- The Washington Times - Monday, June 21, 2004

Burning mad

“Fahrenheit 451” author Ray Bradbury is ticked off at director Michael Moore, who never asked permission to paraphrase the title for the forthcoming movie “Fahrenheit 9/11.

“That’s not his novel; that’s not his title,” Mr Bradbury told the BBC, adding that he would like to see the film renamed.

The 1953 novel depicts a dystopian society of the future in which firemen burn books.

Mr. Bradbury, who hasn’t seen the movie, said he called Mr. Moore’s company six months ago to protest and was promised the director would call back.

Mr. Moore just called last week, saying he was “embarrassed,” Mr. Bradbury said.

“He suddenly realized he’s let too much time go by,” the author said.

Summer slump

It’s that time of year: Concert promoters are declaring the season a bust.

Ozzfest, Fleetwood Mac, the Dead and Lollapalooza have run into a concrete wall of slow sales, according to RollingStone.com.

“Ticket sales are mixed, and in some cases they appear to be substantially off from the past,” Alex Hodges, executive vice president of House of Blues Concerts, told the magazine.

Prince and Madonna are selling well, as are low-cost packages such as No Doubt/Blink-182.

Promoters speculate that last year’s big draws, such as Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith, already toured several summers in a row at high prices and the core baby-boomer audience is getting tired of sitting on amphitheater lawns.

“What consumer wants to sit out at night in Phoenix, Arizona, in 105 degrees to watch Daryl Hall and John Oates?” said Dennis Arfa, president of Writers and Artists Group International. “People don’t have an unlimited amount of funds. In the amphitheater business, there is some concern.”

Seth Hurwitz, who owns the 9:30 Club and books shows at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., isn’t panicking. “Over the last 10 years, I’ve heard, ‘This is the worst yet’ every year,” he said.

Contra cancer

Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson understands that talking about colons can be unpleasant.

“But if it can save someone’s life, it’s worth it,” said Mr. Richardson, who appears in a series of public service announcements that urge children to discuss colon cancer and its treatment with their parents.

Mr. Richardson told Associated Press he feels a responsibility to educate others about the disease that ended the life of his father in 1991. If children talk to their parents about colon cancer, it will encourage parents to seek information about the disease before it’s too late.

“Children have a great impact on their parents,” he said. “When they say something like that, it deeply affects the parent.”

Mr. Richardson, 32, said he will undergo a colon cancer screening soon, as will one of his two brothers.

Eyeing ‘Bill, Part III’

Quentin Tarantino said yesterday that he plans to shoot a third part of the “Kill Bill” samurai saga.

“I have plans, actually not right away, but like in 15 years from now, I’ll do a third version of this saga,” Mr. Tarantino told reporters in Madrid, where he was promoting “Kill Bill — Vol. 2.”

Mr. Tarantino said part three would center on a girl named Nicky, daughter of a hired killer whom Uma Thurman’s character kills off as part of a spree of revenge killings, according to AP.

The director’s standards for the “Kill” series have been high.

“‘Good,’ that wouldn’t have been good enough. ‘Well done’ would have been an insult. I was doing the movie to do some of the greatest actions scenes ever made,” he said.

More ‘Days’ ahead

Digitalspy.co.uk

Plans for a sequel to the 2002 cult horror hit “28 Days Later” are under way, Variety reported yesterday.

Director Danny Boyle is unlikely to return in the same role for the new movie — tentatively called “28 WeeksLater” — although he is expected to take up a producer position alongside screenwriter Alex Garland.

In the original, a powerful virus is unleashed on the British public, sending all those infected into a murderous rage. Within 28 days, the country is overwhelmed and a handful of survivors begin to salvage a future, unaware that another threat is lurking.

The low-budget movie grossed $45 million in the United States and $25 million overseas.

Compiled by Scott Galupo and Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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