- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Dolled up

Morrissey persuaded the seminal punk rockers of the New York Dolls to reunite last June for London’s Meltdown festival.

That was supposed to be it, according to Dolls frontman David Johansen.

Shortly after the London festival, original bassist Arthur Kane died of leukemia at age 55, prompting a tribute performance at a Steven Van Zandt-organized garage-rock festival in New York.

The Dolls decided to keep rocking and hit the road in earnest last month.

“We were having so much fun. I haven’t played with a really loud rock band in a while. It’s athletic,” explained Mr. Johansen, who keeps busy with gigs singing with bluesman Hubert Sumlin and spinning records weekly for the Sirius satellite network.

The current Dolls lineup also includes original guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist Steve Conte, bassist Sami Yaffa and drummer Brian Delaney.

They’re slated to play the main stage at 5:15 Saturday at the HFStival, which has moved this year from the District to Baltimore’s M&T; Stadium.

Life after ‘Wars’

The sixth and final film in the long-running, multibillion-dollar “Star Wars” series is due in theaters next week, and director George Lucas is preparing for civilian life.

“I’m relieved it’s finished and I made it to the end,” Mr. Lucas told Reuters News Agency.

“It’s like going off to college. You miss your parents, and you’ll see them on holidays. But at the same time, you’re glad to be out on your own. You got your whole future ahead of you,” he said.

Sounds like a backpacking trip in Europe is in the offing.

Life after ‘Wars’ II

Mr. Lucas may be moving on, but it doesn’t sound as though hard-core “Star Wars” devotees will follow suit.

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, who plays the young Obi-Wan Kenobi, had this to say about the franchise’s fringe followers, according to Internet Movie Database:

“There’s this huge following, which is weird. They have big meets and conventions, and I find it all a bit frightening.

“Once this guy met me at a stage door when I was doing a play in London. The guy yelled, ‘Obi-Wan, do you have any advice for a trainee Jedi?’ I just said, ‘No, don’t be so ridiculous.’ It’s just so weird; it really is.”

Monstrous inspiration

Though she was married three times, Jane Fonda found no inspiration from her former mothers-in-law when it came to playing her first film role in 15 years.

The mothers of all three of Miss Fonda’s ex-husbands — filmmaker Roger Vadim, politician-activist Tom Hayden and media mogul Ted Turner — treated her just fine, she told Associated Press.

So who were Miss Fonda’s role models for “Monster-in-Law,” in which she plays a domineering prospective in-law?

“To tell you the truth, a little bit Mae West, but also Ted Turner,” she said.

“I had the privilege and pleasure of spending 10 years with him, and talk about someone who’s bigger than life and over the top … .”

Familiar with fame

Tom Cruise’s new squeeze, 26-year-old Katie Holmes, is so accustomed to the glare of publicity that she’s far from being fazed by the all the attention she’s getting.

“I’ve already had some practice at being a celebrity,” the “Dawson’s Creek” star told Britain’s Grazia magazine. “I became recognizable at a young age.

“Maybe there are some negative aspects when you factor in the loss of privacy, but overall, it gives you the chance to lead a really interesting life,” she said.

Her life may soon become a lot more interesting.

It seems Mr. Cruise, 42, has marriage on the brain. He tells Readers Digest in its June issue: “I’d like to get married. I’ll tell you what I love. I like being in a relationship. That’s who I am.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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