HOPE REMEMBERED: A veritable who’s who of Hollywood and politics gathered Wednesday to celebrate the life of comedian Bob Hope, who died July 27 at the age of 100. The daylong invitation-only tribute included a Catholic mass, luncheon and a grand eulogy, and was held at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Guests and speakers included former first lady Nancy Reagan, Gerald and Betty Ford, Gen. William Westmoreland, Mickey Rooney, Sid Ceasar, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Barbara Eden, Loni Anderson, Phyllis Diller, Joey Heatherton, Raquel Welch and others.
RAY OF LIGHT: Now they really love Raymond. After a tense standoff that threatened the eighth season of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” sitcom star Ray Romano, along with the show’s creator and other executives, parted with a small percentage of their syndication profits to settle a pay dispute with costars Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts, the Hollywood Reporter noted. Garrett also got a pay raise, according to the trade paper.
NEVERLAND OPENED: Michael Jackson is planning to grant access to his Neverland ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., next month to invited guests willing to shell out up to $5,000 for the privilege, MTV reported. On September 13, paying visitors will receive access to the estate’s zoo, amusement park, movie theater, arcade and gardens and will be given lunch and dinner plus a parting gift of a limited-edition poster. Representatives for Jackson, who could raise more than $1 million from the event, said that $1,000 of every ticket would be donated to three children’s charities.
MOORE MARRIES: Actress Julianne Moore, 42, tied the knot with her longtime partner, writer-director Bart Freundlich, 33, in an intimate ceremony, reported the New York Post. Among the 36 guests celebrating the union at the couples’ duplex in New York’s West Village were actress Ellen Barkin, her husband, Revlon honcho Ron Perelman, and actor Billy Crudup. Moore, star of “The Hours” and “Boogie Nights,” met her groom in 1996 on the set of Freundlich’s “The Myth of Fingerprints.” The couple have two children: son Caleb, 5, and daughter Liv, 1.
TOBY ON TOP: Country hitmaker Toby Keith scored the most nods — a total of six — when the Country Music Association announced its award nominations on Tuesday. In addition to nominations for best entertainer, male vocalist and album of the year, Keith’s duet with veteran Willie Nelson, “Beer For My Horses,” was cited in three categories. Other unusual duets also scored nominations this year: “Picture,” which paired Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock, and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” a duet with Alan Jackson and Jimmy “Margaritaville” Buffett. Country music veteran Johnny Cash, 71, also received four CMA nominations for his most recent CD, “American IV: The Man Comes Around,” which features a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt.”