Women in Film honors Burns, Britney loses visitation rights, Iggy furor surprises DeGeneres

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We got to meet some real go-getter women the other night at the first Women in Film and Media Opal Awards.

The event honored women in film and television, including late KDKA news anchor Patti Burns and Los Angeles-based producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis, who's filmed several movies here and has encouraged others to do the same.

Actress and radio host Adrienne Wehr handled the introductions, and the crowd was welcomed by Faith Dickinson, WIF's founding president.

A short video retrospective of Patti's career included her 1973 audition tape (she was a young beauty with shoulder-length brunette tresses), and career highlights like her visit to the Vatican and meeting with Pope John Paul II.

WIF has created the Patti Burns Award in her honor, and she received the first one posthumously. It was accepted by her brother, Michael Burns and her husband, Charles Cohen.

Also honored for her dedication to the film community was Amy Lamb, and the WIF's $1,500 scholarship went to Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Heather Mallick.

DeLaurentiis, who filmed "Out of the Black" and "10th & Wolf," here said she loves what Pittsburgh has to offer in terms of filmmaking and plans to bring another production here.

She credited her producing partner, Pittsburgher Jeffrey Tott, with being a key player in her company shooting here.

Accompanied by her fiance, Steve, and her lovely mother, Ann, she said women interested in the film industry have to be tenacious.

"I really believe that women have to make their own opportunities and I've always said that. At times, yeah, you have to work a little harder but you can't sit around and wait for someone to provide you with the opportunity," she told us prior to the awards show.

Maybe some of these wonderful women could get a hold of this child and straighten her out.

Britney Spears has had visitation rights with her sons suspended until she complies with all the courts orders, reports TMZ.

The order came after an emergency hearing Wednesday, requested by Brit's ex-hubby, Kevin Federline and his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan.

Another hearing is scheduled for Oct. 26.

Ellen DeGeneres should have known better but she went on her show crying about her former pet Iggy and all H-E-double hocky sticks broke loose.

She called all the hoopla "insane."

Girl, don't you know people get all bent out of shape when it comes to dogs in this country!

The saga of Iggy has been all over the news and the woman who heads up Mutts & Moms, the agency that handled Iggy's adoption by Ellen, said she's been getting death threats.

The agency has placed the puppy in another home after Ellen gave the dog to her hairstylist because Iggy didn't get along with her cats.

Televangelist Juanita Bynum said she's in the midst of working out a deal to pay the $39,000 back taxes owed on her estate in Ware County, Ga.

The home, owned by her company Bynum Ministries, was on the auction block, according to the Associated Press.

Rev. Bynum has been having a very tough year, is in the process of divorcing her hubby, Bishop Thomas Weeks III, who she has accused of assaulting her in an Atlanta parking lot this summer.

Actor John Goodman just finished up a stint at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, reports Entertainment Tonight.

"For my family and myself, I voluntarily took the necessary steps to remain sober the rest of my life," he told ET.

Glad you did, John!

Speaking of rehab, Bree Tierney, the former fiancee of Lindsay Lohan's current beau, Riley Giles, is letting the couple have it with both barrels.

Seems Lindsay's meeting up with Riley while in rehab in Utah, prompted the snowboarder to forget that he had put an engagement ring on Bree's finger.

In true doggish fashion, Riley just stopped calling his Utah honey and never told her about LiLo.

Ooooh, we wish we had the Gospel Music Channel!

They got a stellar lineup this Sunday -- Bob Dylan, Robert Randolph, Ben Harper, Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar , Aaron Neville.

Check out the Web site gospelmusicchannel.com for details but we think yall gonna need one of those church fans.


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