- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hall names nominees

Run-D.M.C. could “Walk This Way” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges, is among the nine nominees for next year’s hall-of-fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday.

The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, rockabilly singer-songwriter Wanda Jackson, the doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials, eclectic funk band War, soul music singer-songwriter Bobby Womack and the disco and R&B group Chic, the only nominee back from last year’s ballot, Associated Press reports.

The five leading vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted April 4 in Cleveland. The ceremony typically has been held in New York but is returning to Cleveland after more than a decade-long absence. Tickets will be made available to the public for the first time, AP says.

Left off the ballot were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bon Jovi. Both had been eligible for the first time. To be nominated, an act must have released its first single or album 25 years earlier.

More than 500 musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote on the inductions.

Pool party with Phelps

Michael Phelps‘ fans are about to get the opportunity to bid on private swim lessons from the Olympian.

According to the New York Post, Mr. Phelps, a committee member for Thursday’s Party for the Paws — a charity event hosted by Animal Care and Control at New York’s Pressure nightclub — has agreed to auction himself off. The package will entitle two adults and a child to spend time in the pool with the swimming icon and also will include a photo with the superstar and a limited-edition, autographed piece of memorabilia. Also attending will be new Emmy winner Glenn Close and cosmetics entrepreneur Lorenzo Borghese.

New Jackie O. book

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ years as a book editor, many of them at Doubleday, will be the subject of a book coming out in 2011, AP reports.

Historian William Kuhn, who has written about British royalty and politics, is writing a biography about the years when Mrs. Onassis worked in the publishing business, starting in 1975 with a brief time at Viking Press and then her 16 years at Doubleday, right up to her death in 1994. The former first lady’s authors ranged from celebrities Michael Jackson and Carly Simon to the Egyptian novelist and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

According to Doubleday, Mr. Kuhn will draw upon “previously untapped archival material” and has “conducted a series of interviews with her authors, collaborators and friends from the 1980s and 1990s.”

Thriller next for Nick

Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage will reunite with director Dominic Sena in a supernatural thriller set in the Middle Ages, Agence France-Presse says.

Mr. Cage, whose recent films have included “Bangkok Dangerous” and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” has signed to star in “Season of the Witch,” according to Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

The film chronicles 14th-century knights charged with transporting a girl suspected of being the witch responsible for spreading the plague.

Filming is set to begin in November at locations in Austria and Hungary. Mr. Cage, 44, previously worked with Mr. Sena on the 2000 car-theft and -chase caper “Gone in Sixty Seconds.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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