- The Washington Times - Monday, November 22, 2004

Picture imperfect

“Aviator” star Leonardo DiCaprio said he fears “stalkerazzi” photographers, whom he feels are on the verge of causing another Princess Di tragedy.

“I hate a lot of them… but I have to find a way to deal with it until there’s a law,” he told the BBC.

“I hope there is for my sake and the sake of many others because there may be an accident someday and we may lose somebody,” he added.

“I wish they wouldn’t follow me around and make my life miserable.”

Mr. DiCaprio’s publicist, Ken Sunshine, who also represents tabloid sensation Justin Timberlake, said the situation is “totally out of control.”

Steal away

Burglars broke into the English country home of rocker and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne yesterday and stole a large amount of jewelry, police said.

They used a ladder to climb through a first floor window at the Osbourne’s mansion at Chalfont St. Peter in Buckinghamshire, just north of London, Reuters News Agency reports.

“The disturbance woke the residents and a man grabbed one of the burglars,” said a police spokeswoman, who declined to confirm whether the man in question was Mr. Osbourne.

The Prince of Darkness, who turns 56 next week, first shot to fame in the 1970s as frontman of the ground-breaking heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has since mellowed from the wild man of heavy rock to the comical much-loved star of MTV’s popular reality show “The Osbournes,” which offers a peek into his life at home with his family.

Mother hen

Diana Ross may still look like a diva, and occasionally act like one, but the singer wishes to be known for something else: motherhood.

Speaking to an audience of 100 students at Musictech College in St. Paul, Minn., where a new scholarship was named in her honor last weekend, Miss Ross said, “I’m more a mom than I am a celebrity, even though I know you know me as a celebrity.

“I’m a mother first,” she said, according to AP.

Sophomore cheers

Here’s Norah Jones on never being able to top the success of her mega-selling debut album “Come Away With Me”:

“It’s kind of like getting well-known for your freshman picture in high school,” she told the Knoxville News Sentinel.

“That’s not really what I look like yet. I’m not sure where I want my music to go. I’m excited to try different things. But it’s weird. I’ll probably never be that successful again, which is fine. But that’ll be the musical picture of me that’s gonna be stuck in the yearbook.”

At 4 million and counting, her latest LP, “Feels Like Home,” hasn’t exactly tanked. Miss Jones, a mere 25, would like to see her audience whittled down to true believers.

That means no more cheesy ads: “I mean, they had a two-minute infomercial on for my second CD, and I didn’t even know about it. I was like, ‘You gotta get that off.’ It’s obnoxious. You know, I’m not a ThighMaster.”

Skin and bones

Sorry, dieters. Christian Bale has no secret weight-loss method.

To lose 63 pounds for his role in “The Machinist,” Mr. Bale stopped eating and ramped up his fat-burning power by running.

“I eventually hit a point where the running wasn’t working anymore,” Mr. Bale told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was more like stumbling; the legs had atrophied to such an extent they looked comical.”

Off the hook

Fans wondering why Vines frontman Craig Nicholls is so erratic may have an answer: Asperger’s syndrome.

The illness helped Mr. Nicholls shake charges in a case involving an assault on a press photographer at a Vines concert six months ago.

Magistrate Susan Seagrave dropped the case last week, on condition Mr. Nicholls continue medical treatment for Asperger’s syndrome, the Australian newspaper said.

Asperger’s is an autism-related condition characterized by social and communication deficiencies — characteristics that Vines fans have come to expect from Mr. Nicholls during live performances.

The singer-guitarist was diagnosed with the condition after the melee last May.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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