- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Oscar buzz off

Talk of Oscar buzz is surrounding Bill Murray for his role in “Lost in Translation,” but the 53-year-old enigma isn’t having any of it.

“It’s a really unattractive sight to see an actor or actress who really wants an Oscar,” Mr. Murray says, according to the Internet Movie Database. “And you often see it on the show, you see their faces, and the desperation is so ugly. Desperation is not a quality I long for. I’m over the Oscar.

“Sometimes people win it, and you think, ‘This can’t be true,’” he continues. “It’s a little bit of a popularity contest, too. Sometimes it’s right, but it’s wrong just as often, so I don’t care. I’d rather make movies that lots of people saw and liked. I’m happy with the results.”

Sure. That’s what they all say.

19th Street’

Mary McCormack may not be a lobbyist, but she played one on TV. Actually, the “K Street” star was lobbying for real yesterday at the Palm restaurant downtown, hobnobbing with congressional staffers on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Miss McCormack’s husband, Michael Morse, is a type I diabetic, as is Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Johnson, who also was at the Palm.

Is she disappointed the HBO cable network canceled “K Street”?

“Of course,” Miss McCormack said. “I like it here.” Here meaning the District, but perhaps more specifically the Palm — the steakhouse where director Steven Soderbergh and co-producer George Clooney premiered the show two months ago.

“Steven Soderbergh made the show he wanted to make,” Miss McCormack said of “K Street.” “He really liked what he made.”

While she won’t be spending quality time in Washington anymore, Miss McCormack said she learned an important lesson: that D.C. politicians are better actors than Hollywood’s variety.

Quipped Miss McCormack, “Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey don’t hold a candle to some of the people I’ve met in this town.”

Moore curves

Mandy Moore, the 19-year-old pop singer, is known for her wholesome, anti-Britney image, but she’s become fond of clothes that show off her curvy frame, according to the Associated Press.

“By no means would I ever want to strip off my clothes or do anything extreme, but I’m beginning to gravitate toward more sophisticated looks,” Miss Moore says in the January issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, in which she’s featured in a photo layout wearing a series of clingy dresses.

As for the fact that she’s not rail-thin, Miss Moore isn’t concerned.

“My body is changing … and now I have hips,” she continues. “I’m like a size 6 or 8 now, and I like the way I look; I’m proud of it.”

Loose lips

At the premiere of her new movie, “Cold Mountain,” Nicole Kidman said she’s less than pleased with ex-husband Tom Cruise for chatting so openly about her relationship with Lenny Kravitz in an interview with CNN’s Larry King.

When asked about the romance, she told reporters that the relationship isn’t supposed to be public knowledge. “I don’t talk about it. I wish he didn’t, but he does,” she said.

Goodbye, hello

Some farewell tour that turned out to be. The ‘70s glam rockers of Kiss said they were quitting the business in 2000, but it turns out they cried wolf.

The face-painted ones have been to the Washington area twice on their latest tour and recently announced a joint tour with ‘80s metal band Def Leppard.

“The Farewell Tour did end with the best of intentions,” Kiss founding member Paul Stanley told Scripps Howard News Service. “We did it with the belief that it was time to close the books on Kiss as a live entity. I certainly felt that we’d done all we could. It felt like the right time to call it quits.”

Yet, Mr. Stanley added, “Retirement is not all it’s cracked up to be,” and “part of being alive and being human is being able to change your mind.”

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


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