Plus: Ossie Davis honored, missing hikers found, and more

By Todd Peterson
Updated February 08, 2005 09:00 AM

THREATENED: Angelina Jolie’s work to protect an area of Cambodian land is reportedly being threatened by an influx of settlers. The land, located in northwest Cambodia, is forestland that a conservation group funded by the actress hopes to protect, and once belonged to the Khmer Rogue regime, which ruled the country in the 1970s. Jolie has donated $1.5 million to the conservation efforts, but some 1,000 people have recently settled in the area, cutting down the forest to grow crops. “The new settlers will attract more people to the area,” a spokesman for the conservation group tells the Associated Press. “Any expansion of new settlement will affect our conservation work.”

CAST: Former Sex and the City star Kristin Davis could be coming to the small screen again. The 39-year-old actress has been cast in a pilot for a new ABC drama tentatively titled Soccer Moms, reports Reuters. The show is about two suburban housewives who become private investigators. The second lead actress has yet to be cast.

ANNOUNCED: Christian singer Michael W. Smith received a leading eight nominations, including for artist of the year, for the Dove Awards, gospel music’s version of the Grammys. “You’d think by now we’d pass the baton and somebody else would come up the ranks,” said Smith, a perennial favorite whose song “Healing Rain” is up for song of the year. The group Casting Crowns, also nominated in the artist of the year category, got seven nominations and the Crabb Family received six. The Doves will be awarded April 13 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

HONORED: Actor and activist Ossie Davis, who died Friday at the age of 87, was honored at a ceremony celebrating the DVD release of Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X and commemorating the 40th anniversary of his death, AP reports. Davis appeared in the film and delivered a eulogy he originally gave at the time of Malcolm X’s actual funeral in 1965. At the ceremony Monday, Lee played a short film that highlighted Davis’s lengthy career.

SURVIVED: Clay Senechal, the son of actress Annie Potts, and screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin (The Devil’s Advocate, Lethal Weapon 4) found their way out of the Southern California wilderness after the two went missing following a weekend hike in the San Gabriel Mountains, AP reports. They became lost after a heavy fog descended, and decided to spend the night on Mt. Baldy. A search party was dispatched, but the two men found their way out Monday.

STRIPPED: Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is baring his soul – among other things – in a new ad campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The PETA ad features a nude profile of the heavily tattooed Rodman in a pose similar to Rodin’s “The Thinker,” with the tag line: “Think Ink, Not Mink.” The ads will debut during New York’s Fashion Week and later in Hollywood, AP reports. Meanwhile, the 43-year-old Rodman also recently resurfaced during the Super Bowl, taking a bubble bath in a bizarre commercial for Cosentino Silestone countertops.