- The Washington Times - Monday, April 24, 2006

No suite life for prez

President Bush can’t get no satisfaction now that Mick Jagger has grabbed his hotel room.

The Rolling Stone shelled out $6,440 a night for the suite in Vienna, Austria, days before the president tried to book it, Britain’s Sun newspaper reports — and he’s refusing to give it up.

The veteran rocker, a fierce critic of the war in Iraq, booked the luxury Royal Suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel for June, when the Stones are due to play a gig in Vienna. Mr. Bush’s aides then tried to book it to tie in with a summit meeting, the Sun reports.

Mr. Jagger, 62, will not relent.

“White House officials had wanted to reserve the suite and all the other rooms on the first floor,” the Sun quotes an unnamed source who is close to Mr. Jagger as saying. “But Mick and the Stones had already booked every one of them.

“Bush’s people seemed to be under the impression that they would just hand over the suites but there was no way Mick was going to do that,” the source continued.

The Imperial’s classically designed suite is said to be among the top 100 hotel accommodations in the world, boasting a 7-foot-4-inch bed, chandeliers and oil paintings. Former Presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush all stayed there while they were in office, the Sun reports.

On Sunday, the hotel said U.S. Secret Service agents had vetted the accommodation — and confirmed that Mr. Bush would not be staying there. An American Embassy official refused for “security reasons” to say where he would be staying.

The ex factor

“X-Files” star Gillian Anderson and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne have separated after 16 months of marriage, their lawyers said yesterday.

Miss Anderson, 37, who starred as agent Dana Scully on the mid-‘90s TV hit, has an 11-year-old daughter, Piper, from her previous marriage to production designer Clyde Klotz.

‘Virgin’ tops MTV bids

“The 40-Year Old Virgin” and “Wedding Crashers” each garnered a leading five nominations for this year’s MTV Movie Awards, the network announced yesterday.

Both films will compete for best movie along with “Batman Begins,” “King Kong” and “Sin City,” Associated Press reports.

“Virgin” star Steve Carell is up for three awards, including best performance, best comedic performance and best on-screen team with Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn also will vie for best on-screen team for “Wedding Crashers.” Both actors received nominations for best comedic performance.

Nominees for best kiss include Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger for “Brokeback Mountain” and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”

“Crash,” this year’s Oscar winner for best picture, didn’t receive a nomination.

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards will take place June 3 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. The show will air June 8 at 9 p.m. on MTV. A host and performers have not been announced.

By any other name

Suri, the name chosen by Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes for their newborn daughter, is raising more than its share of interest in Israel.

It means “get out of here” in the local language, Hebrew.

“I really don’t know what they were thinking when they chose this name. It’s a term that denotes expulsion, like ‘Get out of here,’” said Gideon Goldenberg, a linguistics professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “It’s pretty blunt.”

A Cruise family spokesman said last week that Suri has its origins in ancient Hebrew, as a variant on Sarah, the biblical matriarch. However, that pronunciation is all but unknown in Israel.

There are exceptions. Jerusalem journalist Surie Ackerman said her name is a formalized version of a nickname given by fellow ultra-Orthodox Jews in her native United States.

“It sounds strange to me that a non-Jewish, Scientology baby should be called Suri,” Miss Ackerman said, referring to the alternative church that counts Mr. Cruise among its devotees.

“But there are plenty of strange names in the world.”

There also are plenty of alternative meanings for Suri. According to Reuters news agency, it’s also a Nubian tribe, the word for rose in Persian and sun in Sanskrit and a term for a form of alpaca wool.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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