- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2006

She’s the one

Guys want Jessica Alba for their girlfriend more than any other woman, according to AskMen.com’s top 99 list for 2006.

The 24-year-old actress tops the Web site’s list ranking female celebrities as “long-term relationship material” and is followed by “Alfie” star Sienna Miller and actress Angelina Jolie.

The list will be posted today.

James Bassil, editor in chief of AskMen.com, told Associated Press the list was determined by the rankings of 2.5 million readers and by the site’s staff. Readers of the online magazine were asked to vote on the woman with whom they would most want a relationship, would consider marrying or thought was best suited to be the mother of their children.

The rest of the top 10, in order, are Brazilian model Adriana Lima (No. 1 last year), “Access Hollywood” correspondent Maria Menounos, actresses Charlize Theron and Jessica Biel, singer Amerie, actress Natalie Portman and “Desperate Housewives” co-star Eva Longoria.

Pop-music diva Britney Spears, a mainstay of such lists in previous years, failed to chart.

No laughing matter

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Tracy Morgan is heading to court after pleading not guilty to charges of drunken driving, prosecutors said Thursday.

The comedian pleaded not guilty Jan. 13 to two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol after being arrested in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan said. He is due in Superior Court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 23.

His attorney, Blair Berk, declined to comment.

Mr. Morgan, 37, who has starred in various films and TV shows, is known for portraying the “SNL” characters Astronaut Jones and Brian Fellow.

Message in her music

The Illinois Legislature is dealing with really big issues. How else can you explain Mary Wilson, former member of the Supremes, serenading state lawmakers with “Stop in the Name of Love?”

Miss Wilson, 61, has taken the lead in a nationwide push for legislation that would stop imposters from posing as vintage rock and pop acts, the Detroit Free Press reports.

After her knockout a cappella rendition, the House voted 110-0 to approve her anti-impersonator bill. Miss Wilson said phony acts make $3,000 a night; she charges $20,000.

Bryan’s song

Bryan Adams is helping raise money for victims of the South Asian earthquake that killed 87,000 people and left millions homeless.

His concert Sunday night was billed as the first by a major Western pop musician in Pakistan since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

Mr. Adams, best known for hits such as “Summer of ‘69” and “Cuts Like a Knife,” arrived in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city, just days after the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for the country, citing concerns about terrorism, AP reports.

That didn’t faze the Canadian-born singer.

“The whole idea of coming to Pakistan is very exciting on many levels,” Mr. Adams, 46, said during an afternoon news conference. “It’s exciting because I know we are the first Western artists to come and play a big concert here.”

Proceeds from the concert will go toward rebuilding schools damaged by the earthquake. Sponsors said they had sold 22,000 tickets at prices ranging from $58 to $83.

The 7.6-magnitude quake struck northern Pakistan’s Kashmir region and surrounding areas on Oct. 8, destroying roads and schools and leaving 3.5 million people homeless.

Hot ‘Mama’

Comic actor Martin Lawrence, a 1983 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, is back on track in a big way. His “Big Momma’s House 2,” the sequel to the 2000 comedy hit, took the top spot in last weekend’s box-office derby — raking in an estimated $28 million.

The film, again featuring Mr. Lawrence as an FBI agent disguised as a plus-size crime-fighting grandma, turned in the second-best January opening ever, trailing only the $35.9 million scored by the 1997 release of a special edition of “Star Wars,” according to Exhibitor Relations, which tracks box-office results.

Rounding out the top five were: “Nanny McPhee” ($14.1 million), starring Oscar-winner Emma Thompson as an unsightly yet magical governess; the vampire thriller “Underworld Evolution” ($11.1 million); the military drama “Annapolis” ($7.7 million); and the animated fantasy “Hoodwinked” ($7.4 million).

Final box-office totals are due out today.

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

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