- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Stellar Cash tribute


John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam and George Jones have joined the lineup for the Nov. 10 Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute in Nashville.

The event at the Ryman Auditorium will also feature Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr., Sheryl Crow, Jack Clement, Steve Earle and Larry Gatlin.

Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and U2 lead singer Bono have expressed interest in taking part but have not yet confirmed.

Ozzy ailing?

Internet Movie Database

Ozzy Osbourne is being tested for the debilitating Parkinson’s disease, Britain’s Sun newspaper reports.

The bat-biting wild man, 54, is claimed to have seen top neurologist Dr. Allan Ropper, who has treated actor Michael J. Fox for the nerve condition.

A source tells the paper: “Ozzy is concerned about his shaking and wants to know what’s causing it. He’s in good spirits, and his mood is fine.”

The British singer, who has battled addiction in the past, recently nursed his beloved wife, Sharon Osbourne, through a frightening encounter with colon cancer.

Launch Radio Networks reports that Mr. Osbourne has consequently postponed his upcoming tour of Europe.

He said in a statement, “I have been in Boston for the last three weeks having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years.

“I was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem. I was no longer comfortable being around people, which, as you can imagine, is not the best trait for a performer.”

Good to be ‘King’

With a No. 1 movie and industry wind behind his back, Jack Black wants to flex his new creative muscle.

The New York Post reports that the “School of Rock” star is eyeing a remake of his all-time favorite film, Martin Scorcese’s “The King of Comedy.”

Mr. Black, the Post says, would step into the Robert De Niro role as Rupert Pumpkin — make that Pupkin — the painfully deluded, increasingly desperate would-be comedian. Mr. Black wants his longtime pal and mentor, Jim Carrey, for the role of the egocentric talk-show host Jerry Langford, upon whom all of the comedian’s hopes are pinned.

The real 007

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A British war hero, said to have been the inspiration behind secret agent James Bond, has died at age 90, British newspapers reported yesterday.

Former Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Dalzel-Job carried out a series of daring exploits behind enemy lines during World War II, including some while serving under author Ian Fleming, who created the 007 character.

Mr. Fleming had told him he was the model for the heroic spy, although Mr. Dalzel-Job never claimed to be the real James Bond, the Guardian newspaper said.

Mr. Dalzel-Job’s real-life adventures certainly read like a James Bond novel. In one of his most daring exploits, in 1940, he disobeyed orders and rescued all the women, children and elderly from the Norwegian town of Narvik in local boats just before it was destroyed in a German bombing raid.

Later in the war, he commanded a team in one of Mr. Fleming’s undercover units that worked far ahead of the Allies’ lines in France and Germany.

He recounted tales of his wartime achievements in his memoir, “From Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy.”

Malden honored

Reuters News Agency

The Screen Actors Guild, which represents about 118,000 film and television actors in the United States, has named veteran actor Karl Malden as the recipient of its 2003 lifetime achievement award.

The 91-year-old actor with the trademark bulbous nose has long been considered a top character player from Broadway to Hollywood. He has won an Academy Award and an Emmy Award, but he said the SAG honor means the most.

“I appreciate all those awards. They all mean something, but this one is special because it comes from all the people I’ve worked with over the years,” Mr. Malden said.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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