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Taking Names: Film scholarship created by Tony Scott’s family

- - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The body of Tony Scott has been cremated, and his widow will keep his remains at their Los Angeles-area home.

The information is included on Scott's death certificate, which was released Monday.

The document doesn't include a formal determination of Scott's cause of death. Coroner's officials expect it will take several weeks to finalize their investigation, but they are treating his case as a probable suicide.

The "Top Gun" director jumped from a bridge into the Los Angeles Harbor on Aug. 19. Family and close friends gathered over the weekend to honor the British-born director at a private memorial.

His family also announced Monday that they have created a memorial scholarship at the American Film Institute to help future filmmakers and honor his creative legacy.

The last film Scott directed was 2010's "Unstoppable."

Pianist Van Cliburn fighting advanced cancer

Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday.

The 78-year-old Mr. Cliburn is under excellent care and his spirits are high, said longtime friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone.

Mr. Cliburn skyrocketed to fame in 1958 when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23. He triumphantly returned to a New York ticker tape parade, the only one ever for a classical musician, and a Time magazine cover proclaimed him "The Texan Who Conquered Russia."

In the years that followed, Mr. Cliburn's popularity soared, and the young man from the small east Texas town of Kilgore sold out concerts, broke record sales, caused riots when spotted in public and even prompted an Elvis Presley fan club to change its name to his.

But he tired of years of performing mainly the same pieces that made him famous — such as Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1," which had sealed his Moscow win — and took a sabbatical in 1978, feeling emotionally drained from nonstop touring. Mr. Cliburn later moved from New York to Fort Worth, where he currently lives and where he remained active in the arts and social scenes. He began playing publicly again in the late 1980s.

Until only recently, Mr. Cliburn practiced daily and performed limited engagements.

He has performed for every president since Harry Truman, and for years has devoted his time to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Founded by Fort Worth music teachers in 1962, it's held every four years and considered among the world's premier piano competitions.

Mr. Cliburn won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.

He was already an accomplished pianist before winning the 1958 competition in Moscow. He started taking piano lessons from his mother at age 3, then debuted with the Houston Symphony Orchestra at age 12. He studied at Juilliard, won the famed Leventritt Competition and performed with several orchestras across the country — including the New York Philharmonic.

Photos of nude prince generate 3,600 complaints

A press watchdog said it has received some 3,600 complaints over the Sun's decision to publish nude photos of Britain's Prince Harry.

The British tabloid was the only national newspaper to carry the pictures, which first appeared online and quickly became an international talking point.

They captured the third in line to Britain's throne frolicking in the nude with an unidentified woman after what was alleged to have been a game of strip billiards in his Las Vegas hotel room.

Royal officials argued that the photos were a breach of the prince's privacy, but the officials weren't among those who'd filed complaints with Britain's Press Complaints Commission.

That makes it unlikely any action will be taken against the Sun, which said it published the photos in the public interest.

John Updike Society buys author's childhood home

John Updike's childhood home in Pennsylvania has been purchased by a group that plans to restore it and turn it into a museum.

The John Updike Society bought the home in Shillington, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, for $180,000 on Monday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author lived there until he was 13.

The society hopes the 1900s house can be preserved and re-created to its appearance in Updike's youth. The Reading Eagle reported organizers will seek donated materials for display.

Best known for his novels chronicling the life of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, Updike won Pulitzers for two of those stories, "Rabbit Is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest." He died in 2009 at age 76.

Foo Fighters heading for long sabbatical?

Music industry online magazine NME said the Foo Fighters have played their "last show for a long time," but an official familiar with the group said it has more concerts scheduled.

As the group wrapped up a gig in Reading, England, on Sunday, frontman Dave Grohl told the crowd the tour, in support of its latest album "Wasting Light," would be its last — a comment that has set fans in the Twittersphere alight with concern.

But the official said Mr. Grohl's comments were misinterpreted. The official said on condition of anonymity that the band has four U.S. shows in September and that after that it will take some time off "after touring the world for a year."

Mr. Grohl is the former drummer for the hugely successful band Nirvana.

Compiled from Web and wire reports