- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Bundles of joy

Oscar-winner Julia Roberts is pregnant with twins and is due to give birth early next year, her spokeswoman says.

Miss Roberts, 36, who won an Academy Award in 2001 for best actress in “Erin Brockovich,” is married to cameraman Daniel Moder, 35. They wed in July 2002 and have homes in Taos, N.M.; Venice, Calif.; and New York.

People magazine reported Miss Roberts’ pregnancy on its Web site Monday night, and spokeswoman Marcy Engelman confirmed the details yesterday.

Miss Engelman said twins run in Miss Roberts’ family. Her great grandmother and a pair of cousins are twins.

Next week, Miss Roberts will travel to Italy to begin filming “Ocean’s Twelve,” the sequel to “Ocean’s Eleven,” released in 2000, People magazine reported. Her co-stars include George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt.

Style reform

China to Britney: Come perform, but leave the revealing outfits at home.

Britney Spears’ first China tour has received Culture Ministry approval, but Chinese officials want to know what she’s wearing before she hits the stage, the official China News Service reported yesterday.

Miss Spears is scheduled to perform five concerts in Shanghai and Beijing sometime next year.

The report said, “Relevant departments will carry out strict reviews of Britney Spears’ performance clothing.”

Danny boy

He’s known to millions around the world as Harry Potter, but what Daniel Radcliffe wants is to be a rock star.

“I’d like to be in a band, a really good band. Guitar music — but like good, intelligent guitar music,” he told Associated Press.

Call it Harry Potter’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The 14-year-old has spent most of the past four years making and promoting the movies based on J.K. Rowling’s fantasy books. Rock stardom or no, he’s not worried about being typecast.

“Hopefully, I’ve just got to work hard and prove to people that I can do other things,” he said.

No Live Aid sequel

U2 frontman Bono played down rumors yesterday that he and his friends in the music industry are planning a second Live Aid concert to raise money to fight AIDS.

According to Reuters News Agency, he said a Live Aid 2, nearly 20 years after the first 1985 trans-Atlantic concert to help starving Ethiopians, would not raise enough cash to adequately tackle the AIDS crisis.

Instead, he urged the countries of the European Union to fulfill their pledge to commit 0.7 percent of their national incomes to overseas aid.

“At this point, there are no plans for a Live Aid 2,” Bono told reporters as he entered a meeting of EU development ministers in Dublin. “It’s always there in the background, but right now, no.”

“Right now, we’re after billions, not millions. A Live Aid 2 would help, but it wouldn’t fix the problem.”

The man who organized Live Aid, Bob Geldof, also splashed cold water on the rumors of a second charity festival.

“However,” Mr. Geldof told London’s Sun newspaper, “if the prime minister wants to organize a Live Aid 2, then good luck to him.”

Hung-ing tough

William Hung’s 15 minutes are still ticking. Next up for the University of California engineering student and “American Idol” reject is the DVD “Hangin’ With Hung,” due out later this month, according to Rollingstone.com.

“It’s more about the life of William Hung,” said the 21-year-old Mr. Hung, who was in Toronto Sunday to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the Blue Jays-Rangers game. His rendition received a mixed reaction from fans.

Mr. Hung also revealed that he will begin work on his second album and will be shooting a movie in August in Hong Kong. When asked for more information about both projects, Mr. Hung’s mother signaled to him, and he fended off inquiries with responses of “No comment” and “Confidential, sorry.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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