- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Rebel yell

Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott, who play Luke and Bo Duke in the box-office-topping “The Dukes of Hazzard,” didn’t exactly perfect the art of “yee-haw” for the film.

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Knoxville says he felt like “half a man” when he heard John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the TV series, do the Rebel yell.

“John Schneider comes up to us last night at the premiere. He’s giving us these big hugs, and he goes, ‘Let’s do a yee-haw.’ And he belts out this Tarzan-like ‘yee-haw,’ and I was like, ‘That’s kinda how we were supposed to do it, Seann.’”

No nuptials

Tommy Lee says he and ex-wife Pamela Anderson aren’t getting married again. “Noooo,” he insisted to “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno on Monday evening’s telecast.

“I took Pamela and the kids to Hawaii for her birthday. And anytime we get together for any length of time, people are like, ‘Oh, they’re getting married,’ ” Mr. Lee said.

Miss Anderson had told reporters she and Mr. Lee weren’t getting back together, but the 42-year-old Motley Crue drummer renewed speculation when he told People magazine: “We’re crazy in love. We’re going to take things slowly and see where they go.”

“You know, we’re stuck together forever. We love each other dearly, and we have two beautiful kids,” Mr. Lee told Mr. Leno, “but as far as getting married or engaged, I’m not engaged or married.”

Bruce’s birthplace

Actor Bruce Willis appeared unannounced on the doorstep of a German family asking to see the house where he was born 50 years ago.

Accompanied by his father and youngest brother, both named David, Mr. Willis rang the doorbell of the home in the southwestern town of Idar-Oberstein, the daily Nahe Zeitung reported this week, according to Agence France-Presse.

“We were sitting in the garden and didn’t even hear that someone was there. My mother still had her curlers in her hair,” said Doris Busch, who lives in the house with her husband.

Mrs. Busch said Mr. Willis had explained in shaky German that he wanted to see the house, in particular a basement bedroom where he spent the first two years of his life.

The action star took a few pictures but declined to be photographed himself, the newspaper said.

Speed demons

Bands including Gorillaz, Razorlight and Radiohead are hoping to set a record for the fastest recording of a download album to benefit the charity War Child, the BBC reports.

Each group has been asked to record an original piece of music in one day, a repeat of the original War Child charity album of 1995, which raised money to help children affected by the Bosnian conflict.

The tracks will be made available to download on Sept. 9 and will be out on CD a few weeks later.

Read her lips

Ashlee Simpson’s upcoming sophomore CD “In Another Life,” due Oct. 18, will include two songs inspired by her ill-fated performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” last fall.

Launch Radio Networks reports that the songs “Beautifully Broken” and “Who Will Help Me When I Fall” both address how she felt about the fallout from the show, which, through a sound mishap, exposed the fact that she had been singing with the help of a vocal backing track.

Miss Simpson’s manager and father, Joe Simpson, told MTV.com: “You know she was riding really high for a minute and indestructible. In one second, her world came apart, and you know there were moments when we didn’t know if she was going to be able to pull it out. But she got up, and she went out, she toured, and she’s a real star.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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