- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Hollywood praised

Score one for the crack research staff at Sony Pictures. Apache Indians are praising Ron Howard’s Western “The Missing” for accurately conveying the Chiricahua tribal dialect, according to Associated Press.

The Sony researchers did have help from Mescalero, N.M., councilman Berle Kanseah and Chiricahua linguist Elbys Hugar, both technical advisers on the film.

“The Missing” was the first film actor Steve Reevis could remember in which Apache was spoken well enough on-screen to be understood. Typically, Mr. Reevis told AP, Westerns were dubbed in Navajo, a related language.

“It made me feel proud,” said Megan Crespin, an 8-year-old third-grader whose tribal name is Moonlight and who is one of many Indian children being bused to screenings of the movie in the Santa Fe area.

@Brief.head:Hollywood cursed

@Text.rag:Edward Zwick’s “The Last Samurai,” starring Tom Cruise and set in 1870s Japan, is having no such luck.

Entertainment Weekly magazine reports in its latest issue that Warner Bros. is under fire from Asian Americans for an offensive casting call for the movie’s Dec. 1 premiere in Los Angeles.

Posted on a UCLA Web site by WB Pictures consultant Cheryl Rave, the ad sought “beautiful Asian women” who would dress in period costumes and “mingle in character to create the ambiance of ancient Japan.”

Sarah Park, a 23-year-old UCLA graduate student, sent Miss Rave an angry response. “Since when is 1870 considered ancient?” she asked the magazine.

The Japanese American Citizens’ League’s John Tateishi told EW: “It’s offensive because it plays up this exotic, beautiful-Asian-woman mystique. The way Warner Bros. can rectify the damage is to tart casting them in substantial roles.”

Warner Bros., for its part, started the fence-mending process by eliminating Miss Rave, a lowly free-lancer, from its roster.

@Brief.head:Pining for Gwyneth

@Text.rag:Getting over Gwyneth Paltrow is hard to do.

According to British tabloids, Viggo Mortensen, who stars in the “Lord of the Rings” saga, can’t get Miss Paltrow off his mind.

Mr. Mortensen, who starred opposite Miss Paltrow in “A Perfect Murder,” began romancing the Academy Award-winning actress in 1999 as his marriage to punk rocker Exene Cervenka hit the rocks.

Insider types are claiming the pair’s many intimate hours together on the set with Mr. Mortensen painting portraits of Miss Paltrow was a factor in her breakup with Ben Affleck.

Miss Paltrow, of course, is married and pregnant with Coldplay singer Chris Martin’s child. Mr. Mortensen’s love life, meanwhile, could use a spark.

A friend of Mr. Mortensen’s told London’s News of the World newspaper, “He’s Hollywood big-time now, but none of that matters to him. Gwyneth’s marriage to another man has put him on the rack.

“No relationship will work for Viggo while he’s still obsessed with Gwyneth,” the friend said.

Bowie reschedules

Sidelined by the flu and forced to cancel several shows, including a December 7 performance at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, David Bowie has rescheduled the Fairfax show for May 16, according to his official Web site.

White-knuckled rage

Jack White inflicted his own “Seven Nation Army” by punching Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer seven times in the face during an altercation at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center, according to a police report obtained by SmokingGun.com.

Mr. Stollsteimer told the police that because he declined to talk to Mr. White at the nightclub, Mr. White became “enraged,” according to E! Online.

The White Stripes frontman claimed he was acting in self-defense after Mr. Stollsteimer began choking him.

Mr. Stollsteimer’s manager, Rick Canny, said of last weekend’s fisticuffs: “This was not a fight; this was an attack,” according to the Associated Press.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff, wire and Web reports.

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