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Actress Sophia Loren -- who is still adored on the silver screen -- turns heads at the San Francisco airport after taking the inaugural nonstop flight from Milan, Italy, Thursday.

KIN, FRIENDS PLAN TRIBUTE FOR CARTER'S 75TH BIRTHDAY

Former President Jimmy Carter will celebrate his 75th birthday by attending a show in his honor in a renovated theater in Americus, Ga.

A tribute to Carter is planned for Oct. 1 at the Rylander Theatre, which was built in 1921, three years before he was born in nearby Plains.

Maxine Reese, an organizer of the tribute, said an elaborate production is planned inside the theater, with a birthday cake lighting outside afterward.

"This is very exciting, and it is being organized by friends and neighbors," she said. "This tribute is not just because we love him, but because we respect him as well."

SOCCER STAR CHEERS SELF UP -- WITH $320,000 FERRARI

After splitting from his fiancee and getting cut from Brazil's team, soccer star Ronaldo is cheering himself up at the wheel of a Ferrari.

He bought the $320,000 red sports car after separating this week from Susana Werner and being excluded from today's exhibition game between Brazil and Holland because of injury.

"I am going to treat this car with the same affection that I treat a soccer ball," Ronaldo said. "I love speed."

MASTER OF SPECIAL EFFECTS RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD STAR

The Oscar-winning expert responsible for the spectacular special effects in "Titanic" and the "Star Wars" films has gotten his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Directors George Lucas and James Cameron were on hand Thursday as special effects master Dennis Muren was honored. Muren has won nine Academy Awards -- eight for visual effects and one for technical achievement.

"We're not only honoring a great filmmaker, but we honor special effects as a true art form," said Lucas, director of the "Star Wars" series.

Several hundred co-workers and fans saw Muren get star No. 2,137 on Hollywood Boulevard. He's the first special effects expert to receive a star.

GODFATHER OF SOUL BUYING INTO GUN-SAFETY PROGRAM

James Brown donated $4,000 so that his hometown of Augusta, Ga., could buy 1,000 gun locks and give them away to gun owners.

The Godfather of Soul wrote the check after being approached by Mayor Bob Young, who said he got the idea after seeing the success of a gun lock giveaway in Hendersonville, Tenn.

"It was not a hard sell at all because Mr. Brown is concerned about kids and he loves this community," Young said.