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By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 14, 2000

Carrey, Zellweger are no longer a couple

It appears the Grinch will be home alone this Christmas.

Jim Carrey, star of the No. 1 movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and actor Renee Zellweger are no longer a couple.

Carrey publicist Marleah Leslie confirmed the split Tuesday after a Zellweger representative divulged in a TV interview that the couple wasn't together anymore. They parted ways a few weeks ago.

"I just want to say that it is true and that it's a private matter between the two of them," Leslie said.

Carrey, 38, and second wife Lauren Holly divorced in 1997, and the Canadian actor hooked up with Zellweger after the two worked together on the comedy Me, Myself and Irene. Carrey has some consolation: His latest movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, has been dominating the Christmas season box office receipts, taking in $195.5-million so far in its four weeks of release in the United States and Canada alone.

Fans travel far to wait, swoon over McCartney

Fans traveled from as far away as Poland for a chance to meet Paul McCartney on Wednesday at his first book-signing.

Some began lining up outside a London bookstore a full day before the 58-year-old former Beatle was to sign copies of Paul McCartney: Paintings, a collection of his recent artwork. McCartney said he began painting as a change of pace after turning 40.

"I died and went straight to heaven," said Kate Brylska of Bydgoszcz, Poland. "I have been queuing since yesterday. I froze to death, but it was worth it. He's the best."

Mario Canosa, from the Italian island of Sardinia, broke down in tears after meeting McCartney and had to be steadied by store staff.

"He looked me in the eyes," Canosa said. "I only heard about this yesterday evening and came immediately."

K.D. Lang battles jitters over live concert show

K.D. Lang is a little nervous about her upcoming live television performance.

The Canadian singer will star in A&E's Live by Request special on Thursday, during which she will play requests for two hours.

"It's kind of like being an Olympic athlete. You have that one chance to win the race," she said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. She added: "It's a great opportunity for me to sort of display my wares, so to speak."

Rockers take issue with furniture maker's name

The threat of a lawsuit from the hard-rock group Metallica persuaded a furniture maker to change the name of his business, Metallika.

Kim Hodges got a certified letter from Metallica's lawyer asking him to change the name of his business. Hodges said he will not fight the band in court and that he is somewhat amused that Metallica, a group he likes, would even bother to threaten a "piddling" furniture company.

Jill Pietrini, an attorney for the band, said: "When we find out about things like this, we actively protect the band's trademark rights. It's not like we're trying to protect a name commonly used, like United. It's a unique name."

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