Brown: I Feel Goodwill

For the fifth consecutive year R&B icon James Brown sponsored a turkey giveaway in his home town of Augusta, Ga. Yesterday more than 600 people who couldn't afford to buy Thanksgiving dinner lined up, some for hours, to get a free turkey.

But Brown, decked out in a black leather jacket with stars and stripes down the sleeves, gave the folks some food for the soul as well. The Suwanee Quintet sang gospel tunes, and the Godfather of Soul grabbed the microphone and belted out his signature screech to applause from the crowd.

"An event like this means giving back to the community," Brown said. "I have grown up with a lot of these people and I have seen a lot of the younger ones grow up. I have much love for the kids."

Schumacher: A Time for Bush

Filmmaker Joel Schumacher, who directed such big-budget Hollywood movies as "Batman & Robin" and "A Time to Kill," has signed on to shoot a video for the British rock band Bush. The video for "Letting the Cables Sleep," the third clip off the band's new "The Science of Things" album, will be filmed in New York next week. Schumacher has previously shot videos for INXS and Seal. He also filmed the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is the Beginning Is the End," which was featured on the soundtrack to "Batman & Robin."

Hayek's Tour of Duty

Actress Salma Hayek entertained troops in Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia over the Thanksgiving holiday. NATO peacekeepers were the recipients of Hayek's admiration Wednesday as she posed for pictures and signed T-shirts and gave autographs. "I've kissed thousands of soldiers today," she said. "It's not a bad job."

Hayek, who appears in the film "Dogma," was taking part in the USO-sponsored tour Operation Starlift with comedian Garrett Morris.

Kirk Douglas Rates

Actor Kirk Douglas was somewhat displeased that his upcoming movie "Diamonds" was going to carry an R rating. And when the actor who famously played Spartacus talks, the Motion Picture Association of America listens.

The comedy is about a onetime prize fighter (Douglas) traveling with his son (Dan Aykroyd) and his grandson (Corbin Allred) through the Nevada desert. Following a personal appeal from Douglas, the MPAA agreed to change the rating to PG-13 when it is released.

"I never considered 'Diamonds' an R film," said Douglas. "There is no violence or nudity, and it maintains a light, warmhearted spirit throughout."

"Diamonds" opens in New York and Los Angeles for a one-week Oscar-qualifying run on Dec. 10, and opens nationally Jan. 21.

Byrne on Broadway?

Actor Gabriel Byrne has agreed to star in the Broadway-bound revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten." The production will open at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in January for a tryout run before a March opening on Broadway. Byrne stars opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the newly released action thriller "End of Days."

Lloyd Grove is away. The Reliable Source will resume when he returns.

CAPTION: Lifting spirits near and far on Thanksgiving: Salma Hayek entertains the troops at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo; James Brown is a giving soul in his home town.