- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Bitter ‘Pill’

Canadian music retailer HMV Canada pulled all of Alanis Morissette’s albums from its shelves this week in protest of her exclusive agreement to sell an acoustic version of her 1995 hit album “Jagged Little Pill” in North American Starbucks stores for six weeks.

According to Reuters News Agency, Canadian music retailers have complained that they have long sold the Ottawa-born singer’s music and helped make her career.

After the six-week window, which began Monday, the album will go on sale at traditional retailers.

Jacksons’ reality

For those wondering what Michael Jackson’s post-acquittal plans are, here’s a clue.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a handful of networks were contacted last week — before Monday’s announcement of his acquittal on 10 counts of child molestation and related charges — about a prospective six-episode reality series revolving around the Jackson clan.

Sources said the show was positioned as offering a “portrait” of the famous family and a behind-the-scenes look at how parents Joe and Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson’s eight brothers and sisters rallied around him after his indictment in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Packing a punch

The International Boxing Hall of Fame’s star power is growing.

Not only did this past weekend’s induction ceremony draw nearly three dozen past and present boxing champions, it also attracted two Oscar-winning actors — Russell Crowe and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Canastota, N.Y. Mayor Todd Rouse told Associated Press that Mr. Crowe spent three hours at Sunday’s induction ceremony, spending much of his time with 1994 inductee Angelo Dundee, who trained Mr. Crowe for his role as Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock in “Cinderella Man.”

Mr. Crowe’s parents, Jocelyn and Alex, also were present for the ceremony.

Mr. Lewis spent four days in Canastota to help celebrate the induction of Barry McGuigan, a friend from his native Ireland, hall of fame director Ed Brophy said.

‘Sad duty’

Polish director Andrzej Wajda said he plans to make a film about the massacre of thousands of Polish military personnel by the Soviet army in Katyn Forest in 1940.

Agence France-Presse reports that Mr. Wajda told a Polish radio station, “It is my sad duty.”

The script of the film about Katyn will “not be a historical account but will concentrate on a few characters” and draw their psychological portraits, he said.

Filming is expected to begin at the end of the year. The working title of the film is “Post Mortem.”

Signature on the move

Be advised, theater patrons: Signature Theatre is moving its free outdoor productions this year to a stage opposite Ballston’s Metro station to make its work more accessible to the public.

Theater representatives told The Washington Times’ Ann Geracimos that starting June 23, “Signature Sings Broadway in Ballston” will comprise four performances at Arlington’s Welburn Square under the direction of Rick DesRochers, Signature’s new associate artistic director.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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