- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2008

Festival honoring Lee

Organizers of Silverdocs, the annual documentary festival in Silver Spring, yesterday announced that filmmaker Spike Lee will be honored at the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, a centerpiece of the event.

Now in its sixth year, the festival runs June 16 through 23 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center on Colesville Road.

Mr. Lee, 51, an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director with more than 35 films to his credit, was selected for “his unyielding commitment to telling stories that challenge America’s consciousness of social injustice, while also celebrating the resilience and power of the human spirit,” Silverdocs organizers said. The symposium is named after the late four-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim.

As part of the symposium, Silverdocs will screen a series of excerpts from Mr. Lee’s body of documentary work, which includes the Oscar-nominated “4 Little Girls.”

Mailer’s love notes

Harvard University has become the proud owner of an archive containing the definitive lowdown on Norman Mailer’s sex life.

The storied Ivy League institution — where the Pulitzer Prize-winning author earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering — has purchased a treasure trove of books, papers and letters relating to Mr. Mailer from his longtime mistress, Carole Mallory, including X-rated descriptions of their red-hot love life, the New York Post said.

Miss Mallory — a model and actress who appeared in “The Stepford Wives” and “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” — was Mr. Mailer’s mistress from 1983 to 1992. Mr. Mailer, who died last year at age 84, was seeing Miss Mallory — 19 years his junior — during his marriage to his sixth wife, Norris Church. Miss Mallory collected seven boxes of material on him.

Neither Harvard brass nor Miss Mallory would say what the school paid for the material. Three years ago, Mr. Mailer snubbed Harvard by selling his own archives to the University of Texas for $2.5 million.

It’s over

Star Jones has filed for divorce from husband Al Reynolds, People.com reports.

“Several years ago, I made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life,” Miss Jones, a former co-host on “The View,” said in a statement to “Entertainment Tonight.”

“The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life that requires privacy with one’s thoughts.”

Miss Jones, 46, a former prosecutor, and Mr. Reynolds, a banker seven years her junior, married in 2004 in an elaborate ceremony — complete with controversial corporate sponsors — attended by 500 guests, including Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Yoko sues filmmakers

John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and his sons are suing the filmmakers of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” for using the song “Imagine” in the documentary without permission, Reuters news agency reports. Mr. Lennon recorded the song in 1971.

The documentary, which features Ben Stein, an actor, comedian and speechwriter for former President Richard M. Nixon, looks at claims of discrimination against scientists and teachers who support so-called intelligent design as an alternative to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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


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