- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 26, 2003

Defending ‘Sylvia’

New York Post

Gwyneth Paltrow is defending her latest film “Sylvia” against the bad buzz that has surrounded the movie about the doomed relationship between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

Branded a “two-hour miseryfest” by Foxnews.com’s Roger Friedman and condemned by the couple’s only daughter, Frieda Hughes, “Sylvia” seems destined for box office suicide.

But Miss Paltrow insists to the London Evening Standard that the film is “a very intelligent, well-handled emotional piece, as opposed to a salacious, gossipy film.”

A mother’s Love

Internet Movie Database

Courtney Love tells People magazine in its current issue that she comforted her 11-year-old daughter during her recent drug overdose, by trying to make the experience “fun,” the Internet Movie Database reports.

Miss Love told the magazine that her daughter Frances Bean made her some green tea and the pair waited for an ambulance to transport the former Hole lead singer to the hospital following the overdose. “That’s the only time my daughter has ever, ever, ever pitched in on one of my little crises.”

“I made it fun,” she also told People. “I said it was going to be gross and I was going to have to make myself throw up but it was going to be OK.”

The 39-year-old singer/actress accidentally overdosed on the narcotic Oxycontin at her Beverly Hills home earlier this month — hours after being arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Miss Love says she regrets that Frances, her daughter with late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain, was with her when she overdosed, but says she tried to make the experience as relaxed as possible, as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

Since the incident, Frances has been placed in the care of Mr. Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor — after Miss Love lost a bitter custody battle. Miss O’Connor has questioned Miss Love’s ability as a mother, but the singer insists the overdose was a minor glitch.

“I’m not on some downward spiral. I’m not on narcotics. I’m fine. I just want my daughter back,” Miss Love says.

As the custody battle continues, Miss Love will be granted regular visits with her daughter. She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on drug charges.

Her lawyer said he is considering a court-offered option that would spare Miss Love jail time in exchange for enrollment in treatment and counseling programs.

Status slipping?

New York Post

Is George Clooney losing his leading man status? After the weak $12 million opening of “Intolerable Cruelty” Hollywood insiders say the suave actor’s roles are drying up, the New York Post reports.

“With the exception of ‘Ocean’s 12’ George doesn’t have anything,” an insider said. “People are losing faith that he can open a movie. And ‘Ocean’s 12’ he is producing.”

To make matters worse, Mr. Clooney’s HBO series “K Street” is dying on the vine. Although the cable network has ordered 10 shows of “K Street,” word is it won’t come back when those shows are completed.

A rep for Mr. Clooney disagrees, saying, “George is receiving as big and as many movie offers as ever.”

A rep for HBO said: “We can’t confirm anything.”

Meg’s unkind cut

Internet Movie Database

Screen beauty Meg Ryan was booed by disappointed crowds at the London premiere of her raunchy new film “In the Cut” on Wednesday night — after she refused to greet waiting fans. The actress rushed into the Leicester Square Odeon cinema after arriving at the screening, angering a crowd of 200 who had braved wet and cold weather for two hours to see her.

Miss Ryan, 41, was jeered when she ignored chants of, “We want Meg.”

The actress also appeared ill-at-ease when photographers took her picture, and stayed at the after party for less than an hour.

“Meg did nothing wrong. She shouldn’t have been booed,” her publicist Annette Wolfe said.

“We can’t do anything about the reception the crowd gave her. She has nothing to say.”

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

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