Zeta-Jones lassos "Dallas"

Catherine Zeta-Jones has signed on to star in the big-screen version of the classic TV show "Dallas," reports Producers are refusing to confirm Brad Pitt as her co-star.

The Oscar-winning beauty will play wholesome Pamela Ewing in the Texas oil drama, which originally ran for 13 years, from 1978 to 1991. Her "Ocean's Twelve" co-star Pitt is also expected to join her in the movie, which begins filming later this year.

Screenwriter Robert Harling says, "The story starts with Bobby and Pam meeting and getting married. It is reinventing the Ewing family as if they exist in 2006 when the movie comes out. We want to make a big, all-star, flashy, go-for-it version of the TV series."

Author Tom Clancy, who has reaped millions from blockbusters such as "Patriot Games" and "The Hunt for Red October," wants people to see life a little more clearly.


To that end, he has donated $2 million to fund a professorship in ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The first doctor to hold the seat being funded by Clancy's donation, Dr. Terrence P. O'Brien, has treated the writer, who was diagnosed in 2001 with pathological myopia. The rare type of nearsightedness, in which the eyeball continues to elongate, can lead to profound vision loss.

Clancy has been a longtime supporter of Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute and has included the institute in his books. The wife of his swashbuckling character Jack Ryan, for example, is a surgeon at the institute.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White know where they stand in history.

It's been more than two decades since Sajak, 58, and White, 48, joined the "Wheel of Fortune" game show, but the co-hosts who so perfectly synchronize the motions of spinning the wheel and turning the letters say this will be the last stop in their careers.

"I'm at peace with what my obituary's going to say," said Sajak, who was taping episodes of "Wheel" last weekend on the show's first-ever stop in Kansas City.

Both once had other aspirations, until "Wheel of Fortune" become a TV behemoth. But they say they're OK with that. They're paid well, work just a few days a month and reign over television's top syndicated show.

Neither has set a retirement date, and producers say the show will live on after them.

Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Sonny Rollins are among more than 500 jazz singers and musicians playing at this year's Rochester, N.Y., International Jazz Festival.

"There will be something for everyone, from new sounds to familiar favorites," said the festival's executive director, Marc Iacona.

The nine-day festival from June 10-18 will feature more than 100 performances, ranging from formal concerts to free street gigs.

Rollins will be the top draw at the Eastman Theater on June 10, with Chaka Khan and Will Downing performing the next night. Corea, along with special guest Strunz & Farah, will take the stage June 14, followed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on June 16.

Even though he's now a rich musician, Moby is still affected by the poverty of his youth.

Moby and his mother grew up on welfare in a tony section of Connecticut.

"I was the only poor person I'd ever met, and it has kind of given me this lifelong feeling that I'm a second-class citizen, because in my formative years I was a second-class citizen," he said.

Moby, 39, says the fear of being poor again is the main reason why he's such a workaholic - according to his calculations, he hasn't taken a vacation in 10 years.

"You have this feeling like the moment you stop working, everything gets taken away," he said.

- From Denver Post wire services