Evangeline Lilly has survived disaster on "Lost," and she just narrowly averted one in real life as well. Her rented Oahu, Hawaii, house near the "Lost" set went up in flames Wednesday morning.
The fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. by neighbors who heard "loud popping sounds, like something electrical," one told The Honolulu Advertiser. By the time firefighters raced to the scene six minutes later, "the house was fully engulfed," fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said.
Although the conflagration was put out within 20 minutes, it was too late. "It was a complete loss," Tejada said. "Just the roof was still standing."
Luckily, no one was injured. Evangeline was already on set for the hit series’ final day of shooting before the holiday break. Neither of her two roommates, reportedly members of the "Lost" production crew, was home.
On Wednesday evening, Evangeline sifted through the wreckage with boyfriend and "Lost" co-star Dominic Monaghan. Little was found to be salvageable, Web site TMZ reports.
Poor Evangeline may be heading into the holiday season without many worldly possessions, but at least she can be grateful for what really matters: She’s unharmed, and she has the love of a great guy to support her.
The Two Georges
Actor and activist George Clooney is the poster child for Hollywood lefties. So why is he cozying up to the first President Bush?
Turns out the Sexiest Man Alive and the former commander in chief have more in common than their first names and salt-and-pepper hair. They’re both committed to rebuilding communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Wednesday, they visited Cameron, La., to present a $2 million donation for rebuilding a hospital leveled by Rita. Then the dynamic duo appeared on "Good Morning America" Thursday to remind the public the region still needs help.
Why would this odd couple join forces, host Diane Sawyer asked? "I think we’re at a time right now where we really do have to spend more time finding the things that we all agree on," Clooney said.
The Georges also lightened the mood, with Clooney asking Bush about Bill Clinton’s golf game. "Sometimes he can be hot," the ex-prez revealed. "And sometimes he can be worth not a darn!"
But their focus is obviously on bringing attention to the still-devastated Gulf Coast. At Wednesday’s event in Louisiana, Clooney told locals, "I’m coming to remind people in the rest of the country that just because you’re not on the front page anymore, that all the problems … from Katrina and Rita are not solved yet."
Inspired to help? Go to the Web site bushclintonkatrinafund.org.
‘Harry Potter’: Bedtime Story?
Writing the final installment of the blockbuster "Harry Potter" book series is starting to mess with creator J.K. Rowling’s mind. "For years now, people have asked me whether I ever dream that I am ‘in’ Harry’s world," the author writes on her Web site. "The answer was ‘no’ until a few nights ago, when I had an epic dream in which I was, simultaneously, Harry and the narrator." After describing the dream’s intricate, fantastical details, she wonders, "Perhaps I should cut back on the caffeine?"
J.K. can hardly be faulted if her fantasy world is starting to seep into her subconscious. After all, "I’m now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more," she explains. "I am alternately elated and overwrought. I both want, and don’t want, to finish this book (don’t worry, I will)."
The final book (release date undetermined) is called "Harry Potter andthe Deathly Hallows," J.K. announced Thursday. Anxious fans are already atwitter at her earlier revelation that two characters — one rumored to be Harry — will die.
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer who has a celebrity astrology blog at www.celebastroblogy.com.