- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Shocked’ Jen speaks

In her first interview since splitting with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston said “the world was shocked and I was shocked” by pictures of Mr. Pitt and Angelina Jolie together on a beach in Africa. The “Friends” star added that she’s trying to “pick up the pieces in the midst of this media circus.”

Miss Aniston broke down twice during the interview for the September issue of Vanity Fair, due on newsstands Tuesday. Mostly, though, the actress comes across as resilient, according to Associated Press.

“Am I lonely? Yes. Am I upset? Yes. Am I confused? Yes. Do I have my days when I’ve thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely. But I’m also doing really well,” Miss Aniston is quoted as saying.

From her Malibu, Calif., bungalow, the 36-year-old actress said it has been hard to deal with media coverage and tabloid rumors — especially reports that she didn’t want to start a family.

“A man divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children,” she said. “I’ve never in my life said I didn’t want children. I did and I do and I will.”

Industrious George

George Lucas has no plans to take it easy now that he has completed his final “Star Wars” trilogy.

Mr. Lucas said Monday that he wants to bring the wonders of 3-D animation to Asia, produce television shows much more cheaply than the rest of the industry, and make sure his Industrial Light and Magic effects company doesn’t lose its creative edge.

“I put all of my resources into pushing the evolution in an industry that is notoriously backwards, and I enjoy pushing that envelope,” Mr. Lucas told an audience of thousands during an hourlong Q&A; at the Siggraph computer graphics conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m lucky enough that there is never a blank canvas in front of me,” Mr. Lucas said. “I have hundreds of projects that I want to do, but I am running out of time.”

Mission to Hiroshima

Saying he was on a “mission to ignite peace,” guitar legend Carlos Santana played before a sold-out crowd at a concert yesterday to mark the 60th anniversary of the atomic-bomb attack on the Japanese city.

The concert was one of dozens of events the city is holding ahead of the memorial ceremony on Saturday, for which 50,000 people — including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi — are expected to gather in Peace Memorial Park.

“It is an honor to be here and to be of service with our music,” Mr. Santana told the crowd of about 2,000 at the Emissaries for Peace concert. “We want to give birth to a world with peace in our lifetime.”

Mr. Santana, joined by jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, visited Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park earlier in the day.

Teri’s tome

“Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher will serve up life lessons in “Burnt Toast,” a book of advice and inspiration set for spring 2006 release.

“I have had many women approach me, sharing their own stories, and ask me how it feels to have a second chance at 40,” Miss Hatcher said in a statement released yesterday by publisher Hyperion.

“With this book, I truly hope to reach everyone that I don’t bump into on the street and share my story.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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