- The Washington Times - Monday, September 20, 2004

Million-dollar sound

Agence France-Presse

Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow will make a cameo appearance — and a reported $3.6 million — as torch singer Peggy Lee in an upcoming biopic about author Truman Capote, the Internet Movie Database reports.

The actress has joined an all-star cast for “Every Word is True,” which also features Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock and Sigourney Weaver, Daily Variety said.

Mr. Wahlberg will portray “In Cold Blood” murderer Perry Smith, while Miss Bullock will play “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, a childhood friend of Mr. Capote.

Production begins in January.

Hello, Dali

Associated Press

Roy Disney said he’d often heard the myth at the Walt Disney Co. that Salvador Dali’s artworks from a long-forgotten project were somewhere in the studio’s archives.

It turned out not to be a myth.

The surrealist master had worked with Mr. Disney’s uncle, Walt Disney, from 1945-46, producing seven paintings and hundreds of ink drawings for an animated film that was never produced, Mr. Disney said.

The artwork — valued at $5 million to $10 million — sat in the studio unseen by the public for 58 years. That is, until now.

Mr. Disney said the company loaned about a dozen Dali pieces to a traveling exhibit in Europe, one of several celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mr. Dali’s birth on May 11, 1904. The artist died in 1989.

“It is truly the only Dali stuff in the world that was never seen up until this year,” Mr. Disney told Associated Press.

Benevolent visit

Agence France-Presse

World-renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was making a rare return to his birthplace in Azerbaijan to conduct a gala concert and hand out much-needed vaccines to children.

The 77-year-old musician, who left the former Soviet republic as a small child, was holding the conductor’s baton at a performance of Azerbaijan’s State Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday evening.

Mr. Rostropovich’s charitable foundation has committed itself to helping provide vaccinations for 750,000 children in Azerbaijan within a period of three years.

Mr. Rostropovich served as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1977 through 1994.

Liberator jailed

Associated Press

Edward Furlong’s ploy to free some lobsters from their tank landed the 27-year-old actor in jail.

He was arrested Wednesday night in Florence, Ky., on a misdemeanor charge of alcohol intoxication in a public place in this northern Kentucky city, police said.

Mr. Furlong, who appeared in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “American History X,” spent about 90 minutes in the Boone County jail before his release.

The animal-rights supporter and vegetarian was arrested after he and some friends removed lobsters from a tank at a grocery store. Mr. Furlong argued with store managers, who then called police, according to his arrest citation.

Mr. Furlong was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol, the citation said.

His arraignment is set for Oct. 1 in Boone County District Court.

Mr. Furlong is in Kentucky to shoot his latest film, “Jimmy & Judy.”

‘Simple Life’ in D.C.

E! Online

Are Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie headed to the District?

It sure looks that way.

The stars of Fox TV’s “The Simple Life” may be coming to Capitol Hill for season three of the hit series to serve as political interns.

The network isn’t denying reports that the celebutantes’ next stop could be the District. A Fox spokesperson said the next installment is in the very early stage of development, but that the producers have been putting out “feelers” in various places, including Washington.

“The Simple Life” is popular among the coveted 18 to 49 demographic and finished its summer run as one of the most watched shows, averaging 10.6 million viewers each week.

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

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