PASSAGES: Spock to Pull in His Ears
ANNOUNCED: President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Whoopi Goldberg are among those slated to appear at "The World Action Concert: An Evening of Hope and Commitment," a benefit presented by America's World Action Campaign to Stop AIDS. The show will be held May 5, 2003, at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The group's mission is to reach out to international celebrities from the worlds of comedy, music and sports for their help in the battle against the AIDS pandemic.
DIED: Stereolab vocalist Mary Hansen, 36, was killed Monday in a bicycle accident in London, the BBC reports. A spokesman for the band says the accident occurred as the Australian-born Hansen was cycling through central London. "We believe a vehicle, possibly a truck, backed into her, but I really don't know much more than that at the moment," he said. In a statement, Stereolab members said, "The suddenness of her death has shocked the band. Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly."
NEGOTIATED: "Billy Elliot" director Stephen Daldry, whose latest film is the upcoming acclaimed drama "The Hours," starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, is in talks with Paramount Pictures to direct "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Chabon, Variety reports. The circa-World War II story covers the birth of the comic book industry intertwined with the Jewish experience.