By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 18, 2003 01:53 PM

HONORED: “The Hours” Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, 37, will receive the 18th American Cinematheque Award during a Nov. 14 benefit gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the film preservation group has announced. AMC will telecast the event. The annual award — which in the past has gone to Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis and Nicolas Cage — honors “an extraordinary artist in the entertainment industry who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture.”

WANTED: Whitney Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown, 34, has failed to complete the conditions of his probation from a drunk-driving conviction in Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest, and he could face jail time for the violations. Brown also was ordered to participate in a risk-reduction program, complete 240 hours of community service, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for six months and submit to alcohol and drug testing. He has not been seen since July 17.

INJURED: Top American jockey Gary Stevens, 40, who costars in “Seabiscuit,” was thrown off after his mount Storming Home crossed the finish line first in the Arlington Million on Saturday, reports Reuters. Stevens tried to hang on but tumbled to the ground and was kicked on his left shoulder as the 13-strong field thundered home. “Gary is conscious and talking,” Arlington chaplain Dennis Nelson told reporters after accompanying Stevens to Northwest Community Hospital. Rival horse Sulamani was later declared the winner of the prestigious turf race.

DIED: Rhythm-and-blues songsmith Ed Townsend, 74, who wrote the 1958 hit “For Your Love” and worked with soul legend Marvin Gaye (“Let’s Get It On”) died at his California home Wednesday after heart failure, his family tells Reuters. Known as “Big Papa” by friends, Townsend is credited for helping craft a string of R&B hits recorded by Nat “King” Cole, the Impressions and Etta James.

EXPERIENCED: Striking some 50 million people starting at about 4:11 p.m. last Thursday, an electrical power blackout hit the northeast, affecting eight states, causing five reported deaths and forcing 800 elevator and thousands of subway-passenger rescues in New York City. Some 500 airline flights were canceled nationwide, and the blackout is now the subject of a massive investigation. And on top of all that, for the first time in its seven-year existence, the Daily News was unable to publish on Friday. We’re sorry. We’re also very glad to be back.