- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 17, 2005

Parting of the ways

Associated Press

“Sideways” co-star Sandra Oh has filed for divorce from Alexander Payne, who directed and co-wrote the Oscar-winning film.

Miss Oh, 34, filed a petition for divorce Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court and asked for spousal support. She and Mr. Payne, 44, were married in January 2003 and have no children, court records said.

The couple met five years ago; they separated last month.

Mr. Payne won an Oscar for the screenplay of “Sideways,” about two friends’ wine-tasting trip through Santa Barbara County vineyards. He also directed “Election,” “About Schmidt” and “Citizen Ruth.”

Miss Oh, formerly of HBO’s “Arli$$,” now stars in the hit drama “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC.

Apology accepted

E! Online

OutKast, the Grammy-winning duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi, along with its record company, Sony BMG, have made nice with civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, ending a lengthy court battle.

Mrs. Parks — who made history when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala. in 1955 — sued OutKast in 1999, accusing the rappers of wrongfully appropriating her name for the song “Rosa Parks” on their “Aquemini” album.

Under the terms of the settlement, OutKast and Sony BMG admit no wrongdoing but agree to “enlighten today’s youth about the significant role Rosa Parks played in making America a better place for all races,” Dennis Archer, Mrs. Parks’ guardian, said Thursday.

Mrs. Parks, who suffers from dementia, is happy with the terms of the deal, Mr. Archer says.

So is Sony BMG, says company lawyer Joe Beck.

Pavarotti sidelined

Italian opera great Luciano Pavarotti has canceled one performance and rescheduled three others on his farewell world tour because of a medical procedure planned for June, his manager said Friday.

The procedure is a follow-up to an operation March 9, when Mr. Pavarotti had two vertebrae repaired. “It’s nothing serious,” manager Terri Robson said, adding that doctors said the tenor recovered very quickly from his first operation.

Mr. Pavarotti is calling off a June 22 performance in Toledo, Spain, which could not be rescheduled because no alternative date was available, she said. Two dates in Britain and one in Nimes, France, are being rescheduled, Miss Robson said.

The performances were part of the 69-year-old tenor’s farewell tour, which includes 40 performances across the world.

Mr. Pavarotti was scheduled to perform in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Saturday, and in Prague on Wednesday. Additional tour stops include a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Sept. 24 and a final gala performance next year in New York.

Mr. Pavarotti retired from staged opera in March 2004. He has said he will retire from singing after this tour.

Presidential role

Associated Press

Keith Carradine as President Bush?

Mr. Carradine, who appeared in such Robert Altman films as “Nashville” and “Thieves Like Us,” as well as playing the title role in “The Will Rogers Follies” on Broadway, will play the president in the American premiere of “Stuff Happens,” David Hare’s play about the days leading up to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The drama, which will open June 5 at the Mark Taper Forum, also stars Julian Sands as British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Preview performances begin May 25.

“Stuff Happens” had its world premiere in September at London’s National Theatre, where it opened to positive reviews. The American production, directed by Gordon Davidson, will also feature Dakin Matthews as Vice President Dick Cheney, John Michael Higgins as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Tyrees Allen as former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Lorraine Toussaint as Condoleezza Rice.

Mr. Hare, who based the play on public documents as well as his own imagination, has written such dramas as “Plenty,” “Racing Demon,” “The Blue Room,” “Amy’s View” and “The Judas Kiss.”

The title comes from a comment made in April 2003 by Mr. Rumsfeld in response to looting in Baghdad: “Stuff happens. … And it’s untidy, … and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”

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

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