- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Single white female

Nicole Kidman has had her share of man troubles — the divorce from Tom Cruise, the reported near-engagement to Lenny Kravitz — but they haven’t put a dent in her love of the species.

“It would be far easier to go, ‘Oh, I wish I loved women,’ but I don’t. I mean, I love them, but physically, chemically, they just don’t do it for me,” Miss Kidman told Playboy magazine in its February issue, on newsstands tomorrow.

“I love the way a man thinks. I love the way a man smells. I love the way men look. That’s what I like and what I’m drawn to. And I’m hooked on the male physique — hooked on it.”

Still, she has chosen not to settle down with a new man out of concern for her two children.

“I haven’t really had a relationship because I didn’t want the children to be in competition with it. That’s probably wrong, but at the same time, that’s what I feel I needed to give them,” she said.

“Maybe I’m meant to be alone. I really hope not, because I love to be around people. I love to be part of somebody — to be with somebody.”

King of kitsch

Lisa Marie Presley admits that the decision to sell an 85 percent stake of her father’s estate to billionaire investor Robert F.X. Sillerman wasn’t easy, but she says fans shouldn’t worry.

“It’s not like I just went nuts and sold it,” said Miss Presley, who told Rolling Stone magazine she spent years searching for the right buyer.

“I don’t know if people have this misconception that we’re going to build a giant casino on the lawn of Graceland or that Elvis condoms are going to be mass-distributed throughout the world, but that’s not going to happen.”

Mr. Sillerman, who will manage the estate through his company CFX, said: “Less is more. I think overexposure diminishes the value of Elvis.”

He added, however, that he sees more dollar signs in Elvis’ future, telling the magazine of plans for an Elvis-themed entertainment park in Las Vegas or in Japan and Europe, where Elvis fanaticism is big and getting bigger.

Rolling Stone notes that more than half of the 10-million-plus sales of the 2002 release “30 #1 Hits” came from outside the United States.

Spiritual move

The wife of Bob Marley said yesterday that she plans to exhume the reggae legend’s remains in Jamaica and rebury them in his “spiritual resting place” — Ethiopia.

No date has been set for the reburial, according to Associated Press, but it will be after February’s celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Mr. Marley’s birth in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian church and government officials are on board with the project, noted Rita Marley, a former backup singer in her husband’s band.

“It is part of Bob’s own mission,” she said.

Technical support

It may seem like small fry, but Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” turned up on an awards menu.

The American Society of Cinematographers this week became the first Hollywood organization to include the box-office champ among its list of honorees in a technical category.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Passion” cameraman Caleb Deschanel was a feature-film nominee for the ASC’s 19th annual awards, which take place Feb. 13 in the Grand Ballroom in the Hollywood & Highland complex.

The film, otherwise snubbed by industry award givers, also won a People’s Choice award Sunday.

‘Nature’ watch

The National Gallery of Art just added a new masterpiece to its collection: Helen Frankenthaler’s “Nature Abhors a Vacuum.” It’ll be on public view Feb. 15 in the gallery’s East Wing.

National Gallery Director Earl A. Powell III called it an “important addition to the gallery’s collection of post-World War II American art.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports

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