- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Big-screen nyuks

E! Online

Moe, Larry and Curly are taking their act back to the big screen, courtesy of some other wise guys, the Farrelly brothers.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly have officially signed on to direct Warner Bros.’ “The Three Stooges,” a feature comedy that will set the classic slap-happy trio in the present day.

“It’s true,” Warner spokeswoman Stacy Ivers says. “They have been developing this [with us].”

The new film will feature actors playing the original vaudevillians — Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Jerome “Curly” Howard.

Based on the dozens of two-reel shorts the original Stooges made for Columbia (which continue to unspool in syndication), the Farrellys’ “Three Stooges” will showcase all the trio’s trademark slapstick, including the nose-pulling, face-slapping, eye-poking bits and Curly’s classic nyuk-nyukking, head-slapping bulldog act.

The Farrellys are huddling with writer Mike Cerrone to work on a script updating the Stooges’ shtick.

No word yet who’ll play Moe, Larry and Curly, though Emmy-winning “Shield” star Michael Chiklis played Curly in a 2000 TV biopic.

Don’t flush

Associated Press

As the American summer blockbuster “Finding Nemo” surfaces on European movie screens, conservationists are beseeching fish hobbyists: Don’t flush.

Inspired by the adventures of the animated clownfish character — including his unlikely escape down a dentist’s spit sink — conservationists say, hundreds of children have flushed their pet fish down the toilet, hoping to free them.

The U.N. Environment Program and its partners want to discourage the innocent practice while using the film’s Friday opening in the United Kingdom to highlight a new report that tallies exotic fish losses and habitat damage caused by the growing pet trade.

“Parents who already have aquariums need to explain to their children that the fish will not survive if they are flushed,” says Paul Holthus, president of the Marine Aquarium Council, a nonprofit conservation group based in Hawaii.

Affleck axed?

Internet Movie Database

Ben Affleck reportedly is facing the ax from the successful Jack Ryan franchise after a string of box-office flops.

The actor replaced veteran Harrison Ford for the last Tom Clancy adaptation, but according to insiders, movie bosses were unimpressed with his performance in last year’s “The Sum of All Fears.”

Executives at Paramount are said to be “seriously reconsidering” recasting the role and dropping Mr. Affleck after being appalled by his last movie, the massive flop “Gigli.”

A source tells American gossip Web site Thescoop.com: “It’s not been a good year for him. His star has fallen considerably since ‘Sum of All Fears,’ and ‘Gigli,’ needless to say, did not help.”

Elton sells all

Associated Press

Gold silk curtains, silver salt and pepper shakers, leopard-skin furniture and 17th-century portraits went under the hammer Tuesday as Elton John cleared out his London home to make way for a more modern aesthetic.

The celebrity version of a garage sale — a one-day auction at Sotheby’s — earned the singer more than $1.67 million.

The auction included hundreds of pieces of furniture, paintings and tableware from Mr. John’s home in Holland Park, west London. The items, for which Sotheby’s created a special 180-page catalog, were sold to make room for a more contemporary collection of artwork.

Various understated pieces of Biedermeier furniture were included. There also were several delicate 18th-century paintings, the most expensive a work by James Northcote that sold for $92,184.

Mr. John said much of the collection held special memories because it dated from the early 1990s, when he was recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

But the 56-year-old said it was time to let it go to make way for his new photography and contemporary art pieces — “my new passion.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.


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