- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Blond Bond?

A British tabloid says it’s all but official: Daniel Craig (“Layer Cake”) will be the next James Bond.

According to the Daily Mail, a formal announcement will be made next week.

James Bond buffs are awash in gossip.

James Page, who runs a Bond Web site, told Reuters news agency there’s a chance producers will replace Pierce Brosnan with an unknown actor.

“They did this with Sean Connery originally,” he says. “Roger Moore was the only [Bond star] who came in with any stature in the film industry.”

Meanwhile, the powers that be are mum. “The decision hasn’t been made yet. They are casting, and that takes however long it takes,” said a spokeswoman for Bond production company EON.

Library of grunge

The late Kurt Cobain and his fellow Seattle grunge rockers of Nirvana may have railed at the establishment, but now they’re about to join it.

The band’s seminal debut album, “Nevermind,” has joined 150 other sound recordings with “cultural, historical or aesthetic” significance in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

Created by Congress in 2000, the registry includes recordings from ragtime pianist Scott Joplin, classic crooner Frank Sinatra and funk founder James Brown in addition to speeches from every president since Theodore Roosevelt.

Nirvana’s musicians “started in Seattle, but their music defined the 1990s and captured the angst of Gen-Xers,” Gregory Lukow, who oversees the registry for the Library of Congress, told Scripps Howard News Service.

Georgia on his mind

Antwan Patton (aka Big Boi) has another prize to add to all those Grammys — and this one is from his hometown peeps.

Mr. Patton, one-half of the multiplatinum duo OutKast, received the Fine Arts Award from the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation last weekend for his achievement in the arts, Associated Press reports.

The foundation is dedicated to researching and preserving black history and culture in Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city.

“It feels great,” says Mr. Patton, a Savannah native who lives and works in Atlanta. “It’s been a long time coming. After 13 years, I appreciate it.”

Mullahs and movies

And here we are complaining about cell phones and sticky floors.

Internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami said the clampdown on cinema in his country is a “real problem.”

The problem doesn’t end with censorship, he said, as there is an increasing lack of theaters in which to see movies that are approved by ruling clerics.

“Before the revolution, we had 300 for 6 million people in Tehran, but now we have less than 200 for 16 million people,” Mr. Kiarostami said at a film festival in South Korea, according to Agence France-Presse.

“People are interested to watch more movies, but there is no opportunity,” he added.

Hope against hope

A tearful Olivia Newton-John broke her silence about the mysterious disappearance of her seafaring boyfriend. She says she hasn’t given up hope.

Cameraman Patrick Kim McDermott, Miss Newton-John’s boyfriend of nine years, went missing after an overnight fishing trip three months ago.

“It’s really, really painful for me, and it’s really, really personal,” she told the syndicated TV show “Entertainment Tonight.”

“We miss him. We love him. We’re still kind of praying there’s a chance he’ll come back.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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