Grammer to attend hearing for murderer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 'Frasier' star Kelsey Grammer is expected to attend the parole hearing for a man convicted of killing Grammer's sister in 1975.

Eighteen-year-old Karen Grammer was abducted on July 1, 1975, outside a Red Lobster restaurant after an attempted robbery. She was raped and stabbed in the throat and back.

Fifty-two-year-old Freddie Glenn, who is serving a life sentence in Karen Grammer's slaying, is eligible for parole.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Grammer plans to attend Monday's hearing at the Limon Correctional Facility in Limon, about 90 miles southeast of Denver.

Directors, actors geek out with fans at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO - Robert Downey Jr. said he wished he could don a Mexican wrestling mask and stroll the Comic-Con floor to check out all the collectible toys and geeky-cool stuff. Peter Jackson joked about ducking out of a discussion with director James Cameron - which drew thousands of fans to the San Diego Convention Center's largest meeting hall - to walk the floor with fewer crowds.

Stars love Comic-Con - and not just because it's a great place to promote their movies. They're moved by the passion of the fans, and it seems to rejuvenate their own passion for working in film.

Fans at the pop-culture convention 'not only celebrate fantasy and science fiction and fantastic worlds, but they celebrate each other, and they celebrate their geekness, and there's a sense of solidarity,' said Cameron, who premiered footage from his anticipated 3D sci-fi adventure, 'Avatar,' to conventioneers on Thursday. 'And what this group does is they make filmmakers do better. Because if you don't live up to their standards, you're not going to get past this. This is the launch pad right here.'