Princess Diana: It seems that consumers will never be allowed to forgot how the lady lived her life behind closed doors, not as long as money can be made off her memory. Case in point: Paul Burrell, the butler who talked, stands to pocket some nice change this summer after the release of his international bestseller “A Royal Duty” in paperback form. Signet is marketing the book with the promise of “exciting new material available only in the paperback” that will shed more light on the late Princess of Wales. Be warned … this edition hit store shelves on June 1.
Bono: Consider this item to be an update to the article we published yesterday about the U2 singer’s visit to Dublin to speak with members of the European Union. Upset that EU partners have failed to deliver on their promise to commit 0.7 percent of their gross domestic product to overseas aid, he accused the people in power of “renegotiating your deal with God downward.” More on Bono: Jamie Drummond, the executive director of DATA, the group co-founded by Bono to advocate for Africa, issued a press release yesterday about rumors related to a new Live Aid event. It opened with, “There are no plans currently for Live Aid 2. Live AID raised $200 million, but Africa and the poorest nations need more than $200 billion in additional aid over the next five years to truly beat AIDS and extreme poverty.” That puts an end to the Live Aid story … for now. Visit the DATA Site for more valuable information.
Whitney Houston: More bad news for the singer’s many fans. The Euro press reported yesterday that Houston and her husband, Bobby Brown, went nuts during a visit to Harrods in London last week. Witnesses told reporters that the crazy couple danced around the store and asked employees to give them almost twenty grand worth of clothing for free. Isn’t it about time for the legal authorities to arrest Brown for contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
Dan Rather: The veteran CBS newsman better get his cue cards ready for the Sunday June 20 edition of 60 Minutes. The man most Republicans can’t forget, former President Bill Clinton, will talk with Rather about the release of his memoirs … all 957 pages of them. You read that right — 957 pages of facts related to his life as a child, as a scholarly teen, as a husband, as a powerful political figure and as a child again. It’s the perfect book to take to the coast this summer, especially for any sunbather in search of a tan that will last for six years. Knopf expects Clinton’s “My Life” to be on store shelves by June 22.
Hugh Jackman: I saw the Aussie star on a talk show tell the host that he was worried his dancing would not be good enough for Broadway fans. He can sleep easier now. The winners of the 2004 TDF/Astaire Awards, which are presented annually for the “Best Dance on Broadway,” were announced this week. Jackman won in the best Best Male Dancer category for his performance in The Boy From Oz. Kathleen Marshall got the “Best Choreographer” nod for her work with Wonderful Town and Donna Murphy was chosen as the “Best Female Dancer” for her performance in Wonderful Town. When informed of this year’s winners, Mrs. Fred Astaire said, “I know that Fred would be delighted that his artistic achievement, on stage and screen, continues to serve as a symbol of excellence for the Broadway dance community.” The TDF/Astaire Awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele. They starred together in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931.
Sir Paul McCartney: The former Beatles star will be playing the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, between June 25-27. McCartney, Sister Sledge, James Brown, Oasis, PJ Harvey, Morrissey and Muse are just a few of the solid acts that plan to rock the crowd of more than 100,000 fans expected for the three-day concert event. The English National Opera will be on the scene the final day to perform part of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” with a 90-piece orchestra. A side note: the Euro press reported last month that Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey, will be behind the drums for Oasis.