- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2006

Stones canceled

The Rolling Stones canceled a concert today in the northern Spanish city of Valladolid after Mick Jagger was ordered by his doctor to rest his voice.

Mr. Jagger developed laryngitis over the weekend, the Stones said on their Web site.

The British rockers had sold 37,000 tickets for today’s appearance at the city’s Zorilla soccer stadium, said Carmen Carnero, a spokeswoman for the show’s promoter.

Their concert likely will not be rescheduled, Ms. Carnero said.

“I am very sorry to be canceling this show,” Mr. Jagger, 63, said in a statement. “I always love playing in Spain, but unfortunately, I have no other choice, and I apologize to everyone who bought tickets for tonight.”

The Stones are scheduled to play tomorrow in El Ejido, in southern Spain, as part of their A Bigger Bang world tour.

They were forced to postpone the start of the European leg of the tour after Keith Richards suffered a head injury in a fall from a tree while vacationing in Fiji in April.

Eastwood honored

Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood received a special honor from the Motion Picture & Television Fund for his contributions to the Western genre.

Mr. Eastwood, an Oscar winner for directing “Unforgiven,” was presented the Founder’s Award during the group’s 24th annual Golden Boot Awards held Saturday. The ceremony recognized actors, stunt people, producers and directors who have furthered the tradition of the Western in film and television.

Morgan Freeman, who co-starred in Mr. Eastwood’s Oscar-winning film “Million Dollar Baby,” presented the special award, which has been given just eight times since the ceremony began 24 years ago.

Mr. Eastwood, 76, is the second director to receive the Founder’s Award, after John Ford, who was behind such Western classics as 1956’s “The Searchers.”

Also Saturday, Golden Boot Awards were presented to actors Ann-Margret, Joan Leslie, Powers Boothe and Wes Studi, director Leslie H. Martinson and stunt coordinator Buddy Van Horn.

The Motion Picture & Television Fund, founded in 1921, provides health care and other services for those in the entertainment community.

Royal rumor denied

Prince Albert of Monaco said Sunday that despite recent rumors linking him romantically to South African swimmer Charlene Whitstock, he doesn’t see marriage in his future.

“I have no plans in the near or distant future,” the 48-year-old monarch told ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

“Anytime I’m seen with a pretty young woman by my side more than once, then everybody flashes the ‘M’ word, as you say. Then it becomes very difficult to have a relationship with someone in any semipublic or private way.”

The prince is the second child of Prince Rainier and American film star Grace Kelly, who were married 50 years ago. He was visiting the U.S. over the weekend to attend an international leadership conference and a 50th-anniversary celebration of his late mother’s last movie, “High Society.”

Compiled from wire reports by Kevin Chaffee.

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