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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lawyers: Sheens want to reconcile

Lawyers: Sheens want to reconcile

DENVER — Actor Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke want to reconcile, their lawyers said Wednesday, even though she told police he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her less than a week ago.

‘‘They're very much in love. They want to try to work it out and want to have the best shot at doing that,'' Brooke Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, told The Associated Press.

Charlie Sheen's attorney, Richard Cummins, confirmed his client wants to reconcile. Cummins said he is asking a judge to modify a restraining order that prevents the couple from having contact.

Peter Jackson named knight of New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The king of Middle Earth is being made a knight — for real.

Film writer and director Peter Jackson, whose widely acclaimed ‘‘Lord of the Rings'' trilogy scooped up 17 Oscars, has been made a knight in the New Year Honors' list of his native New Zealand.

He becomes Sir Peter Jackson for what the annual list honoring the country's worthy citizens simply calls ‘‘services to film.''

New Zealand knights and dames, among the nation's highest honors, are sanctioned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand's head of state — stemming from the country's past as a British colony.

Regis returns next week after hip replacement

NEW YORK — Regis Philbin is set to return to his daytime talk show next week after successful hip replacement surgery.

Philbin has been on the disabled list since the Dec. 1 operation. He makes his return to ‘‘Live! With Regis and Kelly'' on Jan. 4.

Kelly Ripa has been working with guest hosts while Philbin has been away.

He hasn't been completely out of sight: The 78-year-old Philbin called in to pal David Letterman's show this month to deliver a ‘‘Top Ten'' list.

— From wire reports