Bush in His T-Shirt on Irish TV
Irish television viewers tuning in to watch coverage of President Bush's visit to their country may have seen a bit more of him than expected. Cameras filming Dromoland Castle, the 16th-century estate where he was staying, inadvertently caught a glimpse through a window of the president changing his clothes, and sent an embarrassed Irish government scrambling to suppress release of the images.
The video in question, which showed Bush from the waist up and wearing a T-shirt, was hardly of Paris Hilton caliber. Nevertheless, a notice was sent out to the news media stating, "The host broadcaster inadvertently transmitted pictures of President Bush at the window of Dromoland Castle. These pictures are the property of the Irish presidency and must not be used for transmission by any service."
Another notable instance of presidential candid camera occurred in 1998, when Senegalese news programs showed then-President Bill Clinton relaxing in a Dakar hotel suite, chomping on a cigar and playing an African drum.
Marcos Digs In Heels, Blocks Film
Former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos has successfully blocked the release of "Imelda," a Sundance Award-winning documentary centering on her life that was to premiere in her homeland July 7. Marcos's lawyers had filed for a temporary restraining order, saying the film was an invasion of privacy and that it portrayed its subject with "malice, inaccuracies and innuendoes."
Baltimore filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz had begun the project while working on a thesis about protests against the Marcos regime and spent a month with the former first lady gathering material. Though she was told not to inquire about the 1986 "People Power" revolt that sent President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife into exile, Diaz says, the widow of the late president "volunteered the story."
Her infamous collection of 1,000-plus pairs of shoes, which was discovered after the presidential palace had been deserted, was a topic of conversation. Marcos said, "Thank God when they opened the closet, they found shoes, not skeletons."
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton became the parents of a baby boy Saturday in London. Though they have adjoining houses, Bonham Carter said there were no immediate marriage plans, adding, "I find it romantic bearing his illegitimate child and living next door" . . .
A Fender Stratocaster belonging to guitarist Eric Clapton has become the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction, according to Christie's New York. The guitar, nicknamed "Blackie," went to an undisclosed buyer for $959,500. It beat out by just $2,000 the previous record holder, a guitar once owned by Jerry Garcia . . .
In what may be a sign of how his musical career is going, former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth is training to become an emergency medical technician, according to the New York Daily News. Roth said that after getting certified, he would be volunteering as an EMT monthly. He added he hoped it would allow him to fulfill his dream to "save a Scandinavian hikerette."
-- Compiled from wire reports
by Matt Kane
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