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Expressway to fame . . .
Director Robert Zemeckis, whose career is breezing along on "The Polar Express," stopped long enough to pick up a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Zemeckis, who won an Oscar for directing "Forrest Gump," received the 2,268th star Friday. Frequent collaborator Tom Hanks attended the ceremony along with hundreds of other fans.

"He is, to film, a visionary," Hanks said. "He is what Paul McCartney is to music. Bob is without a doubt the most inspirational example of the true work ethic that is needed in order to make movies in this day and age than any other human being I have worked with or come across."

The director of the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Cast Away" is known for using pioneering technology to create otherworldly action in his films.

"The Polar Express," inspired by the Christmas picture book illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, will be released Wednesday.

Time to hit the books . . .

Kate Bosworth is temporarily stepping away from her film career to go to college and study psychology - a subject that just "blows her away," reports

The "Blue Crush" star, 21, is hoping to enroll at Princeton University, whose famous graduates include Dean Cain, Ethan Coen, David Duchovny and David E. Kelley.

"I'm going to take a bit of time for me because I've been working so much," she said.

"I'm totally in love with what I do, but it's not the only thing that fulfills me."

Tenant with a beef . . .

Actor Gary Busey and his landlord have settled a lawsuit filed against the star after he stopped paying the rent on his Malibu home, court officials said.

Busey's lawyer, Vicki Roberts, said Saturday the star of "The Buddy Holly Story" handed over a check for $30,000 in back rent. Under the settlement, the landlord must make repairs to the home, including fixing problems with the ventilation system.

Busey has lived in the modest three-bedroom home with ocean views for more than a decade. He claimed that dust and mold in the ventilation system affected his breathing and stopped paying the $6,000 per month rent when the problems didn't get fixed.

An attorney for landlord Robert Wesson could not be reached to comment.

Catwoman - catty? . . .

Actor James Belushi is accusing next-door neighbor Julie Newmar of a "campaign of harassment" designed to drive him from his home.

The accusations are part of a lawsuit seeking $4 million in damages from the actress, who played Catwoman in the 1960s television series "Batman.

Belushi, 50, claims Newmar destroyed a fence and landscaping at the home in the posh Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles and repeatedly made defamatory statements about him to neighbors and friends. he also said Newmar spied on Belushi's family from her residence and caused a nuisance by playing loud music directed at his backyard.

Newmar had an unlisted telephone number and could not be reached to comment.