- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tori set for hubby No. 2

Tori Spelling’s first marriage will be over officially next week, clearing the way for her to marry fiance Dean McDermott, Associated Press reports.

In court documents obtained Tuesday by the syndicated TV news magazine Entertainment Tonight, a Superior Court commissioner stated that Miss Spelling’s marriage to actor Charlie Shanian will be dissolved on April 20. Mr. Shanian filed for the divorce in October, a little more than a year after marrying the former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star. He cited dissolution of marriage.

Miss Spelling and Mr. McDermott became engaged in December. The two met last year while working on the Lifetime cable movie “Mind Over Murder.”

Miss Spelling, the daughter of TV producer Aaron Spelling, is starring as a fictionalized version of herself in VH1’s “So NoTORIous.”

Name recognition

Bob Geldof’s accusation that Beijing is to blame for the continuing civil war in Sudan would have more bite if China knew who he was.

Asking “Who?” several times, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao finally shook his head and said, “I am sorry,” after a reporter asked for comment on Mr. Geldof’s claims that China was protecting the Sudanese government because of its oil needs, AP reports.

Mr. Geldof, 51, has won international acclaim for his humanitarian efforts and last year organized the Live 8 concerts. The Irish rocker also organized the Live Aid concert in 1985.

Mr. Liu, who said he had never heard of the anti-poverty campaigner, didn’t respond directly to Mr. Geldof’s claim.

“Anyway, I can brief you on China’s position on Sudan,” Mr. Liu said Tuesday in Beijing. “We are making efforts to restore peace in Sudan. We hope both parties can implement the agreements reached. We hope to see a stronger role for the African Union in solving the Sudan problem.”

No official figures exist, but the conflict in Sudan is estimated to have claimed more than 180,000 lives since 2003 and driven millions from their homes.

“I was in Darfur 20 years ago, and people were killing each other then. It’s an ancient battle between nomadic people and settled people, between Arab-Africans and black Africans, between Islam and Christians. … The reason why it has not been resolved is because of China,” Mr. Geldof said in Athens, Greece, on Monday.

“The Chinese protect the Khartoum government … and they will not allow a vote in the Security Council,” he said.

A matter of trust

What a difference a few decades make.

Yoko Ono, who knows more than anyone about the need for security, ignored the danger back in the 1960s when one of her performance-art works allowed audience members to cut off pieces of her clothing with scissors, the New York Post reports. “I was terrified, but one of the main things was to show we can all trust each other,” the newspaper quotes Miss Ono, 73, as saying. “There was no one waiting off to the side to help me. I was totally by myself. It lasted for over an hour, and I was afraid right from the beginning. But I was never cut.”

Out of the ‘Park’

Amanda Peet, Patrick Wilson, Jill Clayburgh and Tony Roberts will be out of work on Broadway next month.

The foursome star in the revival of “Barefoot in the Park,”Neil Simon’s romantic comedy, which, it was announced Tuesday, will close May 21 after a run of 108 performances, AP reports.

The play, Mr. Simon’s first big Broadway hit, opened in February to mostly negative reviews. Its plot centers on a free-spirited young woman, played by Miss Peet, married to a buttoned-down lawyer (Mr. Wilson).

The original 1963 production starred Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford and ran for more than four years. Mr. Redford and Jane Fonda starred in the 1967 movie version.

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

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