Bono will present Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International’s highest honor when she visits Dublin next month as part of her first international tour in 24 years, the U2 singer and other organizers of an Irish tribute concert announced Wednesday.
Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Dublin on June 18. Suu Kyi was awarded Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience award in 2009. She was unable to claim the award in person until now because she was under house arrest for 15 of the past 24 years and, even when free, afraid to leave Myanmar in case the country’s military junta barred her return.
Bono devoted a series of U2’s 2009 concerts to Suu Kyi, demanding her release from house arrest. He said the June 18 event would be the first time he’s ever met the 66-year-old activist.
Leno saving for an unfunny day
Jay Leno makes a reported $32 million a year as the host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and banks every dime. Just in case.
“I’ve always done that,” Leno said in a recent Seattle Times interview. “That’s my style.”
It started when he was growing up in Massachusetts and had two jobs: One at McDonald’s, the other at a car dealership.
He saved the fast-food money and lived on the dealership money. Then he banked the dealership money and lived on the money he made doing stand-up. Then he lived on the stand-up money and banked the “Tonight Show” checks.
“I’ve always looked at TV as a temporary job,” he said, “and then it ends and you don’t work for a long time.”
MacDowell to lead Macomber series
Andie MacDowell will be a pioneer for the Hallmark Channel, starring in the network’s first prime-time series.
Hallmark said Wednesday that MacDowell will portray municipal court Judge Olivia Lockhart in “Cedar Grove.” It will start with a two-hour movie airing later this year and continue with a 13-episode series early in 2013.
The new series is based on books by Washington author Debbie Macomber. Movie adaptations of Macomber’s books have been among the top-rated programs that Hallmark has shown over the past three years.
The birthday bunch
Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 82. Singer Peter Yarrow is 74. Musician Augie Meyers is 72. Actress Sharon Gless is 69. Football Hall-of-Famer Joe Namath is 69. Actor Tom Berenger is 62. Actor Gregory Harrison is 62. Actor Kyle Secor is 55. Comedian Chris Elliott is 52. Actress Lea Thompson is 51. Singer Corey Hart is 50. Rapper DMC is 48. Actress Brooke Shields is 47. Jazz musician Christian McBride is 40. Actor Colin Farrell is 36. Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) is 35. Singer Casey James is 30.