Sex appeal beats talent: Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt says today's music industry
values sex appeal more than talent. "It puts a
huge amount of pressure on kids" who are aspiring
performers, said Ronstadt, 57, whose singing
career began in the 1960s. "If you are someone
like Beyonce, who happens to be gorgeous and
talented, well, great.
But there are a lot of people who are not paid
attention to because they don't look like a
fashion model," she said. Ronstadt, a native of
Tucson, Ariz., was a sex symbol herself, with such
hit albums as Heart Like a Wheel and Simple
`Baby Jessica' turns 18, graduates
"Baby Jessica," who held the attention of North
America and much of the world 17 years ago when
she fell into an abandoned well, is a high school
graduate. Crews struggled for 58 hours to rescue
Jessica McClure from a 20-centimetre-wide pipe in
October 1987. Now 18, McClure joined more than 100
other seniors at Greenwood High School near
Midland, Tex., in receiving their diplomas Friday.
"We're just trying to get back to having a normal
life," said her mother, Cissy Porter, commenting
on her daughter's behalf. The case of 18-month-old
Jessica created an international sensation.
Emergency crews rescued her -- a dramatic moment
covered on live television -- after digging a
parallel shaft and then breaking through the wall
of the well.
Veteran Brit TV screenwriter dies
Jack Rosenthal, a TV screenwriter who worked on
long-running British soap Coronation Street and
scored hits with numerous TV plays, has died at
the age of 72. The funeral took place yesterday in
north London, two days after Rosenthal died from a
form of bone cancer in a hospice in the capital.
Rosenthal worked as a scriptwriter during the
early days of Coronation Street in the 1960s,
contributing to more than 120 episodes of the
soap. He won several awards for his work and in
1994 was made a Commander of the Order of the
Moore not invited to Flint Film Fest
Missed the Sundance Film Festival? Couldn't get
a hotel room in Cannes? Consider Flint. But don't
expect to rub elbows with native son Michael Moore
while you're here. The city of 125,000 is
preparing for its inaugural Flint Film Festival.
It begins Friday with an opening gala and
concludes Sunday with an awards party.
Festival-goers will have their choice of 29 works
by independent filmmakers from as far away as
Germany. But Moore was not invited and his latest
film, Fahrenheit 9/11, will not be shown.
Organizers "wanted this to be about local
filmmakers and not about one famous one who has a
way of bringing all the attention on himself,"
said festival chairperson Greg Fiedler.
Freeman, Simpson at Indy 500
Morgan Freeman drove the pace car. Pop star
Jessica Simpson sang the national anthem. David
Letterman co-owns the team that had the winning
driver, Buddy Rice. Some of the celebrities at the
Indianapolis 500 had local roots. Letterman,
former NBC Today host Jane Pauley and Rupert
Boneham of Survivor fame are Indiana natives. Also
at the race were actors James Garner and Judge
Reinhold, and New York Giants quarterback Jesse
Palmer, who recently finished a stint as The