- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Verbal beat-down

SouthFlorida.com

Actress Kirsten Dunst has slammed filmmaker Vincent Gallo’s cruel remarks about her after he verbally attacked her for pulling out of his controversial box-office flop “The Brown Bunny.”

Miss Dunst was set to star opposite Mr. Gallo in the 2004 drama but decided against the role at the last minute. His ex-girlfriend Chloe Sevigny took the role instead and performed the infamous sex scene with him in the film.

“I called her and told her that I was displeased that she had abandoned me on the day she was supposed to film,” Mr. Gallo told the New York Post. “She became another person. She was a cold, curt, nasty little witch of a brat on the phone.”

Miss Dunst’s agent responded, saying the actress quit the production after she realized it didn’t conform to Screen Actors Guild guidelines.

“[Mr.] Gallo can say anything he wants,” Miss Dunst’s agent said. “She did nothing wrong.”

Bug off

Associated Press

Australian detectives are investigating an electronic listening device that reportedly was planted outside Nicole Kidman’s Sydney mansion, police said.

The device was found near a security car that was monitoring the actress’s home from the street, chief bodyguard Neil McMaster told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in yesterday’s edition. He said he believed the device was intended to intercept conversations among the actress and her bodyguards.

Mr. McMaster said surveillance footage taken from the house provided “conclusive evidence” that the device had been planted. The bug apparently was discovered when security officers searched the house early Sunday in preparation for Miss Kidman’s return to film her new movie, “Eucalyptus.”

Police were called and seized the device for forensic examination, a New South Wales state police spokeswoman said on the usual condition of anonymity. If identified, the eavesdropper could be charged with illegal use of a telecommunications device and trespassing.

Miss Kidman, 37, won a best-actress Oscar for her role in 2002’s “The Hours” and formerly was married to superstar actor Tom Cruise.

Remembering Selena

Associated Press

A three-hour concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Tejano singing star Selena has been set for Houston’s Reliant Stadium this spring.

Several performers, including Gloria Estefan and Thalia, are to participate in the event, to be broadcast live April 7 by the Univision Network.

Other performers who have signed on include Pepe Aguilar, Carlos Vives, Banda El Recodo, Alicia Villarreal, Aleks Syntek, Lucero, Ana Gabriel, Intocable and the Kumbia Kings.

Houston was the site of Selena’s final concert. She played at the Astrodome in February 1995 to more than 60,000 fans as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The following month, the 23-year-old singer was fatally shot at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas. The former president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, was convicted of the slaying and is serving a life prison term.

Reality bites Dunaway

Associated Press

Actress Faye Dunaway said she would have considered being on a reality TV show if they were around at the start of her career. Honest. “The only thing I said ‘no’ to was the soap, because I thought I might get bad habits,” Miss Dunaway told reporters Saturday.

Now she’s on a reality show at this stage of her career. The Oscar-winner is the central figure in “Starlet,” which debuts March 8 on the WB network. She puts wannabe actresses through a Hollywood boot camp that tests their mettle.

The winner gets a management deal and a one-shot guest role on “One Tree Hill,” the WB’s teen drama.

“What’s not to like?” Miss Dunaway asked. “You know, it gives them a chance.”

Miss Dunaway and actress Vivica A. Fox, who’s also participating in the series, said they didn’t have such immediate feedback on what they were doing right or wrong when their careers were beginning.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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