The words `I know my movies' tumble from Keith Richards' lips

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April 21, 2008|By LIZ SMITH | LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services

OH, I LOVE film. D.W. Griffith, Hitchcock, William Wellman. I know my movies. I mean, should I go on?"

That is the weather-beaten cineaste, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, talking to Entertainment Weekly. Who'd a thunk it? Well, here's another unusual celebrity guest for Turner Classic Movies guy Robert Osborne to persuade to sit down with him. Wouldn't you love to see the vintage guitarist and the urbane Mr. O. chatting about -- say, Kim Novak in Vertigo?

Some days, I think there's nothing left to anticipate in show business, but then I hear something like the above; I can go on.

Scholarly competition

Microsoft titan Bill Gates gave England's Cambridge University $210 million to set up a scholarship that will rival Oxford's trusty old Rhodes, except Gates wants to identify and nurture networking-friendly global citizens who want to save the world. Cambridge officials just collaborated with the City University of New York Graduate Center to harvest America's own crop of talented students.

Films in N.Y.

The Tribeca Film Festival bows Sunday, and documentary makers are hotly anticipating the next biggie. Two years ago, Jesus Camp launched the Tribeca and went on for an Oscar nomination. Last year, Taxi to the Dark Side bowed and won this year's documentary Academy Award.

So, the sizzlers this year are Chevolution, a look back at Che Guevara from Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, who also made Little Children and Little Miss Sunshine. Then there's a crime documentary from Andrew Lauren titled This Is Not a Robbery, all about America's oldest bank robber. We'll see Julia Checkoway's Waiting for Hockney, about a Baltimore man who spent eight years drawing a photo of Marilyn Monroe and then set out to show it to the artist David Hockney. Let's add Kassim the Dream, about a child soldier turned boxer, the Joe Carnahan produced, feel-good music documentary Playing for Change and Beastie Boy/director Adam Yauch's sports documentary, Gunnin' for That #1 Spot.

This and that

The talented Harvey Fierstein's new musical, A Catered Affair, has opened on Broadway exactly 25 years since his Torch Song Trilogy made history by sweeping the Tony Awards. Harvey went on to add to his legend by helping create the character Edna Turnblad in Hair- spray and then doing a surprising Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof. But A Catered Affair is not a laugh fest or the kind of song and dance you might expect from Harvey. It's a play with music; there's much more drama. And it's already proving to be one of the most controversial efforts of the season. Vintage Harvey. Go see for yourself. ... Tomorrow, Feinstein's at the Regency offers tributes to Kitty Carlisle Hart who often performed there in her glorious long lifetime. Many will offer tributes -- Mario and Matilda Cuomo, Jane Powell, Dina Merrill, Christine Andreas, KT Sullivan, Anna Bergman, Anne Kaufman, George Irving, plus Michael Feinstein himself and Kitty's musical director David Lewis. Call 212-339-4095.

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