June 13, 2008

People – Heigl Declines Chance of Second Emmy Nod

Katherine Heigl won't be chewing her manicure at this year's Emmy ceremony: She says she didn't seek a nomination because "Grey's Anatomy" failed to deliver the goods for an award-worthy performance.

Heigl, who was honored as best supporting actress in a drama last year for the ABC series, did not put her name in consideration for a bid, a spokeswoman for the actress said this week .

"I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization" decided against competing, Heigl said in a written statement .

The actress plays Dr. Izzie Stevens on the hit series.

A message left with a publicist for "Grey's Anatomy" creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes was not immediately returned .

Nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced July 17. The ceremony is Sept. 21.

Battiers welcome bouncing baby boy

One week ahead of schedule, Houston Rockets forward and former Memphis Grizzly Shane Battier and wife Heidi have welcomed their first child, according to celebrity-babies.com.

Zeke Edward Battier was born June 2 at 5:33 p.m., weighing in at 8 lbs 3 oz and measuring 21-inches long.

The couple opted not to find out the sex of their baby beforehand, with Shane calling it "one of nature's great surprises," and adding that he and Heidi "wanted the anticipation of not knowing whether or not we were having a boy or a girl."

That said, the 29-year-old former Duke basketball star said "When Zeke finally popped out, I lost control of my emotions and cried for five minutes."

Connery to reveal memoir

Sean Connery will offer the first public glimpse of his memoirs at Scotland's Edinburgh Book Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

The former James Bond star, a high-profile Scottish nationalist, will launch "Being a Scot" on Aug. 25, his 78th birthday.

In a six-decade career, the former Edinburgh milkman also starred in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,""The Hunt for Red October" and "The Untouchables," which earned him an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

Festival director Catherine Lockerbie said other James Bond- themed events would be held at the festival to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the fictional spy's creator, Ian Fleming .

The Edinburgh event is one of Britain's leading literary gatherings, and runs alongside jazz, comedy and performing arts festivals in the Scottish capital each summer. The festival takes place Aug. 9-25.

- From Our Press Services


Today's birthdays

Actor Bob McGrath ("Sesame Street"), 76; magician Siegfried , 69; actor Malcolm McDowell , 65; actor Richard Thomas , 57; comedian Tim Allen , 55; actress Ally Sheedy , 46; singer Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, 38; actresses Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen , 22.


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