- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 16, 2005

Clint’s line of ire

Clint Eastwoodsquinted like Dirty Harry as he took aim at Michael Moore, reports the New York Daily News.

“Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common — we both appreciate living in a country where there’s free expression,” Mr. Eastwood said Thursday night at the National Board of Review awards dinner at New York’s Tavern on the Green, where he picked up a Special Filmmaking Achievement prize for “Million Dollar Baby.”

Then, the Republican-leaning actor-director advised the lefty filmmaker: “But, Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera — I’ll kill you.”

The audience erupted in laughter, and Mr. Eastwood grinned dangerously. “I mean it,” he added.

Sitting well out of range at a table in back, Mr. Moore — who received a special “Freedom of Expression” award for his “Fahrenheit 9/11” — chuckled.

KenCen celebrates King

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts joins Georgetown University to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King with a free musical tribute today at 6 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. No tickets are required.

The program, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, features vocalist Aaron Neville, members of Georgetown University Choirs, the Sweet Heaven Kings, and the Metropolitan Music Ministry.

Caught by the tax man

Detroit Free Press

Songwriter Norman Whitfield,who helped pen such Motown classics as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” pleaded guilty to failing to report more than $2 million in royalty income, Internal Revenue Service authorities in Los Angeles said.

The plea was part of a deal with the government that requires him to file delinquent tax returns. Mr. Whitfield, 64, faces sentencing April 18.

Honoring Johnny

Associated Press

A bronze statue honoring late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled before hundreds of celebrities and cheering fans at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Mr. Ramone, co-founder and guitarist of The Ramones, was 55 when he died of prostate cancer in September at his Los Angeles home. The $100,000 statue sits near the grave of bandmate Dee Dee Ramone, who died of a drug overdose in 2002.

Hollywood Forever is the final resting place for hundreds of Hollywood stars, including Rudolph Valentino, “Ten Commandments” producer Cecil B. DeMille and Bugs Bunny voice Mel Blanc.

Parting company

Zap2it.com

James Cromwell, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as the farmer in “Babe,” is splitting from his wife, actress Julie Cobb.

Mr. Cromwell, 64, filed for divorce Jan. 11 citing unspecified irreconcilable differences, reports AP. The couple married in May 1986 and separated on Halloween 2004. They have no children.

Miss Cobb, 57, daughter of late actor Lee J. Cobb has appeared in more than 50 television shows including “Charles in Charge,” “ER,” “Star Trek,” “Growing Pains” and “The Brady Bunch.”

Mr. Cromwell currently appears in HBO’s mortuary drama “Six Feet Under.” His big screen credits include “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “L.A. Confidential,” “The Green Mile” and “I, Robot.” He next stars in the remake of “The Longest Yard” alongside Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.

Graves’ new world

District-born mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will sing in the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s “Grendel” at the Los Angeles Opera in May 2006, Associated Press reports.

The opera, based on the poem “Beowulf” and John Gardner’s novel “Grendel,” features a libretto by Julie Taymor and J.D. McClatchy and will be directed by Miss Taymor, a Tony Award winner for Broadway’s “The Lion King” and director of the Oscar-nominated film “Frida.”

Miss Graves will play The Dragon in the performance, which will also star Eric Owens (Grendel), Richard Croft (The Blind Harpist), Jay Hunter Morris (Unferth) and Laura Claycomb (Queen Wealtheow).

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

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