- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2005

‘School’s‘ in

It’s a school of hard rock — and hard knocks.

In “Rock School,” a terrific new documentary opening in area theaters tomorrow, instructor Paul Green is frequently seen chastising his students for not practicing enough.

Mr. Green, who founded the Paul Green School of Rock Music on “half a shoestring” out of his Philadelphia living room in 1998, is unapologetic.

“America doesn’t give its kids enough credit. I do. I think they’re capable of amazing things,” he tells The Washington Times.

“The best teachers are the ones who actually read your paper and mark it up with F’s instead of giving you an A-minus when you know it’s [drivel].”

To those who say he’s a failed musician trying to live vicariously though his students — who tour rock clubs around the country and have played festivals as far away as Germany — Mr. Green insists, “I gave up the dream pretty early.”

He founded the school, which also has branches in Salt Lake City and San Francisco, just after graduating as a philosophy major from the University of Pennsylvania. He was all set to go to law school, but he discovered that he loved teaching and that he was darned good at it.

However, he says: “I still like my guitar playing. I’m not Steve Vai, but I certainly have enough chops to keep the kids in line when they get uppity.”

Final nail

A jury has awarded Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor $2.95 million after finding that his former manager breached his contract and acted fraudulently.

The jury in Manhattan federal court delivered the verdict Friday against John Malm, Mr. Reznor’s longtime manager, according to Associated Press. The award is likely to top $4 million when interest is added.

Mr. Reznor’s lawyer, Zia F. Modabber, said he called the singer, who is on tour, with the news.

“He was almost silent at first. It’s still sinking in,” Mr. Modabber said. “It’s been a difficult thing for him in a lot of ways. They were very, very close friends.”

Hot ‘Pants’

The young actresses who star in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” which opened in area theaters yesterday, realize the movie has “chick flick” written all over it.

“It’s gonna be hard to get young guys to see this movie,” Amber Tamblyn (TV’s “Joan of Arcadia”) admits to The Washington Times. “It just happens to star four young women — but it’s not gender-specific.”

The movie adaptation of the first installment of Ann Brashares’ teen novel series, about four female friends who part company for a summer and stay in touch through a pair of magically fitting pants, “isn’t about young girls per se. It’s about people and emotions,” co-star Blake Lively insists.

If that doesn’t do the trick, Miss Lively offers this appeal: It’s about “four hot girls sharing one pair of pants.”

Immortal Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, the detective famed for his icy logic, is hot again, brought back to life by authors who believe the supremely rational character strikes a chord in this age of post-September 11 uncertainty.

Seventy-five years after the death of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes has been popping up in historical locales from Hiroshima to Holocaust-haunted Europe in recent portrayals by literary-minded U.S. writers, according to Reuters News Agency.

Caleb Carr’s “The Italian Secretary,” a novel commissioned by Doyle’s estate, hit bookstores last month, following Mitch Cullin’s “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” featuring the sleuth amid the debris of the world’s first atom-bomb attack.

“He just embodies the modern era’s belief that through reason … we can solve all our terrible difficulties,” Mr. Carr said. “That’s been challenged recently by the resurgence of fundamentalist religious thinking.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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