- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2005

Rock’s chances rocky

If Chris Rock wants another invite to the Oscars, it will have to be as a nominee.

Prospects aren’t looking good for the comedian to reprise his hosting duties, which received mixed reviews.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was personally thrilled with Mr. Rock’s performance but has misgivings about asking him back.

He said: “I really shouldn’t speculate. We have our own list of needs. If we did the Oscars by polls, we’d give the nominations to the top five box-office films.”

Jay Leno and past hosts Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres reportedly are considered favorites for the job next year.

It’s about Time

As if Jamie Foxx needed one more thing to go to his head: Time magazine included the “Ray” Oscar winner on its eclectic list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

“It really shows the breadth of human endeavor,” Time Managing Editor Jim Kelly told AP. “Influence can be defined in a myriad of ways.”

Other entertainment figures who made the list include Clint Eastwood (whom Sean Penn calls “cinema’s Mount Rushmore”), actress Hilary Swank, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and rapper-entrepreneur Jay-Z.

Emancipated diva

Nervous breakdowns. An atrocious vanity movie (“Glitter”). Plummeting album sales. Mariah Carey has seen her share of troubles of late.

But the once-popular diva says she’s back on track — emotionally and musically — with her latest, “The Emanicpation of Mimi,” out today.

“I feel like that’s over, and anybody that deals with that is kind of like living in four-years-ago land,” Miss Carey told Associated Press.

She added: “I’m kind of at the point where as long as I can make music, I’m not absorbed by it. …

“There’s a way bigger world, and a way bigger picture than just living for that, and getting knots in your stomach every time you’re worried about what’s your chart position.”

Long live the Queen

The British rockers of Queen are in full swing, with singer Paul Rodgers filling in for the late Freddie Mercury.

The band recently brought its new act to London’s Brixton Academy, the warm-up for a 32-date tour of Europe.

“It really all came about because of the Fender 50th anniversary gig that I did with Paul Rodgers,” guitarist Brian May said of the reunion.

“We were both so amazed at the chemistry that was going on in ‘All Right Now’ that suddenly it seemed blindingly obvious that there was something happening here.”

That special “something” will land eventually in the U.S., according to the band’s publicist, but no word yet on a timeline.

Libertine free

Blackmail and theft charges against troubled rock star Pete Doherty have been dropped, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday, according to Reuters News Agency.

The volatile former singer of the Libertines, openly addicted to cocaine and heroin, has seen his musical talents upstaged lately by his drug use, jail time and an on-and-off relationship with supermodel Kate Moss.

His Libertines band mates have seen fit to tour without him, although they have hinted he’ll be welcomed back once his personal life is in order.

Charges against Mr. Doherty and Alan Wass (guitarist for the band Left Hand) were dropped because of “insufficient evidence for a realistic chance of prosecution,” a CPS spokeswoman said.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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