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Arnold Bets Lakers Will Take NBA Finals

06/08/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

Arnold Bets Lakers Will Take NBA Finals
Arnold Schwarzenegger
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WAGERED: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a bet with Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm on Monday over the outcome of the NBA Finals, pitting the Los Angeles Lakers against the Detroit Pistons. Should the Lakers win, Gov. Arnold will send Granholm a bottle of California wine, California asparagus, an In-N-Out Burger and California strawberries and ice cream – which Granholm must eat while wearing a Lakers jersey. If the Pistons win, Schwarzenegger must consume Granholm's gift of a warm baked pastie (a pastry piled full with potatoes, meat and vegetables), a Vernors ginger ale (popular in Michigan) and chocolate-covered Michigan cherries – while wearing a Detroit Pistons jersey. The Lakers have won three of the four last NBA championships, and nine NBA championships overall. During Sunday's first game, the Pistons beat the Lakers, 87-75. The second game is set for Tuesday in L.A.

RESTRAINED: A Los Angeles-area judge on Monday ordered Greg Broussard, accused of stalking Halle Berry, to stay at least 100 yards away from her and two of her associates, publicist Karen Samfilippo and manager Vincent Cirrincione, reports Reuters. Berry, 37, has claimed that Broussard has tried to contact her repeatedly and has imagined a relationship with her.

CANCELED: Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry put his campaign on hold through June 13 out of respect for late former president Ronald Reagan. Also ditched, for now at least, are two all-star fund-raising concerts that were planned for this week. Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert Hall was to host Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and Billy Crystal on Monday, while New York's Radio City Music Hall was to feature Jon Bon Jovi, Bette Midler, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Wyclef Jean, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday.

VISITED: It's a long way from Middle Earth to Broadway, but Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson made the trek Monday night, for the charity premiere (on behalf of the National Hemophilia Foundation) of Rick McKay's personal documentary about the Great White Way's better days: Broadway: The Golden Age. Admitting that it might seem unusual for him to be there, a jocular Jackson, 42, told PEOPLE.com: "I heard about Rick's film and became a fan, and I'll be shooting King Kong here in September, and since it's set in the 1930s, I wanted to see what it was like back then." He added that in his version, "Kong goes to Broadway." Also in the crowd at the premiere: Fay Wray, from the original 1933 Kong, and the actress whom McKay said Jackson was most thrilled to see: Sally Ann Howes, who starred in a popular fantasy film four decades ago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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