A Shue thing ...
Actor siblings Elisabeth and Andrew Shue are soliciting audition tapes from young female soccer players across the country to find a star for their coming-of-age film, "Gracie."
"We want everybody to be talking about it, trying to come up with that special girl," Andrew said. Potential Gracies are encouraged to visit the Web site, www.findinggracie.com, and submit an audition tape.
Inspired by Elisabeth's life, "Gracie" is about a New Jersey girl in the late 1970s playing soccer on an all-boys team. Much like Elisabeth, the title character is motivated by the death of her star soccer-playing brother. William Shue died in an accident on a family vacation when Elisabeth was 25. "The inspiration for the film came from what it means to lose somebody you love," said Elisabeth, now 41. She starred in "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Leaving Las Vegas."
Andrew, 38, will star as Gracie's coach while Elisabeth will play either Gracie's mother or an older version of Gracie, who appears at the end of the film.
Making waves ...
Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton is bottling her passion: She's launching two fragrances -- Stoked for girls and Wired for boys -- that aim to capture the smell of the ocean.
Bethany, a competitive surfer since age 11, lost her left arm in a shark attack off Kauai, Hawaii, in 2003 when she was 13. She has since returned to surfing.
Stoked is "just the way I feel after a great day of surfing," she said in a statement. "It has all the good aromas and memories of a great day at the beach." Stoked blends notes of clementine, pineapple, tropical orchids, lotus blossoms, sandalwood and coconut. Wired includes notes of orange and Asian pear, jasmine, juniper, cedar wood and sandalwood.
The fragrances will be produced by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics. A percentage of sales will go to World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization.
Cashing in ...
A Muskegon, Mich., County jury ruled that a music festival must pay $100,000 in damages to Ted Nugent for canceling his June 2003 concert.
The concert was canceled after Nugent used a slur offensive to blacks during an interview on a Denver radio station in May 2003. Nugent testified at the trial that he had used the word while quoting a black Motown musician's compliment to then-teen Nugent in reference to his guitar skills.
Nugent said a Muskegon Summer Celebration news release at the time of the cancellation wrongly accused him of making racist remarks. The jury Thursday found that festival organizers breached their contract with Nugent and awarded him $80,000 in damages, plus $20,000 for lost proceeds from sale of merchandise.
Nugent, 56, was born in Detroit and now lives in Crawford, Texas.
Celebrity birthdays ...
Sunday: Actress-singer Doris Day is 81. Actress Marsha Mason and singer Wayne Newton are 63.
Monday: Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 40. Actors Heath Ledger and Natasha Lyonne are 26.
Tuesday: Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 40.
Wednesday: Country singer Merle Haggard is 68. Actor Billy Dee Williams is 68. Actor Zach Braff is 30.
Thursday: Actor James Garner is 77. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola is 66. Actor Russell Crowe is 41.
Friday: Singer Julian Lennon is 42. Actress Robin Wright Penn is 39. Actress Patricia Arquette is 37.
Next Saturday: Actor Dennis Quaid is 51. Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes is 25. Singer-actor Jesse McCartney ("Summerland") is 18.