- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crouching for an Oscar

Action star Michelle Yeoh says she is confident a Chinese film will soon follow the example of India’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and become a big winner at the Oscars. “I believe very strongly in the Hong Kong and Chinese cinemas. I think … our day (to win the Oscar) will come very, very soon,” Miss Yeoh told a press conference Monday in Hong Kong.

Miss Yeoh starred in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which won four Oscars in 2001 but not the best-film award. She was a Bond girl in “Tomorrow Never Dies,” and she worked with “Slumdog” director Danny Boyle in the science-fiction thriller “Sunshine,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Spider in song and dance

Spider-Man becomes a musical hero next year on Broadway, opening Feb. 18 at the Hilton Theatre.

The score for “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark” will be by Bono and the Edge, Associated Press reports.

The director is Julie Taymore, the creative force behind Disney’s long-running “The Lion King.” She also is writing the book with Glen Berger.

Gun admissible

A New York City judge says a handgun found on the tour bus of Lil Wayne after a 2007 concert can be used as evidence at the rapper’s trial.

Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter), has pleaded not guilty to gun possession and is free on $70,000 bail. The trial date is April 20. He was arrested in July 2007, AP reports.

• Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire reports

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