By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 12, 2003 04:09 PM

CAST: While accepting his Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award Sunday night, Clint Eastwood, 72, vowed that he wasn’t riding off into the sunset. In fact, he’ll be zooming — having acquired the movie rights to Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian James R. Hansen’s authorized biography, “First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” reports Variety. Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, in 1969. Eastwood most likely won’t star in the space vehicle, but is expected to produce and direct.

CENSORED: The Chinese Government has ordered the Rolling Stones to cut four of their best-known songs from their concerts in the country — their first ever in China — next month, the tour’s organizer, Chen Jixin (head of Beijing Time New Century Entertainment), tells the BBC. The songs in question are “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Beast of Burden” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” Chen said she did not know why the government had banned those particular songs.

NAMED: MTV is celebrating the two-decade career of Metallica by naming the Grammy-winning heavy metal group as its third “mtvICON” for a tribute to be held May 3 in Los Angeles (and airing on MTV three days later), reports the Associated Press. “This tribute special will not only celebrate their long and legendary career, but will underscore their importance to today’s music landscape and their vast influence on other artists,” Tom Calderone, MTV executive vice president of music and talent programming, said. Previous honorees were Janet Jackson and Aerosmith.

DIAGNOSED: Britain’s Prince Charles, 54, is slated for a hernia operation, which has forced the cancellation of an Easter skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps, reports Reuters. “He will go into (the) hospital on March 28th. It’s a routine operation,” according to the prince’s spokeswoman, who said the heir to the throne sustained the injury by “stretching awkwardly.”

STOPPED: Diana Ross, 58, has been cited by police in Greenwich, Conn., for allegedly driving an unregistered car — a black Ford Taurus — last Sunday afternoon, reports the Greenwich Time. The officer issuing the citation noticed that her car lacked the proper sticker, said the paper. The singer, who has a home in Greenwich, said she rarely drives the vehicle because it’s owned by her Los Angeles booking agency, police said. (She could face a $78 fine.) Ross was arrested for investigation of drunken driving Dec. 30 in Tucson, Ariz. She has pleaded not guilty to the charge.