- The Washington Times - Monday, November 7, 2005

Together again?

Phil Collins says he feels a Genesis reunion in the air…but not tonight.

Nothing has been announced, but the 54-year-old British singer, who is touring the Middle East, says: “There’s a possibility. I’m open for it.

“If it doesn’t happen, it won’t be because we don’t want to. It will just be because there are too many things in the way,” Mr. Collins said Sunday, according to Associated Press. “I’m happy to sit behind the drum kit and let Peter [Gabriel] be the singer, but if it happens, I’ll be there.”

Genesis formed in 1970, performing for more than 30 years before disbanding for good in 1998. Mr. Collins fronted the band after Mr. Gabriel, its lead singer, left in 1974 to pursue a solo career. Mr. Collins went solo in 1981.

“We’re all still good friends. We spent like 30 or 25 years of our life in the same office,” Mr. Collins says. “Just because we don’t play in the same band anymore doesn’t mean we don’t see each other and enjoy each other’s company.”

Bach to basics

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma has come full circle, performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the first composers he learned to play.

Mr. Ma, who turned 50 last month, performed several Bach works during what he called a root-searching tour with concerts in Taiwan and his father’s home- town in China. He says he began learning cello at the age of 4 with his father in Paris by playing Bach’s suites. The family later moved to New York.

“After reaching 50, I began to wonder what the root of life is,” Mr. Ma said Sunday.

As a child, Mr. Ma says, he didn’t enjoy practicing the cello very much.

“I still don’t like practicing so much now, but I could bear with it if music helps me find my roots,” he told Associated Press.

Weighty matters

Oscar-nominated actress Kate Hudson yesterday instructed her lawyers to begin taking action against several publications for printing pictures that she says falsely implied she had an eating disorder, Reuters news agency reports.

Miss Hudson, daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, claims the pictures “suggested that she had an eating disorder that was so grave and serious that she was wasting away, to the extreme concern of her mother and family,” her lawyers said.

The images, and the articles that accompanied them, also could prove damaging to her career, as they might raise concern among casting agents, the London law firm Schillings added.

Cited among the publications are the National Enquirer — for an article published last month titled “Goldie Tells Kate: Eat Something! And She Listens!” — the British magazine Heat and the British newspaper the Daily Mail.

Mouseketrouble

A former Mouseketeer with a history of legal troubles was hit with fresh charges Friday when the FBI said she tried to defraud a company out of nearly $320,000 in class-action settlement funds.

Darlene Gillespie, 64, of Oxnard, Calif. was to be arraigned on a mail-fraud charge in federal court in Southern California, AP reports.

An FBI criminal complaint says Miss Gillespie and her partner, Jerry Fraschilla, submitted a series of false claims to the Long Island-based administrator of a fund established to settle a class-action lawsuit against a measurement equipment company. A spokesman for the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office, which filed the complaint, said he had no additional information about the case.

An attorney who prosecutors in Los Angeles said was representing Miss Gillespie did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The Canadian-born Miss Gillespie was one of the nine original Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club” from 1955 to ‘59. She attempted a country singing career (under the name of Darlene Valentine) but has had a history of run-ins with the law, including a conviction for helping Mr. Fraschilla buy stocks with bad checks. She was sentenced to two years in prison in that case in 1999. Two years before that, she and Mr. Fraschilla were convicted of shoplifting at a California department store.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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