- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Fan cries foul

New York Post

Aaron Carter needs to learn some manners.

At his gig on Staten Island Saturday, the 16-year-old pop sensation dissed one of his frantic teen fans when he was presented with a picture she had drawn, the New York Post reports.

“He looked at it, made a face and threw it on the floor while I was standing there,” Gwen Stevenson told the newspaper. “I cried the whole concert.”

Aaron’s reps did not return calls.

Terms of endearment

Reuters News Agency

Intimate letters from Edward VIII to a Baltimore-born divorcee are going on the block nearly 70 years after he abdicated the British throne for the woman he loved.

The 14 letters, in which the king tells a still-married Wallis Simpson “you’ll never know how much I love you,” are part of a collection of photographs, clothing and royal memorabilia being sold by the couple’s former Italian valet.

The couple married in 1937 and remained together until the death of Edward (later known as the Duke of Windsor) in 1972. The Duchess of Windsor died in 1986.

Moore’s big gun

Reuters News Agency

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo has been retained by the distributors of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” in an attempt to reverse the R rating slapped on the politically charged documentary last week.

Mr. Cuomo — the veteran liberal Democrat who has been working in private practice since he was defeated a decade ago by Republican George Pataki — said he already has begun talks with the Motion Picture Association of America’s appeals board.

The MPAA has scheduled an appeals hearing for Tuesday in Los Angeles. The film’s distributors are looking to resolve the matter even sooner because the film is set for a June 25 release.

The MPAA issued its rating because of “violent and disturbing images and for language.”

Hanks shuns politics

Internet Movie Database

Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks has ruled out the possibility of embarking on a political career — because he would much rather spread his message through acting.

If running for office were his inclination, he says, “I would say, ‘We’re all in this together. We live in a land in which tolerance is our great strength; diversity is what our country is built on.’ I can do that much better as an actor or a producer.”

His new film, “The Terminal,” opens tomorrow.

Imelda irked by biopic

Reuters News Agency

A tearful Imelda Marcos yesterday asked a Philippine court to stop the screening of an award-winning documentary about her rise from beauty queen to first lady, saying the producers had betrayed her trust.

The 100-minute film, “Imelda,” has won strong reviews abroad but upset the flamboyant 75-year-old by hinting that she and the late president Ferdinand Marcos amassed illegal wealth during a two-decade reign that ended in 1986.

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

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