- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2003

Shotgun wedding?

With a bambino on the way, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have applied for a marriage license in Santa Barbara, Calif., according to the TV show “Entertainment Tonight.”

The pair has denied wedding rumors, but the Internet Movie Database said a secret ceremony had been planned over the weekend at New York’s 60 Thompson Hotel.

Better late than never.

Hold your ‘Horses’

The Rolling Stones’ ballad “Wild Horses” proved music to the ears of the Farrelly brothers (“There’s Something About Mary”), but only to a point.

The writing-directing team chose the song for a scene in the new comic farce “Stuck on You,” which follows the exploits of co-joined twins (played by Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear).

Mick and Co. finally relented to let the filmmakers use the song, but only for the theatrical version, according to Bobby Farrelly.

“They’re concerned with the use of their song in perpetuity,” Mr. Farrelly told The Washington Times. “They don’t know what’s to become of movies in five or 10 years.

“When it comes out on video, we have to put a new song in,” he says. “That’s the best deal we could get.”

Mr. Farrelly says he and his brother often labor to find just the right song to accent a film.

“That particular scene we tried a whole bunch of different songs. For some reason, the scene would have a completely different tone with each song,” he says.

That is, until “Wild Horses” plugged the gap.

“We know we’re gonna spend a lot on our soundtracks because we know it means so much to our movies to try to create the right mood,” he says.

Tears of a saint

Smokey Robinson is readying his first gospel album, according to Billboard.com.

A nine-song set of originals composed by Mr. Robinson and produced by Michael Stokes, “Food for the Spirit” is due out in March and will include songs such as “Let Your Light Shine,” “Road to Damascus” and — we’re not sure how this fits in — “Gang Bangin’.”

Videos for these songs already have been shot in Los Angeles, the music industry Web site reported.

The Motown legend will hit the road to support “Food” and is scheduled to play DAR Constitution Hall for a two-night stand May 7 and 8.

Israel’s rap

We think we have issues with our gangsta rappers. In Israel, hip-hop is mixed up in the business of nationhood, religion and the violence that has plagued the region for the past three years.

Kobi Shimoni calls himself “Subliminal.” He is Israel’s most popular rapper.

With song titles such as “We Came to Expel the Darkness” and “My Land,” however, he has some Israelis concerned that his politics are extreme, according to Associated Press.

“People have told me straight up to my face: ‘Man, you’re a fascist,’” Mr. Shimoni told AP.

He scoffs at the notion.

“The lyrics are we should never be divided again; only together will we survive and maintain Israel. What is so wrong with that?” he says.

Tolkien to spare

“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy may be coming to a close, but director Peter Jackson might have more hobbits in store.

According to Reuters News Agency, if complex rights issues can be sorted out, Mr. Jackson would like eventually to direct “The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to the “Rings” saga set some 50 years earlier.

“I’d be interested in doing it because I think it would give continuity to the overall chapter,” Mr. Jackson said.

Not right away, though. The director has a “King Kong” remake to direct, and for now he’s had his fill of Tolkienology.

“I’m glad there’s not a fourth ‘Lord of the Rings’ film next year,” Mr. Jackson said. “I feel very tired and exhausted.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo, with Christian Toto, from staff, wire and Web reports.

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