U.S. Declaration on view
One of only 25 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The exhibit also features a video hosted by actress Reese Witherspoon explaining the document’s history and relevance to contemporary America, and a 14-minute film with Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Rene Zellweger. Admission is free. This rare copy of the Declaration of Independence was one of approximately 200 copies printed on July 4, 1776, by Philadelphia printer John Dunlap. It was purchased for $8 million in 2000 by TV producer Norman Lear and his wife, Lyn, who formed the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a cross-country tour meant to inspire young people to participate in civic activism and to vote. Hawaii is the 44th state visited on the 10-year tour.
Papers tie Texas mom to Van Morrison’s son
DUBLIN, Ireland » Newspapers have published evidence they say proves that singer Van Morrison fathered a child out of wedlock with one of his U.S. tour promoters.
Morrison flatly denied knowing the Texas mother, GiGi Lee, when his website published an announcement on Dec. 29, 2009, of the birth of "little Van."
The 65-year-old singer instructed his Irish publicist to say he didn’t even know the purported mother, identified incorrectly as "his wife GiGi." Then he won a court injunction barring two British newspapers that had identified her from publishing any of their evidence.
That injunction was overturned last week. The two newspapers, The Mail on Sunday and News of the World, published front-page exposés yesterday detailing Morrison’s connections to Lee and the baby boy.
Kung fu comedy nails best-picture award
HONG KONG » The low-budget action comedy "Gallants" has been named best picture at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards.
The story of a kung fu master who wakes up from a coma to train his former students for one last tournament also swept the supporting role awards yesterday, with Teddy Robin and Susan Shaw winning in their categories.
Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark was named best director for his fantasy epic "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame."
The movie’s female star, Carina Lau, won best actress for portraying an empress in ancient China.
Best actor went to Nicholas Tse, who played a reluctant informant in "The Stool Pigeon."