Charles still waiting at age 65
Prince Charles turns 65 on Thursday, the usual retirement age for British workers, but he’s still waiting to take up the job he has been destined for since birth.
The eldest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been heir to the throne for more than 60 years. Over the decades of waiting, he has become known for his strong opinions on topics such as education, architecture, religion, the environment, organic food and homeopathy.
Accused stalker headed to jail
A Canadian woman on trial for allegedly stalking Alec Baldwin has been ordered to jail for 30 days over a series of courtroom outbursts.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum issued the punishment Wednesday to Genevieve Sabourin after finding her in contempt of court. She replied, “I didn’t do anything!”
The judge had warned Sabourin repeatedly about speaking out during her trial. She continued to interrupt afterward, saying she didn’t trust her lawyer.
Sabourin also began testifying Wednesday.
Baldwin and prosecutors say she conducted a campaign of harassment that escalated from phone calls and emails to showing up at his homes.
She says Baldwin was “flirtatious” when they met and a sexual relationship ensued. Baldwin denies that, calling her actions “like something out of Hitchcock.”
From big screen to stage
Another much-loved film is getting the screen-to-stage treatment. Producers say a theatrical adaptation of “Shakespeare in Love” is coming to London’s West End next year.
The script will be by playwright Lee Hall, who adapted the movie “Billy Eliot” into a hit stage musical. It will be directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, both of the innovative Cheek By Jowl theater company.
“Shakespeare in Love” starred Joseph Fiennes as the struggling playwright and Gwyneth Paltrow as his elusive love. The 1998 film won seven Academy Awards, including best picture.
The play is produced by Disney Theatrical productions and Sonia Friedman Productions and begins previews at London’s Noel Coward Theatre in July.
Garner backs early education
Save the Children ambassador Jennifer Garner says education is “without a doubt the ticket out of poverty.”
The mother of three spoke Wednesday on Capitol Hill in support of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, legislation that aims to expand and improve early education programs.
Garner, who starred in the ABC series “Alias,” said she supports early education to help level the playing field for all children.
“My kids have everything they need,” Garner said, “so what I give my heart to – besides parenting my own kids – is early childhood education for kids all across America, especially for those growing up with less.”
The act is similar to what President Obama has proposed, with the goal of expanding and improving educational opportunities for kids up to age 5.