characters' personal lives. He also was not worried about competition from other crime shows like "CSI."
"I just think 'Law & Order' is the gold standard," he told the Times.
Slip-slidin' away . . .
Turns out it's not just the pooches in the Osbourne house who play fast and loose with their bodily functions, reports MSN.com.
Sharon Osbourne -- in a textbook case of too much information -- reveals she has installed urinals in the family manse in Britain because Ozzy has such lousy aim.
"We have to have urinals everywhere because Ozzy always misses the target, and there's pee all over the seat," she said.
Sharon also isn't shy about discussing the $250,000 she dropped on plastic surgery following her dramatic weight loss thanks to stomach-stapling surgery.
"After losing half my body weight, I had flesh hanging everywhere," she said. "I had the sort of breasts you normally only ever see in the pages of National Geographic magazine. So much needed doing that it couldn't have been done in one operation."
Fitness for the ages . . .
Jack LaLanne keeps going and going, and so do the parties celebrating his 90th birthday.
Saturday, nearly a month after the fitness guru turned 90, friends gathered to honor him near Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., that LaLanne and his bodybuilding colleagues made famous in the 1940s.
"I'm so flattered and honored," LaLanne said before a luncheon began in Hotel Casa Del Mar. "Who the heck am I? I'm just a guy trying to help people."
"You've got to work at living because dying is easy," he added.
LaLanne later became a household name by hosting a television exercise show that ran from 1951 to 1985 and by performing outrageous feats such as towing boats while swimming across Long Beach Harbor handcuffed.
The party was attended by celebrities such as David Carradine and Lou Ferrigno and followed similar celebrations in recent weeks in New York and San Francisco, where LaLanne was born.
Defender of elk
Actor Harrison Ford is drawing the line -- right at his property -- against state efforts to thin the elk herd.
Elk living near Ford's ranch near Jackson, Wyo., belong to the larger Fall Creek herd, which numbers 5,100, exceeding the state's population objective of 4,400 animals.
"The problem is that a lot of landowners don't allow permission to hunt," said Mark Gocke, spokesman for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "That's why this particular herd segment has grown so much."
Ford has created a private elk refuge of sorts with elk summering on his property in South Park.
"(Ford) doesn't want any hunting to take place on his property," said John Kelly, who manages the ranch for the actor. "He told me that if I caught anyone to turn them in."