- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Keanu is latest Sinbad

Agence France-Presse

“Matrix” star Keanu Reeves has signed on to star as Sinbad the Sailor, the legendary character from “The Arabian Nights,” in “The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad,” Variety reported yesterday.

The movie, set in eighth-century China, will be directed by Rob Cohen.

In theaters now, Mr. Reeves stars in the supernatural thriller “Constantine,” an adaptation of the DC-Vertigo comic book.

Sinbad is no stranger to Hollywood. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. starred in “Sinbad the Sailor” in 1947. Several titles from Columbia Pictures followed: “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” (1974) and “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (1977).

The most recent adaptation was “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” (2003), an animated DreamWorks film with the voices of Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

50, Game bury hatchet

Associated Press

Perhaps selling 1.1 million copies of his new album, “The Massacre,” in just four days has softened the heart of 50 Cent. Or maybe he has so many feuds going, he can afford to let one go.

The superstar rapper joined Dr. Dre protege The Game yesterday to publicly squash a bitter feud that erupted into gunfire last week after 50 kicked Game out of his G-Unit clique for disloyalty.

The two platinum-selling gangsta rappers didn’t exactly kiss and make up. When they emerged before a media throng at Harlem’s famed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, both looked as if they had been shoved into apologies by a stern mother.

They did shake hands, albeit at the end of the press conference, after speaking about contrition and the need for peace.

“We’re here today to show that people can rise above the most difficult circumstances, and together we can put negativity behind us,” said 50, a native New Yorker. “A lot of people don’t want to see it happen, but we’re responding to the two most important groups, our family and our fans.”

Privacy upheld

Associated Press

A British judge banned the broadcast of video footage showing Elizabeth Jagger engaging in “sexual activities” with her boyfriend in a nightclub.

Miss Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, sought the injunction against John Darling, manager of Kabaret’s Prophecy nightclub in London.

High Court Judge Rodger Bell ruled yesterday that Miss Jagger, 20, and boyfriend Calum Best, son of former soccer star George Best, had a “legitimate expectation of privacy” when they engaged in sexual activities just inside the club’s doors Feb. 17. The couple were captured on a closed-circuit television camera that they had failed to notice.

Judge Bell also barred the broadcast or publication of any still from the footage.

It’s Wonder-ful

Associated Press

Stevie Wonder will have Sin City “Dancing to the Rhythm” when the Grammy winner headlines the upcoming Tiger Jam VIII.

The annual benefit concert sponsored by Tiger Woods is scheduled for May 21 at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

“Stevie Wonder is a music legend, and I’m thrilled he’s headlining Tiger Jam VIII,” the golfing phenom said yesterday in a statement.

Counting Crows also will perform at the concert, which raises more than $1 million annually for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Making the cut

Judges have selected five books published in 2004 as finalists for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America’s largest peer-juried fiction prize. The nominees are Jerome Charyn for “The Green Lantern,” Edwidge Danticat for “The Dew Breaker,” Ha Jin for “War Trash,” Marilynne Robinson for “Gilead” and Steve Yarbrough for “Prisoners of War.”

Finalists were announced yesterday by the co-chairs of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Susan Richards Shreve and Robert Stone.

The judges — David Anthony Durham, Herbert Gold and Kathryn Harrison — considered more than 300 novels and short-story collections by American authors.

The winner, who will be announced next month, will receive $15,000. The remaining finalists will receive $5,000 each.

All five authors will be honored during the 25th annual PEN/Faulkner Award ceremony, at the Folger Shakespeare Library on May 14.

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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