- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Chou down

Asian pop sensation Jay Chou admires Eminem, Jay-Z and Usher and hopes to break into Western markets. His ambition: “I want to become the Jet Li of music.”

He’s branching into acting, too, making his feature-film debut in “Initial D,” a Hong Kong production based on a Japanese cartoon series about street racing.

Mr. Chou says action film star Mr. Li is his model because he used a Chinese art to attain success in the West.

“Jet Li used kung fu to break into foreign markets, Hollywood. I hope my music can do the same thing,” Mr. Chou told Associated Press.

Sienna on the scene

Woman scorned Sienna Brown has some famous friends to get her through rough times.

After appearing with Orlando Bloom at a polo match, Jude Law’s fiancee was spotted dining with Sean Penn.

According to the Daily Mirror, Mr. Penn and his wife, Robin Wright Penn, hope Miss Brown and Mr. Law reconcile in the wake of Mr. Law’s admitted affair with a nanny.

A friend told the paper, “Sean thought they were a brilliant couple and could go all the distance.”

Settling Moss

A lawyer for Kate Moss said yesterday that the British supermodel had accepted substantial libel damages from Britain’s Sunday Mirror, AP reports.

An article published in the newspaper in January claimed that during a visit to Barcelona in June 2001, Miss Moss collapsed into a coma after taking large amounts of cocaine.

“The allegations are untrue,” Miss Moss’ lawyer, Gerard Tyrrell, said.

Mr. Tyrrell said publisher Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd. accepted that the claims were false and should not have been published. He said the two parties had agreed on a substantial figure in damages, but he did not say what the amount was.

Stone crazy

A track listing for the forthcoming Rolling Stones album, “A Bigger Bang,” confirmed rumors of a new song called “Sweet Neo Con,” which is said to be the band’s first overtly political song since 1991’s Gulf war protest “Highwire.”

Reps for the band say President Bush is not explicitly mentioned in the song, however.

‘Sugar’ mama

Actress Jodie Foster will direct and possibly star in “Sugar Kings,” a drama about American sugar barons, according to Daily Variety.

The movie, based on a Vanity Fair magazine article, tells the story of a young lawyer who takes on powerful American sugar barons who exploit immigrant sugar-cane cutters.

The Vanity Fair article focuses on Alfy and Pepe Fanjul, who owned a sugar-manufacturing empire in Florida and are hounded by a lawyer who accuses the brothers of treating 20,000 sugar-cane cutters as slave labor.

Star is born again

Beloved underground guitar pop band Big Star is set to release its first new studio album since 1978 on Sept. 27. The Rykodisc set “In Space” was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tenn., the site of the original Big Star recordings, with the latter-day lineup of Alex Chilton and founding drummer Jody Stephens alongside Posies principals Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer. “We had no expectations,” Mr. Auer said of the recording sessions to Billboard.com, “and I think we came up with a pretty credible record. It’s impossible, of course, to compete with the original Big Star, but it’s pretty crazy that a band that broke up 30 years ago made a new record.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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