- The Washington Times - Monday, December 26, 2005

Desperate’ driving

Eva Longoria has made traffic news in San Antonio, Texas.

The “Desperate Housewives” star was riding with her boyfriend — French basketball standout Tony Parker — on Christmas Eve when he was fined in San Antonio for impeding traffic and failing to show a U.S. driver’s license, police said yesterday.

Sgt. Joe Myers of the San Antonio Police Department said an officer had determined that the car was impeding traffic.

The officer’s report also said the two celebrities had been verbally abusive, including a comment from Miss Longoria, who plays self-centered housewife Gabrielle Solis in the hit ABC sitcom, about the officer being a Mexican.

Through her publicist, Miss Longoria said yesterday that “the police report is highly inaccurate, defamatory, false and fraudulent.”

The publicist also said Miss Longoria had never made any racial slurs, as she is Mexican herself.

Glitter probe complete

Police in Hanoi, have completed their investigations into child abuse charges against veteran British rocker Gary Glitter, his attorney said yesterday.

Mr. Glitter, 61, his attorney Le Thanh Kinh and prosecutors each will receive a copy of the police report, and prosecutors will take about a month to decide whether to put him on trial.

Mr. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, is being held in a Vietnamese prison on suspicion of engaging in obscene acts with a child, an offense punishable by up to 12 years behind bars.

He was seized Nov. 19 while trying to board a flight to Bangkok from Ho Chi Minh City.

Mr. Glitter won fame as a flamboyant glam rocker in the 1970s. In 1999, he was convicted of possessing child pornography and served half of a four-month jail term in Britain.

Musical maven

When it came time to make a movie out of “The Producers,” Susan Stroman had a simple approach: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Miss Stroman, who directed and choreographed the award-winning stage production, was tapped by Mel Brooks to transfer the energy onto the screen with stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

“Right from the start, Mel said, ‘Do the musical,’” Miss Stroman said in Friday’s Miami Herald. “So it was really about finding a way to take this musical, which is in proscenium, and give it four walls and a sky.”

Miss Stroman said the musical numbers gave her the chance to pay homage to the old movie musicals that inspired her as a child, including “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

“I ended up working in theater, because the movie musical genre was dead,” she said, “but I still wanted to fulfill the passion I felt when I saw Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing.

“So now to have had the opportunity to direct a movie musical — me, who has lived her whole life doing musicals — is really beyond dreams realized.”

Desperate’ roles

Risk? There was nothing to risk for Felicity Huffman in playing a man becoming a woman.

“I’m not a beauty. That’s not my thing. So it wasn’t like I was risking anything,” Miss Huffman said in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle. “What I was risking is whether I could do it. There are many places to fall.”

Miss Huffman, 43, was nominated Dec. 13 for two best-actress Golden Globes — as Stanley/Bree in the film “Transamerica” and as the beleaguered mom, Lynette, in TV’s “Desperate Housewives.”

As for rumors of dissension with co-stars Nicollette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross, Miss Huffman denied them.

“They were waiting for us to fight before we even started airing,” she said. “I mean, it was last year before we even got on the air, and we were reading rags, and I’d say, ‘Look, Nicollette. I’m in a fight with you.’”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web

and wire reports.

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