- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Double-O odds

British bookmakers yesterday halved the odds on Clive Owen’s becoming the next James Bond after he won a Golden Globe award for his role in the sex drama “Closer.”

The London gambling service William Hill also made Mr. Owen a 6-4 favorite to land the Oscar for best supporting actor for “Closer” at next month’s Hollywood ceremony.

“Since winning the Golden Globe, we have had a succession of calls from [bettors] who think he would make an excellent Bond,” a spokesman told Reuters News Agency.

Mr. Owen’s odds have changed to 4-1 from 8-1.

“Van Helsing” star Hugh Jackman is still a 2-1 favorite to take over from Pierce Brosnan and land the coveted role of the world’s most famous spy. Second favorite at 7-2 is Ewan McGregor.

The real ‘Coach’

Ken Carter, the subject of the hit movie “Coach Carter,” says he challenged players to think about futures outside basketball.

He told them not to dream of being the next Michael Jordan, but of becoming the person who signs Mr. Jordan’s paychecks. He introduced them to business leaders, took them on field trips to places such as Silicon Valley and encouraged them to join the crop of cyber-millionaires.

“If you can be successful on the basketball court, then you can be successful in the classroom,” Mr. Carter told Associated Press. “I saw what these kids could be, not where they were, and I planted that dream in them.”

Marty on Bob

Martin Scorsese has been working on a film about Bob Dylan for two years, but there’s one important person he hasn’t talked to about it: Mr. Dylan.

“I’d not like to deal with the man directly,” Mr. Scorsese told television critics last weekend. “I’d like to create the story, to find the story, first of all, and then play it out the way I think it’s right.”

The film, according to AP, concentrates on Mr. Dylan’s early performing years, from 1961 to 1966, and will run this summer as part of the PBS “American Masters” series.

Mr. Scorsese has access to 10 hours of fresh Dylan interviews conducted by the singer’s manager, and he said he may eventually ask the always inscrutable Mr. Dylan a few questions himself.

“I’m trying to make as honest a film as possible without unnecessary restrictions,” he said. “But I think for me, of course, I’m on his side, so I might come out in terms of a pro-Dylan.”

Dressing down

Modern clothes are unwearable, and the fashion industry has been taken over by big business and nudity, legendary designer Pierre Cardin has said.

“Intelligent women work nowadays, they drive cars, and the cars are smaller and smaller, while the dresses at Dior are bigger and bigger,” he told Reuters. “It’s very beautiful, but it’s not fashion; it’s something else. It’s costume.”

Mr. Cardin reflected on his 65 years in the fashion industry now that his $1.3 billion empire is up for sale.

“I was very lucky. I was part of the postwar period, when everything had to be redone. Women wanted to party, to dance, to amuse themselves; there was a sexy side. But now nudity is everywhere, sex is everywhere,” he said.

“We undress men and women. We don’t dress them anymore.”

Dressing up

Speaking of Christian Dior, when Melania Knauss walks down the aisle to marry real estate mogul Donald Trump, she’ll be wearing a sumptuous gown by the French fashion house.

Miss Knauss chose the gown during the haute couture shows in Paris with help from Vogue editors Sally Singer and Andre Leon Talley, according to AP.

She models the voluminous strapless gown — which consumed 550 man-hours for embroidery alone — on the cover of Vogue’s February issue while Miss Singer chronicles the shopping trip on 14 pages inside.

“Melania definitely got what she was looking for: a dress that would be absolutely special and a dress that could only be worn to one’s wedding,” Miss Singer said.

Miss Knauss, 34, will wed Mr. Trump, 58, Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla. It will be the third marriage for Mr. Trump.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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