- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Out and about

Lance Bass, a member of the ‘90s boy band ‘N Sync, says he’s homosexual and in a “very stable” relationship with a reality-show star, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Bass, 27, who formed ‘N Sync with Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, tells People magazine that he didn’t disclose his sexuality earlier because he didn’t want to affect the group’s popularity. He says his partner is actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, 32, winner of season four of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.”

“I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys’ careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said [that I was homosexual], it would overpower everything,” he tells the magazine.

‘N Sync is known for a string of hits, including “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me.” The band went on hiatus in 2002. That same year, Mr. Bass made headlines for undertaking astronaut training and failing to raise money for a trip into space.

Dress for success

The iconic black dress worn by the late Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will go on sale in December with an estimated price tag of $90,000 to $130,000, Christie’s auctioneers said yesterday.

The dress, designed by Givenchy and worn by Miss Hepburn in the memorable opening scene of the classic romantic comedy, is being auctioned on behalf of the City of Joy Aid charity, which helps underprivileged children in India, Reuters news agency reports. In the film, Miss Hepburn starred as Holly Golightly, a New York party girl who emerges from a cab onto a deserted Fifth Avenue at dawn and peers through the window of famed jeweler Tiffany & Co. while eating her breakfast from a brown paper bag.

Apology demanded

Paging Owen Wilson. Steely Dan wants an apology.

The veteran duo behind such jazz-rock hits as “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” says the actor ripped off its Grammy-winning tune “Cousin Dupree” for his title role as a slacker in the new comedy “You, Me and Dupree,” Associated Press reports.

In a 10-paragraph letter posted July 17 on Steely Dan’s Web site, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen claim that “some hack writer or producer” heard Steely Dan’s “Cousin Dupree,” about a hormonal houseguest, and “when it came time to change the character’s name or whatever so people wouldn’t know what a rip the whole thing was, they didn’t even bother to think up a new… name for the guy.”

In 2001, “Cousin Dupree,” from Steely Dan’s album “Two Against Nature,” landed a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group. The album also snagged album of the year. The group has been on tour since July 7 with Michael McDonald and performs Aug. 13 at Nissan Pavilion.

Up for grabs

The first guitar that Sir Paul McCartney ever touched will be auctioned tomorrow at the Abbey Road Studios in London, the facility where the Beatles recorded almost all of their work. According to Forbes.com, the instrument is expected to fetch $185,000.

The Rex acoustic guitar is being sold by Ian James, a school chum of Macca’s who taught the baby-faced Beatle his first chords in the back yard of his Liverpool home.

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

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