Macpherson lends name to ad campaign

NEW YORK - Elle Macpherson stars in the new "What Becomes a Legend Most?" advertising campaign for Blackglama mink.

Macpherson, 42, was one of the world's top earning supermodels in the 1990s. She starred opposite Hugh Grant in 1994's "Sirens" and had a recurring role in the NBC sitcom "Friends."

In recent years, the Blackglama "Legend" campaign has featured models including Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen and Cindy Crawford.

Carell to host 'SNL' Premiere

NEW YORK - Steve Carell will host the season premiere of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 1 with Kanye West as the late-night show's musical guest.

"SNL" is returning for its 31st season.

Wilson answers e-mail challenge

LOS ANGELES - "Iowa Jim" was suspicious. Was Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson really putting messages on his official Web site urging people to contribute to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts?

The Web surfer using that screen name e-mailed a challenge: If Wilson called and proved it was really him, Jim would gladly donate $100.

"So I called him up!" a jovial Wilson told The Associated Press. "I was surprised that he said he didn't think I was involved because I really was. So I called him up."

Musicians paint for Phoenix

PHOENIX - Chicago fancifully painted fiberglass cows and now the Phoenix area is getting 10-foot guitars transformed by artists including Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Nicks and Alice Cooper.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona hopes to raise $1 million by auctioning off 90 giant guitars painted by celebrities and local artists.

- From wire reports