- The Washington Times - Monday, December 20, 2004

On a roll

“I feel like I keep hitting seven,” Don Cheadle says, likening his career to a successful game of craps. “I feel like I’m on the dice.”

This year, the character actor has appeared in “After the Sunset” and “Ocean’s Twelve.” Next comes “The Assassination of Richard Nixon” and “Hotel Rwanda” — for which Mr. Cheadle and the film have received Golden Globe nominations.

“I’ve been really blessed, I think. I’ve been really fortunate to be involved in the films that I wanted to be involved in,” he told Associated Press.

Mr. Cheadle has a rare starring role in “Hotel Rwanda,” playing Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who saved 1,268 people from death during the Rwandan genocide of a decade ago.

Bucking the system

Rapper Young Buck was charged yesterday with stabbing a fellow performer in a dispute over an autograph that touched off a melee at the Vibe Awards Show in Santa Monica, Calif., last month, prosecutors said.

Here’s the blow-by-blow: Young Buck (born David Darnell Brown) attacked rapper Jimmy James Johnson after Mr. Johnson was refused an autograph by Dr. Dre and then punched the rap impresario in the face.

The dispute set off a chair-throwing brawl that spread through the audience of about 1,000 but did not halt the ceremony. It was later televised — sans the fisticuffs — on the UPN network.

Mr. Johnson was arrested and remains in custody on a suspected parole violation, according to Reuters News Agency.

Love and war

In other bad temper celebrity news, actor Josh Brolin was cited for misdemeanor domestic battery over the weekend after his wife, actress Diane Lane, called police during an argument at the couple’s home.

Mr. Brolin, son of actor James Brolin and stepson of Barbra Streisand, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday and released on $20,000 bail, Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, told Associated Press yesterday.

The office is reviewing the case, and no charges have been filed, he said.

Mr. Brolin, 36, wed Miss Lane, 39 (an Oscar-nominee for 2002’s “Unfaithful”), on Aug. 14.

Kelly Bush, the couple’s spokeswoman, said the incident was a “misunderstanding” and the two had reconciled.

Drug-free dieting

British pop star Robbie Williams said he gave up drugs and alcohol not out of moral compunction or fear of overdose, but because they made him too fat.

Mr. Williams said his addiction made him “blow up to the size of a small aircraft hangar.”

He spiraled into addiction to cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol after leaving boy band Take That in 1995. His condition got so bad, he told a British radio program, that Sir Elton John “kidnapped” him and had him admitted to a rehab clinic.

“I’d still be doing it if I could make good judgment calls, and I’d still be doing it if I didn’t blow up to the size of an aircraft hangar, you know, because it was a great time,” Mr. Williams told Real Radio FM. “Some of the best times in my life happened under the influence of drugs. … I’m not saying ‘Go out and do drugs, kids,’ but I enjoyed them.”

Asked whether he was confident about staying off mind-altering substances, Mr. Williams replied: “No, I’m not confident at all.”

House call

They’re not “desperate housewives.” They’re “stay-at-home moms” — and Tony Danza thinks they’re doing the most important job in the world.

Which is why he wants to help.

The daytime talk show host and former “Who’s the Boss?” star is offering to baby-sit the children, whip up dinner and scrub the floors.

“No job is as daunting,” he says in a press release.

For more information on how to secure Mr. Danza’s services, check out www.tonydanza.com

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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