- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 2004

King of cheese

“Titanic’s” most memorable line — “I’m the king of the world” is tops in the cheese department.

The UK company Baker Warburtons posed the question, “What are your top three cheesiest moments in film?” to 2,000 moviegoers in celebration of the introduction of its new cheese-flavored crumpet, Associated Press reports.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s famous “Titanic” line was followed by Patrick Swayze’s “Nobody puts Baby in the corner,” from 1987’s “Dirty Dancing,” and Andie McDowell’s “Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed,” from the end of 1994’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

Mack the critics

Actor Kevin Spacey is still smarting from reviews of some of his recent movies, including “K-PAX” and “The Life of David Gale.”

“Some of them were downright cruel,” he told Reuters News Agency. “I didn’t think the films, or my work, deserved that. Some movies work; some don’t.”

All were a prelude, he said, to his latest, a biopic about the late singer Bobby Darin, called “Beyond the Sea.”

“At the end of the day, this is where my passion was,” Mr. Spacey said.

Bruce,Tony to help kids

Hollywood heavyweight Bruce Willis joined D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams yesterday at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Northwest to announce the formation of a Capital One scholarship fund to benefit the nation’s foster children.

Mr. Willis, a longtime children’s advocate, was named the National Spokesperson for Children in Foster Care by President Bush in 2002. The “Die Hard” star is the founder of the National Foster Care Fund, which is partnering with Capital One to create the Fostering a Future program.

“The only way we’re going to let people know these children need help is by having knuckleheads like me get in front of a camera,” Mr. Willis told a crowd that included 40 foster children from the District. “You guys are the stars here today, not me.”

Twenty percent of the $500,000 fund will go to support the city’s approximately 3,000 foster children. Mr. Williams, who was adopted at age 4, said he is committed to seeing that foster children in the District have a “nurturing environment” in which to grow up.

— By Gary Emerling

Bum rap

Eminem got more than an earful; he got a Wonder-ful.

In a rare public outburst, Stevie Wonder said he was “disappointed” in the rapper for ridiculing Michael Jackson in his “Just Lose It” video.

“Kicking someone when he’s down is not a good thing,” Mr. Wonder told Billboard magazine. “I have much respect for [Eminem’s] work, though I don’t think he’s as good as [late rapper] Tupac [Shakur]. But I was disappointed that he would let himself go to such a level.”

Added Mr. Wonder, “He has succeeded on the backs of people predominantly in that lower pay bracket, people of color.”

Miami book machine

Meet the latest celebrity children’s author: Gloria Estefan.

And her dog, Noelle.

“I don’t think too much is known about the affinity that I feel for animals. I have a very real connection with them, and although I’ve had many pets, especially dogs, I have found a new and very unique connection with my 2-year-old English bulldog, Noelle,” the Grammy-winning singer said through her publisher, HarperCollins, which plans to release her book in both English and Spanish next year.

The currently untitled tome will follow Noelle as she adjusts to life in “the new and mythical land she now calls home.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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