- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 8, 2004


San Francisco Chronicle

“Austin Powers’” Mini-Me actor Verne Troyer has gone to court to challenge a blonde model’s claims that he married her.

The diminutive actor — who stands 32 inches tall — is seeking an annulment from Genevieve Gallen, who he says fabricated the story about a wedding for her own financial gain.

Mr. Troyer and Miss Gallen were widely reported to have become engaged last summer — with some reports saying they later broke off their relationship.

The write stuff

Reuters News Agency

British author Andrea Levy yesterday won the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction with her story about Jamaican migration to London after World War II.

The $55,200 international prize is awarded for the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.

Judges hailed her book “Small Island” as a “compassionate account of the problems of postwar immigration.”

Miss Levy told the prize’s Web site she wanted to write about that period because it was part of her family’s history.

No bottoms up

Associated Press

Eminem’s moon has been eclipsed. MTV plans to cut a shot of the rapper exposing his rear end to the audience at the 2004 Movie Awards when the show is broadcast tomorrow at 9 p.m., a network representative confirmed.

Eminem, who performed at the Saturday night taping with his group D12, appeared onstage dressed in a long red wig and jeans in a parody of Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose.

The Grammy-winning rap star repeatedly groped and flashed a studded codpiece in front of the cameras and the thousands of people in the live audience. Toward the end of the performance, he pulled down his trousers and flashed his bare backside at the audience.

Representatives for MTV, which was slammed for producing Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl halftime performance, immediately said Eminem’s act would be sanitized for broadcast, possibly by blurring out his backside. Ultimately, the producers chose to edit out his rear altogether, the network said.

Eminem’s representatives did not immediately return a call for comment.

Mom’s the word

New York Post

Jennifer Lopez was in such a hurry to marry Marc Anthony because she has a baby on the way, sources say.

A guest at Saturday’s quickie surprise wedding told the New York Post that Miss Lopez, called “Lola” by her bridegroom, is pregnant. Other sources said that the superstar has been very careful not to show any cleavage (a heaving bustline gave away Gwyneth Paltrow’s pregnancy) and has been wearing loose clothing.

Miss Lopez’s business manager, Simon Fields, declined comment, according to the New York Post.

Mr. Anthony, meanwhile, remained tight-lipped about the nuptials during an appearance yesterday on NBC’s “Today.” During the program, co-host Matt Lauer asked the singer how he’d spent his weekend.

“I see where you’re going with this, and I’m going to preface it with just saying — y’all know I don’t talk about my personal life,” Associated Press quoted Mr. Anthony as saying.

Mr. Lauer replied: “So, I — do I need to congratulate you?”

“Yeah, I have two albums coming out, man. Absolutely. And I would appreciate it,” Mr Anthony said.

Mr. Anthony, who performed in Rockefeller Plaza during the show, was wearing what appeared to be a wedding band on his left hand.

When Mr. Lauer continued to ask whether a wedding had taken place at Miss Lopez’s home in Beverly Hills, Calif., Mr. Anthony responded: “That would fall into the category of personal. And that’s where I’m going to leave it.”

Sore loser

New York Post

The most egregious display of bad manners at the Tony Awards goes to… Christopher Plummer, best known for his role as Capt. von Trapp in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music.”

When Jefferson Mays won best actor for “I Am My Own Wife,” Mr. Plummer — as grumpy as his King Lear — grabbed his own wife and left in a huff, the New York Post reported.

Compiled by Andrea Ciarlo from Web and wire reports.

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