- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 27, 2005

Repairing his image

Internet Movie Database

In a desperate bid to regain critical acclaim and box office success,Ben Affleck has waived his usual mega salary — rumored to be in excess of $10 million per film — to play “Superman” star George Reeves.

Mr. Affleck’s last four films — “Gigli,” “Paycheck,” “Jersey Girl” and “Surviving Christmas” — all flopped, but he hopes playing Mr. Reeves in “Truth, Justice And The American Way” will impress audiences and revive his flagging career.

Mr. Reeves, who portrayed the Man of Steel in the “Adventures of Superman” TV series from 1952 to 1957, was found shot to death at his Beverly Hills home in 1959. The controversy continues over whether he was murdered or committed suicide.

Mr. Affleck is so convinced the fact-based drama is the perfect project for him at this stage of his career, he’s taken a massive pay cut, and will only earn $2.8 million, the Internet Movie Database reports.

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody co-stars in the upcoming film as a detective investigating Mr. Reeves’ death. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer.

Stalker faces jail time

E! Online

The woman who once vowed to slice Catherine Zeta-Jones “up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs” is going to jail.

Dawnette Knight pleaded no contest Friday to stalking and threatening the Oscar-winning star.

Miss Knight, 33, will spend the next 90 days in a California prison for evaluation. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Mintz wants her to undergo psychiatric testing to determine whether she should be given probation or up to five years behind bars at a sentencing hearing on June 3 — exactly a year to the day she was first arrested.

Miss Zeta-Jones testified last year that she was terrified by Miss Knight, who reportedly harbored a “Fatal Attraction”-like obsession toward the actress’s husband, Michael Douglas.

Miss Knight was initially charged with one felony count of stalking along with 24 felony counts of making criminal threats, but 21 of those counts were eventually dismissed. She pleaded innocent to the charges last September and wrote a letter to Miss Zeta-Jones and Mr. Douglas apologizing for her actions.

Up in smoke

Associated Press

“The Marijuana-Logues” has canceled its spring tour after its star, Tommy Chong, was barred from performing in it because audience members were frequently lighting up during the show.

Chong, half of the comedy team Cheech & Chong, was in danger of violating his probation, which bars him from being around people using or selling illegal substances. He served nine months in prison last year for conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia.

“The (parole) officer was compelled to revoke his ability to continue on the shows,” said Phil Lobel, a publicist for the play. “The last thing he wants to do is go back to prison.”

“The Marijuana-Logues” was on the second night of a North America tour. It has played for nearly a year off-Broadway. Chong had a special two-week run in New York and then went on the road with the show. There was a kickoff performance Feb. 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia — followed by a Seattle show the next day that was especially smoky.

The play is expected to resume touring this summer, when Chong’s parole ends.

Life of the party

Associated Press

Actress Holly Robinson Peete, pregnant with her fourth child, was partying at a pre-Oscar bash when she went into labor.

“One minute she’s grooving, the next minute her water breaks,” said Michael Lewittes, a producer for “Access Hollywood” who was covering Thursday’s party.

Her husband, Carolina Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete, was not at the event.

The 40-year-old actress gave birth to a boy early Friday and was doing “great,” said her publicist, Patti Webster.

The couple had not named the child, but were looking for a name starting with “R,” she said. Their other children are 7-year-old fraternal twins Rodney Jr. and Ryan (a girl), and 2-year-old Robinson.

Miss Robinson Peete starred in the sitcoms “Like Family,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” and “For Your Love,” and played an undercover police officer in the TV series “21 Jump Street.”

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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