- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 23, 2009

Author’s home sold

A boyhood home of writer Langston Hughes has been sold in foreclosure in Cleveland, Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The 2 1/2-story, wood-frame house on the city’s east side was sold at a sheriff’s auction in February for $16,667. Wells Fargo bank plans to put the house on the market.

Mr. Hughes was born in Joplin, Mo., and lived in Lincoln, Ill., before moving into the Cleveland house as a teenager around 1917. It was during his time at Cleveland’s Central High School that he saw his work published in the school magazine.

The Academy of American Poets says his novels, plays and poems displayed insightful portrayals of black life in America. Mr. Hughes died in 1967 in New York City, where his Harlem residence has landmark status.

Cage seeing ‘Green’?

Nicolas Cage is in early negotiations to play the gangster villain opposite Seth Rogen‘s Green Hornet in the forthcoming superhero flick directed by Michel Gondry.

Cameron Diaz is expected to play Mr. Rogen’s love interest, says Denverpost.com, citing a report from Daily Variety.

The movie starts filming in November, although the studio is still working to replace Stephen Chow, who was originally slated to play sidekick Kato.

The “Green Hornet” is set for release next summer.


She charmed millions without ever saying a word, and managed to make fast-food tacos adorable. Gidget, the Chihuahua best-known for her Taco Bell ad campaign, died from a stroke on Tuesday night at age 15.

“She made so many people happy,” Gidget’s trainer, Sue Chipperton, told People.com.

The mostly retired canine actor lived out her days basking in the sun.

“Gidget,” says Miss Chipperton, “always knew where the camera was.”

Movin’ on

Life is good for Billy Joel, notes the New York Post.

Just a month after separating from wife No. 3, Katie Lee Joel, the Piano Man is dating Alex Donnelley, the former star of “The Young and The Restless,” the newspaper reported Wednesday.

Mr. Joel - who continues to break records touring stadiums with Elton John this summer - reportedly met Miss Donnelley through friends backstage at the July 11 concert featuring the two pop stars at Nats Stadium, according to the New York Post.

“The two hit it off immediately,” an unnamed source told the newspaper.

The actress reportedly has been visiting Mr. Joel at his home in Sag Harbor, N.Y., where they go boating or ride around on his custom motorcycles.

Broadway bound

“The Addams Family” musical has found a home on Broadway.

Producers on Wednesday said the show will open April 8 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. According to Associated Press, previews begin March 4 after a Chicago tryout that starts in mid-November.

The musical is based on the delightfully ghoulish cartoons by Charles Addams that originated in the New Yorker magazine and became a TV series and movies.

As previously announced, Tony winners Nathan Lane will play Gomez, and Bebe Neuwirth will be Morticia in the production. Also in the cast are Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandma and Zachary James as Lurch.

“The Addams Family” features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, while Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, authors of “Jersey Boys,” wrote the book.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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