- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 15, 2006

Not the end, says Jen

Jennifer Aniston denied during a Wednesday taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that she and boyfriend Vince Vaughn have broken up, reports Denverpost.com.

An audience member told People magazine that Miss Aniston, 37, denied the tabloid rumors about the couple’s split as she hawked “Room 10,” the short film she co-directed as part of Glamour magazine’s “Reel Moments” series.

Miss Aniston and Mr. Vaughn filmed “The Break-Up” in Chicago a year ago.

The actress’s “Oprah” visit airs today at 4 p.m. (WJLA ABC-7) and “The Break-Up” arrives on DVD tomorrow.

Also out of Africa

Madonna made headlines for her adoption excursion to Malawi last week, but some celebrities are helping African children away from the spotlight.

Actor Derek Luke was moved by a young South African girl, Ziizi Mahlati, who plays his daughter in the upcoming film “Catch a Fire.”

“I got so close to this young girl, and me and my wife (Sophia Hernandez) decided we are going to put her through school. Education is such a valuable instrument in South Africa,” the actor told the New York Daily News. “Her parents, they don’t know how much longer they’re going to be around.”

Both of Ziizi’s parents are stricken with HIV.

“I was outside one day with her. She was just playing with me, and she walked in my trailer and said, ‘Is this your house?’” recalled Mr. Luke, who shot to fame in the 2002 biopic “Antwone Fisher” starring opposite the film’s director, Denzel Washington.

“It impacted me because it helped me distinguish what part of me was selfish,” Mr. Luke said.

2 tapped by NGA

The National Gallery of Art has invited Simon Schama, professor of art history and history at Columbia University, and the poetry critic Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter professor at Harvard University, to give the 55th and 56th A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts this fall and spring at the gallery.

The common theme of their lectures, which begin Nov. 12 with Mr. Schama, is the last works of artists and writers — a timely subject that is addressed in recent books such as “On Late Style,” by Edward W. Said and “Late Thoughts: Reflections on Artists and Composers at Work,” edited by Karen Painter and Thomas Crow. During the lecture series, Mr. Schama will talk about painters and Miss Vendler will talk about poets, organizers said.

The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were established by the National Gallery of Art’s Board of Trustees in 1949. The program is named for Andrew W. Mellon, founder of the National Gallery of Art, who gave the nation his art collection and funds to build the West Building, which opened to the public in 1941.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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