- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Full Bloom

Maybe it was his derring-do in pursuing the “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Perhaps it was his dashing Paris in “Troy.”

Whatever the reason, Orlando Bloom is well ahead of rivals in an Internet vote on Britain’s sexiest actor.

The 27-year-old star, who shot to fame as Legolas in the “The Lord of the Rings” film series, won 35 percent of the votes, beating other popular Brits including Hugh Grant, Ewan McGregor and Jude Law, according to the Sky Movies Web site.

Mr. Bloom, who grew up in Canterbury in southern England, has said he was “chubby” as a child and joked that he acts in films because it allows him to kiss beautiful women.

Big Apple Tenn

Three plays in the Shakespeare Theatre’s production “Five by Tenn” — five Tennessee Williams one-acts directed by Michael Kahn that were presented in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in April and May — are headed to New York this fall.

Opening in October at the Manhattan Theatre Club will be “I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow,” “And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens” and “Escape.”

According to Shakespeare spokeswoman Liza Holtmeier, this marks the first time that a company production has been chosen for a New York run.

“These wonderful little plays show a young, still unknown Williams honing his craft,” Mr. Kahn, the Shakespeare Theatre’s artistic director, said in announcing the Kennedy Center production last year.

Ann Geracimos

Calling it quits

Associated Press

Tionne Tenese Watkins, better known as T-Boz of the female R&B; group TLC, has filed for divorce from her husband, rapper Mack 10, saying he committed adultery and threatened to kill her.

Miss Watkins also has arranged for a temporary restraining order against the rapper, barring him from coming within 100 yards of her. Miss Watkins filed the divorce papers and requested the restraining order June 8. She seeks full custody of their 3-year-old daughter, Chase Anela.

Mack 10, whose real name is Dedrick D-Mon Rolison, denied the allegations in court documents filed Friday. In them, he said his wife has made the claims “for the sole purpose of attempting to gain an advantage in these proceedings” and to prevent him from seeing their daughter.

The 32-year-old rapper has been ordered to appear in court June 22.

TLC, one of the best-selling female groups of all times — whose Grammy-winning hits include “Waterfalls,” “Creep” and “No Scrubs” — has been plagued by trouble in recent years.

Group member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras in April 2002, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas suffered a very public breakup with pop superstar Usher — now the subject, some say, of his multiplatinum album “Confessions,” released earlier this year.

Two’s a crowd

White Stripes frontman Jack White is at a loss to explain why the guitar-and-drums duo has found so much success.

“I don’t know why it works on the radio or on MTV or on a stage in front of 80,000 people,” Mr. White said. “It seems like there should be more going on… ”

“The whole idea of the band, if it has a concept to it, [is] all about what not to do,” he continued.

“Why be repetitive? Why have two guitars? Why have a bassist playing the same thing the guitars are playing? Let’s break this down and still have it be rock ‘n’ roll. Let’s show what two people can do.”

Cattrall: hard choice

Kim Cattrall told “Entertainment Tonight” that pulling the plug on a “Sex and the City” movie was one of the “most difficult decisions” she has ever made.

Following the massive success of the New York-based sitcom, a feature film would stand to make fortunes for its stars. Miss Cattrall announced recently, however, that she would not star in the movie, leading producers to shelve the project.

Her announcement came amid rumors of her feuding with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker and that other stars of the show had e-mailed producers with suggestions for ways to kill off Miss Cattrall’s character and thus proceed with movie plans.

Compiled by Scott Galupo and Andrea Ciarlo from staff and wire reports.

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