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Forward thinking

By Colette Bancroft
Published June 25, 2007


Brush up on 'Candle in the Wind' lyrics

This week, our Diana Death Watch brings you the Concert for Diana, a huge memorial-charity shindig at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, which would have been the princess' 46th birthday. Hosted by her sons, the show features dozens of performers, including Elton John of course, Fergie, Lily Allen and Kanye West. VH1 will broadcast all six hours of it live, beginning at 11 a.m.

 

Harry Potter and the Tidy Profit

In news of the summer's other monster pop cultural phenomenon, on Tuesday Bonham's of London will auction a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the British title of the first book in the series, thought to be too high-falutin' for us Yanks). Because fewer than 1, 000 copies of the first edition were printed, the book, sold by an anonymous owner, is expected to fetch between $10, 000 and $20, 000. Another copy sold last week for $14, 000; original cover price is about $21.

 

A film fest to wear your flip-flops to

In local pop culture, you have a whole week left to dive into the groovy Flickstock Festival at the Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach. This inspired summer film fest includes such beloved silly stuff as Young Frankenstein, Animal House, The Big Lebowski and A Hard Day's Night, plus a concert of surf music and many extras. For a schedule, go to www.beachtheatre.com.

 

Star power for a serious purpose

For July, Vanity Fair magazine wraps its mix of celebrity gloss and serious reporting around a single, infinitely complex topic: Africa. Guest editor Bono gave his imprimatur to stories about Darfur, AIDS and economist Jeffrey Sachs' solutions for poverty. Annie Leibovitz shot 20 different covers for the issue, featuring 21 famous players in the continent's present and future. The pairs include Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali, Iman and Don Cheadle, and George W. Bush and Desmond Tutu.

 

Scary movies, happy birthdays

Three actors starring in spine-tingling summer movies celebrate birthdays this week. On Wednesday, Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man 3) will be 32. John Cusack (1408) turns 41 on Thursday. And on Sunday Liv Tyler (The Strangers) will be 30.

By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, (727) 893-8435 or bancroft@sptimes.com.