- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2005

Crying foul

Kathy Cash, one of Johnny Cash’s five children, was so upset about how her mother is portrayed in the upcoming film “Walk the Line” that she walked out of a family-only screening — five times.

She thinks the movie, which opens nationwide Friday , is good and that performances by Joaquin Phoenix as her dad and Reese Witherspoon as her stepmother, June Carter Cash, are Oscar-worthy. But she also says the film unfairly shows her mother, Vivian Liberto Distin, Mr. Cash’s first wife, as a shrew. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin plays her in the movie.

“My mom was basically a nonentity in the entire film except for the mad little psycho who hated his career,” Kathy Cash told Associated Press. “That’s not true. She loved his career and was proud of him until he started taking drugs and stopped coming home.”

Miss Distin died earlier this year as a result of complications from lung cancer. She and Mr. Cash were married 13 years and had four children together. He pledged to remain faithful to her in his song “I Walk the Line.”

Kathy Cash also says the movie fails to include any meaningful scenes with the children or show the pain she and her three sisters endured during their father’s fight with drugs and their parents’ divorce. And she says it portrays Mr. Cash’s father, Ray, too negatively.

“Anyone who wants a good sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll movie is gonna love it,” she says. “I’m anticipating dyed-in-the-wool fans objecting to a lot of stuff.”

John Carter Cash — Johnny and June’s only child together and an executive producer for “Walk the Line” — says his half-sister’s criticisms have merit. But he says it’s OK to take some license and that, in the bigger picture, the movie succeeds in telling his parents’ love story.

“I’m compassionately understanding,” he says, adding, “the point of the film is my parents’ love affair.”

People’s choice

A poll conducted by TakeGreatPictures.com says that more people would like to have their picture taken with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie than any other movie stars.

According to AP, Mr. Pitt garnered 36.1 percent of the votes in an on-line competition. The Web site, a not-for-profit site about photography, said it received votes from more than 4,000 readers.

Yet, while Mr. Pitt was declared the winner, he bested Johnny Depp by just 60 votes. Miss Jolie’s closest competition was Halle Berry, only 42 votes shy of Miss Jolie’s 25.6 percent. Mr. Pitt’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston also came close with 23.2 percent. Also receiving a high number of votes were George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lopez.

Mr. Pitt and Miss Jolie have not confirmed a relationship, but the two have been sporadically spotted and photographed together in recent months. Mr. Pitt and Miss Aniston divorced earlier this year after 4 years of marriage.

Crowe for hire

Fans of Oscar winner Russell Crowe can book him to sing at their Christmas party — if they have a spare $900,000. The actor/musician will travel anywhere in the world with or without his band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts for the right money, reports the Internet Movie Database.

A representative for Mr. Crowe says the star is keen to perform for the upcoming holiday season but warns his schedule is filling up fast. Moreover, wealthy fans who can afford the star would also have to fly him to their venue, provide five-star hotel accommodations and cover his expenses, according to imdb.com.

Space jam

The International Space Station crew, 220 miles above Earth, yesterday received a special live musical wake-up call from Paul McCartney during a first-ever concert linkup.

The early morning wake-up call for NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev was placed on Earth at 12:55 a.m. EST as Mr. McCartney’s concert at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif., was nearing its end. The space travelers heard two songs, “Good Day Sunshine” and “English Tea.”

Mr. McArthur and Mr. Tokarev were awakened for the 44th day of their six-month mission in space. The two bobbed up and down and sipped from squeeze pouches through the show, getting a rousing cheer from the audience, AP reports. “I can’t believe that we’re actually transmitting to space,” Mr. McCartney said. “This is sensational. I love it.”

It is a tradition to wake astronauts up with recorded songs. This marked the first time astronauts in space listened to live music from Earth. Mr. McCartney came up with the idea after learning that NASA’s Mission Control used “Good Day Sunshine” to wake up the Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts in August with word that conditions were favorable to return to Earth.

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

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