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Published April 27, 2009
SPIKE LEE's documentary "Kobe: Doin' Work" screened Saturday night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, but the N.Y. POST's Page Six cites sources as saying that Lakers G KOBE BRYANT demanded "creative control" over the project prior to the filming. Lee had "worked for months to get permission from Bryant, the Lakers team, coach PHIL JACKSON, the NBA and ESPN," and he already had flown to L.A. and 30 cameras were in place for the April 13, 2008, Spurs-Lakers game. A Lee spokesperson said that he "retained creative control and called the story of the dispute 'completely baseless'" (N.Y. POST, 4/27).
Celtics CEO Grousbeck Also Plays In
A Cover Band, French Lick
CHARITY STRIPE: U.S. Olympic skier and former NFLer JEREMY BLOOM's Wish of a Lifetime foundation, erected last October to "enrich the lives of low-income seniors by fulfilling their heart's desires," thus far has "granted six wishes." Bloom's foundation, which "operates with no office space and has only one paid employee," Thursday night will grant 10 more wishes at a fundraising dinner in Denver. The foundation hopes to raise $200,000-300,000, and Bloom donated the first $25,000 to start the foundation (N.Y. TIMES, 4/26)....Hockey HOFer ROD GILBERT and former NHLer ADAM GRAVES are growing NHL playoff beards to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation (N.Y. POST, 4/26).
FASHION SHOW: The N.Y. TIMES' Alex Williams follows tennis player SERENA WILLIAMS as part of the paper's "A Day Out With" feature. Williams took time to "indulge in a shopping jaunt" in N.Y., accompanied by her personal assistant. Williams was looking for jeans, and "also for inspiration for her new fashion line, Serena Williams Signature Statement." Williams' jewelry and handbags, all priced under $100, will be introduced this month on Home Shopping Network (N.Y. TIMES, 4/26).
Hank Aaron Exhibit Opens At Baseball HOF
BEST WISHES: Charlotte Observer sports columnist TOM SORENSEN yesterday wrote, “I have squamous cell carcinoma. Last week, doctors removed two cancerous lymph nodes, one cancerous tonsil and a mass of cancer along the base of my skull. (A third cancerous lymph node had been removed during a biopsy).” Sorensen had not written a column since The Masters (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/26).