2006 shaping up as a very entertaining year

Published 1:57 pm Monday, January 9, 2006

By Staff
Former Dowagiac resident Judith Ivey made a movie with Clint Eastwood last summer.
Judy just opened in the Eisenhower Theater of Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in a revival of “The Subject Was Roses” with Bill Pullman.
Plans are being made to go to Broadway in March.
I also caught her recently on “Related,” the WB series.
Hunter S. Thompson's widow, Anita, will co-edit The Woody Creeker, a new magazine expected to hit newsstands next month.
P.J. O'Rourke plans to profile her husband based on 1987 and 1997 interviews, she told the Aspen Times.
She's also culling a volume of “Hunter's Wisdom” from his 14 books.
The gonzo journalist shot himself in his kitchen last Feb. 20.
J.K. Rowling this year writes the seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series.
I spent my week in French Lick last summer reading the sixth installment, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
The British author expects to start her untitled finale this month.
She said that reviewing her plan “is like contemplating the map of an unknown country in which I will soon find myself.”
Emmy-winning “Daily Show” anchor Jon Stewart hosts the 78th annual Academy Awards March 5.
He hosted the Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2002.
Avril Lavigne recorded a “mellow version” of John Lennon's “Imagine” to raise money for Amnesty International.
While she will start work on her third studio album, music doesn't seem to loom large in the Canadian pop star's 2006 plans alongside modeling and acting.
She went to New Mexico to film a supporting role in “The Flock,” a crime drama with Richard Gere and Claire Daines.
Lavigne also signed on for Richard Linklater's adaptation of “Fast Food Nation.”
CBGB, the New York club that launched the Ramones, will vacate its Bowery location on Halloween.
McCartney boycotts China: Sir Paul saw a PETA documentary showing cats and dogs slaughtered for their fur.
Steely Dan news: Every decade or so, Donald Fagen goes solo (“Kamakiriad” (1993), “The Nightfly” (1982) and now “Morph the Cat.”
Walter Becker is also working on an album.
Fagen will even support his record with his first theater tour.
Ted Koppel and his producer, Tom Bettag, join the Discovery Channel to make news documentaries. His first is due in the fall. The ABC News anchor left “Nightline” in November after 25 years.
Quips, quotes and qulunkers: “I'm usually asleep three hours by then.”