- The Washington Times - Monday, October 13, 2003

Thinking pink

Hollywood Reporter

“The Pink Panther” is sliding toward Steve Martin. The actor has emerged as MGM’s top choice to play Inspector Jacques Clouseau in a redo of the 1964 feature.

A studio spokesman confirmed that MGM is in talks with Mr. Martin about top lining the project, and sources said he read the project over the weekend and is expected to decide shortly.

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.

The forthcoming remake will be directed by Ivan Reitman.

AWOL stripes

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White Stripes singer and guitarist Jack White makes his major motion picture debut this winter in the film “Cold Mountain.”

The Civil War drama, based on a best-selling novel, also stars Nicole Kidman and Mr. White’s current girlfriend, Renee Zellweger.

“I’m playing a Civil War musician, and I’m singing a couple of songs in the film,” Mr. White said. “Me and a couple of other Civil War soldiers have deserted from the war, and we’re living in a cave, and we’re all musicians and we all play American sort of folk song sort of things,” he said. “It’s gonna be pretty interesting.”

Virtual lawsuit

Internet Movie Database

Director Roman Polanski will make British legal history by suing Vanity Fair magazine via a video link from France.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker won the right not to appear in person because he fears extradition to the United States, from which he fled in 1977 after being found guilty of statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Mr. Polanski is suing Vanity Fair for accusing him of propositioning a woman on the way to the funeral of his murdered wife Sharon Tate in 1969. The case starts on Nov. 3 at London’s High Court.

His spokesman says, “Mr. Polanski has permission to give his evidence via a video link. We cannot comment further.”

Defending N.M. cred

Associated Press

Val Kilmer has taken out a newspaper ad thanking friends from New Mexico for standing by him in a controversy over an article Mr. Kilmer says inaccurately depicted him as being anti-New Mexico.

Mr. Kilmer, 43, who lives in Pecos, a village of about 1,400 in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east of Santa Fe, denied telling Rolling Stone magazine he lived in the “homicide capital of the United States,” and said he does not carry a gun.

“I love my state and Pecos where I live,” he said in the advertisement in the Santa Fe New Mexican, which featured two open letters: one to his friends and the other to the editors of Rolling Stone.

Rolling Stone spokeswoman Claudia Diromauldo said the magazine stands by its article.

Mr. Kilmer, 43, a member of the state’s film commission, had dinner last week with Gov. Bill Richardson at the governor’s mansion, and Mr. Richardson said afterward that Mr. Kilmer loves the state and “is a great New Mexican.”

Hanging up the saddle

Reuters News Agency

Clint Eastwood, in London promoting “Mystic River,” said he has no plans to retire, intending to “go on like Methuselah.”

He confirmed, however, that his 1992 Oscar winner “Unforgiven” was his swan song as a gunfighter.

“Barring someone coming along with a brilliant script, and I haven’t seen one yet, yeah, that was it,” Mr. Eastwood, 73, said. “The story drives everything. To just put on the boots and jump in the saddle without the things that give life to drama, you don’t have it.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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