- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stone divorce rolls on

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood on Wednesday was divorced by his wife Jo on the grounds of his admitted adultery.

Married for 24 years, the couple split in 2008 after Mr. Wood began a relationship with Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova, who is in her early 20s, Agence France-Presse reports.

Neither Mr. Wood, 62, nor his former model wife, 54, was at the London High Court as decree nisi — the first stage of a divorce — was granted.

The couple were married in January 1985. They have a son and a daughter.

Pricey send-off

Michael Jackson’s private family funeral was fit for a king and had a price tag to match: roughly $1 million, Associated Press says.

Court documents released Tuesday show that his mother, Katherine; his brother Randy; and sister Janet were involved in the planning and mindful of the huge amount of media attention that would be lavished on the Sept. 3 funeral.

Lawyers for Katherine Jackson applied to the estate’s administrators and were granted $1 million to pay for costs that included burial, flowers, cars, security and a post-funeral dinner.

The private ceremony for the King of Pop was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., weeks after a public tribute to the legendary entertainer at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Tyler staying put

Rumors of Aerosmith’s impending demise came to a quick and sudden halt Tuesday night when the group’s frontman, Steven Tyler, made a surprise concert appearance with the Joe Perry Project, bandmate and guitarist Joe Perry’s band, at New York’s Fillmore at Irving Plaza.

According to RollingStone.com., Mr. Tyler told fans that he was not quitting Aerosmith despite previous reports. After the revelation, the Joe Perry Project launched into “Walk This Way” with Mr. Tyler on lead vocals.

Mr. Tyler’s announcement comes just days after Mr. Perry and other Aerosmith members said they would recruit a new lead singer. The band turmoil began when Mr. Tyler told a reporter he was going to work on “Brand Tyler” after a Nov. 1 concert in Abu Dhabi.

Back to Broadway

Get ready for another big name on the Great White Way.

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington plans to return to the New York stage next spring in a revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” Associated Press reports.

Producers Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott Rudin say the play will open in April at a theater to be announced. The production will be directed by Kenny Leon, who directed Wilson’s “Radio Golf” and “Gem of the Ocean” on Broadway.

No other casting was announced. The original 1987 production starred James Earl Jones as patriarch Troy Maxson, Mary Alice as his wife and Courtney B. Vance of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” as his son. It won both the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Mr. Washington was last on Broadway in 2005 in a revival of “Julius Caesar” in which he played Brutus.

Giller Prize announced

Linden MacIntyre, an investigative journalist who wrote a novel about sexual abuse by Catholic priests, has won one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards.

Mr. MacIntyre won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book “The Bishop’s Man” Tuesday night, Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The novel tells the story of a Roman Catholic priest tasked with stamping out sex-abuse scandals before they go public. The book is set in Antigonish, Nova Scotia - a place Mr. MacIntyre calls one of Canada’s most religious communities.

The book is especially timely, coming out shortly before Canada was rocked by a high-profile scandal that saw a bishop, charged with overseeing settlements to sex-abuse victims, arrested for possessing child pornography.

Created in 1944, the $47,000 prize, created in 1994, honors Canadian fiction. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler and Alice Munro.

The judges this year included Canadian novelist Alistair MacLeod, American novelist Russell Banks and British biographer Victoria Glendinning.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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