- The Washington Times - Monday, June 14, 2004

That’s a wrap

“The Wedding Crashers,” the forthcoming comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn that filmed extensively in the District and on the Eastern Shore, is in the can.

“We just finished a few days ago,” reported co-star Rachel McAdams, the 27-year-old starlet of “Mean Girls” and “The Notebook.”

“Owen and Vince were awesome,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “You can’t take your eyes off them. They are so contradictory yet so complementary at the same time.

“I like to say it’s almost like a science experiment that went horribly wrong but is terribly wonderful to watch. They taught me a lot about improvising and finding the humor in every moment.”

Waiting for ‘Boroughs’

The Beastie Boys are breaking a five-year silence with “To the Five Boroughs,” which hits stores today.

The reason for the hiatus: “Mostly, it was because of people in the front office of our label, who were trying to work out a deal to trade me for the lead singer of Creed,” Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz quipped to the New York Post

“It was going to be a blockbuster trade, actually, involving me, the guy from Creed, the guy from Nickelback and Michael Bivins from Bell Biv DeVoe.

“But it got bogged down in contract disputes. It was a real mess.”

‘Rock star’ search

Are you feeling in good voice? INXS is looking for a new singer.

The BBC reports that the Australian rockers, who lost frontman Michael Hutchence to suicide in 1997, will be auditioning singers across the globe for a reality-TV show called “Rock Star,” due out next year.

“After Michael died, we wanted to search the world for a new singer but didn’t know how we could effectively do that,” INXS guitarist Tim Farriss said.

“But we’ve now found a fantastic way to make that happen.”

The winner, who will be chosen by the band and participating industry professionals, will have the chance to record a new album and tour with INXS.

Fleet feet

Dancer and Reston native Jennifer O’Connell is dancing her way back home as part of the 2004 Riverdance tour, which opens Thursday for a three-day engagement at Wolf Trap.

This year’s appearance marks her second time at Wolf Trap.

She’s thrilled to be part of a show that embodies her culture and love for dance. Irish dancing is simply in her blood, she explains, and Miss O’Connell has been perfecting her skills since age 4.

She describes Riverdance as a high energy show full of traditional Irish music infused with a dramatic flavor.

“I love to perform; I like to see the progress of my dancing and have something to show for it,” says Miss O’Connell, 28.

Miss O’Connell believes the physical challenge of dance makes it satisfying. Last September, she had additional training in Dublin. “It was really fun and really hard work — everday,” she said.

By Andrea Ciarlo

‘Soul’ bowling

A Louisiana chef is suing Smokey Robinson for trademark infringement over a catchy slogan he says he has used for years to sell gumbo and other fare.

Johnny “Jambalaya” Percle, who sued the singer last week in federal court, said he had “Soul in Yo Bowl” trademarked in 1997 after using it for a decade.

According to AP, Mr. Percle’s complaint says that Mr. Robinson’s use of the phrase, “The Soul is in the Bowl,” for his line of Louisiana-style foods is so similar that it will confuse consumers.

“If he would have called it ‘Smokey Robinson’s Gumbo,’ he wouldn’t have heard boo from Johnny Jam,” said Mr. Percle, a chef at Nottoway Plantation, about 25 miles south of Baton Rouge. “I truly believe by all legal rights, ‘Soul in the Bowl’ is mine, not his.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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