- The Washington Times - Monday, August 3, 2009

Photographer sued

An art finance company that lent celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz $24 million against the value of her entire collection and her properties has sued her for violating the terms of the agreement, says Reuters news agency.

In a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday, Art Capital Group Inc. asked a judge to compel Miss Leibovitz to cooperate with the person assigned to sell her copyrights and organize the sale of her properties, so Miss Leibovitz can pay back the loan.

Biel as missionary

It may come as a surprise to audiences who only know Jessica Biel from her primarily dramatic work on television and in films, including the long-running “7th Heaven” and the big-screen “Stealth” and “The Illusionist,” but she sings, too.

Miss Biel, 27, marks her major musical-theater debut this weekend, as the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents a three-night run of a concert version of the classic “Guys and Dolls” at the Hollywood Bowl. She takes on the role of Manhattan missionary Sarah Brown, Associated Press reports.

“I haven’t really done anything like this,” Miss Biel said, following a dress rehearsal Friday afternoon. “Well, I did one thing in college. In college, I did a concert version of ‘Tommy’ when I was in college. But, other than that. …”

Wahlberg weds

Mark Wahlberg and his longtime girlfriend, model Rhea Durham, have married in Beverly Hills. The couple have been together since 2001 and have three children.

People magazine reports the “Boogie Nights” actor tied the knot Saturday in front of about a dozen friends and family at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

Mr. Wahlberg, 38, walked the aisle in a dark suit and the 31-year-old bride wore a white strapless dress with silver embroidery. Mr. Wahlberg will appear later this year in Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” according to Associated Press.

Hollywood in Havana

Maybe it’s part of a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. Regardless, Hollywood went to Havana on Thursday as Cuban writers and artists gave an award to Benicio del Toro. You’d never guess, but it was for his role in the 2008 movie “Che,” Reuters news agency reports.

The ceremony was attended by fellow actors Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and James Caan. It was Mr. Murray stole the show when he improvised a version of the song “As Time Goes By,” then jokingly passed around a hat, asking for money.

Art for payment

Bob Dylan made sure he got paid when Andy Warhol coaxed him to the Factory to do a screen test, the New York Post reports.

The famed singer-songwriter grabbed one of the Prince of Pop’s famous silkscreens off the wall, a new bio reveals. In “The Genius of Andy Warhol,” out in November from Harper, Tony Scherman and David Dalton say Mr. Dylan’s six-minute take in front of the cameras — “acting cool, pretty much keeping his mouth shut” — came with a price.

Playwright Bob Heide, a Factory regular, tells the authors that when the audition was over, Mr. Dylan “got up and walked over to one of [Mr. Warhol’s] panels of Elvis with a gun and said, ‘I think I’ll just take this for payment, man.’ That was the only the time I ever saw Andy blushing, just kind of cringing. Somebody demanding payment!” Mr. Dylan never made it into one of Mr. Warhol’s flicks.

Cohen tickets sell

A Leonard Cohen concert in Jerusalem to benefit Palestinian and Israeli peace groups has sold out in less than a day, Associated Press reports.

Ticket agent Avi Messing told Israel’s Channel 2 TV that the 47,000 tickets for the Sept. 24 concert at a stadium near Tel Aviv went on sale Saturday evening and that by Sunday afternoon they were all gone. Prices ranged from $90 to $315.

Mr. Cohen’s management says profits from the performance will go to Israeli and Palestinian groups working for coexistence. The Jerusalem Post daily has reported that among the beneficiaries would be bereaved parents from both sides who are working for peace.

Andre wins case

Singer Peter Andre accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages on Friday in London over a newspaper claim that he was unfaithful to his now estranged wife, model Katie Price.

Mr. Andre, 36, was at London’s High Court for the settlement of his action over a story saying he had been unfaithful with a Price lookalike, which appeared in the Sunday People newspaper in May, Reuters news agency reports.

Grier in ‘Race’

David Alan Grier is joining the cast of the David Mamet Broadway-bound play “Race,” Associated Press reports.

The actor, 53, will star in the production along with the previously announced James Spader, Richard Thomas and Kerry Washington. “Race” opens Dec. 6 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Preview performances begin Nov. 16; Mr. Mamet also will direct.

Mr. Grier — a Tony nominee and original cast member of Fox TV’s “In Living Color — has appeared in films such as “A Soldier’s Story,” “Streamers” and “The Woodsman.”

Producer Jeffrey Richards has declined to talk about the plot of “Race,” but said earlier this year: “The title is self-explanatory.”

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