- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Royal ‘Mutiny’

Reuters News Agency

Britain’s Prince Charles, on a nine-day visit to India, has agreed to snap the clapboard to begin shooting of a Bollywood film on the first major Indian revolt against British rule.

“The Rising” is based on an 1857 uprising when Hindu and Muslim soldiers revolted in the belief that the cartridges they had to bite into before loading their guns were greased with the fat of cows and pigs, forbidden by their religions.

The uprising, which the British called a mutiny and the Indians their first war of independence, led to Britain’s taking over most of the country from the British East India Co.

“The war was against the East India Company, and it created the British Empire,” Bobby Bedi, producer of the film, told Reuters. “It’s a nice way to celebrate Charles’ visit to India.”

The film, which will be made in English and Hindi in Bollywood’s typical melodramatic style, has a lineup of stars including the reigning queen of the Bombay film industry, Aishwarya Rai, and Hindi film heartthrob Aamir Khan.

Mr. Khan, sporting a twirled mustache and long locks, plays the role of the rebel leader, while Hollywood’s Toby Stephens, villain of the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” is a British officer.

Moore litigation

Associated Press

James Nichols, the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, says he was tricked into appearing in the documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” according to a federal lawsuit filed against filmmaker Michael Moore.

Mr. Nichols also claims in the lawsuit, filed Monday in Detroit, that Mr. Moore libeled him by linking him to the terrorist act.

Mr. Nichols accuses Mr. Moore of libel, defamation of character, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. His lawyer is asking for a jury trial and damages ranging from $10 million to $20 million on each of nine counts, the Detroit Free Press reported.

In the film, Mr. Moore asks Mr. Nichols for an interview and steers the subject from the Oklahoma City bombing to gun ownership. Mr. Nichols tells Mr. Moore he has a gun under his pillow, and Mr. Moore asks Mr. Nichols to show him.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Nichols, who lives in Decker, Mich., says Mr. Moore misled him about the purpose of the interview.

Fire fallout

Internet Movie Database

Hollywood bosses have halted filming on the forthcoming Leonardo DiCaprio movie, “The Aviator,” because of the wildfires rampaging through the Los Angeles area.

Several sets created for the film, a biopic of millionaire movie mogul Howard Hughes, have been damaged by the blazes, which have destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. studios says, “This is just a minor inconvenience, as compared to those who are currently suffering through the devastating effects of the fire.”

Sets created for the TV show “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” also have been ruined by the fires, as has an area of land used to film Mike Myers’ upcoming movie, “The Cat in the Hat.”

Cover boy

Internet Movie Database

Tom Cruise made history by becoming the first man ever to pose for the cover of the long-running women’s magazine Marie Claire.

The pictures were so fascinating to the 10-year-old publication’s editor, Lesley Jane Seymour, that she couldn’t decide on just one cover: She’s sending out 70 percent of the covers with a black-and-white shot and 30 percent with a slightly different Cruise pose in color.

In the December-issue interview, part of a publicity drive for his upcoming movie, “The Last Samurai,” Mr. Cruise reminisces about his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, saying, “I had great times with Nic. We had some great times. Whatever happened, happened, OK? You move on.”

Superfreaky

Speaking of moving on, superfreaky ex-con Rick James and veteran R&B; singer Teena Marie roll through town tonight on their “You and I” reunion tour. The pair play the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro tonight at 8. Tickets are $44.40 to 48.50. 301/952-7999 for information.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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