- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2008

Medina, Madonna

Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina criticized Madonna during his homily at a Mass on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile, in honor of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Said the cardinal about the pop goddess: “This woman comes here and in an incredibly shameless manner, she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts.”

Some fans spent three days outside the National Stadium in Santiago to get good spots for Wednesday’s concert, the first of two, Associated Press reports.

Glove for sale

In Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions says Michael Jackson is unloading not only his famous jeweled glove but also the grandiose gates that once led to his Neverland Ranch. These treasures are among more than 2,000 personal items from the King of Pop that will be on the block at a five-day auction in April.

The sale will be carried live on Auction Network, so bids will be accepted in person and online.

Mr. Jackson plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to MusiCares, a charitable organization founded by the Recording Academy to help musicians in need.

Centenarian on set

Portugal’s Manoel de Oliveira will be doing what he likes best, shooting a movie, on his 100th birthday. Called the world’s oldest filmmaker, Mr. Oliveira will be shooting his 46th feature-length film, AFP reports.

“To stop my work means to die,” said Mr. Oliveira.

In May he was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival for his entire body of work, which spans silent films to talkies and the country’s longtime, right-wing dictatorship.

Despite working with industry greats like Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni and John Malkovich, Mr. Oliveira still worries about finding backers.

Cougars forever

Marc Cherry, creator of “Desperate Housewives,” was cutting a cake when he announced the good news for fans of his show, according to eonline.com.

It appears “Desperate Housewives” - the Web site calls it “cougar juggernaut” - will still be on Wisteria Lane until sometime in 2013.

“Housewives” was “headed for a seventh-season finale in May 2011 with no guarantee that it would be back for more, its eighth and ninth seasons, eonline says.


Publicly maligned for his over-the-top behavior in two TV interviews, Tom Cruise has admitted to People magazine he could have “handled things better” and even joked about his couch-jumping antics on the Oprah Winfrey talk show.

The actor’s admission comes three years after he jumped onto a couch on Miss Winfrey’s daytime chat show in front of millions of viewers and proclaimed his love for then-girlfriend Katie Holmes, Reuters news agency reports.

The other incident was on “The Today Show,” where Mr. Cruise got into a testy exchange over psychiatry with Matt Lauer.

— Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire and Web reports

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