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Another celeb booted from 'Dancing'

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 2, 2007


Former Cheers mailman and popular Pixar Studios voice John Ratzenberger became the latest celebrity casualty Tuesday on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Though judge Bruno Tonioli said the actor's moves made it look as if he had "been to dance rehab, " his footwork failed to impress fans. Viewer votes are combined with judges' scores to determine which couple will be eliminated each week. The remaining celebrity dancers are Billy Ray Cyrus, Ian Ziering, Joey Fatone, Laila Ali and Apolo Anton Ohno. Each will perform two dances on Monday's show.

Old-time sidekick Tom Poston dies

Tom Poston, the tall, pasty-faced comic who found fame and fortune playing a clueless everyman on such hit television shows as Newhart and Mork and Mindy, has died. He was 85. Mr. Poston, who was married to Suzanne Pleshette of The Bob Newhart Show, died Monday night at home after a brief illness, a family representative, Tanner Gibson, said Tuesday. The nature of his illness was not disclosed.

Is he or isn't he?

A woman who claims Chris Rock is the father of her 13-year-old son says she is seeking a DNA test because she's not completely sure he's the father. Kali Bowyer filed court papers in Georgia in March claiming the comedian is her son's father. Rock has acknowledged the two had a "limited relationship" and is willing to take a DNA test. Rock and his wife, Malaak, have been married for 10 years and have two young children.

Rap from the heart

R. Kelly has written a new song, Rise Up, about healing in the aftermath of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech. The song will be available digitally May 15, and all proceeds will go to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, said a spokesman at Jive Records, his record label.DeVito says cheers

Danny DeVito is taking an embarrassing moment on ABC's The View and turning it into his own brand of limoncello, a lemon-flavored liqueur. The actor-director made a loopy, seemingly drunken appearance on the daytime talk show last November, saying he'd had a late night out with George Clooney. "I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me, " DeVito said on the show. His 60-proof liqueur was unveiled Monday at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America annual convention in Orlando.

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Things to do

Anne Frank and Me: Tampa JCC Youth Theatre production. 7:30 p.m., Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W Swann Ave., Tampa. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students. (813) 264-9000; www.jewishtampa.com. Noted for ages 11 and up.

Type O Negative, with Celtic Frost and Band New Sin: 6:30 p.m., Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 896-2276.