- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 27, 2005

Dark unto death

The 16-year-old star of the “Harry Potter” movies said Saturday it was a right decision not to tone down the latest film in the series to get a rating suitable for young children.

Daniel Radcliffe, who has the title role in the films based on J.K. Rowling’s novels, said “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is at times intense.

“The nature of the book — a 16-year-old kid dies in ‘Harry Potter’ four — you can’t make that light and frothy,” he told reporters while visiting Melbourne, Australia.

Daniel said audiences would have been disappointed if the story had been softened to avoid its rating in Australia of being unsuitable for children under 15. The first three were deemed suitable for children with parental guidance.

“Goblet of Fire” is the first Potter film to earn a PG-13 rating in the United States.

“If you are going to do justice to the book, it has to be dark,” Daniel said.

Troops get guitars

A project sparked by North Carolina-bred singer Charlie Daniels has collected thousands of dollars in donated musical instruments for the troops in Iraq.

Mr. Daniels donated one of his own instruments to “Operation Heartstrings” earlier this year when he learned that soldiers didn’t have guitars for church services. He asked guitar manufacturers to do the same.

“We never envisioned this much stuff. I’m overwhelmed by the support out there for the troops,” Mr. Daniels told Associated Press. He said “only one company that will remain nameless turned us down.”

Gibson Guitar, one of the nation’s top instrument makers, surprised the Wilmington native by offering 100 guitars worth $35,000 and thousands of dollars worth of accessories.

“We’re talking about guys over there who are representing us and putting life on the line,” the company’s co-owner, Henry Juszkiewicz, said.

Mr. Daniels, 69, and his band learned of the need while touring the Middle East doing shows for soldiers.

“We found that many of them played musical instruments of one kind or another and they wanted to sit in with the band. But they didn’t have enough instruments to go around,” he said.

Mr. Daniels’ platinum single “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” topped both country and pop charts and won a Grammy.

Pro-Asian focus

Action star Jackie Chan has a message for Asia’s film industry: Unite against American movies or risk losing your culture.

Mr. Chan has starred in a string of Hollywood blockbusters, including “Rush Hour” and its sequel, and plans to start shooting “Rush Hour 3” soon.

But he told the Times of India that such movies erode the culture of Asian countries, saying “Asians should unite against American cinema.”

“Why do we need to ape their culture,” Mr. Chan reportedly said. “I see an Indian saying, ‘Yo, man,’ but that’s not what Asian are about.”

India, like Hong Kong, has its own thriving film industry, known as Bollywood. While American movies are shown in Indian cinemas, Hindi movies dominate the big screens on the subcontinent.

“Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality,” Mr. Chan said.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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