- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 6, 2005

On hallowed ground

Tokyo’s nationalist governor had one request for Clint Eastwood before he starts shooting his next film, about the World War II battle at Iwo Jima: Spare a thought for the more than 20,000 Japanese soldiers who died there, too.

Mr. Eastwood, who is expected to begin shooting an adaptation of James Bradley’s “Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima” later this year, met yesterday with Shintaro Ishihara.

According to Associated Press, Mr. Ishihara told Mr. Eastwood that thousands of Japanese soldiers who died on the island in one of the war’s bloodiest battles remain unaccounted for more than half a century later.

He asked the actor-director to avoid “sacred” sites of the dead if he films on the island, Tokyo metropolitan government spokesman Katsumi Kumagai said. Mr. Eastwood reportedly said he would “absolutely not” trample on Japanese feelings.

Bond, finally

Don’t take this as gospel, but London’s Sun newspaper is reporting that the producers of the James Bond film franchise have chosen British actor Daniel Craig to take over the role from Pierce Brosnan.

The 37-year-old has been offered a three-film deal by Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and is expected to sign up formally in the next few weeks, the Sun reported yesterday.

Mr. Craig, who has appeared in both art-house movies and popcorn fare such as “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” narrowly bested Clive Owen for the role, the report said.

Osbourne scare

Ozzy Osbourne’s family has had yet another health scare.

Eldest daughter Aimee, 21, who did not appear on the family’s reality TV series, had a lump removed from her breast, her mother, Sharon Osbourne, said, according to the BBC.

Mrs. Osbourne, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, said her daughter was still being treated after “minor complications” but added: “We’re sure she’ll make a complete recovery.”

The pair recently pulled out of a six-week run of the stage show “The Vagina Monologues” because of Miss Osbourne’s treatment.

Gathering ‘Dust’

“I’ve been happily busy,” Bruce Springsteen told Rolling Stone, taking a break from rehearsals for his upcoming acoustic tour, which kicks off in Detroit April 25.

Don’t expect Mr. Springsteen to flog the big hits, however. Set lists will focus on his new album, “Devils & Dust,” his dour 1982 “Nebraska” LP and stripped-down versions of songs from 2002’s “The Rising.”

“I want to forewarn potential ticket buyers: I’m not going to be playing an acoustic version of ‘Thunder Road,’” Mr. Springsteen said.

As for last year’s dive into partisan politics with the Vote for Change tour, Mr. Springsteen told the magazine: “I’ve tried not to think about it. But it was an experience that I’m glad I put myself into. There was a lot of idealism out there — I took a lot of that with me.”

We’ll see if he brings it with him May 14, when he stops at the Patriot Center in Fairfax.

C no evil

You’ll never see “C-Murder” again.

The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, will now go by C Miller, said his publicist, Giovanni Melchiorre of Koch Records.

Mr. Miller, brother of rap superstar Master P, is being held in a Louisiana jail on a second-degree murder conviction, according to AP.

“People hear the name C-Murder, and they don’t realize that the name simply means that I have seen many murders in my native Calliope projects neighborhood,” he said, referring to the crime-ridden apartment complex in his native New Orleans.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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