By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 12, 2002 01:00 AM
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RETIRED: “Star Trek”‘s Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, 71, says he’s through with acting and plans to spend his retirement as a photographer. After more than 50 years in the business, he tells the Associated Press, “I won’t take a job that takes me away (from home) for any length of time — my life is too good. I’ve spent too many weeks in trailers on cold locations, hot locations, away from family and home.” As for his shutterbugging, Nimoy says, “I’ve had a lot of offers that I’ve turned down. My agent knows not to bring me stuff, unless it’s something I can do in a day or two or in connection with some (personal) traveling. Photography fulfills my creative needs.”

ANNOUNCED: President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Whoopi Goldberg are among those slated to appear at “The World Action Concert: An Evening of Hope and Commitment,” a benefit presented by America’s World Action Campaign to Stop AIDS. The show will be held May 5, 2003, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The group’s mission is to reach out to international celebrities from the worlds of comedy, music and sports for their help in the battle against the AIDS pandemic.

DIED: Stereolab vocalist Mary Hansen, 36, was killed Monday in a bicycle accident in London, the BBC reports. A spokesman for the band says the accident occurred as the Australian-born Hansen was cycling through central London. “We believe a vehicle, possibly a truck, backed into her, but I really don’t know much more than that at the moment,” he said. In a statement, Stereolab members said, “The suddenness of her death has shocked the band. Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly.”

NEGOTIATED: “Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry, whose latest film is the upcoming acclaimed drama “The Hours,” starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, is in talks with Paramount Pictures to direct “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Chabon, Variety reports. The circa-World War II story covers the birth of the comic book industry intertwined with the Jewish experience.