- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bronze shrine for Lee

Bruce Lee fans are urging the Hong Kong government to help pay for a bronze statue to commemorate the actor’s 65th birthday in November.

The Bruce Lee Club is planning to erect an 8-foot-2-inch statue of the martial arts legend on the Avenue of Stars, which honors Hong Kong movie stars, said Hew Kuan-yau, a member of the club’s committee.

Mr. Lee was born in the United States but moved to Hong Kong as a child. Most of his movies were shot and produced in Hong Kong. He died in 1973 at age 32.

His fans voted for the statue to represent a pose from his 1972 movie “Fist of Fury.” Plans call for unveiling the statue on Nov. 27.

Mr. Hew said the club has only raised half of the $155,000 needed for the statue’s construction, installation, insurance and publicity, and he’s appealing to the government for a donation.

“We are not asking them to pay for the total sum, but at least part of it,” he said Thursday. “We want people to know about the legend of Bruce Lee.”

Juices flow for victims

In his first talk with a reporter since the end of his criminal trial, pop superstar Michael Jackson said Saturday he is “moving full speed ahead” on plans to record a song for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina victims and feels that his creative juices are flowing again.

In a telephone call to Associated Press, Mr. Jackson said the trial was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life” and that he and his children were still in Bahrain “resting and recovering” from the ordeal.

The singer added that he has been “constantly working” on the charity song, tentatively titled, “From the Bottom of My Heart.” He said he hopes the charity anthem follows the success of the 1984 worldwide hit “We Are the World,” which he co-wrote to benefit African starvation victims.

Mr. Jackson was acquitted of child molestation in June after a five-month trial in Santa Maria, Calif. He has not appeared in public since and has spent much of his time in Bahrain, where he is staying as the guest of Prince Abdulla, the son of the king of Bahrain.

Reconciliations Dept.

Charlie Sheen says he and his wife, Denise Richards, are working toward getting back together.

Miss Richards filed for divorce in March after three years of marriage. Mr. Sheen told David Letterman on CBS’ “The Late Show” on Thursday that their relationship has since rebounded.

“We’re working toward getting back together and fixing things,” the 40-year-old actor said.

It would be a dramatic U-turn for a relationship that publicly disintegrated just months before Miss Richards, 34, gave birth to the couple’s second child.

“It’s the first time I got dumped in my life,” Mr. Sheen said. He blamed his behavior.

The couple were married in June 2002. They met while shooting the independent film “Good Advice” in 2000 and appeared in 2003’s “Scary Movie 3.”

“I had to take a step back and really take a look at myself and the situation,” Mr. Sheen said. “I made a commitment to this woman that I love, this family that I love and I realized this can be fixed.”

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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