- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Royal rift

A meeting between the monarchy and multicultural Britain has ended in a mess.

For just the second time in more than 60 years, the annual tradition known as the Royal Film Performance has been canceled, Associated Press reports.

Organizers said an Oct. 29 gala screening of “Brick Lane,” which was to have been attended by Prince Charles, has been scrapped. The film has attracted protests from some British Bengalis.

Adapted from Monica Ali’s best-selling novel, “Brick Lane” tells the story of a Bangladeshi woman who moves to the East End street of the same name, a hub for successive waves of immigrants to Britain. The book was praised by critics, but the movie drew protests from some local Bangladeshi businesspeople who claimed it portrayed members of their community as uneducated and backward. The production was picketed during filming on Brick Lane last year.

Kiefer busted

Kiefer Sutherland was arrested early yesterday for investigation of misdemeanor drunken driving after he was stopped for making an illegal U-turn and failed a field sobriety test, AP reports.

The Emmy-winning star of Fox’s “24” was pulled over about 1:10 a.m. in West Los Angeles, said Officer Kevin Maiberger. The actor was released around 4 a.m. after posting $25,000 bail, according to Sheriff’s Department records.

Mr. Sutherland, 40, tested over the state’s legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent, said Officer Karen Smith. Mr. Sutherland’s spokeswoman Annett Wolf declined comment.

Officer Maiberger said Mr. Sutherland was scheduled to appear in court Oct. 16.

Jolie, diplomat chat

Foreign Secretary David Miliband will meet with actress Angelina Jolie in New York this week to discuss global diplomacy, British officials said yesterday.

According to AP, Mr. Miliband, the youthful British foreign policy chief, is seeking to soften the tone of global relations after Britain became involved in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Details on the planned content of the discussion weren’t immediately available.

Miss Jolie, 32, is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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