- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 1, 2004

Proof positive

Internet Movie Database

Former Playboy Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith has posed nude for a fashion magazine to prove she didn’t undergo surgery to lose weight.

The multimillionairess widow and star of her own reality series on E! Entertainment Television, disrobed for Fashion Week magazine’s photo shoot to prove her slim new figure is due to the diet supplement Trimspa rather than gastric-bypass surgery, as many journalists have suggested.

“We asked her to re-create the famous Marilyn Monroe pose for the centerfold of our icon issue,” Roger Padilha, a representative for the magazine told the New York Post.

“She thought it would be a good way to quash the rumors. I was there and can 100 percent vouch that she had no scars,” he said.

Hung not over

Associated Press

“American Idol’s” most famous castoff is making a Christmas album and starring in a Cantonese film.

William Hung, whose hatchet job of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” catapulted the ethnic Chinese engineering student to fame, said he expected the album to hit store shelves shortly before Christmas.

He did not give further details.

No beef over weight

Associated Press

Former “Cheers” star Kirstie Alley has pulled a switcheroo on the tabloids. After many photographs splashed in different celebrity magazines documented her noticeable weight gain, the actress is going on the offensive.

With her new Showtime show, “Fat Actress,” set to begin filming this fall, Miss Alley is by no means shirking the attention to her weight problem. But she does want to emphasize there is such a thing as happiness after weight-gain.

“The weird thing is, I don’t like the way I look — and I like who I am,” she told People magazine.

The 53-year-old actress also says her weight is 203 pounds, not the frequently cited 300 pounds.

Is Bana new Bond?

Agence France-Presse

Australian actor Eric Bana, star of such films as “The Hulk” and “Troy,” is the surprise new choice to take over as James Bond, a tabloid report said.

The beefy 35-year-old beat off competition from a list of British actors that reportedly included Jude Law and Ewan McGregor to take over the role of the super-spy in the long-running series of films, the News of the World said.

Current Bond, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, has stepped down after four films following a row with producers, the Sunday tabloid said.

Mr. Bana was still negotiating with the series producers but they were hopeful he would take over for the 21st title in the series, due to begin filming later this year, the paper cited an unnamed “insider” as saying.

Mr. Bana was a popular comedian in Australia before grabbing attention in the 2000 film “Chopper,” in which he played a real-life character, a famous — and famously violent — Australian criminal, Mark “Chopper” Read.

The James Bond films, based on the novels of Ian Fleming, have proved hugely successful ever since the first title, 1962’s “Dr. No,” in which Sean Connery took the lead role.

Moore trouble

Associated Press

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s Bush-basing documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” has apparently upset more than Republicans.

The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Ill., said Friday it sent a letter to Mr. Moore and the film’s distributor, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., asking for an apology for using what it said was a doctored front page in his movie.

The paper is seeking $1 in damages.

A scene early in the movie shows newspaper headlines related to the contested 2000 presidential election. It includes a shot of the Pantagraph’s Dec. 19, 2000, front page, with the prominent headline, “Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election.”

The newspaper says that headline never appeared on that day.

The Pantagraph said the headline appeared in a Dec. 5, 2000, edition but was not used on the front page. Instead, it was found in much smaller type above a letter to the editor, which the paper says reflects “only the opinions of the letter writer.”

Neither Lions Gate nor Mr. Moore were immediately available yesterday for comment.

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

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