Honorees join Bushes at the White House

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December 05, 2005

The Tina Turner who showed up at the White House yesterday was subdued in comparison with the performer who has been electrifying concert stages since the 1960s.

Still, she lit up a reception celebrating her and the four other recipients of this year's Kennedy Center honors - Robert Redford, Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell and Julie Harris.

"I'm very excited," Turner told reporters.

President Bush drew some laughs when he noted of Turner, "People stand in wonder at the natural skill, the energy and sensuality, and the most famous legs in show business."

The performers joined the president and first lady Laura Bush at the White House yesterday afternoon. Later, artists from around the world were gathering at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to pay tribute to the 28th annual class of honorees.

Al Sharpton sitcom

He has been a minister, an activist and a presidential candidate. Now Al Sharpton wants to be a sitcom star.

Sharpton told the New York Daily News that he is working with CBS on a pilot, tentatively named Al in the Family.

"It's about conflicting social and political views," he said. "There'll also be a social message."

The Democrat, who has also run for mayor of New York and the U.S. Senate, said one possible episode would have one of his TV children becoming a Republican.

"I don't know if I am a good actor or not, but I will be playing myself, and I have been practicing that for 51 years," he said.

Spielberg on `Munich'

Steven Spielberg is taking on terror. His latest film, Munich, centers on the aftermath of the killings of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

"I don't think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today," Spielberg tells Time magazine in its Dec. 12 issue. "But it's certainly worth a try."

Eric Bana (Troy) stars as a Mossad agent who leads a secret Israeli squad assigned to assassinate 11 Palestinians suspected of planning the killings.

"We don't demonize our targets," Spielberg says. "They're individuals. They have families. Although what happened in Munich, I condemn."

Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner would not reveal the identity of the man Bana portrays. "There is something about killing people at close range that is excruciating," Spielberg tells the magazine. "It's bound to try a man's soul."

Munich co-stars Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig and Mathieu Kassovitz. It is due out Dec. 23.

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