- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Live 8 in Canada

Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace and Motley Crue will be among the performers at Canada’s portion of the worldwide consciousness-raiser.

The free concert — one of eight to be held simultaneously around the world to raise awareness of poverty in Africa — will take place in Barrie, Ontario, just north of Toronto, organizer Michael Cohl told Associated Press.

Meanwhile, MTV likely will telecast the July 2 concert in the United States. An announcement on the television schedule of the globe-spanning show is expected soon.

Concerts also will be held in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Tokyo and Johannesburg.

Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green will host the Canadian show, which will feature mostly Canadian artists, including Jann Arden, Gordon Lightfoot and the Tragically Hip.

Madonna’s agony

“What was wonderful about the money was that I could put a roof over my head and food in my stomach, but after that, it just becomes unnecessary.”

So said Madonna in an interview with Grazia magazine, in which she continued her recent round of public self-questioning — neatly tied in with the release of her new children’s book — and revealed that she has had severe bouts of loneliness.

“I was definitely lonely 10 and 15 years ago,” the Material Mom said.

“There are whole chunks of my life where I was so lonely and periods where I felt I didn’t have a friend in the world and wondered if it was ever going to be possible for me to have a relationship that was going to last.”

Draining ‘Pond’

The Broadway revival of “On Golden Pond” will close Sunday if its star, James Earl Jones, who is suffering from pneumonia, can’t return to the production next week.

“No one wants to close this amazing production, and we’re all eager to take down the provisional closing notice, but if [Mr. Jones] is unable to return in the near future, closing is our most financially responsible decision,” producer Jeffrey Finn told AP.

The 74-year-old Mr. Jones has been out of the show since June 15, and box-office receipts have plummeted. Last week, the play grossed $162,053, filling less than 40 percent of the seats at New York’s Cort Theatre.

During Mr. Jones’ absence, his role has been played by Charles Turner.

Song and dance

Lindsay Lohan stormed out of the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie “Herbie: Fully Loaded” on Sunday after learning that a song she had recorded for the project had been moved to the credits in the final cut, Internet Movie Database reports.

After the screening, Miss Lohan was seen angrily exiting to the theater lobby as her handlers hurried her into a bathroom to calm her after she discovered that her song had been moved from a race scene.

“I was like, ‘Whoa,’ because nobody stays to hear the song in the closing credits,” the Web site quotes her as saying. “So I ran out. I recorded it right before I got sick and went to the hospital. And then I shot the video for it and re-sprained my ankle. I pushed myself to get it done for the movie when I probably should have waited.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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