- The Washington Times - Monday, December 13, 2004

Regis to sub for Dick

Associated Press

A week after suffering a mild stroke, Dick Clark remained hospitalized, and his spokesman announced that Regis Philbin will fill in as host of ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005.”

“It’ll feel strange watching it on TV, but my doctors felt it was too soon,” Mr. Clark said yesterday. “I’m sure Regis will do a great job, and I’m thankful that he was able to step in on such short notice.”

Mr. Clark suffered the stroke Dec. 6. His publicist, Paul Shefrin, wouldn’t identify the hospital or say if there had been any paralysis. “Things get a little better every day,” Mr. Shefrin said. “His brain is 100 percent. His brain is not an issue at all.”

The 75-year-old entertainer, who went from hosting “American Bandstand,” “Bloopers” and game shows to producing awards ceremonies, has been host of a New Year’s Eve special for 32 years.

Stone’s olive branch

Agence France-Presse

Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Oliver Stone is in Turkey — hoping to mend fences with a nation that holds him responsible for the disastrous blow the controversial 1978 movie “Midnight Express” dealt to its image abroad.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu on Saturday told Agence France-Presse that he plans on having breakfast with Mr. Stone today in Istanbul. The filmmaker was expected to meet with the Turkish media afterward, Mr. Mumcu said.

More than a quarter of a century after its release, many Turks feel that “Midnight Express” remains a symbol of merciless propaganda and hatred against their country. The movie, based on the true story of Billy Hayes, a young American caught trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey in 1970, presents a dreadful picture of life in a Turkish prison with gruesome scenes of torture and rape.

“Midnight Express” was banned in Turkey after its release and was shown on Turkish television only in the 1990s.

Rock and roll honors

Associated Press

Irish rockers U2, R&B; singers the O’Jays and soul balladeer Percy Sledge are among five musical legends to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the 20th annual induction ceremony next year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced yesterday.

The foundation will hold its induction ceremony March 14 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

U2, which became one of the world’s most popular bands in the 1980s with its megahit “The Joshua Tree,” is still making the charts: Its November release, “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” is the No. 2 album, according to Billboard magazine.

The O’Jays had eight No. 1 R&B; hits during the 1970s and ‘80s, including “Love Train” and “Use Ta Be My Girl.” Mr. Sledge will forever be associated with “When a Man Loves a Woman,” one of the songs that made him a figure in deep Southern soul in the late 1960s.

The Pretenders and blues guitarist Buddy Guy will also join the organization’s Class of 2005.

Socks appeal

Associated Press

There’s no accounting for taste.

Smelly socks worn by Ed Harris during the filming of “Empire Falls” were among the treasures snatched up by fans during a weekend sale of props and costumes from the HBO movie in Waterville, Maine.

On Saturday, about 300 people bought a variety of items used by Mr. Harris, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Helen Hunt during last year’s filming in the Waterville-Skowhegan area.

The sale concluded Sunday after the remaining items were marked down in price. Proceeds will help defray the costs of the film, directed by Fred Schepisi and also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright Penn and Kate Burton.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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