NEWS BRIEFS: Madonna Chooses Clark

12/17/2003 at 01:55 AM EST

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ENDORSED: Madonna, 45, has thrown her support in the direction of Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark. "I think he has a good handle on foreign policy, I think he's good with people, and I think he has a heart and a consciousness," she told CNN. "He's interested in spirituality -- I mean, those things mean a lot to me." The two met a few weeks ago, introduced by "Bowling for Columbine" filmmaker Michael Moore. "As it stands right now, he's got my support," Madonna said of Clark.

CONFIRMED: German supermodel Heidi Klum, 30, is expecting her first child with Flavio Briatore, 53, managing director of Renault's Formula One team, Klum told reporters after the presentation of her new fashion collection in Hamburg, Germany, on Tuesday. She and Briatore have been together for about a year. "I will take a short maternity leave," Klum She declined to say when the baby was due or whether she already knew the sex of the child. "It doesn't matter as long as it's healthy," Klum said.


QUOTED: "Peace on Earth seems out of reach for much of the world this year, but won't you please grant it to one pathetic, old, lonely elephant?" -- Pink, 34, in an open letter, asking magicians Siegfried and Roy to liberate their 55-year-old Gildah (and donate her to an elephant sanctuary)


SENTENCED: Wynonna Judd, 39, will lose her driver's license for one year and must perform 200 hours of community service after she pleaded guilty in a Nashville courtroom Tuesday to charges of drunken driving last month, reports the Associated Press. General Sessions Judge John Brown gave Judd the choice of 48 hours in jail or the community service. Judd chose community service, and when Brown asked her if she had any questions, she replied, "No sir, I'm done." Judd received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence, during which time she will be on probation. The singer, who began her career as half of the mother-daughter act The Judds, must pay almost $1,000 in court costs and fines.

RATED: Sunday's finale of "Survivor: Pearl Islands" reached 25.2 million viewers Sunday, Nielsen Media Research said. The penultimate episode of "Survivor," broadcast last Thursday, was seen by just under 22 million people. Those numbers put "Survivor" ahead of two other big reality events, the finale of NBC's "Average Joe" (17.4 million viewers) and "The Bachelorette" Trista Rehn's wedding on ABC (17.1 million).

NOMINATED: "Mystic River" and "In America" topped the Broadcast Film Critics Association's list for 2003, receiving eight and seven nominations, respectively, reports Variety. Among the nods for "Mystic River" were actor (Sean Penn), director and composer (Clint Eastwood) and writer (Brian Helgeland). "In America" picked up nominations for actress (Samantha Morton), director (Jim Sheridan) and writer (Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan and Naomi Sheridan), among others. Winners will be revealed Jan. 10 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in an even to be hosted by "Will & Grace" star Eric McCormack and broadcast on E!

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