Independence or not: A Tale of the Scotch tape

Posted: March 12, 2014

IN THE 13TH CENTURY, Sir William Wallace was one of the leaders of Scotland's fight for independence.

The battle was brought to the big screen approximately 700 years later in "Braveheart."

Perhaps 700 years from now, another movie about Scottish independence will be made and some actor will portray . . .

Sir Sean Connery.

As per Reuters, Connery, a longtime Scottish nationalist who now lives in the Bahamas, advocates breaking the 307-year tie with England, supporting separatists' arguments that oil-rich, Scotch-rich Scotland can be a prosperous, independent nation.

On the other side of the debate is David Bowie, who now lives in New York. He's urged Scots not to break away, endorsing Prime Minister David Cameron's view that the United Kingdom is strongest together.

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has said he won't vote on the Sept. 18 referendum, calling the debate "a morass that I care not to dip my toe into."

Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, a Scot who lives in London, was once an ardent supporter of independence but, frequently targeted in online attacks, has moderated her views, saying the decision should not be swayed by "heady patriotic emotion."

Bowie faced a flood of online abuse from nationalist "cybernats" last month when he said "Scotland, stay with us" at an awards show. Left-wing English singer and activist Billy Bragg, who supports independence, welcomed Bowie's comment, saying it encouraged discussion.

Susan Boyle, of "Britain's Got Talent," says she's proud to be a Scot, but is no nationalist. Scottish actress Emma Thompson also opposes independence, questioning how a new border helps anyone.

You know what might help Scotland? If some of the opinionated Scots moved back there.

Michigan: SVU

Mariska Hargitay, who portrays sex-crimes detective (now sergeant) Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: SVU," yesterday pledged her support for a real-life crime-fighting effort: quicker testing for a backlog of thousands of rape kits in the Detroit area and across Michigan.

Hargitay joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in announcing legislation at the state level aimed at stopping serial rapists by better identifying and arresting suspects in sexual-assault cases through the testing.

For the past few years, Worthy's office has been slowly wading through sexual-assault kits recovered in 2009 from a Detroit police storage facility. They contain DNA and other evidence from rape cases, but a majority of the 11,000 kits never were tested in a lab.

Hundreds of thousands of kits are believed to sit untested in police departments across the country.

OK, that's disgraceful.

TATTBITS

Justin Bieber kicked off the music portion of South By Southwest, surprising a small crowd at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night.

Audience member Ashley Gregg said yesterday that Bieber performed two songs, dedicating "Boyfriend" to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, who was backstage.

"This goes out to my baby girl," Bieber told a crowd of about 100 people, all of whom reached for anti-nausea meds.

* The hardest-twerking girl in show business, meanwhile, couldn't make a costume switch quickly enough during her Bangerz concert stop in Milwaukee, so Miley Cyrus performed "23" in her underwear.

Not only did no one notice, much of the audience couldn't figure out why she was overdressed.

* A New Orleans-based theatrical production company has plans to turn the obnoxious, overweight and very funny protagonist of John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces" into a stage hero.

Shelton Street Theatrical LLC said yesterday that it has asked playwright Jeffrey Hatcher to adapt the novel about the New Orleans-based Ignatius Reilly, who lives with his mother, rails against the evils of the modern age and sells hot dogs from a cart in the French Quarter. "Driving Miss Daisy" director David Esbjornson has been picked to direct.

* Need a boost in ticket sales? Maybe John Travolta can mangle your name on national television.

"If/Then," the new Broadway musical starring Tony Award winner "Adele Dazeem" (a/k/a/ Idina Menzel) pulled in $909,159 over its first seven previews, strong numbers for an original show. Publicity from Travolta's gaffe may have helped draw interest.

Broadway numbers released yesterday also indicate that Denzel Washington hasn't lost any of his box-office pull. His revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" sold out its one performance, grossing $151,179. And Disney's new "Aladdin" is off to a strong start with $826,491 over six previews.

"Rocky," struggled in its third preview week, pulling less than 44 percent of its $1,454,942 potential.

* London's Daily Mail reports that Lena Dunham in Glamour has taken issue with being called "the Woody Allen of her generation" after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow renewed the allegations that he molested her when she was a child.

Another reason Lena's not the Woody Allen of her generation? She hasn't been a groundbreaking stand-up comic, written best-selling books, Broadway plays, "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Midnight in Paris," etc., and been nominated for 24 Academy Awards.

While it's darn impressive to create an HBO show by age 25, as Lena did, and one day her body of work may surpass everyone's, right now Tattle thinks Lena is more like the Totie Fields of her generation.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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