- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2007

PETA wants less Moore

PETA has a message for “Sicko” director Michael Moore: You’re fat-o.

According to MSNBC.com, members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are blasting the filmmaker as a hypocrite for criticizing the U.S. health care system in his new documentary, “Sicko” — which opens tomorrow — because they say he’s in poor health himself.

“There’s an elephant in the room, and it is you,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote in a letter to Mr. Moore.

Miss Newkirk urged the rotund Mr. Moore to become a vegetarian, which many nutritionists say is a good way to lose weight, and also suggested he visit PETA’s Web site GoVeg.com for meatless recipes.

Writes Miss Newkirk: “As they say at Nike: ‘Just do it.’ ”

No-brainer

The new face of Nintendo is … Nicole Kidman?

Nintendo has announced that the Oscar winner plans to appear in its new “pan-European campaign” for the company’s new 60-day Brain Training series, the New York Post reports.

“I love the concept that Nintendo is reaching out to new audiences with their self-improvement products,” said Miss Kidman, 40.

“I’ve quickly found that training my brain is a great way to keep my mind feeling young,” the former Mrs. Tom Cruise added.

Of course, the airbrushed photographs in the ads keep her face looking young, as well, the New York Post notes.

New low for Rosie

Rosie O’s new bid for attention?

The strenuously antiwar Miss O’Donnell just took her message to a completely different level, dressing her 4-year-old daughter, Vivienne, in an ammo belt and fatigues in a photograph on the top of her blog at Rosie.com.

TMZ.com says the combative former co-host of “The View” took flak from fans and foes alike almost immediately after posting, but she defended the choice in her usual defiantly minimalist way. “Art can’t hurt u,” she insisted to one foe who called her “sick,” and replied, “Art provokes” to one fan who had begged her to take down the picture.

‘Dreams’ shine at BET

“Dreamgirls” co-stars Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson were the big winners Tuesday at the BET Awards, an event honoring black actors, singers and sports stars. The event was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and broadcast on the BET cable channel, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

The singer-actresses each took home two awards. Beyonce was named best female R&B; artist and won for video of the year for “Irreplaceable,” while Miss Hudson won best new artist and best female actress.

Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) was named best male actor during the ceremony, hosted for the third time by actress-comedian Mo’Nique. Both Miss Hudson and Mr. Whitaker nabbed Oscars this year for their performances.

Elsewhere in the music categories, Ne-Yo took home the award for best male R&B; artist, while Gnarls Barkley won for best group. T.I. was a repeat winner this year with another nod as best hip-hop artist, while Kirk Franklin also repeated his win as best gospel artist.

Winning the award for best song collaboration was “Runaway Love” by Ludacris, featuring Mary J. Blige.

Winehouse cuts up

Singer Amy Winehouse apparently is following in the late Sid Vicious’ footsteps — by cutting her beloved’s name into her body.

In a video on Spin.com, Miss Winehouse, 23, reportedly is seen posing for photographer Terry Richardson while scratching on her exposed midriff with a shard of a broken mirror, People.com said yesterday. In another clip, her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she wed in May, asks her, “How do you think the shoot’s going, baby?” “Really well, baby,” she replies sarcastically.

“What did you think about the broken glass?” he asks. In a childlike voice, Miss Winehouse replies, “I wrote ‘I love Blake’ on my tummy.” She lifts her shirt to bare her stomach, although the cuts are not visible on the video.

The incident created some controversy in Miss Winehouse’s native England, where she is known for her self-destructive behavior. (Her hit “Rehab” is about her refusal to seek help for her drinking problem.)

Both she and Mr. Fielder-Civil have permanently marked their bodies in tribute to each other, Spin.com reports.

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

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