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PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

March 02, 2009|By From Sun news services

Snoop Dogg speaks to Nation of Islam

Snoop Dogg made an appearance at the Nation of Islam's annual convention in a Chicago suburb.

Wearing sunglasses, a dark suit and a tie, the rapper spoke briefly in front of a crowd of thousands yesterday and praised the Chicago-based movement's Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan has long-held relationships with famous rappers and hip-hop artists. Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, called himself the leader of the "hip-hop community" and says he'll always seek out the minister.

Snoop gave a $1,000 donation to the Nation of Islam, then sat on stage and smiled and nodded as Farrakhan delivered a speech.

Iran snubs Hollywood

An adviser to Iran's president demanded yesterday an apology from visiting Hollywood actors and movie industry officials, including Annette Bening, saying that films such as 300 and The Wrestler are insulting to Iranians.

Without an apology, members of Iran's film industry should refuse to meet with representatives from the nine-member team, said Javad Shamaqdari, the art and cinema adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"In my viewpoint, it is a failure to have an official meeting with one who is insulting," Shamaqdari told the Associated Press.

The film 300 angered many Iranians for the way Persians are depicted as decadent, sexually flamboyant and evil in contrast to the noble Greeks.

Iranians also criticized The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke as a rundown professional wrestler who is preparing for a rematch with his old nemesis, "the Ayatollah." During a fight scene, "the Ayatollah" tries to choke Rourke's character with an Iranian flag before Rourke pulls the flagpole away, breaks it and throws it into the crowd.

Siegfried, Roy perform

Illusionists Siegfried and Roy - and the Bengal tiger that ended their careers - shared the stage again Saturday night for a haunting final performance.

The brief charity show saw Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher side by side with Montecore, the white tiger that mauled Horn during a 2003 performance.

The two slowly performed a signature illusion as Fischbacher stood inside a cage, which was then cloaked in drapes. As Horn removed the curtain seconds later, Fischbacher appeared across stage, a hulking tiger in his place.

As the crowd rose to its feet, the men removed their masks. They waved and blew kisses at the audience, but said nothing.

The show will air Friday on ABC's 20/20.

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