If you’re expecting a baby and are stumped by what to name the blessed arrival, look no further than your shoe closet. Hey, it worked for singer Erykah Badu, who gave birth July 5 to a baby girl she named Puma.

Less than two weeks after lil’ Puma got a running start into the world came Beckett Finn, son of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines. Beckett joins older brother Slade in the seemingly endless roll call of nontraditional – sometimes strange – celebrity-kid names.

Although one might think the well from which the rich and famous fish for unusual baby names might run dry one of these days, it just never does.

Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette this summer named their bundle of joy Coco, reportedly after the first two letters of Mommy’s first and maiden names.

Let’s hope lil’ Apple Martin has a tough core and can chuckle years from now at her name, hand-picked by her parents, Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

R&B songstress Toni Braxton has a beautiful voice and a penchant for all things that glitter, but she could have shopped around a little longer, some might say, for her sons’ names: Denim and Diezel.

Donald Duck is getting his own place on walk of fame

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Duck is finally getting some respect.

The famous hotheaded animated Disney character will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to be unveiled Monday in front of the Disney Store on Hollywood Boulevard.

Johnny Grant, honorary mayor of Hollywood and chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, will preside. Disney chief executive Michael Eisner, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck and Donald can next be seen Aug. 17 in Disney’s direct-to-DVD “The Three Musketeers,” the first feature-length film starring Donald, Mickey Mouse and Goofy together.

Hathaway surprised by following for ‘Princess’

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Anne Hathaway has been surprised by the range of fans won over by her 2001 hit “The Princess Diaries.”

While the story of an awkward teen transformed into royalty appealed heavily to young girls and their moms, male crowds also liked it, Hathaway said. Even businessmen.

“The movie showed on planes it seems like forever,” Hathaway said in an interview last week with The Associated Press.

“Businessmen in particular got to see it that way, which is not the typical audience for the film,” the 21-year-old actress said. “But they would come up to me and say, “I saw your movie on an airplane and really liked it.”‘

Hathaway and co-star Julie Andrews reprise their roles in “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” which opens this week.

Andrews heads back to the stage

NEW YORK (AP) – Julie Andrews is coming back to “The Boy Friend.”

The actress made her Broadway debut in 1954 in Sandy Wilson’s spoof of the giddy 1920s musical comedy, and now she is directing a revival of the show.

Andrews is overseeing a production that will open next summer at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and then travel the country. In the original New York production, she played Polly Browne, an English heiress who falls in love with a delivery boy who turns out to be the son of a wealthy nobleman.

The Goodspeed version will play July 15-Sept. 24, 2005, in Connecticut and then tour, beginning in Wilmington, Del., followed by Boston; Greenville, S.C.; Hershey, Pa.; East Lansing, Mich.; Chicago; Green Bay, Wis.; and St. Paul, Minn. More cities will be announced later.

Andrews, best known for starring on Broadway in “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot” as well as in movie musicals such as “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” first directed “The Boy Friend” last summer in Sag Harbor, N.Y., at the Bay Street Theater, which is run by her daughter, Emma Walton.

Sets and costumes for the new production of “The Boy Friend” will be designed by Andrews’ ex-husband, Tony Walton.


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