Generation gap

The times, they have a-changed.

Bob Dylan hates most modern music and fights with his teen-age daughter about her musical tastes.

"The radio makes hideous sounds," the 1960s pop culture icon tells Time magazine in its Sept. 17 issue out on newsstands Monday.

In an interview to promote his 43rd album "Love and Theft," Dylan comments on some modern musicians and their work.

Of Beck, he suggests more focus: "You just can't be that good at everything you touch."

He says he hasn't really listened to controversial rapper Eminem, but adds, "I almost feel like if anything is controversial, the guy's gotta be doing something right."

He says he can't discuss music with his daughter. "I get in fights with her if I talk about music."

Celebrated poet

Sir Paul McCartney will read from his poetry next month as part of England's National Poetry Day celebrations.

The former Beatle will treat audiences to new material at the 21st Poetry Olympics on Oct. 4 in London, organizer Michael Horovitz said Sunday.

McCartney will be joined by Frieda Hughes, the daughter of the late poet laureate Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Last year, McCartney published "Blackbird Singing," an anthology of 48 poems and song lyrics covering his time with the Beatles and his solo career. The poems span McCartney's life, from early memories of Liverpool to the 1980 murder of John Lennon, to the loss of his wife, Linda, to breast cancer in 1998.

Suitable for children?

Ben Stiller has emerged victorious in a ratings-board battle over a wacky orgy scene in his upcoming film, "Zoolander."

The scene includes Stiller, a Maori tribesman, a midget, Owen Wilson and Stiller's wife, Christine Taylor.

The Motion Picture Association of America's ratings board insisted on an R rating even after Stiller � the film's star, director and co-writer � sent the board recut versions five times.

In the end Stiller convinced the board the scene was more silly than sexy, and the film received a PG-13 rating.

Warming up to ice sports

Actor Leslie Nielsen turned his deadpan humor to the sport of curling at the Olympic curling venue for the 2002 Winter Games.

The star of slapstick epics "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" filmed a TV primer on Friday in Ogden, Utah, for the under-appreciated sport in the United States. He also filmed host lines for this fall's U.S. Curling Assn. show.


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