- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 16, 2003

Martin thinks ‘Pink’

Hollywood Reporter

Steve Martin has agreed to step into the role of bumbling Inspector Clouseau for MGM. Chris McGurk, vice-chairman and chief operating officer at MGM, confirmed Mr. Martin’s decision Thursday night at an open house hosted by the studio. The original “Pink Panther” starred Peter Sellers as the bumbling French detective on the trail of a slippery jewel thief. Mr. Sellers kept the franchise going in four subsequent features, while Roger Moore and Alan Arkin also took turns in Clouseau’s trench coat.

Mr. Martin’s next film is 20th Century Fox’s “Cheaper by the Dozen,” arriving in movie theaters next month.

J.Lo slips to conquer

Associated Press

Jennifer Lopez has a new project: designing lingerie.

“Jennifer’s femininity and signature have made her a fashion icon and we are confident that JLO Lingerie will bring some new excitement to intimate apparel,” Joe Gromek, president and chief executive officer of The Warnaco Group, said in a statement Wednesday.

The 33-year-old actress-singer signed an exclusive global deal with Warnaco to manufacture and sell the collection, which will include bras, underwear and shapewear. She’ll also make a line of sleepwear and loungewear.

“I am honored to partner with Warnaco,” said Miss Lopez, creative director and co-founder of Sweetface Fashion Co. “I am excited to launch this collection as part of our growing brand.”

The JLO by Jennifer Lopez collection will debut in the fall of 2004.

Sweetface Fashion designs and sells the JLO by Jennifer Lopez sportswear collection.

‘The Body’ slammed

Associated Press

A tell-all book released Wednesday paints former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura as a gloomy recluse who was often rude and spent much of his time at the governor’s residence watching TV.

The former manager of the governor’s residence says he decided to write the book after Mr. Ventura dismissed the entire staff when a couple of workers made observations about the Venturas to reporters.

“I felt compelled to set the record straight,” Dan Creed said.

Mr. Ventura has not said why the staff was fired, but accused them of disloyalty for talking about parties thrown by his son, Tyrel.

In “Governor Ventura ‘The Body’ Exposed. The Man. The Mansion. The Meltdown,” Mr. Creed says Mr. Ventura seldom acknowledged those who labored on his behalf and often shunned visitors. He slept on a “1970s-throwback waterbed,” and sometimes left his pink feather boa on the bed, a sight Mr. Creed said “still unnerves me for reasons I can’t really put my finger on.” Mr. Ventura wore a boa in his pro-wrestling days as “The Body.”

Mr. Creed, speaking in freezing rain near the residence, was joined by four other former staffers wearing pink feather boas.

Mr. Ventura is not commenting on the book, said spokesman John Wodele, but it’s clear the Venturas are not happy about it. The book’s official release came just before Thursday’s unveiling of Mr. Ventura’s official portrait in the State Capitol.

“I spoke with the (former) first lady and she is obviously very disappointed and sad that Dan would betray the family’s confidence,” Mr. Wodele said.

In the 170-page paperback published by Hunter-Halverson Press in Madison, Wis., Mr. Creed praises Mr. Ventura’s wife, Terry, and their children, though he writes that Tyrel frequently had parties when his parents were away.

“More than once, we also found telltale signs that someone had enjoyed a night of passion in the governor’s bed. I began to wonder if I was manager of the governor’s mansion or the Playboy mansion,” Mr. Creed wrote.

The Venturas are particularly distressed that the book uses snapshots taken at private family functions, Mr. Wodele said. One picture shows Mr. Ventura at his 50th birthday party dressed in a pink hula skirt and flowered headdress. Another shows the Venturas’ pink bedroom, with what Mr. Creed describes as “Pepto-Bismol walls, trimmed in cough-syrup fuchsia.”

Feels soul good

E! Online

The city of Augusta, Ga., will erect a statue to celebrate native son James Brown.

The city will also rename its music festival in honor of the 70-year-old Godfather of Soul.

The good news doesn’t end there.

Mr. Brown also will pick up a Kennedy Center Honor next month.

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

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