- The Washington Times - Monday, January 17, 2005

Wave’ goodbye

Ex-Throwing Muses singer Kristin Hersh had something different in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave, an audiophile term for the lowest sound audible to the human ear.

Her timing couldn’t have been worse.

“It’s either on my part or God’s, I’m not so sure,” Miss Hersh told Associated Press. The band’s first full CD, scheduled for March release, was mailed to rock critics about a week before Asia’s devastating tsunami.

Making matters slightly worse, the album’s title is “Golden Ocean,” a phrase one of her four sons used to describe how the lights of Los Angeles look at night.

She said she never made the connection between her band’s name and the Asian calamity until a friend phoned to point it out. “I wasn’t thinking about me,” she said. “I was thinking about all those people.”

Tragic associations aside, Miss Hersh isn’t planning a change and suspects few will make the connection.

“It was such a good name a month ago,” she said.

Gimme smaller shelter

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne reportedly are putting their California home — of MTV’s “The Osbournes” fame — on the market.

The couple hopes to move to a smaller house with the imminent departure of son Jack, 19, and daughter Kelly, 20, the New York Post said.

Mrs. Osbourne told the newspaper: “Once Kelly and Jackie-boy go, it’s way too big for us. They want their own homes now, and Ozzy and I want a small house with a small garden for the dogs.

“We’re not going to put a ‘For Sale’ sign outside, but a few brokers in town know that it’s on the market,” she added.

Primate obsession

“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said remaking “King Kong” has been a lifelong obsession.

He also assured fans of the 1933 classic that his $150 million remake, now in production, is a respectful tribute.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of criticism and apprehension about remaking any film, and it has the potential for pitfalls that are greater than ‘The Lord of the Rings,’” he told the Los Angeles Times during a short break on the “King Kong” set.

“But it’s a dream come true. That’s the reality of it.”

Mr. Jackson also said he approached Fay Wray, star of the original film, about making a cameo, but she died before he got the chance to cast her.

Love lost and found

Donna Hanover, former wife of former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, recommends re-connecting with an old flame.

She did. Then she married him — and wrote a book about it.

The book, “My Boyfriend’s Back: Second Chance at Love,” is due in bookstores tomorrow, in advance of Valentine’s Day.

In the book, according to AP, Miss Hanover talks about finding her lost love, Ed Oster, at a Stanford University reunion some 30 years after they split up. The couple married in August 2003.

She and Mr. Oster, a lawyer, have homes in Newport Beach, Calif., and New York City, where Miss Hanover is raising the children she had with Mr. Giuliani.

“People loved hearing our story,” Miss Hanover said. “People often responded with their own stories of a cousin or friend who had re-connected with a long-ago sweetheart and fallen in love.”

Blaze of glory

Stop right there. “Star Wars” spoiler alert: Samuel L. Jackson has revealed that his character dies in the forthcoming “Episode III.”

Mace Windu will go out with style, the “Coach Carter” star said.

Director George Lucas assured Mr. Jackson that his Jedi knight would go out in a blaze of glory in “Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” and the director apparently made good on his promise.

“It’s rousing,” Mr. Jackson told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s a great light-saber battle with 102 moves in three big rooms.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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