In Brief

In Brief

Director admits he is not good at romance


Rob Reiner may be excellent at directing romantic comedies like his latest, "Rumor Has It ..." but when it came to romance, he was pretty lame, he says. "If you look at 'When Harry Met Sally' that's pretty much me. I mean, I was a guy who was sitting in the window and I couldn't figure out how I was ever going to be with a woman and then ... as a matter of fact, the end of that movie initially had the two of them NOT getting together because I couldn't figure out how the heck men and women could ever get together.

"I'd been single for 10 years, making an absolute mess of my social life and figured, 'Well, it's never going to work for me.' And it's not until I met her (his wife, Michelle) that I went, 'Oh, I get what this is here'. Then I could put the two of them together."

Chan's 'Baby'


Action hero Jackie Chan has begun shooting his latest action comedy in Hong Kong, tentatively titled "Project BB" or "Baby," his Web site said yesterday.

The movie, budgeted at around US$16.7 billion, features Chinese leading actress Gao Yuanyuan as well as veteran kung fu experts Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung.

The plot revolves around the calamitous capers of a bunch of small-time crooks after they steal a car without realizing a small child is in it, according to Variety magazine.

Filming is scheduled to wrap up in March with an eye towards an October release in the U.S., it added.

Lohan hospitalized

LOS ANGELES, California

Teen actress Lindsay Lohan has been hospitalized in Miami for treatment of a severe asthma attack, but she is expected to be released soon, her publicist said yesterday.

Lohan, 19, was admitted to the hospital Monday night after experiencing breathing difficulties in her hotel room in Miami, spokeswoman Leslie Sloane said.

Sloane said the actress was "resting comfortably" while she remained under observation and hopefully would be discharged today. "She's OK. She starts work in about two weeks," the publicist said. Sloane added that Lohan has suffered from asthma since childhood.

Coffee's benefit

NEW YORK, New York

Women with BRCA1 gene mutations, which confer a high risk of developing breast cancer, might decrease their risk by drinking a lot of coffee, according to a multicenter team of investigators.

The likelihood of developing breast cancer among BRCA mutation carriers who drank 1 to 3 cups of coffee daily, 4 to 5 cups, or 6 or more cups was reduced by 10 percent, 25 percent and 69 percent, respectively, compared to those who drank no coffee, according to the report in the International Journal of Cancer.

The investigators note that coffee is an important source of phytoestrogens, which may have protective effects.

Supplement warning

CHICAGO, Illinois

Heart attack patients should avoid the dietary supplement L-arginine based on a study that was scuttled after six volunteers taking the over-the-counter supplement died, researchers said yesterday.

The study of 153 people who had had heart attacks and continued to have symptoms of heart disease found no benefit from taking the supplement sometimes advertised as having the potential to reduce vascular stiffness.

L-arginine is also sometimes touted as a treatment for hypertension, angina, heart failure and sexual dysfunction.

After six months of a planned two-year study, Dr. Steven Schulman of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore concluded that the supplement did not reduce vascular stiffness, nor did it improve the heart's ability to pump blood.

Updated : 2021-02-26 04:34 GMT+08:00