- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2003


He came this close to leading the Washington Redskins to victory Sunday, but it wasn’t to be.

At least now, the second-string quarterback Tim Hasselbeck has a consolation: His wife, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, just got a fancy new job.

Co-host Barbara Walters announced on ABC’s popular chat-show “The View” yesterday that Miss Hasselbeck will replace departed “View”-gal Lisa Ling.

The ex-“Survivor” contestant beat out competition that included MTV “Real World” alum Rachel Campos and soap actress Erin Hershey Presley.

One-two punch

Possibly following in the footsteps of Julianne Moore last year, Sean Penn and Cate Blanchett have generated talk of conflicted Oscar attention.

Mr. Penn’s name is being bandied about for best actor nominations for both “Mystic River” and “21 Grams,” which opens in Washington tomorrow.

Miss Blanchett has earned solid notices for her performances in “Veronica Guerin” and the Ron Howard-directed Western “The Missing,” also out tomorrow.

When asked if she had a preference as to which movie she’d like to be honored for, Miss Blanchett told the Boston Herald:

“That would be incredibly presumptuous of me. If you think that you have any control over any of that stuff, you must be completely insane,” she said.

Lennon bargain

Fans of John Lennon were offered what has become a rare bargain for the slain Beatle’s handwritten lyrics at a three-day art show in Avon, Conn., this past weekend, the Associated Press reports.

On display were handwritten lyrics and framed words to songs such as “Imagine,” with an asking price of $2,350, and “Grow Old With Me,” listed at $2,900.

Those were bargain-basement prices, considering that the handwritten lyrics to “Nowhere Man” fetched $455,000 at Christie’s auction house last week.

More than 100 paintings, doodles, caricatures and drawings of Mr. Lennon’s were also on display at the exhibition, titled “Come Together.”

“It’s an intimate look at John’s love for life,” organizer Larry Schwartz said. “It’s music for the eyes.”

And, he forgot to add, music to the wallet.

Macy’s mug

William H. Macy is a “that-guy-from-that-movie” commodity. But that may be about to change.

As an imaginative radio announcer in “Seabiscuit,” he was a riotous scene-stealer, and critics are already raving about his performance in the upcoming casino drama “The Cooler.”

The Lost Angeles Daily News speculates on what might be the secret behind Mr. Macy’s quiet success: his mug.

“It’s this great face, pretty much dough and putty,” said writer/director Steven Schachter, describing the puss of his friend and former classmate. “The outer package is not leading-man package.”

The 53-year-old actor said of his visage: “I think I have a good sort of middle-American, sad-sack sort of face.

“I have great empathy with the feeling of being a loser,” the Florida native continued. “I just understand the characters. I get what they’re going through.”

Lowden clear

Belfast’s George Lowden started making guitars at age 10. His first creation wasn’t pretty.

“It had nails for frets and fishing line for strings, and I pranced around the garden pretending I was one of the Beatles,” Mr. Lowden, 52, told Reuters News Agency.

Now he boasts a client list that reads like a who’s who of rock music: Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, U2’s The Edge, Mark Knopfler and Northern Ireland’s own Van Morrison.

Mr. Lowden’s products are so beloved by fans that they’ve spawned a Web site, the Cult of Lowden, where fans obsess over the technical minutiae of his acoustic guitars.

Mr. Lowden cheerfully admits that when he first started making his own guitars in the early 1970s he “hadn’t a clue” what he was doing.

“I got hold of a ‘how to’ book, some wood, and just got started.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff, wire and Webreports.

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