Sunday, September 7, 2003
Russian film wins top prize
Venice, Italy -- An intense Russian father-and-son drama, "The Return," won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion for best picture Saturday, though first-time director Andrey Zvyagintsev remained shaken by the death of the 15-year-old star of the movie.
Teenage actor Vladimir Girin drowned shortly after the end of shooting in the same lake where several of the movie's scenes were filmed.
"The fact is that the actor who played Andrey died tragically two months ago," Zvyagintsev said, clearly moved by the occasion. "We would like to dedicate this award to him."
Other winners included Sean Penn for best actor in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "21 Grams," and Katja Riemann for best actress in Margarethe von Trotta's "Rosenstrasse."
Simon & Garfunkel tour in works
New York -- Unless they get in yet another squabble, it looks like Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are reuniting for a tour.
The former duo has reserved dates at concert arenas across the country, said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, a concert industry trade publication. And they were scheduled to make a "very special announcement" at a New York nightclub on Tuesday, publicists said.
There has been talk of a tour since Simon & Garfunkel performed together to open the Grammy Awards ceremony in February, Bongiovanni said.
"Everyone's been expecting it," he said. "It was still in the speculative stages, because you never know when Artie and Paul will get in a fight and call the whole thing off."
A star for a Spade
Los Angeles -- "Saturday Night Live" alumnus David Spade is the newest star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Spade, 39, who uses smug sarcasm as shtick, claimed the 2,235th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a ceremony Friday in front of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
"Getting this star really, really means a lot to me," said Spade, currently starring in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star." "There's a rumor that it's somehow tied to frequent flier miles and I'm hoping that's not true."
Kiss to appear 'larger than life'
Newark, N.J. -- The Australian concert that Kiss performed with a 60-piece symphony orchestra in February was big enough, but it's about to get even bigger.
A recording of the February concert at Melbourne's Telstra Dome will be shown at big-screen theaters in 21 U.S. cities Tuesday, to coincide with its release on DVD. A double CD from the concert was released in July as "Kiss Alive IV."
"This is a way to see Kiss more in the scale we should be -- larger than life," lead singer Paul Stanley said. "To be able to see it on a big screen with a full audience of people rocking is pretty amazing."
The show features original members Stanley, Simmons and drummer Peter Criss with the band's newest member, Tommy Thayer.