- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Jack backs Hillary

With that “great determinator,” Super Tuesday, upon us, some high-powered new celebrity endorsements — as well as additional bolstering by loyal top-name supporters — are adding more rhetoric to the race.

Among the latest names to rally ‘round a hopeful is Jack Nicholson, who yesterday revealed his support of Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on the “Rick Dees in the Morning Show” on Los Angeles’ KMVN-FM, Movin’ 93.9, People.com reports.

(Of course, Magic Johnson was an early Clinton supporter, and if the retired Los Angeles Lakers great couldn’t deliver rabid Lakers-fan-for-life Nicholson, whom could he deliver?)

Mr. Nicholson’s move, which also puts him in the same camp as longtime Clinton boosters Barbra Streisand and Danny DeVito, follows Sunday’s appearance by Oprah Winfrey at a Los Angeles rally for Sen. Barack Obama.

Miss Winfrey addressed the issue of not endorsing a member of her own sex, saying her support of Mr. Obama is in no way a betrayal. “I am not a traitor,” she said. “I’m just following my own truth, and that truth has led me to Barack Obama.”

Also participating in Sunday’s rally, held at the University of California at Los Angeles, were Alfre Woodard, Stevie Wonder and Tatiana Ali as well as political stars Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver — whose support for Mr. Obama reveals a domestic house divided. Her husband, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is backing Republican hopeful Sen. John McCain.

A very high note

Anna Netrebko is pregnant, and she’s getting married, Associated Press reports.

The 36-year-old star soprano and her fiance, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, are expecting a child in the fall, Miss Netrebko’s management company said yesterday.

It will be her first child. She and Mr. Schrott, 35, became engaged late last year in New York. Miss Netrebko is scheduled to perform in Jules Massenet’s “Manon,” which opens April 4 at the Vienna State Opera, and this summer with star with tenor Rolando Villazon in Charles Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Salzburg Festival.

Gandolfini’s ‘Healing’

James Gandolfini will produce and co-star in the Marvin Gaye biopic “Sexual Healing.” No. He won’t play Mr. Gaye.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the “The Sopranos” star will play Freddy Cousaert, longtime manager of the District-born Mr. Gaye in the film, a look at the singer’s final years.

“Law & Order” and “Rent” star Jesse L. Martin will play the legendary singer. Production begins April 15, Zap2it.com reports.

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

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