- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Depp and dumb

Reuters News Agency

Hollywood star Johnny Depp said yesterday that the United States was a stupid, aggressive puppy and that he would not live here until the political climate changed.

The 40-year-old actor, who stars in the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” told the German news magazine Stern that he was happier staying in the south of France with his wife, the French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, and their two children.

“America is dumb, it’s like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive,” he said.

“My daughter is 4, my boy is 1. I’d like them to see America as a toy, a broken toy. Investigate it a little, check it out, get this feeling and then get out,” said the star of the offbeat films “Edward Scissorhands” and “Dead Man.”

Mr. Depp slammed the Bush administration for its criticism of French opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

“I was ecstatic they renamed ‘french fries’ as ‘freedom fries.’ Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots,” he told Stern.

It’s good to be P. Diddy

Launch Radio Networks

Hip-hop’s Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is still at the top of his game.

He’s the richest entertainer on Fortune magazine’s first annual 40 Under 40 list, which is made up of 40 people in music, books, movies, video games and TV who have become multimillionaires before their 40th birthday.

Mr. Combs, 32, ranked 12th and was listed as having earned $293.7 million.

P. Diddy is a rapper, producer and the owner of several businesses. His empire includes Bad Boy Entertainment, clothing line Sean John, Blue Flame Marketing and Advertising, and Justin’s restaurants, and he’s also the creative genius behind MTV’s latest hit show, “Making the Band 2.”

Other top earners who made the 40 Under 40 list: former National Basketball Association player Michael Jordan, Los Angeles Lakers player Shaquille O’Neal, golfer Tiger Woods and rapper-actor-producer Will Smith.

Fessin’ up

Launch Radio Networks

AC/DC has come clean about a knife-pulling incident during the group’s 1977 tour opening for Black Sabbath in Europe.

In the Cash for Questions fan feature in the new edition of the British music magazine Q, AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young confirms that Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler did, indeed, pull a knife on his opening act.

Mr. Young’s version of the story: “We were staying in the same hotel, and Geezer was in the bar crying in his beer, ‘10 years I’ve been in this and, 10 years — wait ‘til you guys have been around 10 years, you’ll feel like us.’ I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ I was giving him no sympathy. He’d had too many [drinks], and he pulled out this silly flick knife.”

Mr. Young continues that it was Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne who defused the situation. “As luck would have it, Ozzy walked in. Ozzy saved the day, and we sat up all night with him.”

AC/DC, meanwhile, will dip into its past with the Nov. 11 release of “Live at Donnington,” a two-hour concert DVD filmed at the group’s 1991 concert at Castle Donnington Park. The package includes a director’s cut by David Mallet and a 5.1 Surround Sound mix by AC/DC sound engineer Mike Fraser.

AC/DC is working on a new studio album, which the group plans to release in 2004.

Return of ‘Scarface’

Associated Press

The 1983 crime drama “Scarface,” directed by Brian De Palma and starring Al Pacino, will return to the big screen in 10 cities, including the District, Sept. 19 to mark the violent film’s 20th anniversary and help promote the release of a two-disc DVD set.

The film features Mr. Pacino as the ambitious, foul-mouthed Cuban immigrant Tony Montana, who builds a drug empire in Miami. It has been restored and features a new digital soundtrack.

The DVD, which will be released Sept. 30, will include new bonus features, including a 20-minute documentary about the film’s influence on hip-hop culture and music, featuring rappers Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Snoop Dog and Scarface.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports and entertainment publications. Got a tip? E-mail sgalupo@ washingtontimes.com

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