PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Mark Twain finally gets Nev. recognition

Mark Twain finally gets Nev. recognition

RENO, Nev. — Mark Twain is finally getting some recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name as a newspaper reporter nearly 150 years ago.

The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names has voted to name a cove on Lake Tahoe’s northeast shore for Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain’s real name. The name now goes to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for final action.

Nevada historians believe the site is where Twain accidentally started a wildfire in 1861 while preparing to cook dinner over a campfire.

He later assumed his pen name as a reporter in nearby Virginia City.

Portrait of John and Yoko up for auction

NEW YORK — A photo that Annie Leibovitz took of John Lennon shortly before he was killed is going up for auction in New York City.

The photo was taken in December 1980 for Rolling Stone magazine. It shows Ono and her husband embracing while reclining.

It is not the famous photo on the cover featuring a nude Lennon with a clothed Yoko Ono.

It’s one of 40 copies and is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000 at Swann Auction Galleries on Oct. 19.

The photo is being sold by a private collector and is not part of Leibovitz’s highly publicized settlement over her debts and rights to her own work.

Sacha Baron Cohen set for Mercury biopic

LONDON — ‘‘Borat’’ star Sacha Baron Cohen has been signed up to star in a movie about flamboyant rock star Freddie Mercury, producers said Friday.

Peter Morgan, who wrote ‘‘The Queen,’’ is working on a screenplay about the frontman of the band Queen, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991.

The as-yet-untitled film will climax with Queen’s barnstorming appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert in London.

May told the BBC that the band supports the project, and May and Taylor will oversee the music for the film. There was no word on whether Baron Cohen will try to imitate Mercury’s grandiose singing style.