- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 31, 2005

No laughing matter

New York Post

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis got cranky after giving a speech at a Las Vegas convention last week, confiscating an advance copy of his upcoming autobiography, “Dean and Me: A Love Story” (Doubleday), from a fan who asked for an autograph, the New York Post reported yesterday.

The “Nutty Professor” star delivered an anti-piracy spiel at the Video Software Dealers Association’s home entertainment convention, then went ballistic when fan Will Keenan presented an advance copy of Mr. Lewis’ book and asked him to sign it. Mr. Lewis refused to return the book until Mr. Keenan got on his knees and begged, explaining he’d acquired it legitimately. The cantankerous comic relented and returned the tome, which goes on sale in October, with an autograph.

Mr. Lewis was unavailable for comment.

Court date for maid

E! Online

A housekeeper to the stars is pleading not guilty to cleaning out Robert De Niro and Candice Bergen.

Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz was arraigned Friday on charges she swiped high-end jewelry and clothing from such A-list clients as Mr. De Niro and Miss Bergen.

The 35-year-old Polish-born housekeeper is charged with one count of criminal possession of stolen property and one count of grand larceny for purportedly nicking several pricey mementos from her various cleaning jobs — including a pair of $95,000 earrings belonging to Mr. De Niro’s wife, Grace Hightower.

According to E! Online, Miss Turyk-Wawrynowicz was silent as her attorney entered the plea in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. She’s also facing 18 counts of forgery and another one for coercion, as well as larceny charges for purported crimes against Miss Bergen, Renee Rockefeller and high-end retailer Barney’s New York.

A grand jury indicted her in June.

Prosecutors say the housekeeper has had sticky fingers for the last four years, and they aim to prove their case against her with evidence seized from her home in Queens.

However, Miss Turyk-Wawrynowicz’s lawyer, Frank Mainiero, says New York police searched the house without a warrant, hence his belief the judge will deem all the items inadmissible in court. He plans to file a motion seeking to suppress the evidence.

Miss Turyk-Wawrynowicz remains in jail in lieu of bail set at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash.

Jumping ship

New York Post

Daytime talk shows are being inundated with resumes from unhappy employees of Tony Danza’s chat fest according to the New York Post.

An unnamed source, identified by the newspaper as a show insider, says the staffers — already upset that Mr. Danza’s co-host Ereka Vetrini and executive producer John Redmann were axed without notice — are now grumpy over Mr. Redmann’s replacement, Jill Blackstone.

“It was a celebrity-driven show. Jill is from ‘Jerry Springer’ and ‘Sally Jessy Raphael.’ It is about to get trashy,” the unnamed source told the New York Post.

Not that it matters anyway, as we hear Buena Vista is in final negotiations with Gloria Estefan to replace Mr. Danza in 2007.

Walker on board

Hollywood Reporter

Paul Walker has joined Clint Eastwood’s World War II epic “Flags of Our Fathers,” which is set against the backdrop of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Already on board are Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach and Jesse Bradford. Mr. Walker will play a seasoned Marine and a flag raiser. Shooting is scheduled to begin next month in Iceland, Wash., Los Angeles and Chicago.

The movie is based on James Bradley’s book “Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima” and was adapted by Paul Haggis, who just collaborated with Mr. Eastwood on “Million Dollar Baby.”

The battle, which took place in February 1945, was a turning point in the Pacific theater and produced one of the most enduring images of World War II: a photograph of U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising an American flag on the top of Mount Suribachi, the island’s commanding high point.

Mr. Walker’s next screen appearance will be opposite Jessica Alba in “Into the Blue,” set to debut Sept. 30. His other film credits include “The Fast and the Furious” and its sequel.

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



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