- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2003

Zipped lips

Internet Movie Database

Michael Douglas’ ex-wife, Diandra Douglas, would never bad-mouth her one-time spouse to the press, because it’s “the height of bad taste.”

Diandra Douglas divorced the superstar in 2000 after 23 years of marriage, amid claims he had cheated on her many times. Mr. Douglas has since married Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Diandra Douglas is with businessman boyfriend, Zack Hampton — but their relationship remains strained.

Yet despite the frostiness between them, the former Mrs. Douglas insists she would never air her views about her ex-husband in public as it would hurt their son, Cameron Douglas, too much.

“First of all, I consider it the height of bad taste, and secondly, Michael is, and always will be, the father of my son. If I hurt his father, I’d also be hurting him. I think it’s terrible that children should have to suffer just because their parents don’t get along. You have to be really careful not to hurt your children, not to scar them for life,” she says.

Diandra Douglas recently was reported to be planning a tell-all book about her life with Michael Douglas.

Not my prez

After denouncing the U.S.-led war in Iraq, rock legend Carlos Santana told more than 10,000 cheering fans at a concert yesterday in Bangkok that President Bush must change his “evil ways,” reports Washington Times stringer Richard S. Erlich.

“He is supposed to be America’s president, but he’s not my president, I didn’t vote for him,” Mr. Santana said at a news conference Sunday shortly after arriving in the Thai capital. Mr. Santana’s visit comes in the aftermath of Mr. Bush’s Oct. 18 through 21 trip to Bangkok, when he sought Asian support for the war on terror. The musician’s criticism coincided with the downing of a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter in Iraq on Sunday that killed at least 16 U.S. soldiers and injured 20 others.

Thailand dispatched more than 420 troops to Iraq in September. Alarmed at the spiraling bloodshed, however, Thai opposition politicians and others already have suggested the government consider bringing them home.

“We’re not here to push any American agenda, because we don’t even see eye-to-eye with America ourselves,” Mr. Santana told the Bangkok Post in an interview published Oct. 24.

Reminded that Mr. Bush recently visited Bangkok for the economic summit, Mr. Santana, 56, responded: “His agenda is different from ours. His agenda is basically about benefits of rich, greedy, ignorant people.”

‘Mommie’ madness

Los Angeles Times

Author and playwright Charles Casillo has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claiming that Charles Busch based his play “Die! Mommy! Die!” and the eponymous movie version that opened Friday in select cities, including the District, on Mr. Casillo’s play “One Night Stand in a Lonely Hotel.”

Also named in the suit are Aviator Films, the film’s producer, and Sundance Film Series, the distributor.

Mr. Casillo said that in 1993 he gave Mr. Busch a copy of his play, which was first produced in New York in 1989, hoping Mr. Busch would star in it and produce it. He said the plays have similar plots. Mr. Busch’s manager, Jeff Melnick, responded Thursday that in 14 years “I’ve never even seen Charles Busch jaywalk.”

A spokeswoman for Sundance declined to comment.

“Die Mommie Die!” the story of a has-been actress hoping for her comeback and the conniving sex-obsessed daughter who wants her dead, stars Mr. Busch and Jason Priestly, former star of the hit series “Beverly Hills 90210.” The film was screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

” One Night Stand in a Lonely Hotel,” also about a has-been actress hoping for a comeback and the conniving sex-obsessed daughter who wants her dead, played in New York at the Trocadero theater in 1989 and at the Producers Club theater in 1991.

“Our client’s only interests here are to protect his intellectual property and to realize the fruits of his own hard work,” stated Olivier Taillieu , Mr. Casillo’s attorney, on the Web site majornewswire.com.

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

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