- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Spears on top

Associated Press

“Access Hollywood” has named its “Top Ten Stars of 2004,” with Britney Spears in the No. 1 spot.

The rankings are based on the number of stories the syndicated entertainment television show aired on each star. Miss Spears — who was married twice in 2004, canceled a summer tour because of a knee injury and released a greatest hits album — topped the list with 119 stories.

Beyonce is in the No. 2 spot, with 102 stories, followed by Donald Trump, 94 stories; Michael Jackson, 84 stories; Tom Cruise, 72 stories; Jessica Simpson, 69 stories; Paris Hilton, 63 stories; Nicole Kidman, 62 stories; Jennifer Lopez, 54 stories; and Whitney Houston, 52 stories.

“We want to thank these stars for helping to make 2004 the best in ‘Access Hollywood’ history,” executive producer Rob Silverstein said in a statement Tuesday.

Woody’s French kiss

Agence France-Presse

Even with trans-Atlantic ties at a low ebb, the French are still seen as standard-bearers of class, elegance — and, well, romance — among Americans, filmmaker Woody Allen said. And the U.S. filmgoing public knows it.

“If you were doing a scene of seduction, and the man gets the woman in a candlelit restaurant, he would never order a California wine — because then everyone would laugh,” Mr. Allen told reporters in Paris.

“It will not be a Portuguese wine, it will just always be French.”

Lost and found

Associated Press

Stolen gold and silver discs won by Ozzy Osbourne’s band Black Sabbath were recovered after thieves dumped them behind trash cans.

The discs were reported missing last week after a burglary at the home of Osbourne’s former manager Patrick Meehan, in Edenbridge, Kent, southeast England.

Kent Police said an anonymous tip led them to the eight discs, found yesterday in a plastic bag dumped behind recycling bins.

Two other discs stolen in the haul — which included the albums “Master of Reality,” “Paranoid” and “Black Sabbath, Vol. 4” — had already been returned after being offered for sale on Internet auction site EBay.

Mr. Osbourne, who earned fame as a heavy metal rocker in the 1970s, was a victim of burglars himself last month.

He unsuccessfully attempted to tackle thieves who broke into his Buckinghamshire mansion, west of London, and made off with valuable jewelry.

In the doghouse

E! Online

Actress Natasha Lyonne was arrested Friday night at her Manhattan home after she reportedly made menacing remarks to a neighbor’s pooch, according to the New York Daily News.

Sources claimed that Miss Lyonne burst into her neighbor’s third-floor apartment around 11 p.m. and grabbed and threatened the dog. The unlucky canine was not injured in the bizarre attack, but other tenants in the building called the police.

During her reported rage, the “American Pie” star also reportedly ripped a mirror off the wall of the apartment and screamed threats at her neighbor. It was not clear what sparked Miss Lyonne’s attack. As of Tuesday night, the actress had made no comment on her arrest.

It’s not the first time she’s been in trouble with the law. In 2001, she was busted for drunken driving in Miami after she crashed her car into a sign and fled the scene of the accident.

Miss Lyonne is co-starring in the action-horror-thriller “Blade: Trinity” alongside Wesley Snipes.

Pianist honored

The Canadian Embassy will host a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s January 1955 U.S. debut in the District, where he was lauded as “a pianist with rare gifts for the world.”

From the late 1950s until his death at age 50 in 1982, the sometimes controversial Mr. Gould — a celebrity in his native land before he was 20 — was Canada’s most prominent classical musician.

The embassy is planning a series of events, including concerts, speakers programs, master classes, a film series, photo exhibition, dance, broadcasts and educational programming beginning Jan. 2. Additional events, as yet un-announced, will also take place throughout 2005.

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

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