Pistol-packin' film star Clint Eastwood yesterday announced his decision not to seek a second term as mayor of Carmel, Calif. "I've really enjoyed this," he said of his two years as mayor, "but I have to take care of the personal stuff for a while ... If you miss time with your family, you wonder if it's retrievable time. Sometimes it isn't."
Eastwood said he wants to spend more time with his 19-year-old son Kyle and 15-year-old daughter Alison, who live in Carmel with the actor's ex-wife Maggie.
Eastwood's announcement came two days after Carmel's City Council voted 3-2 against his plan to greet a visiting James Stewart with searchlights. Eastwood's welcoming proposal for Stewart, who is expected to attend the Monterey Film Festival for a screening of "Harvey," prompted one council member to say, "It's kind of a Hollywood atmosphere, if you'll forgive the expression."
Royals in Thailand
Large crowds turned out yesterday to watch Prince Charles and Princess Diana help celebrate Thailand's sixth-month celebration of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th birthday. The couple first toured the 200-year-old Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and later joined a cruise down the Chao Phaya River. In the afternoon, the princess made off to a social service center for the elderly, where she tried her hand at the Thai version of lawn bowling.
Tina Turner's Last Tour
Tina Turner, the grande dame of rock, has had enough of life on the rocky road. Turner told reporters Wednesday that while she would continue making records and music videos, "this is my last tour ... I have to make the time for movies because it is impossible to do both at this stage of my life."
The 48-year-old Turner is in Australia for the final leg of a marathon world tour that saw her play to 1.7 million people last year, including a record 180,000 fans in Rio de Janeiro, the largest-ever paying audience for a solo concert. "I feel like I've said everything about myself," she said. "Press conferences are like letting yourself out on a psychiatrist's couch."
Reclusive film star Marlon Brando will be out in the real world and acting again this year when he picks up the starring role in a new film he wrote himself, titled "Jericho." It's a thriller about a CIA agent who comes out of retirement. Shooting is expected to begin at the end of the year and will take place in Washington, Mexico, Panama and Colombia. It will be "full of gangsterism and intrigue," said Andre Blay, one of the film's producers.
Rivers Follows Rice
Former TV host Joan Rivers is following Hart-breaker Donna Rice into the sportswear business. The New York Daily News confirmed the rumor yesterday that the former host of "The Late Show" has signed a contract to be the new spokeswoman for No Excuses sportswear, the company that hired Rice following revelations of her involvement with off-again-on-again presidential candidate Gary Hart. Rice was paid at least $50,000 for representing No Excuses jeans.
Chuck Conconi has the day off.