- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 8, 2005

Love is in the air

San Francisco Chronicle

Jake Gyllenhaal has been linked romantically to Oscar-nominated actress Catalina Sandino Morena (“Maria Full of Grace”), World Entertainment News Network reports.

The actor, 24, was spotted with the Colombian-born Miss Morena, also 24, at the trendy New York nightclub Bungalow 8, according to the New York Post.

Mr. Gyllenhaal officially split from longtime love Kirsten Dunst in June — although the two have been spotted together on various occasions since then.

Out of Africa?

Associated Press

Bob Geldof’s office said Saturday that the Live Aid Trust may plan a repeat of the 1980s concerts to urge action on African poverty and disease, but the musician later dismissed the idea as speculation.

Mr. Geldof was the driving force behind the 1985 Live Aid concerts in Britain and the United States that raised millions for Ethiopian famine victims.

“The Live Aid Trust has been discussing the plans to hold an event around the time of the G8 summit, though no firm dates are yet in place,” said Jo Philips, a spokeswoman for Mr. Geldof.

Leaders of the Group of Eight wealthy nations are to meet in July in Gleneagles, Scotland.

“It is kite flying, that’s all it is,” Mr. Geldof told the TV Plus news service on a visit to Lucerne, Switzerland. “People keep talking about it, but it is just talk. Why would I possibly repeat something I did 20 years ago?”

Miss Philips said the possibility of a new Live Aid show would be discussed when members of the Live Aid Trust, originally formed to distribute the money raised in the 1980s, meet this week.

Mr. Geldof organized Band Aid 20, a rerecording last year of the hugely successful 1984 fundraising hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” It was rereleased to benefit victims of violence in Sudan.

Day in court

Associated Press

A man accused of punching Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards last year must stand trial on an assault charge, a judge has ruled.

Judge James Dabney on Friday found sufficient evidence to try Jimmy James Johnson 26.

The man allegedly punched the veteran producer and rap star after asking for his autograph during a taping of the show Nov. 15. The attack set off a chair-throwing brawl that spread through the crowd.

Mr. Johnson reportedly was stabbed by rapper Young Buck after Dr. Dre was struck. Young Buck, whose given name is David Darnell Brown, has pleaded not guilty and is free on bail awaiting trial.

Dr. Dre., 40, whose given name is Andre Young, was about to receive a lifetime achievement award when he was punched.

Pam won’t do lunch

San Francisco Chronicle

Pamela Anderson has blasted KFC Canada boss John Bitove after the chairman invited her to discuss animal rights over lunch.

The animal-loving actress has joined forces with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in its attack on the fast-food giant’s treatment of chickens and has even appeared in a promotional video for the group.

After Miss Anderson called for a boycott of KFC, Mr. Bitove claimed the “Stacked” star was misinformed and invited her to find out the truth. He offered to talk to her “anywhere, anytime.” He said he wanted to brief her on KFC’s ethical practices.

In response, Miss Anderson replied: that Mr. Bitove would be “dining alone. Your attempt to spin your company’s involvement in the crippling and drugging of millions of animals each year is a turnoff.”

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

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