Day-Lewis donating his father’s papers
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is donating papers belonging to his father, the poet Cecil Day-Lewis, to Oxford University.
The archive, which fills 54 boxes, includes early drafts of the poet’s work, as well as letters from actor John Gielgud and famous literary figures such as W.H. Auden, Robert Graves and Philip Larkin.
Cecil Day-Lewis, who studied classics and became poetry professor at Oxford, was appointed the U.K. poet laureate in 1968. He died in 1972.
Storm blows out lights on Broadway
David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon are doing their shows without audiences. Jimmy Kimmel, visiting from his home base in sunny Hollywood, canceled a taping in Brooklyn. “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” are taking the night off, and each of Broadway’s 40 theaters will be dark through today – all because of a powerful storm on the East Coast.
Production on at least nine shows was affected, including “Gossip Girl,” “Person of Interest” and “Elementary,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Concerts planned for New York and New Jersey were canceled or postponed, including performances by Journey, comedian Louis C.K., and the “Freedom to Love Now” show featuring Rufus Wainwright and fun., which is now set for spring of 2013.
Obama likes to mix it up on his iPod
President Barack Obama’s iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool.
Interviewed Monday on Cincinnati radio station WIZF, Obama ran through his musical tastes, an eclectic and all-encompassing list of artists and tracks that reflect the varied coalition of voters he is seeking to attract.
Asked what was on the “presidential iPod,” Obama replied that he had “a pretty good mix.”
“I’ve got old school – Stevie Wonder, James Brown. I’ve got Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan,” he said.
There are also plenty of tracks that young voters might have downloaded to their own collections.
“And then I’ve got everything from Jay-Z, to Eminem, to the Fugees, to you name it. There’s probably not a group that you play that I don’t have on my iPod,” Obama told the station’s E.J. Greig.
The birthday bunch
Singer Otis Williams (The Temptations) is 71. Actor Henry Winkler is 67. Bassist Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) is 65. Actor Kevin Pollak is 55. Singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale (Bush) is 45. Actor Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911!”) is 44. “Cash Cab” host Ben Bailey is 42. Actress Nia Long is 42. Actor Tequan Richmond (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 20.