- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 13, 2004

Flying high

San Francisco Chronicle

Superstar couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake thrilled passengers onboard the first-class section of a jet by throwing a pajama party.

The pair popped open a bottle of champagne on the Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, after stripping their clothes off in favor of the airline’s sleep-suit and then began mingling with their fellow travelers, World Entertainment News Network reported.

Diddy sidelined

Associated Press

Hip-hop music impresario and Broadway performer Sean “P. Diddy” Combs was forced to leave Saturday’s matinee performance of “A Raisin in the Sun” because of a stomach ailment, a spokesman for the production said.

Bob Fennell said Mr. Combs, 34, showed up for the performance at the Royale Theatre complaining he felt ill, but he insisted on going on with the show. Producers were uncertain whether Mr. Combs would be available for yesterday’s performances.

In the play, Mr. Combs plays the main character, Walter Lee Younger, a frustrated limousine driver.

The 15-week Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play about a working-class Chicago family has been running since April 26. Although Mr. Combs received mixed reviews, initial ticket sales broke the Royale Theatre record.

The play also stars Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad. Miss McDonald and Miss Rashad recently won Tony awards for their performances.

Set to star

Bignewsnetwork.com

Plans are under way in Hollywood for a movie based on funk star Rick James’ autobiography, “Memoirs of a Super Freak,” the Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

The paper said producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is in talks to acquire the film rights to the book, which Mr. James is still writing.

Mr. James’ biggest hit was “Super Freak.” He has also written and produced records for such recording artists as the Temptations and Eddie Murphy.

Mr. James was sentenced to five years in state prison in California in 1994 for assault and drug convictions and was released after two years.

Mr. Chappelle, a District native, has co-starred in such feature films as “Con Air” and “Undercover Brother” and has played Mr. James in sketches on his smash hit Comedy Central series, “Chapelle’s Show.”

Wives’ wars

Internet Movie Database

“The Stepford Wives” star Matthew Broderick has confirmed reports the set of the eagerly-anticipated remake was rife with tension. The movie, originally made in 1975, opened Friday.

Mr. Broderick, who plays Walter Kresby — husband of Nicole KIdman’s character Joanna Eberhart in director Frank Oz’s film — admits there were disagreements between Miss Kidman, co-star Bette Midler and the wacky director.

“I honestly wasn’t there. I know there were some moments of disagreement, but I wasn’t in the scenes that the fights would have happened in,” the Internet Movie Database quotes Mr. Broderick as saying.

“Those who have been in the business for a long time know you can’t do a movie and not have a disagreement every now and then. Comparing it to other movies, I would say this was rather on the low end of tension.”

Ah-nuld’s ‘World’

Associated Press

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays royalty in his latest film role, but the character is no Prince Charming — he’s the sultan of swingers.

Just months after facing allegations during his gubernatorial campaign of groping women, Mr. Schwarzenegger makes a cameo appearance in a reprise of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

The $110 million film, starring Jackie Chan, will be released Wednesday by Disney. Mr. Schwarzenegger has been invited to the Hollywood premiere but his office said he will not have any role publicizing the movie.

Mr. Schwarzenegger is on screen for only about five minutes as Prince Hapi, decked out in robes, baubles and shoulder-length hair.

Compiled by Andrea Ciarlo and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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