- The Washington Times - Monday, January 24, 2005

Et tu, Razzies?

Apparently, not even the fake Oscars are immune from politics. Key Bushies, including the prez himself, have been nominated for Razzies.

Reuters News Agency reports that President Bush made the list for worst actor for his film-clip appearances in “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Nominations were announced esterday.

Also nominated for their appearances in Michael Moore’s prop-doc were Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

The Razzies are traditional spoof awards given at Oscar time by the nonprofit Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. The group’s prizes will be awarded Feb. 26, the day before the Oscars.

Mom’s the word

Author JK Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter wizard sagas, has given birth to a baby girl, Reuters reports, quoting the best-selling author’s publisher.

It’s the second child for Miss Rowling and her husband, Dr. Neil Murray. She also has a daughter from a previous marriage. Miss Rowling’s next book, “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” is due on bookshelves July 16.

Close call

Actor Christian Slater managed to prevent a knife attack following his performance in a stage version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Mr. Slater, 35, has been starring in the play, which ended a three-month run on London’s West End Saturday.

According to MSNBC, the actor’s bodyguard took the brunt of the attack, which occurred outside the Gielgud Theatre. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said police were called to Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of London’s theater district at 11 p.m. Friday after reports of an attempted stabbing.

Police are continuing to investigate.

Say what?

Here’s a… boastful… press release from the P. Diddy camp: “Sean Combs, the man responsible for the careers of some of the biggest female artists of our generation, including Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott, today announced that he has reunited with MTV: Music Television to create the greatest all girl group ever produced for ‘Making the Band.’”

How ‘bout that claim of “responsibility”? We know some ladies, including Miss Blige, Miss Lopez and Miss Elliott, who may take exception to that.

Berlin-bound

Will Smith, Glenn Close, Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve will be among the stars attending the Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 10 through 20), when 16 movies receive their world premieres, organizers told Agence France-Presse Thursday.

Isabella Rossellini, Debra Winger and Julia Jentsch also will be on the star-studded list for the 55th International Berlin Film Festival, at which 21 films will compete for the coveted Golden Bear, one of Europe’s top movie awards.

Tubby Tobey a no-show

Tobey Maguiredropped out of his planned appearance during last week’s Golden Globe Awards just minutes before the show — after he was advised to keep his weight problems private, the New York Post reports.

The “Spider-Man” star was scheduled to introduce a clip of Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Aviator,” which went on to scoop up the best-drama prize at the Jan. 16 ceremony. He pulled out at the last minute — reportedly at the insistence of close aides who want to keep him out of the spotlight until he loses the pounds he has piled on recently.

For the children

Not everything in Washington must revolve around politics. Not even at the American Enterprise Institute, one of the city’s premiere conservative think tanks.

From 5:30 to 7 tonight at AEI’s offices downtown, a group of Washington’s literary lights, including the Weekly Standard’s Joseph Bottum, humorist Christopher Buckley and National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia, will read aloud new and classic poems for children.

Christopher Hitchens will be on hand, too, which must mean there will be a smoking section — for adults only.

Compiled by Scott Galupo and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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