- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Grousing over Grohl

Although some call Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters the “nicest guy in rock,” Courtney Love begs to differ.

“Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in rock, when he’s one of the biggest jerks,” Miss Love says in the August issue of Spin, on newsstands Friday. “He’s been taking money from my child for years.”

Miss Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, and Mr. Grohl, who played drums in Nirvana, have been feuding for years, including over the timing of the band’s boxed set, “With the Lights Out.”

They settled their legalissues in September 2002,and the CDs were released last year.

The office of Mr. Grohl’s manager, John Silva, told Associated Press that Mr. Grohl wouldn’t comment on Miss Love’s criticism.

As for being the “nicest guy in rock,” Mr. Grohl wonders where the title came from.

“I don’t know. Because I don’t do coke?” Mr. Grohl asks Spin. “I suppose it’s not taking anything for granted and feeling lucky to be here.”

What’s in a name?

Steven Spielberg’s next film finally has a title. Simply: “Munich.”

DreamWorks and Universal are co-financing the already controversial movie, which centers on the aftermath of the killings of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

According to AP, Eric Bana (“Troy”) will star as a Mossad agent who leads a secret Israeli squad assigned to assassinate 11 Palestinians suspected of planning the killings. Co-stars will include Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig and Mathieu Kassovitz.

The film is due in theaters Dec. 23.

‘Apocalypto’ now

A year after unearthing archaic languages with “The Passion of the Christ” — which was shot in Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew — Mel Gibson has struck a deal with the Walt Disney Co. to release his next movie in a Mayan dialect.

Mr. Gibson is set to begin shooting the film, titled “Apocalypto,” on location in Mexico in October and is aiming for a summer 2006 release, spokesman Alan Nierob told Reuters news agency.

As with “The Passion,” Mr. Gibson will direct and produce this Mayan-language film script through his own company, Icon Productions, and will not appear in the movie.

The film’s cast will consist of unknown performers native to the region where the film is being shot, Mr. Nierob said. Few other details about the project were revealed.

“He lets his work speak for itself,” Mr. Nierob said.

From the grave

Sir Paul McCartney says he got by with a little help from his late friend.

Mr. McCartney says his Beatles band mate George Harrison helped him write a song for his latest album from beyond the grave.

Mr. McCartney said he wrote “Waiting for Your Friends to Go” (from his forthcoming album) with help from Mr. Harrison, who died in 2001.

“I just got this feeling: This is George,” he told Tom Robinson of BBC digital station 6 Music. “I was like George — writing one of his songs.

“It just wrote itself very easily because it wasn’t even me writing it.”

Gossip crasher

Vince Vaughn doesn’t understand why you read this column.

The “Wedding Crashers” star told AP, “I don’t know who spends their time on ‘Oh … what happened today?’”

He had this advice for those who are obsessed with celebrity gossip: “Go kiss someone and go get something to eat and take a nap. You’re going to be fine, kid.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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