- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2003

Hines honored

Associated Press

Stars from theater, film and dance came out Sunday night to pay tribute to the late tap-dancing actor Gregory Hines at a festive memorial celebration at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

Mr. Hines, a Tony Award winner who died of cancer in August at age 57, starred on Broadway and in movies, including “White Nights” and “Running Scared.”

“He was a wonderful, funny man, humorous and warm,” said Isabella Rossellini, who played Mr. Hines’ wife in “White Nights.” “He didn’t change on the set and off the set. There was an authenticity about him.”

Actress Phylicia Rashad and Mr. Hines’ older brother, Maurice Hines, co-hosted the tribute, which included performances by tap dancers and singers as well as video clips of the actor’s own performances.

A range of artists from Mikhail Baryshnikov to Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee came out for the tribute, as did politicians such as Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat.

Riot forever Quiet?

Launch Radio Networks

Stop the presses: The ‘80s metal band Quiet Riot apparently has called it quits after more than 20 years.

Fans surfing to the band’s Web site, quietriotforce.com, undoubtedly were crushed to find the following message: “Thank you for 20 years of rock and roll. Goodbye, Quiet Riot.”

Launch contacted drummer Frankie Banali for confirmation, and he responded with a cryptic message of his own: “I can only confirm that Quiet Riot with members Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo and myself has ceased to exist and further dates will not be performed.”

Quiet Riot was formed in 1975 by lead singer Mr. DuBrow and the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads. That band broke up after two albums that were issued only in Japan, but Mr. DuBrow put together a new version and released “Metal Health” in 1983.

The record spawned a smash cover of Slade’s “Come on Feel the Noize” and was the first metal album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Pas de deux

Associated Press

The son of Gerard Depardieu fired back at his father, saying the French film star is a chronic liar obsessed with money and status, taking their public airing of grievances to a new level.

“Gerard Depardieu is a coward, a cheater and lazy,” 32-year-old Guillaume Depardieu said in an interview published in Sunday’s Le Parisien newspaper. “He’s the only person I know who lies to his own analyst.”

“Gerard Depardieu is obsessed by the desire to be loved and the need for money,” said Guillaume, who also is an actor. “The only thing we have in common is our demons.”

The comments came in response to an interview published in last week’s Paris Match magazine, in which the elder Mr. Depardieu said he was no longer on speaking terms with his son.

A court last week handed Guillaume a nine-month suspended prison sentence and ordered him to seek counseling for having drawn and fired a gun after a man mocked his clothes in a bar Aug. 22.

The younger Mr. Depardieu said he hoped to put the past behind him.

“I’m turning a page in my life,” he said. “Gerard: Be quiet.”

Thurman, Cusack rekindle

Internet Movie Database

Hollywood star Uma Thurman has been spotted cozying up to former love John Cusack in the wake of her split from cheating husband Ethan Hawke.

The actress reportedly was spotted at the New York restaurant Tokyo Bay being consoled by Mr. Cusack, whom she dated briefly after splitting from her first husband, Gary Oldman, 11 years ago.

According to the British paper Daily Express, a source says, “She looked miserable, and he was being very attentive. They were huddled together deep in conversation all evening.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire reports and entertainment publications.

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