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Walk of Fame accepts a Kiss

The rock band Kiss took their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in trademark Kiss style _ with lead singer Gene Simmons sticking out his bright red tongue.

"We make a complete spectacle out of ourselves, and that's our job," Simmons said Wednesday. He was joined by the other three band members: lead guitarist Ace Frehley, guitarist Paul Stanley and drummer Peter Criss.

The star coincides with a new movie about four teenagers who embark on a wild adventure to attend a sold-out KISS concert. The film, Detroit Rock City, will be released nationwide today (see review in today's Weekend section).

Kiss has been performing for 26 years and has churned out 31 albums. The band has sold more than 80-million records and has a 1999 Grammy nomination.

Rap entrepreneur

remains in prison

Rap music entrepreneur Marion "Suge" Knight was denied an early release from prison by the California Supreme Court.

Knight, 33, the owner of Beverly Hills-based Death Row Records, had asked the state high court to review his nine-year prison sentence for a probation violation.

The court decided instead Wednesday to leave Knight's 1996 sentence intact.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge decided that year that Knight had violated his probation by kicking a man during a scuffle in a Las Vegas hotel. The former college football star had been on probation since 1995 after pleading no contest to two counts of assault stemming from a 1992 attack on two aspiring rappers in a Hollywood recording studio.

Knight, once the music industry's most successful "gangsta" rap entrepreneur, founded Death Row in 1992.

Media search yields

glimpses of princes

After an intense eight-day search by the news media, cameras finally captured Britain's teenage Princes William and Harry on their Greek island cruise.

The images were grainy and the voice-overs urgent Thursday night as footage on Greek TV news showed them at a restaurant on the tiny island of Castellorizo, 310 miles southeast of Athens.

Reporters had spent more than a week trying to spot the brothers with their father, Prince Charles, and his longtime love, Camilla Parker-Bowles. Greek, British and other news organizations rented helicopters and speedboats to scan the Aegean Sea for the royals aboard the 402-foot yacht Alexander. The footage, taped late Wednesday, was repeatedly frozen to show William, 17, and Harry, 14, joining unidentified friends at the restaurant.

Conan O'Brien sidekick

Richter to branch out

Andy Richter, sidekick to Conan O'Brien on NBC's Late Night, has a performing itch he just has to scratch. He plans to leave the show in May to pursue other TV and film roles. "What's happening here is the regular old entrepreneurial urge," Richter said at the end of Wednesday night's show. "I sort of need to take this step for my own peace of mind and own sense of self-worth."

He said his true goal was "to become Ned Beatty. I want to be a comedy character actor."

Richter, 32, was hired as one of the show's first writers in 1993, and was given the sidekick job when O'Brien and the show's original head writer, Robert Smigel, noticed how well the two men played off each other. There was no word on a replacement.

Wendy's commercial

character dies at 96

Mildred F. Lane, who looked inside a "big fluffy bun" while another woman asked, "Where's the Beef?", died Saturday in New Hope, Minn., from injuries she suffered during a fall. She was 96.

When Ms. Lane was 80, an advertising agent discovered her in a Chicago knitting shop. She appeared in commercials for Rhodes Bread before doing spots for the Wendy's restaurant chain.

In her most famous commercial, filmed in the mid-1980s, Lane stood between two other women while wearing bifocals. The trio criticized other hamburger restaurants, with one asking: "Where's the Beef?"

For appearing in the Wendy's commercials, she received a gold card to get a free meal every day from the restaurant chain, said nephew Robert Egan.

_ Times staff, wire reports.

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