- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Clint, Spike trade jabs

Spike Lee has responded to Clint Eastwood’s comment that he should “shut his face,” saying the actor-director “sounds like an angry old man” and “we’re not on a plantation,” Associated Press reports.

In an interview with Britain’s Guardian, published Friday, Mr. Eastwood said Mr. Lee should “shut his face” and stop criticizing him about not including blacks in his 2006 Iwo Jima movies, “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima.”

Mr. Lee told ABCNEWS.com: “First of all, the man is not my father, and we’re not on a plantation, either. He’s a great director. He makes his films, I make my films. The thing about it though, I didn’t personally attack him. And a comment like ‘a guy like that should shut his face’ - come on, Clint, come on. He sounds like an angry old man right there.”

Mr. Lee, 51, will be honored next week at the sixth annual Silverdocs documentary festival in Silver Spring.

It was while promoting his own war movie, “Miracle at St. Anna,” about the all-black 92nd Buffalo Division, which fought the Germans in Italy during World War II, that Mr. Lee noted that “Flags of Our Fathers” lacked a single black actor.

“Has he ever studied the history?” Mr. Eastwood, 78, asked.

‘Brokeback’ opera set

The New York City Opera has commissioned composer Charles Wuorinen to adapt the gay-themed western “Brokeback Mountain” as an opera to debut in 2013, Agence France-Presse reports.

The film version, starring the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as cowboys who fall in love in 1963, was made into a film in 2005. Directed by Taiwan’s Ang Lee, it took three Oscars.

Rapper busted

Warren G. has been arrested on a drug charge after police pulled over the car in which he was riding, AP says.

Police say the rapper, 35, was arrested early Sunday after being pulled over for a red-light violation. Officer Karen Smith says marijuana was found in the vehicle.

The rapper, whose real name is Warren Griffin III, and the driver, Ryan Butler, were booked for investigation of possession of a controlled substance. Each posted $20,000 bail and was released.

Warren G was nominated for a Grammy in 1995. He was arrested in 1996 for carrying a loaded assault weapon in his truck.

Winehouse denies bias

Amy Winehouse on Monday denied that her singing of a slur-filled ditty made her a racist. The denial came the same day that her imprisoned husband - who videotaped the performance - pleaded guilty to assault and other charges that could cost him more jail time.

The video, taken by Blake Fielder-Civil sometime before his arrest late last year and published Sunday by the News of the World, shows Miss Winehouse and another woman sitting on a couch, singing a string of racial epithets to the tune of the children’s song “Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes,” AP reports.

Mr. Fielder-Civil, holding the camera, is heard encouraging them to sing it, insisting afterward he “wasn’t recording it … I swear on my life.” The video goes on to show Miss Winehouse passed out on the couch.

Miss Winehouse later stood outside her north London home, telling paparazzi that she was sorry, adding: “I don’t want to play anything down, but I’m the least racist person going.”

A baby girl for Alba

Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, are new parents.

The 27-year-old actress gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Honor Marie Warren, on Saturday, her publicist, Brad Cafarelli, told AP. Mr. Cafarelli didn’t provide additional details.

The couple wed last month. They met on the set of the 2005 film “The Fantastic Four,” which co-starred Miss Alba. Mr. Warren was a director’s assistant.

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