Friday, November 28, 2003

Tenor's concert canceled

Singapore -- Jose Carreras canceled a Singapore concert because of "unforeseen circumstances and difficulties," promoters said.

Carreras, 56, had been scheduled to perform Thursday as the last stop on a seven-city Asian tour. The tenor was in Australia when the decision to cancel was made Monday, the Straits Times daily reported.

"We regret to announce the Jose Carreras concert... is canceled and will not take place due to unforeseen circumstances and difficulties experienced by us," concert promoter M2 said in a statement.

M2 director Adrian Hobbs said a confidentiality agreement meant he couldn't explain the reason for the cancellation.

Movie script, Elton's sunglasses, Nicks tambourine up for auction

New York -- An original script from the 2003 film "Anger Management," signed by co-stars Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, is among the items to be offered in an Internet auction to benefit the liberal People for the American Way.

Other items include a pair of Elton John's sunglasses, a ride in an airplane piloted by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, an autographed Stevie Nicks tambourine and a pair of shoes signed by dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp.

The weeklong auction, which also will include artwork, books and other celebrity memorabilia, will open Sunday on eBay, according to the group's Web site.

Paltrow touting latest film

New York -- Gwyneth Paltrow has room in her heart for only two of her recent films, "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

"But that's it since 'Shakespeare in Love,"' the 31-year-old actress tells Entertainment Weekly magazine in its Nov. 28 issue. "I'm trying to think if I left anything out. No, not really."

Paltrow won a best-actress Oscar in 1999 for "Shakespeare in Love." Her movies since winning the Academy Award also include "Duets," "Shallow Hal" and "View From the Top."

However, she's embracing her new film, "Sylvia," in which she stars as poet Sylvia Plath. It's a role that her father, producer-director Bruce Paltrow, urged her to take on. He died last year at 58 of throat cancer.

Paltrow says she's going to limit herself to one or two movies a year.

St. Lawrence University hears ringing of registers with carol

Canton, N.Y. -- Every time "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is played on the radio, St. Lawrence University hears a little jingle at the cash register.

The song's lyricist, Kim Gannon, stipulated in his will that 30 percent of the royalties from his songs go to his alma mater (Class of '24) upon the death of his wife. His wife died in 2000.

St. Lawrence administrators said they receive about $18,000 a year in royalty payments. Gannon wrote a number of popular songs before his death in 1974, but university spokeswoman Macreena Doyle said most of the money came from "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Money comes in every time the song is performed or played on the radio, in movies or on television.

Doyle said Middlebury College in Vermont also has a share of the royalties, 21 percent. Gannon attended Middlebury for a year before transferring out.