Taking Names: Martin Scorsese to receive Britain’s highest film honor

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Britain’s film academy is honoring Martin Scorsese for his “outstanding and exceptional” contribution to cinema, the Associated Press reports.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Wednesday that Mr. Scorsese will receive its highest honor, the Academy Fellowship, at a ceremony next month.

Academy chairman Tim Corrie said the director of “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Hugo” is “a true inspiration to all young directors the world over.”

Mr. Scorsese said he was honored to receive the fellowship, whose previous recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and Elizabeth Taylor.

The British awards, popularly known as BAFTAs, are considered an important indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s Academy Awards.

They will be presented Feb. 12 at London’s Royal Opera House.

Peter Frampton reunited with guitar lost 31 years ago

Peter Frampton and his favorite guitar are together again following a 31-year separation, the New York Times reports.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer, who played the Gibson Electric Guitar on his 1976 album “Frampton Comes Alive!,” assumed the instrument had been wrecked in 1980 when a cargo plane crashed in Caracas, Venezuela, en route to Mr. Frampton’s concert in Panama. As it happened, the guitar was recovered — and sold to a musician on the Caribbean island of Curacao.

“For 30 years, it didn’t exist — it went up in a puff of smoke as far as I was concerned,” Mr. Frampton told the Times in an interview.

Lo and behold, eons later, the 1954 Gibson Les Paul — made of Honduran mahogany — was back in Mr. Frampton’s hands last month, following two years of talks with the Curacao musician who owned it, the Times said. Also involved in negotiations: the head of the island’s tourist board, a Dutch Frampton fanatic and a customs agent who moonlights as a guitar repairman.

The tourist board official, named Ghatim Kabbara, wound up buying the guitar and personally dropping it off at Mr. Frampton’s Nashville, Tenn., home. Mr. Frampton, emotional over the return, said he had fallen in love with the instrument after receiving it as a gift during a 1970 Humble Pie concert in San Francisco.

Mr. Frampton is known for such 1970s hits as “Baby, I Love You Way,” “Show Me the Way and “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

Mayor Bloomberg compares New Year’s Eve kisses

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the world to know that while he might have shared a New Year’s kiss with Lady Gaga it was nothing compared with the one he got later from his longtime girlfriend.

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