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Paul McCartney performs for thousands in Tel Aviv

Singing “Give Peace a Chance,” he stopped and let the audience sing the chorus alone. “Here tonight you sang it, you want it,” the 66-year-old rocker said. He dedicated the song to his fellow Beatle, John Lennon, who was killed in New York in 1980.

Fireworks lit the sky as McCartney sang “Live and Let Die.”

A crowd made up of Israelis of all ages, estimated at 40,000, cheered as McCartney performed outdoors in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on a warm late summer night. Some wore T-shirts with the slogan, “I love Paul.”

He greeted the crowd with a mixture of English and Hebrew, wishing them “shana tova,” happy new year, ahead of next week’s Jewish new year holiday. He added “Ramadan kareem” in Arabic, a greeting to Muslims, who are marking their holy month.

His repertoire included many Beatles hits, as well as songs from his post-Beatles group, Wings. The songs included “Yesterday,” “Back in the USSR,” “Hey Jude” and “Jet.” He added two encores. Continue reading

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Artist, People, Singer | Leave a comment

Japanese Seiji Ozawa

Seiji Ozawa

Seiji Ozawa

Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa took up his seat as a foreign member of France’s revered academy of fine arts Wednesday, joining the likes of US filmmaker Woody Allen and British architect Norman Foster. The 73-year-old was elected in 2001 as one of 16 associate foreign members of the academy, but it took seven years for him to fit the Paris ceremony into his hectic international schedule.

Wearing the academy’s traditional embroidered black-and-green top coat, designed by fellow member Pierre Cardin, Ozawa was formally welcomed by French Culture Minister Christine Albanel into the 200-year-old institution.

Founded in 1816, the revered body honours 57 artists from the fields of painting and sculpture to film, photography and music, in addition to its foreign members.

Addressing the Japanese maestro, the opera director Hugues Gall recalled that Ozawa won a young conductor’s contest in the eastern French city of Besancon in 1959, marking the start of his “relationship with France”.

“This relationship has been going on for close to 50 years, and you constantly renewed it with your concert programmes by showing France a loyalty, an attention and — why not say it — a very special kind of love,” Gall said. Continue reading

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | | Leave a comment

Henry Paulson Jr

Henry Paulson

Treasury chief Paulson on verge of historic new powers. Secretary Paulson is not the sole architect of the Bush administration’s bailout strategy for the US economy, of course. By all accounts he is part of a troika of top policymakers with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and New York Fed Chief Timothy Geithner.

But as the public face and dealmaker of the plan, Paulson is the one most in the spotlight. Moreover, bailout legislation submitted to Congress by the White House over the weekend would transform Paulson’s office into that of temporary overseer of America’s entire financial system.

This may not be the role that former Goldman Sachs head Paulson envisioned when he signed on as President Bush’s third Treasury chief.

“But he has to do this. He has no choice,” says Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland and the former chief economist at the US International Trade Commission.

The proposed expanded powers for the Treasury secretary are one aspect of the Bush bailout plan that has drawn criticism from Democratic members of Congress. Continue reading

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | Leave a comment

George Takei marries longtime partner

In this image released by The Rafu Shimpo, a bagpiper leads Brad Altman, second left, and actor

George Takei from their wedding at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy to a reception at the Japanese American National Museum, in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.

Behind Takei are fellow ‘Star Trek’ actors Walter Koenig, partially obscured, and Nichelle Nicols. AP Continue reading

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | | Leave a comment

Emmy Awards with freebies

CHAMPAGNE DINNER AND EMMY DREAMS: While the city bustled below, six Emmy-nominated actresses gathered high in Beverly Hills to drink, dish and celebrate their success at a special women’s dinner, hosted by Chandra Wilson, to toast this year’s nominees.

“It’s so sweet to get the female performers together, sit down, no pressure and have some cute food and some champagne or wine that you never tried,” said Wilson, nominated three consecutive years for her work on “Grey’s Anatomy.” “You come away feeling educated and tipsy.”

Alfre Woodard, Sandra Oh, Holland Taylor, Kathryn Joosten, Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad gathered poolside on the patio of a private home in the hills with sparkling views of the city for a four-course meal.

“This is very special,” said Rashad, who was last nominated for an Emmy in 1986. “It’s ladies night — the ladies getting together just being the ladies. It’s very, very nice.” Continue reading

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | Leave a comment

Late Princess Diana case updates

Paris court fines British photographer for Diana photos. It overturned the not guilty verdict made by another court in 2006 and fined Fraser,

as well as the publisher of the France Dimanche weekly which published the pictures in 1997, 3,000 euros (4,300 dollars) each.

Fraser, 41, was also ordered to pay Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi’s father, 5,000 euros in damages.

The convicted men were also told to pay him 3,000 euros towards his legal fees.

It was Mohamed Al Fayed, the Egyptian-born billionaire owner of London’s upscale Harrods department store and the Ritz Hotel in Paris, who took the case to court.

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September 18, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | | Leave a comment

Gordon Ramsay

Two top-selling restaurant guides — New York-based foodie’s bible Zagat’s, and Harden’s, a Zagat-inspired tome that’s a force in Britain — are locked in an unseemly spat over their latest London rankings.

And at the heart of the gastronomic stand-off is Gordon Ramsay, the expletive-spewing, global celebrity-cum-chef who is never far from controversy.

Put simply, Zagat’s thinks Ramsay is the top dog on the London fine-dining scene, while Harden’s believes the best days of the motor-mouth chef may be over.

In its 2009 guide, Harden’s gives top-billing to Petrus, a restaurant whose head chef, Marcus Wareing, is a Gordon Ramsay protege. Ramsay’s flagship restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, is pushed into second place.

“Wareing is emerging from Ramsay’s shadow’ as the proprietor of what is now clearly the best restaurant in London, and he and his team should be congratulated,” declared Peter Harden, the co-editor of Harden’s, before adding: Continue reading

September 17, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | Leave a comment

Jon Stewart to honor Carlin

Jon Stewart to honor Carlin at the Kennedy Center. The prize was announced just before Carlin’s death in June. It will be awarded during a tribute performance November 10th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. The program announced Tuesday will be aired later on PBS stations.

Others who will honor Carlin include Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black and Richard Belzer. Continue reading

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | | Leave a comment

Jolie, Pitt donate $2 million for Ethiopian clinic

The couple have donated $2 million to help fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ethiopia, said the Global Health Committee, which announced the donation by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

The organization will use the money to build a center in the capital city of Addis Ababa for children affected by the disease and establish a program to treat tuberculosis in children and adults. The center will be named for Zahara. Continue reading

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Actor, Famous, People | Leave a comment

How to Be Single

New Line has picked up the rights to former writer “Sex and the City” writer Liz Tuccillo’s best-selling novel “How to Be Single” for Drew Barrymore’s production company.

The book follows the dating lives of five single New York women, one of whom, the narrator, is writing a book about how bachelorettes across the world manage. The woman embarks on a trip around the world for the book and gets involved in an international affair, while her four friends duke it out on the New York dating scene. The book was published in June.

Barrymore and production partner Nancy Juvonen will produce, setting Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn to adapt. 9/11 moment of silence, Pentagon 9/11 memorial. Fort Bend ISD

September 11, 2008 Posted by | Artist, Famous, People | Leave a comment