Stephen M. Silverman
February 01, 2005 08:00 AM

HONORED: The Aviator Best Actor Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio was presented the Platinum Award at the Santa Barbara, Calif., International Film Festival on Sunday, commemorating that festival’s 20th anniversary and recognizing the actor’s “exceptional career,” festival director Roger Durling said. Aviator director Martin Scorsese handed DiCaprio his trophy. “It’s a lifetime achievement award, which is completely and utterly surreal, given I’m only 30 years old,” the actor said, laughing, according to the Associated Press. “But, you know, what has it been? Almost 17 years now. I’ve done quite a few films. But what’s really exciting, for me, is that this is what I really love doing. It’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

SCHEDULED: Tryouts for the next season of NBC’s The Apprentice will be held on Friday in New York at the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street, according to network promos for the tryouts. Wristbands for Apprentice aspirants will be dispersed starting at 8 a.m., with doors opening at 9. Former winners Bill Rancic and Kelly Perdew are scheduled to be present.

CONTINUED: CBS star Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond, which just finished filming its ninth and final season, is jumping networks by moving to ABC – which has offered her a seven-figure development deal, says the Hollywood Reporter. Through Four Boys Films, her production company with husband David Hunt, the Emmy-winning actress, 46, reportedly will develop and executive produce TV movies and series, including those in which she would star.

ACKNOWLEDGED: Keanu Reeves, 40, got his star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame Monday, near the spot where some action scenes in Speed were filmed, AP reports. Reeves said he was proud “to be honored with stars from the past and present,” and acknowledged his mother, Patricia Reeves, who was at the ceremony. “When I was 15 years old in Canada, I did a play called Romeo and Juliet,” Reeves said. “I asked my mom if it was OK to be an actor, and she said, ‘Whatever you want.’ So thanks, Mom.”

CANCELED: New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has withdrawn from a Washington, D.C., appearance scheduled for Tuesday after fainting at a Buffalo, N.Y., speaking engagement Monday. “It wasn’t as dramatic as it sounds,” Clinton, 57, told a crowd later Monday afternoon. “I came up with a 24-hour virus in the last 24 hours.” Clinton, speaking at a private club in upstate in New York State, was not taken to the hospital Monday but received immediate medical attention when she passed out, said Clinton spokesman Philippe Raines.

DIED: Miracle-Gro marketing expert (and majority shareholder) Horace Hagedorn, 89, who convinced Americans after World War II to feed their plants the bright blue mixture, died in his New York home of pulmonary fibrosis, reports The New York Times – which paints Hagedorn as being as colorful as his product. He was a multimillionaire who only owned three suits and who, for years, drove a Gremlin, the paper says. …. David Lerchey, 67, of the multi-racial Doo-Wop group the Del Vikings, died of cancer and heart problems in a Florida hospital Monday, AP reports. His Pittsburgh-based group, formed in 1955, had hits with “Whispering Bells” and “Come Go With Me.”

SOLD: The A&E cable network has reportedly paid a record $2.5 million per episode of the HBO Mob hit The Sopranos, which it will begin airing – in sanitized reruns missing a lot of sex and violence – in the fall of 2006, say reports. (On HBO, meanwhile, the sixth and, apparently, final season of The Sopranos is scheduled to begin airing early next year.) The A&E deal for Sopranos reportedly shatters the previous TV record of $1.9 million per episode paid by Bravo and the USA Network for reruns of NBC’s Law & Order.

RETIRED: After three years and 3,000 costume changes, Cher says she’s bringing her long-running “Farewell Never Can Say Goodbye Tour” tour to an end April 30 at the Hollywood Bowl – and then hanging up her life on the road for good. “I have lots more things I want to do in my career … but as far as ever going on the road again, this is it,” the pop diva, 58, said in a statement, going on to say she’s considering recording a new album and doing a movie musical.

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