- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Perfect answer

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora can breathe a sigh of relief about forgetting to take out the trash last night. Wife Heather Locklear says finding perfection in a mate is pure fantasy.

Miss Locklear, who co-stars in “The Perfect Man” with Hilary Duff, told Associated Press: “Perfect doesn’t really exist. There’s no perfect man. There’s no perfect woman or person.”

“Imperfections” are what make people more exciting, anyway, she added.

Getting respect

Two of the producers of the Oscar-winning Ray Charles biopic “Ray” are turning their attention to another deceased entertainer, Rodney Dangerfield.

Daily Variety reported yesterday that producers Howard and Karen Baldwin will base their project in part on Mr. Dangerfield’s memoir, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me,” which was published four months before he died at 82 in October.

They also acquired life-story rights from his widow, Joan Dangerfield.

“Rodney took the indignities of everyday life and spun them into golden one-liners that endeared him to millions around the world,” the paper quoted Mrs. Dangerfield as saying. “But while he was making everyone forget their troubles by laughing at his, Rodney’s own life was a heavy-hearted one.”

Scarlett fever

Let’s pause for the latest installment of “How Weird Is Tom Cruise?”

Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the second “Mission: Impossible” sequel because Mr. Cruise tried to convert her to scientology, Radarmagazine.com says.

According to the Web site, Mr. Cruise, who produces the action-adventures, met with Miss Johansson ahead of casting for the upcoming “Mission: Impossible 3” and took her to one of the religion’s headquarters.

A (suspiciously articulate) Radar source said, “After two hours of proselytizing, Cruise opened a door to reveal a second room full of upper-level Scientologists who had been waiting to dine with the pair, at which point the cool-headed ingenue politely excused herself.”

Billy wants his band

Singer Billy Corgan said yesterday that he wants to revive the Smashing Pumpkins, the alt-rock outfit he led, then disbanded in 2000.

In full-page advertisements in Chicago newspapers, Mr. Corgan said, “I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams.”

Mr. Corgan, based in Chicago, just released a solo album, “TheFutureEmbrace,” and will play the 9:30 Club Friday night.

Bob and Benedict

Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof called on Pope Benedict XVI yesterday to visit next month’s Group of Eight summit to add his voice to those who will be calling for action to help Africa, Reuters News Agency reports.

In Rome to promote the Italian stage of the international Live 8 concert, to be held July 2 and pegged to the G-8 summit — Mr. Geldof said he had written to the pope about his campaign but had received only a photograph of the pontiff in return.

“I don’t want a picture; I want him to come to Edinburgh,” Mr. Geldof said. “Benedict has great theologies. For many years, he has been singing the songs of the poor. I want him to come and sing with us in Edinburgh.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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