- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Next ‘Star Wars’ wraps

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Shooting on the eagerly awaited movie prequel “Star Wars: Episode III” finally has wrapped, but studio bosses warn the film’s a long way from completion.

Director George Lucas imposed tight security measures on the Australian set in an effort to keep the story line a secret, and producer Rick McCallum insists cinema-goers will have a long wait before discovering how main character Anakin Skywalker turns into the villainous Darth Vader.

He says, “Shooting the film is only a small part of the whole process. George is enthusiastic about getting back to [Skywalker] Ranch and starting the next component.

“This will enable him to start thinking about what he needs to pick up when we shoot in March 2004. For George and I, this is only the midway point. We still have 18 months to get through.”

Ozzy hitting Broadway

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Ozzy Osbourne is writing a Broadway musical based on the life of the Russian monk Rasputin, according to MTV.com.

Talking at the world premiere of the movie “School of Rock,” Mr. Osbourne said he already has material penned for the show. He plans to record the score in a new studio he’s building on the grounds of the Osbourne family home.

Mr. Osbourne added that he’ll release the complete recording, as well as any other future albums, independently.

The singer recently parted ways with Sony Music after more than 20 years with the company. His wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, told MTV, “We don’t like record labels.”

New 007?

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Clive Owen, co-star of the forthcoming “Beyond Borders,” is poised to be introduced as the new James Bond next year, according to reports.

Current 007 star Pierce Brosnan reportedly is planning to announce in a press conference in January or February that the next Bond film will be his last.

According to the British tabloid the Daily Record, movie bosses are expected to announce that Mr. Owen, 38, will take over the role after being recommended by 50-year- old Mr. Brosnan. An insider says, “Clive’s the one. There have been rumors about Clive, but these rumors are getting louder and louder now.”

Madonna sued

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A fashion photographer’s son has sued Madonna, saying the singer copied his late father’s images in a set of videos for her song, “Hollywood.”

Samuel Bourdin claims he holds the rights to the images created by his father, Guy Bourdin, who died in 1991.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, accuses Madonna of copyright infringement for her imitation of poses and images in at least 11 of Mr. Bourdin’s works. His photos were published in French Vogue from the mid-1950s through the late 1980s.

Bold new look

Arena Stage’s concrete bunkerlike edifice will give way to a bolder, extroverted design in the near future. Arena Stage announced this week that architect Bing Thom has been chosen from more than 100 candidates to take its theater out of the dark ages of 1970s architecture and into more modern times with a renovation priced at $100 million.

Mr. Thom’s design will remove large portions of the existing building to reveal the true forms of both the round Fichandler Stage, which will be reduced from 816 seats to 650, and the proscenium Kreeger Theatre, which will be lighted from the center, like a lantern. A third theater will be added, the 200-seat Cradle, which will showcase new American works.

Arena Stage’s square footage doubles with the new design, featuring one of the largest cantilevered roofs in North America hovering horizontally above a new glass-and-wood terrace. Construction is slated to begin in 2005 and will last approximately two years.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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