Judd's On Message
Ashley Judd is going to be a SuperBuddy. Huh? The 37-year-old actress will have a 3-D animated icon created in her likeness by AOL.
The "De-Lovely" star is in Washington this week to visit the corporate giant's Dulles offices and speak for YouthAids, an organization that advocates HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Judd is the global ambassador for the nonprofit.
AOL spokeswoman Jennifer Rankin told The Post that the idea of turning the actress into a SuperBuddy came directly from AOL Vice Chairman and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. A SuperBuddy acts as a cyber friend for instant messengers: "You could say 'Hello' and the SuperBuddy would say 'Hello,' " Rankin says. Eerie. AOL recorded Judd saying phrases like, "Give Americans the facts and they'll do the right thing."
Other SuperBuddies include President Bush, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and rapper Ludacris.
Scoop and Dish With J. Lo
No time to talk, J.Lo, we're on deadline. The Albuquerque Tribune was invaded this week by the cast of "Bordertown," a movie starring Jennifer Lopez and Martin Sheen. The movie is based on the true story of women murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and a fictional Chicago journalist who follows the story.
Crime reporter Joline Gutierrez Krueger told The Post this week that she was handed the task of writing a daily blog about Hollywood's presence in her workplace.
Monday's entry: "The first glimpse of Jennifer Lopez by Tribune reporters came with a clatter of her high heels and an intoxicating whiff of cologne. Was it Glow or Still she was wearing? I couldn't tell."
Tuesday: Sheen "is the fave among the folks who work here. He comes on set smiling and happy and always with a greeting for everyone."
Wednesday: "Imagine how surreal it is to be working at your desk while hearing Jennifer Lopez slamming things about. Leave my desk alone, Jen."
Filming took place from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., often right next to reporters who cranked out stories while "Action!" and "Cut!" were heard in the background. Krueger told The Post that Lopez kept a low profile: "She doesn't eat with the rest of the folks. I wouldn't say she's snobby, but she keeps to herself." Sheen, on the other hand, was "very willing to talk to people."
Prince William Maps His Future
Just call him Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor, MA. Britain's 23-year-old prince graduated from St. Andrew's University in Scotland yesterday in a 4 1/2-hour ceremony attended by his father, Prince Charles, his stepmother, Camilla, and Queen Elizabeth II.
William, who earned a master's in geography, was one of 259 graduates, including girlfriend Kate Middleton. (A Scottish master's is equivalent to an American bachelor's.)
What's next? A spokesman for the prince said he plans to undertake three work-experience placements after summer break: a mountain-rescue team, an international financial institution in London and estate land management.
Spokeswoman Melody Miller, an employee of the Kennedy family for 41 years, plans to retire today. Miller worked with Jackie and Robert Kennedy before joining the office of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 1968. "It's been a real honor to associate with [the Kennedys]," she tells The Post. "They give public service that just touches millions of lives across the world."
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports