- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

On the links

Vince Gill has won 15 Grammys. He’s also a pretty good golfer who says he would have loved to have played the game as a professional.

Mr. Gill, who scored his fifth career hole-in-one two months ago in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., participated Monday in the Vince & Woody Charity Pro-Am at the Gaillardia Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City.

“I’m holding out just the slightest glimmer of hope that I’m going to explode onto the senior tour,” the affable 6-foot-3 singer told Associated Press before whispering, “I’m just kidding.”

The event benefits junior golf and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Sunday night, a group of amateurs bid $25,000 to play with Mr. Gill, 47, and his wife, singer Amy Grant.

Woody Austin, winner of the Buick Championship two weeks ago, said Mr. Gill’s “got game.”

“He just takes it too serious,” Mr. Austin said. “I mean, whoa. I’m supposedly notorious for having a… temper. I’m a pussycat compared to him.”

Getting respect

He may not get much respect, but three weeks after his heart surgery, comedian Rodney Dangerfield is getting a lot of company from old friends, including Jay Leno, Jim Carrey and Roseanne. The 82-year-old performer has enjoyed a parade of recent visits from fellow comic stars at the UCLA Medical Center, his spokesman told Reuters News Agency.

Mr. Dangerfield is making progress, and “his full recovery is expected soon,” but there was still no indication when he might be able to go home, publicist Kevin Sasaki said.

Gaming cinema

Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis told students at the University of Southern California that they could change moviemaking by playing more video games.

According to AP, they said video games are getting closer to a storytelling art form — but not quite yet.

“I think the real indicator will be when somebody confesses that they cried at Level 17,” Mr. Spielberg joked.

Mr. Zemeckis, director of such movies as “Back to the Future” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” said he borrowed gaming techniques for his forthcoming animated film, “The Polar Express.”

Both filmmakers agreed that movies such as “Spider-Man 2” and “The Matrix” series reflect the impact gaming style has had on cinema.

“My influence, when I was a film student here, was a television influence,” Mr. Zemeckis said. “In the ‘80s, cinema became influenced by the pace and style of television commercials. And in the ‘90s, it was the pace and style of the music video.

“I think the next decades are going to be influenced greatly by the digital world of gaming.”

Eye for talent

Rembrandt, the 17th-century Dutch master known for his skill in using light to carry perspective, may have been wall-eyed, a U.S. researcher told Reuters News Agency yesterday.

An analysis of 36 self-portraits of the great painter suggest he had a strabismus — a misalignment of one eye that caused it to point slightly outward.

This condition, popularly known as wall-eye, may have given Rembrandt van Rijn an advantage in translating three-dimensional scenes into two-dimensional paintings, said Margaret Livingstone, a Harvard Medical School neurobiologist.

“It illustrates that disabilities are not always disabilities. They may be assets in another realm,” Miss Livingstone said.

Macca drops ax

Paul McCartney has sacked his publicist of 15 years, Geoff Baker, BBC reports.

The former Beatle said he made the move because the “professional standards” of Mr. Baker, a longtime friend as well as PR man, had fallen in recent months.

Sir Paul also denied what he said were “particularly sad” claims that his wife, Heather Mills, wanted Mr. Baker gone.

Mr. Baker, a former newspaper reporter, has dealt with Mr. McCartney’s music and Beatles developments over the years.

In a statement, Mr. McCartney said: “I find it very sad that after years of friendship, my publicist Geoff Baker and I are parting.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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