- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

New 50 Cent series

50 Cent is among the richest rappers in history, having sold more than 21 million copies combined of his last three CDs. However, most of his money has been made elsewhere, such as through a vitamin water drink, video games and sneakers, Scripps Howard News Service reports.

Now he is spreading his business sense in an MTV competition series called “50 Cent: The Money and the Power” (10 p.m. Thursdays) in which 14 contestants vie in challenges mixing business savvy and street smarts. At the end of each episode, someone is booted.

“On ‘The Apprentice,’ the contestants end up working for Donald Trump,” says 50 Cent. “On ‘The Money and the Power,’ they have their own business idea, and they are competing for seed money.”

Iron tenor

Italian tenor Marcello Giordani has joined the few who have sung two major roles in a single day at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

Most opera singers perform just two or three times a week, but Mr. Giordani sang the title role in Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust” during a matinee Saturday. A few hours later, he put on a navy uniform and sang the leading tenor role in “Madama Butterfly,” filling in for a sick colleague, Associated Press reports.

The Met says just a handful of singers have tackled two leading roles in a day for the renowned company. General Manager Peter Gelb says Mr. Giordani is the “Iron Man of tenors.”

Film link

Actor Robert De Niro signed an agreement in Qatar on Sunday to launch a Doha international film festival linked to the Tribeca festival he helped found in New York after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The first Tribeca Film Festival Doha, featuring 40 films, is to run Nov. 10 through 14, 2009.at the Museum of Islamic Arts, which was opened Saturday before a VIP audience of regional leaders and international celebrities, reports Agence France-Presse. “We hope that film will … play a role in bridging cultures closer together,” Mr. De Niro said.

Quick and official

Reuters news agency reports that in a British court proceeding under the names “Ciccone M L v Ritchie G S,” pop diva Madonna, 50, and British film director Guy Ritchie, 40, ended eight years of marriage. The hearing lasted a few minutes Friday, then the court granted a quickie divorce. Neither was in court for the hearing, according to Britain’s Press Association.

Dick Tracy suit

Actor Warren Beatty has sued a unit of Tribune Co. over the film and television rights to comic-strip detective Dick Tracy, a character he played in a 1990 hit film of the same name.

The suit, made public Friday, was filed in Los Angeles federal court. It seeks to prevent Tribune from taking the movie and TV rights away from Mr. Beatty, who has held them since 1985. The suit says Tribune sent Mr. Beatty a letter Nov. 17, 2006, that gave him two years to begin production on Dick Tracy programming. Mr. Beatty began a Dick Tracy TV special Nov. 8 this year, the lawsuit says, and gave Tribune written notice.

— Compiled from wire reports

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