- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 14, 2005

Gene Wilder, who played the 1971 version of Willy Wonka, said the Tim Burton-directed remake, which opens today, “is all about money. It’s just some people sitting around thinking, ‘How can we make some more money?’ Why else would you remake ‘Willy Wonka?’” Since seemingly every other movie is undergoing a Hollywood redo, we can chalk up Mr. Wilder’s dyspepsia to another case of celebrity sour grapes.

Leonardo DiCaprio — When the “Titanic” hunk failed to earn an Oscar nomination for his king-of-the-world acting in the 1997 blockbuster, he took the Sour Grapes Road: He snubbed the ceremony altogether.

John O’Hurley “Seinfeld’s” J. Peterman and “Dancing With the Stars” runner-up recently claimed there was a hidden “agenda” behind “General Hospital” star Kelly Monaco’s surprise win on the ABC reality show. “I did think we were going to win,” Mr. O’Hurley told Inside TV magazine, while claiming that “the [prize] trophy meant nothing to me really.”

—Janeane Garofalo — In the run-upto the Iraq war in 2003, Miss Garofalo, a comedian, bemoaned the media for not doing its job of informing the public about Bush administration claims and — here are the sour grapes — for not “taking me too seriously.”

Kevin Smith — The “Clerks” director has long had a sour-smelling beef with rival director Tim Burton (him again). The skinny in Hollywood holds that Mr. Smith was crushed that Mr. Burton turned down his “Superman” script. Mr. Smith would later accuse Mr. Burton of stealing the ending of his “Planet of the Apes” remake from one of Mr. Smith’s comic books.

Sean Young— We swear there’s no Tim Burton conspiracy, but Miss Young felt she deserved the role of Vicki Vale in Mr. Burton’s “Batman” and aggressively gunned for the Catwoman part in “Batman Returns.” When she didn’t get it, she went so far as to appear in a homemade Catwoman costume to slag Mr. Burton on “The Joan Rivers Show.”

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