- The Washington Times - Monday, March 22, 2004

Britney and Bond

If Britney Spears is slated to be the next Bond girl, it’s news to James Bond.

Pierce Brosnan says he knows nada.

“Bless her cotton socks and good luck to her,” he told Associated Press. If given a choice, Mr. Brosnan says he would prefer Keira Knightley (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) or Monica Bellucci (“Matrix Reloaded”) to fill the famous female role.

Whoever the next Bond girl is, she may have to wait a while. The next 007 movie — the 21st — is scheduled to hit theaters in November of next year, but Mr. Brosnan says production has stalled.

“There’s a certain sense of paralysis that has kind of blanketed production at the moment,” he said. “The last Bond broke all records. They don’t know what to do.”

Klein-hearted

Actor Chris Klein got a call from Kevin Spacey asking him to consider a roll in director Matthew Ryan Hoge’s “United States of Leland.”

“For a young actor, to be getting calls from Kevin Spacey,” Mr. Klein says over the phone, “it’s a great compliment. That guy’s got an amazing eye for material.”

Needless to say, he took the part. The movie, about a horrific juvenile crime, opens here April 2.

In the District for the first time in his 25 years, the Omaha, Neb.-born actor (“Election,” “American Pie”) is promoting the film among area college students.

Reaction on other campuses, he says, has been ecstatic.

Time on promotional tours, of course, is time away from fiancee Katie Holmes, another young actor coming into her own.

Has the couple considered working together?

“It’s not something we’ve thought about,” Mr. Klein says. “We’ve developed a very cool way of leaving business at the office. But if it comes up and the material is great and it could help us both, then why not.”

Don’t blame them

Great White, the pop-metal band whose pyrotechnics sparked a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 persons last year has disavowed a recently released cover album titled “Burning House of Love.”

The band’s reps, according to Associated Press, said the disc is an unauthorized release with an extremely tasteless title. Great White is exploring legal action against Horizon Italy, the label that released the album.

“Burning,” which features Great White covering songs from other artists, is being sold on Internet sites, including Amazon.com.

“It’s a horrible thing. I’m sure the victims are outraged,” said Great White lawyer Ed McPherson.

Whistle-stop tour

Singer-songwriter and left-wing activist Ani DiFranco is considering a tour of crucial swing states in this year’s presidential elections.

Her candidate of choice was Democrat Dennis Kucinich, the long-shot Ohio congressman. Obviously, he didn’t pan out, but Miss DiFranco is keeping her eye on the ball.

“I want to really be focused this coming fall on the election,” she told Billboard magazine. “The possibilities are endless, so we’re exploring them.”

Material tour

“I’m happy to confirm the rumors. Madonna will be going out on tour this spring and summer,” announced the material girl’s long-time manager, Caresse Henry.

Madonna is planning the trek to support her most recent album, last year’s “American Life,” whose sales were lackluster.

“Madonna has already started rehearsals for the Re-Invention Tour, and she can’t wait to get back onstage to re-create her songs from the earliest days of her career up until the present,” Miss Henry said.

Look for her here, at the MCI Center, June 13.

Want tunes with that?

Instead of fries, how about a little Beyonce or Bruce Springsteen to go with your Big Mac?

In the latest blend of electronic music with the food-and-beverage industry, Sony is working out a deal to promote the upcoming introduction of its download music service through the McDonald’s fast-food chain, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff, wire and Web reports.

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