- The Washington Times - Monday, May 4, 2009

Dylan tops in Britain

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan jumped to the top of Britain’s album charts on Sunday, almost 40 years since he last held the No. 1 slot here, Official Charts Company said.

According to Agence France-Presse, “Together Through Life,” Mr. Dylan’s 33rd studio album, which was released there on April 28, went straight to No. 1 some 38 years and five months after he last claimed the top slot. That was in 1970, when “New Morning” was released in October and reached No. 1 on Nov. 28.

Mr. Dylan’s latest chart-topper is his seventh No. 1 record in Britain. “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” was the first to win that accolade in 1964.

Summer nuptials?

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton may get married this summer, the New York Daily News reports.

Martha’s Vineyard is abuzz with rumors that the daughter of ex-president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is set to walk down the aisle with longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky, the Boston Globe reported Saturday.

Miss Clinton, 29, was introduced to the Goldman Sachs investment banker through her parents. Mr. Mezvinsky, 31, is the son of onetime Pennsylvania Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and former Iowa Congressman Edward Mezvinsky.

The potential bride and groom both attended Stanford University.

Bill Clinton’s office didn’t return a message left for comment on the report, the Daily News said. Just last month, the Clintons shot down a similar rumor about a lavish $1 million wedding.

According to the Globe, the August wedding was scheduled to take place at the home of Clinton pals Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. The wedding also would coincide with President Obama’s rumored vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the Daily News said.

Peck home sold

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have just purchased a mansion that was formerly owned by Gregory Peck, TMZ.com reports.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 8,000-square-foot ranch house in the Pacific Palisades was sold to the couple for $17.5 million by megaproducer Brian Grazer. The five-bedroom house features a gym, swimming pool and eight bathrooms and Mr. Peck once shot an ad for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in the den.

Mr. Peck lived in the one-story home until 1952 with his first wife, Greta, the L.A. Times said.

The house was originally listed for $27.5 million.

Change of heart

Kelly McGillis, known for notable movie roles in the late ‘80s, is finally coming out of the closet, Zap2it.com reports.

The 51-year-old “Top Gun” actress is “done with the man thing,” and the next romantic partner she’s seeking is “definitely a woman,” she tells SheWired.com.

In the interview with vlogger Jennifer Corday, Miss McGillis details how she struggled with her sexuality because it didn’t initially fit in with her religious beliefs and how she had to grow and love “who and what you are.”

The actress is best known for starring opposite Tom Cruise in “Top Gun,” with Jodie Foster in “The Accused,” and “Witness” with Harrison Ford.

Kelis, Nas to divorce

Kelis, the singer of the provocative “Milkshake” song who is seven months pregnant with rapper Nas‘ son, has filed for divorce from the musician, her rep tells People.com.

Nas, 35, and Kelis, 29, met in 2002 at an MTV Video Music Awards after-party and were married in 2005 in Atlanta.

Jailed for beating wife

Standup comic Robert Schimmel has been arrested on suspicion of beating his wife, Associated Press reports.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jay Royal says the comedian, 59, was taken into custody early Saturday after a reported fight at his home in Calabasas. Mr. Schimmel was booked in the county jail for investigation of spousal assault. He was later released on $50,000 bail.

A call seeking comment from Mr. Schimmel’s agent was not immediately returned, AP says.

The comedian has been a frequent guest on Conan O’Brien’s TV show and on Howard Stern’s radio program.

Signature style awarded

Arlington’s Signature Theatre will receive the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the American Theatre Critics Association announced Monday.

The Award is accompanied by a gift of $25,000 from Visa, USA.

Administering the million dollar American Musical Voices Project of the Shen Family Foundation, the company has given grants and commissions to the likes of Ricky Ian Gordon, Michael John LaChiusa, Bruce Coughlin, Adam Guettel, Audra McDonald and Ted Sperling. John Kander said that he and Fred Ebb, who premiered ” Over & Over” at Signature, loved to work there because it is a place “where you can work with a free heart.”

In 20 seasons, Signature Theatre (under the leaderhip of artistic director Eric Schaeffer and managing director Maggie Boland) has established a national reputation for giving some of the nation’s most talented artists a place to do their best work before appreciative, knowledgeable audiences.

Last month, Signature received six Helen Hayes Awards for its production of “Les Miserables,” which was directed by Mr. Schaeffer.

The Tonys will be presented June 7 in New York City, and the ceremony will air live on CBS.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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