Originally created 07/17/04

People in the News



NEW YORK -- 'N Sync haven't completely gone "Bye, Bye, Bye."

The boy-band pop group will perform together for the first time since the 2003 Grammy Awards as part of a benefit for their charity, the Challenge for the Children Foundation.

The event will be held July 23-25 in Miami. The five 'N Sync members, including Justin Timberlake, will sing the national anthem before a charity basketball game.

Celebrities expected to attend include actress Shannon Elizabeth, Jamie-Lynn DiScala of "The Sopranos" and rapper Jermaine Dupri.

Challenge for the Children Foundation was created by 'N Sync in 1999 to raise money for children's programs and charities throughout the country.

On the Net:

http://www.nsync.com/

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VERSAILLES, Ky. -- Some central Kentucky residents got a taste of Hollywood when director Cameron Crowe filmed scenes in Versailles for his latest movie, "Elizabethtown."

But Crowe didn't attract as much attention as Orlando Bloom, the movie's male lead.

Girls lined up on Main Street Thursday to shout, "We love you, Orlando!" to the 27-year-old actor, who was behind the wheel of a gray Mercury sedan that went up and down the street for multiple takes.

Bloom's films include "The Lord of the Rings" movies and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

"Wow, this is unbelievable!" said 9-year-old Emily Frangedakis, who joined her sister, Eleni, 11, in serenading Bloom.

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NEW YORK -- Colin Farrell isn't getting cocky about all the hype surrounding his edited-out nude scene in "A Home at the End of the World."

In the July 23 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Farrell, 28, speaks candidly about the full-frontal display. Despite published reports that the scene was cut because audiences were distracted by the magnitude of what they saw, Farrell said it wasn't anything to "write home about."

"I walk to a door and you see my ... and I walk out of the shot," Farrell said. "It's dark and it's three inches, uh, seconds long."

The film is based on the book by Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours." Farrell plays a bisexual baker who becomes embroiled in a love triangle with his childhood friend (Dallas Roberts) and his hat-making roommate (Robin Wright Penn).

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NICE, France -- An unfinished copy of U2's upcoming CD disappeared while the Irish rock band was posing for the album cover in a studio outside Nice.

About 20 people who were at Tuesday's photo shoot were questioned by police, who said Thursday it was unclear whether the CD's disappearance was accidental or theft.

In a posting on U2's Web site, guitarist The Edge said: "A large slice of two years' work lifted via a piece of round plastic. It doesn't seem credible but that's what's just happened to us ... and it was my CD."

According to the Web site, the band recently completed much of the new album in Dublin, Ireland, and have been involved in post-production work in France.

The CD is the first new studio album from U2 since 2000's "All That You Can't Leave Behind." The new album is scheduled for release this fall.

On the Net:

http://www.u2.com/intro.html

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NEW YORK -- Prince is turning down his mojo.

"I have a responsibility to (young fans) to perform in a manner that I would like my children to be performed in front of," he says in an interview to air Tuesday on CBS News' "The Early Show."

Prince, who has written songs such as "Gett Off," "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Kiss," says he's moving away from the explicitly erotic lyrics of the past.

"I just want to be the best human being I can be ... on stage and off," he says. Excerpts of the interview were released in advance.

The 46-year-old singer-songwriter is listed as the No. 1 "greatest rock frontman" of all time, beating out Mick Jagger and Robert Plant, in the August issue of Spin magazine.

Prince earned a 10 out of 10 for sex appeal, in a vote of editors, and kudos for singing like an "oversexed elf."

On the Net:

http://www.npgmusicclub.com/

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NEW YORK -- Let my people go, says Val Kilmer.

Kilmer will star as Moses in a stage musical production of "The Ten Commandments," producer BCBGMaxAzria Entertainment announced Thursday.

He'll lead a cast of 50 in a pop musical production of the 3,300-year-old story of Moses leading the Hebrews in exodus of Egypt.

The musical will run in a limited engagement at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., with preview performances beginning Sept. 18. Opening night is Sept. 27.

Kilmer, 44, voiced the character of Moses in the 1998 animated film "The Prince of Egypt." His movies also include "Top Gun," "The Doors" and "Batman Forever."

On the Net:

http://www.kodaktheater.com/

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NEW YORK -- Burt Bacharach will soon add another prize to his trophy case.

The Oscar and Grammy-winning composer will receive the Henry Mancini Institute's Hank Award, which recognizes distinguished service to American music, in a ceremony Aug. 14 in Los Angeles.

"We are so honored to be able to recognize our good friend Burt Bacharach this year," Ginny Mancini, widow of Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini, said in a recent statement.

Bacharach's hits include "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "The Look of Love."

The 75-year-old composer will receive the Hank Award from Phil Ramone, a previous winner.

On the Net:

http://www.manciniinstitute.org/

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NEW YORK -- Alicia Keys will perform at the "Wall of Hope - China 2004" international pop music concert at the Great Wall of China's "Ju Yong Guan" North Gate in Beijing on Sept 25.

Some 10,000 people are expected to attend the invitation-only event, which will be taped for international television broadcast, it was announced recently.

Proceeds will benefit the China Children and Teenagers' Fund, a charitable organization.

The first in a series of benefits planned for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzou, the concert series is being produced by Steinberg Lee and Lou Enterprises.