- The Washington Times - Monday, December 29, 2003

Pan’-ful experience

Acting in a “Peter Pan” movie may sound like a walk, er, flight in the park, but for Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood — who respectively play Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Wendy in the live-action adaptation now playing in area theaters — it was downright painful.

“I still can’t walk properly,” Mr. Isaacs told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “Jeremy and I and Rachel … spent a very, very large part of our year in mid-air getting a giant wedgie from these harnesses.”

“At one point, very near the end of the shoot,” he continued, “we had the guys who did all the wire work in ‘The Matrix.’ We’d been up there for hours, and we got off, and they said, ‘Good job, good job.’

“I said, ‘Yeah, it’s not like you didn’t see plenty of this on ‘Matrix.’ They went, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Well, those guys must have been up there for months.’ ‘No, no. They used to have a break every half hour.’ No one told us!”

Terrorists imitating art

Do terrorists read genre fiction? Let’s hope not, because novelist Jae Gordon just published “Ready the Eight,” a book that imagines terrorists plotting to simultaneously attack eight cities in the United States and Europe.

Miss Gordon actually completed her manuscript in November 1998 and, eerily, set its timeline in September 2001. For obvious reasons, she held back the book from publication.

Now she figures the world is ready for “Ready the Eight.”

“Movies, television and books are extremely effective sources of information about terrorism,” Miss Gordon is quoted as saying on Business Wire. “We need to go beyond what’s politically correct and start talking about why popular culture won’t acknowledge the enemy. Until we do, an end to the war on terrorism is unlikely.”

Burying the hatchet

Hoping to start a family with husband Brad Pitt, actress Jennifer Aniston figured it was time to patch things up with her mother, Nancy.

After a falling-out that was precipitated by the older Miss Aniston’s leaking details about her daughter to the press and then cashing in a family memoir, the actress says she’s ready to bury the hatchet.

“I think there comes a point where you have to grow up and get over yourself and forgive. I definitely see that there’s hope,” the younger Miss Aniston says in the latest issue of Vogue magazine.

“I see myself, I look in the mirror … and I’m like, ‘You’re Nancy. You’ve become her, so you may as well call her.’”

The PowerPoint of art

For those who think PowerPoint is just a glorified medium for corporate slide shows, ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has other, artier ideas for the software.

In a recently published coffee-table book, “Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information,” Mr. Byrne uses the Microsoft program as a medium for visual art.

“I just got carried away and started making stuff,” Mr. Byrne told Associated Press. “It communicates within certain limited parameters really well and very easily. The genius of it is that it was designed for any idiot to use. I learned it in a few hours, and that’s the idea.”

Cannon fire

Nick Cannon, a rapper busy with his own show on Nickelodeon and star of such movies as “Drumline” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” forgot who his audience was during a recent live gig.

“Last time I was on Nickelodeon, I was performing live, and usually when I perform I take my shirt and throw my clothes out into the audience,” Mr. Cannon told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I guess I kind of forgot I was doing a show for kids, and the fire marshal jumped onstage in the middle of the show and told me I couldn’t be throwing stuff in the audience because they might get hurt,” he said.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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