- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Broken Bond

“One phone call” made it official: Pierce Brosnan will no longer fill the shoes of James Bond.

The 52-year-old actor and four-time 007 told Entertainment Weekly magazine that before they stopped negotiations, the producers had invited him back for a fifth time, only to dump him summarily later.

“You know, the movie career for me really started with Bond,” Mr. Brosnan says, acknowledging that by the time “GoldenEye” premiered in 1995, he was already 42.

He adds that the denial of the role was a “titanic jolt to the system,” which was followed by “a great sense of calm.”

“I thought… I can do anything I want to do now. I’m not beholden to them or anyone. I’m not shackled by some contracted image. So there was a sense of liberation,” he says.

Walk that way

Nicole Kidman, Charlie Chaplin, the Rolling Stones and Laurence Olivier will be included on the British equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Television network ITV said yesterday that it was sponsoring the Avenue of the Stars, dedicated to performers from Britain and the Commonwealth.

The thoroughfare of silver stars will be set within the courtyard of St. Paul’s Church — a 17th-century structure nicknamed “the actors’ church” — in London’s Covent Garden market, according to Associated Press.

The network said an initial 100 honorees had been selected for their impact on the world of entertainment in the past 50 years. Yesterday’s announcement also included Alfred Hitchcock, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Rex Harrison, John Cleese and Shirley Bassey.

The rest of the 100 names, chosen by a panel of television and music figures, will be revealed during a live TV special Sept. 18.

Name check

“One word, five letters. Period,” explained the hip-hop impresario formerly known as P. Diddy, and now, simply, as Diddy.

Why the letter droppage?

Diddy told the New York Post: “I noticed people were uncomfortable when I’d first meet them, and they’d ask me what they should call me.”

Speaking to Radio 1 about a forthcoming album, Diddy also said he’ll soon be sporting a new persona to match the slimmed-down moniker.

“I will be playing a character,” he says. “There will be something a little eccentric, a little bit different, something we’ll be able to have fun with… something, I think, that’s missing in music right now.”

Sick and tired

Eminem, who last week wrapped up his nationwide Anger Management tour, canceled its European leg, citing exhaustion and other medical issues, his record label said.

In a brief statement, Interscope Records said the rapper-actor was scrapping the tour, which was supposed to kick off Sept. 1 in Hamburg, Germany, and end Sept. 17 in Dublin. Ten concerts had been scheduled.

“Eminem is currently being treated for exhaustion, complicated by other medical issues. The shows are not expected to be rescheduled,” the statement read.

Lord Henry Mountcharles, one of the organizers of Em’s tour-concluding gig at Dublin’s Slane Castle, was fuming mad, saying it was the “understatement of the season” that he did not want to see Eminem’s face anytime soon.

“In all the years that Slane has been running, we’ve never been confronted by a scenario like this,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse. “I don’t think the Rolling Stones or U2 would cancel a section owing to nervous exhaustion.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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