- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Paul altar-bound, again?

Sir Paul may be singing “I do” soon.

Paul McCartney is telling friends that he is planning to marry Hamptons gal pal Nancy Shevell, says the New York Daily News, citing reports from British newspapers.

Miss Shevell, a 49-year-old board member of New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, finalized her divorce last month, leaving her free to marry the ex-Beatle.

They even have the blessing of his daughter Stella, who famously despised her daddy’s ex, Heather Mills.

“Getting Stella’s seal of approval was very important for Paul,” a McCartney confidant told Britain’s Sunday Mirror. “All Paul’s children had massive reservations about Heather … but it was Stella who was the most vociferous.”

Miss Shevell reportedly divorced Port Authority Commissioner Bruce Blakeman after being legally separated for a year and 60 days.

A call to her lawyer was not returned, the Daily News said.

Back on Broadway

The swivel-hipped Conrad Birdie is coming back to Broadway.

The Roundabout Theatre Company next season plans to present the first Broadway revival of “Bye Bye Birdie,” the musical tale of an Elvis Presley-inspired rock ‘n’ roll star and his effect on the teenagers in one small Ohio town, Associated Press reports.

Robert Longbottom will direct and choreograph the revival, first seen on Braodway in 1960. The original “Birdie” ran for 607 performances, and the cast included Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, Dick Gautier, Susan Watson, Kay Medford and Charles Nelson Reilly.

Flap over Goya work

“The Colossus,” one of the best-known paintings attributed to Spanish master Francisco de Goya, was in fact done by his apprentice, Madrid’s Prado Museum said Monday.

The museum said on its Internet site that research by a team of experts has concluded Goya’s apprentice Asensio Julia was the real author of the work. Prado experts reached a similar conclusion last year but said they would pursue their investigation.

Researchers closely examined the style, techniques and composition of the “The Colossus” and compared them to other authentic Goya pieces and found them markedly different, they said, criticizing “the poverty of the technique, light and colors” in the work.

The painting depicts an angry giant towering over a valley of fleeing people and animals in what is believed to be an allegory of Spain’s resistance to the French troops of Napoleon Bonaparte during the 1808-1814 Peninsular War.

Perry’s contractor woes

Six construction companies have filed liens against actor-screenwriter Tyler Perry’s home and movie studio, claiming they are owed thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.

Fulton County court documents show the companies claim they are owed nearly $200,000 for work on Mr. Perry’s 30,000-square-foot home and production studio in Atlanta. The star, 39, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he withheld payment from the companies for undocumented charges or sloppy work, adding that he is being treated unfairly because he is a celebrity.

A publicist for Mr. Perry did not immediately return a call for comment Monday from AP.

Mr. Perry’s new film, “Madea Goes to Jail,” opens Feb. 20.

Baby for C-SPAN host

Greta Brawner, morning host of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and one of Esquire magazine’s “Women We Love” in 2007, has confirmed to The Washington Times that she and her husband, William Brawner Jr., are expecting their first child.

“My husband and I are overjoyed at the prospect of being parents,” Mrs. Brawner says.

The new arrival is due in mid-June.

Written and compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse, Stephanie Green and Richard Slusser from staff, Web and wire reports

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