- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hayes, Mac final project

Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, whose deaths saddened the entertainment world this weekend, worked together on an unreleased film this past spring, according to TVGuide.com.

“Soul Men,” starring Mr. Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, is named for the 1967 hit “Soul Man,” which Mr. Hayes wrote with David Porter. Recorded by Sam & Dave, the song reached No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B charts and No. 2 on the pop charts. It also earned a Grammy for Best Performance-Rhythm & Blues Group.

Mr. Mac and Mr. Jackson do their own musical and dance performances in the film, which is about two aging backup singers who haven’t seen each other in 20 years but reluctantly agree to travel together for a tribute performance in honor of their recently deceased band leader. Scenes for the movie were shot in Memphis, Tenn., in April, including one in which Mr. Hayes is in the audience as Mr. Mac and Mr. Jackson perform the legendary songwriter’s “Do Your Thing.”

Mr. Mac, 50, died early Saturday in a Chicago-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. Mr. Hayes, 65, was found near a treadmill in his Tennessee home barely a day later and pronounced dead at a Memphis hospital. His cause of death was not determined, but no foul play was suspected.

Due out in November, “Soul Men” is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and also stars Sean Hayes, Jennifer Coolidge and John Legend.

‘Cheerleader’s‘ dad jailed

Hayden Panettiere’s father, Alan, was arrested early Monday morning at the family’s West Hollywood home for felony domestic violence, People.com reports.

“There was a domestic argument between the mother and father,” said Sgt. Scott Wolf of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department. “He got upset and struck the mother in the face one or two times on the left cheek, which caused some bruising.

“The mother called police shortly before 3 a.m., and Mr. Panettiere was taken into custody,” Sgt. Wolf added. “He’s been cooperative. Earlier, they were at a party, and the husband apparently felt disrespected by his wife.”

On Sunday evening, Hayden Panettiere — a star on NBC’s “Heroes” — hosted a benefit for the Whaleman Foundation at Eva Longoria’s Beso restaurant in Hollywood, also attended by her parents.

Sgt. Wolf said Alan Panettiere, 49, was arrested on the felony charge instead of a misdemeanor because “there were visible signs of injury” on 52-year-old Lesley Vogel’s face. He is in custody, pending $50,000 bail.

Diary recalls rocky union

In the final hours of Dylan Thomas‘ life, his wife, Caitlin, according to lore, reportedly stormed in and demanded to know if the celebrated Welsh poet — whom she described as the “bloody man” — was dead yet.

Like most marriages, however, it appears there was a different side, and in a diary now for sale, Caitlin Thomas wrote sadly about her dead husband, Associated Press reports.

“Oh God, oh Dylan, it must be cold down there; it is cold enough on top, in November: the dirtiest month of the year that killed you on the ninth vile day. If only I could take you a bowl of your bread, and milk, and salt, that you always drank at night, to warm you up,” the diary says, according to notes provided by a London rare-book dealer who is selling the collection.

The couple met in a London pub in 1936 and married a year later. Dylan Thomas died in New York on Nov. 9, 1953. Caitlin Thomas died in 1994.

Her writings, contained in a school exercise book, are included in a collection of more than 40 letters, books, manuscripts and first editions. Rick Gekoski, the dealer who is selling the materials, said Monday that it came from a New York collector and is priced at $480,000.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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