No Entry for Beatty and Bening
Warren Beatty and wife Annette Bening came close to crashing at a California airport Saturday. The crashee was a rally at San Diego's Montgomery Field, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was trying to drum up support for ballot initiatives in tomorrow's statewide special election. As the Hollywood couple strode side by side to the hangar where the event was being held, they were denied entry. The Governator's aide Darrel Ng told Beatty that only invited guests were allowed in and that he wasn't on the guest list. Just before Schwarzenegger took the stage, the hangar doors were closed, leaving the actors outside with photographers and hecklers. Within moments San Diego police ordered the doors reopened.
Afterward, Schwarzenegger alluded only indirectly to the incident, saying: "There's the main event, then there is the sideshow. I don't care about the sideshow." Beatty told reporters Saturday that he would not be a candidate in next year's gubernatorial race. "I don't want to run for governor," he said. "I want to say what I think."
Charles and Camilla, Day 6
Prince Charles and wife Camilla attended services yesterday at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Inverness, Calif., about 40 miles north of San Francisco. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by the Rev. Tim Brindley as they arrived at the rural church, set within a redwood-shaded former mansion overlooking Tomales Bay. The couple sat on simple wooden pews beneath the rustic chapel's vaulted ceiling for the hour-long service. Afterward, the couple chatted and posed for photographs with some of the 70 parishioners. Representatives for the royals told the Associated Press that Charles and Camilla planned to picnic and paint along the shore before spending the evening at the theater. The prince and the duchess are spending the rest of their eight-day American tour in the Bay Area.
In Memphis, a Sinking Feeling
The King is dead, and now his hospital is, too. Yesterday morning in Memphis, thousands gathered to watch the demolition of 924,000-square-foot Baptist Memorial Hospital. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported the building went down in 21 seconds. Once the dust cleared, a four-story pile of rubble was all that was left of an institution that had cared for almost 2 million patients over the decades and is the place where Elvis Presley was pronounced dead Aug. 16, 1977.
Noted . . .
Thousands of fans gathered in central London last night for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth installment of the series. The young stars of the film, among them Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, were greeted by screaming fans who had been waiting in the rain for hours, one banner reading "Marry Me." Fellow cast members Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith weren't the only stars to walk the red carpet; Madonna, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and fellow Brit Kate Beckinsale attended the premiere, just a few among the many who wanted to take part in the magic.
Then, just as magically, they disappeared. But probably not for good.
. . . And Quoted
"Acting is, to me now, artificial. Seeing people suffer is real. It couldn't be more real. Some people don't like to look at it in the face because it is painful. But if nobody does, then nothing gets done."
-- Elizabeth Taylor, telling reporters of trading her life as an actress for that of an activist, in Los Angeles last week at the ribbon-cutting for the Clinical AIDS Research and Education Center.
-- Compiled by Ashby Strassburger
from wire reports
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