PASSAGES: $4 Million Deal for Tina Fey

updated 05/06/2003 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/06/2003 4:32PM

RENEWED: Tina Fey, 32, will deliver "Weekend Update" on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for at least two more years, in a deal said to be worth nearly $4 million and that will give her her own primetime series, says the Hollywood Reporter. Fey won an Emmy last year as part of the "SNL" writing team, and in the current issue of PEOPLE she is named one of its 50 Most Beautiful People.

FETED: "The Silence of the Lambs" Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, 65, will be honored at the Maui Film Festival on June 13 with the 2003 Silversword Award, festival director Barry Rivers has announced. Named for the rare plant that blooms only on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano, the award annually honors an artist for contributions to filmmaking and to positive change in the world. Last year, it was awarded to Clint Eastwood.


QUOTED: "The French stood up to the Bush administration, which is more than I can say for the Democrats" -- comic Bill Maher, 47, whose one-man Broadway show, "Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home," opened Monday night at the Virginia Theatre.


DIED: Model-actress Suzy Parker, 69, one of the most recognizable faces of the 1950s and a forerunner of the supermodel, died Saturday night at her home in Montecito, Calif., according to her stepdaughter, Pamela Dillman Harmon. No cause of death has been announced. Parker was married to actor Bradford Dillman (Robert Redford's buddy in "The Way We Were") and had her own roles in such movies as "Funny Face" and "The Best of Everything."

CHOSEN: "Star Trek" star William Shatner's embarrassing 1968 version of "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" has been voted the worst Beatles cover of all time in a poll conducted by the British TV channel Music Choice. Shatner, now, 72, was also cited for an equally horrific interpretation of "Mr. Tambourine Man."

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