- The Washington Times - Monday, August 16, 2004

‘Idol’ in D.C.

If you’re like thousands of aspiring area stars, you’re reading this while — hopefully — standing in line outside the Washington Convention Center (which officially began forming at 6 this morning) for tomorrow’s “American Idol” auditions.

If not, get thee to the “Idol” Web site (idolonfox.com) ASAP for a quick glance at the ground rules.

“Idol,” Fox TV’s highest-rated show, debuted in 2002.

To date, three winners, chosen by viewer vote, have been selected: Kelly Clarkson in 2002, Ruben Studdard the following year and Fantasia Barrino in May.

This just in…

“Sopranos” star James Gandolfini will play Ernest Hemingway in an untitled film about the author’s tempestuous romance with war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, his third wife, TV Guide reports.

Robin Wright Penn (“Forrest Gump”) may possibly star as Miss Gellhorn, Variety also reported yesterday.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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