- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2005

Broker mad at Seinfelds


A woman who claims Jerry Seinfeld stiffed her out of thousands of dollars isn’t joking.

Real estate broker Tamara Cohen claims that the superstar comedian and his wife, Jessica, owe her a $117,000 commission for helping them buy a nearly $4 million brownstone in Manhattan, according to a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court and obtained by the syndicated entertainment show “Celebrity Justice.”

“Tamara Cohen did not fulfill the basic broker duties required by law,” a Seinfeld spokesperson responded. “Despite this, the Seinfelds offered Cohen a very generous fee for her time — but not for the sale — because she was not entitled to it.”

The rep adds that Miss Cohen declined the offer and instead opted to take advantage of the couple.

The Seinfelds, who were married in December 1999, are the parents of Sascha, 4, and Julian, 2. They are expecting their third child this year.

A star for Bikel

Associated Press

Entertainer, author and civil rights activist Theodore Bikel, who has portrayed Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” more than 2,000 times, has received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Mr. Bikel, who turns 81 today, was flanked by friends and fellow actors Martin Landau and Ed Asner when he received his star Friday.

“I thank you all so much. This is very heartfelt,” Mr. Bikel said.

Mr. Bikel, a star of film, stage and television, was in the original production of “The Sound of Music.” He appeared in the London production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and is also a folk singer and a co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival.

Defending her ex

New York Post

If author Nancy Alspaugh had really trashed her ex-husband, Matt Lauer, to the National Enquirer (which reported that his marriage to former model Annette Roque is on the rocks), she wouldn’t have been on the “Today” show the other day plugging her new book, “Fearless Women: Mid-Life Portraits.”

“I did say that nine out of 10 powerful men cheat, but I wasn’t talking about Matt,” Miss Alspaugh told the New York Post.

“The whole thing is disturbing because Matt and I have a great relationship. Our marriage ended because we were both too caught up in our careers. I’m very proud of Matt, and I think he’s very proud of me.”

The “Today” co-host, 47, and Miss Alspaugh, 49, were married from 1981 to 1988.

Mr. Lauer wed Miss Roque in 1998. The couple have two children.

Mos to walk ‘16 Blocks’


Once he gets back from hitchhiking across the galaxy, Mos Def will be walking “16 Blocks” alongside Bruce Willis in an upcoming action drama.

The multitalented rapper-actor, now starring as Ford Prefect in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” will portray a young witness being escorted the titular distance by an aging cop (Mr. Willis). When the disgruntled officer receives the assignment, he assumes it will be just another mundane task. But the two soon discover that their leisurely stroll from police station to courthouse is being monitored by someone intent on making sure they never reach their destination.

The movie, directed by Richard Donner and co-starring veteran actor David Morse (“The Green Mile”) is scheduled for a 2006 release.

Outstanding bill

Internet Movie Database

Actor Orlando Bloom has been accused of failing to settle a $760 restaurant tab after promising to pay up in January.

Mr. Bloom, 28, treated his movie-star girlfriend, Kate Bosworth, to a gourmet meal at the Casaro Amarelo restaurant in Rio de Janeiro — where they had visited to celebrate her 22nd birthday — but was left red-faced after his credit card was refused. The restaurant’s owner Fe Behling confirmed that she’s still awaiting payment from Mr. Bloom — though she’s satisfied it’s merely an oversight on the actor’s part.

“Yes, it’s true. Orlando was here with Kate and about 30 people in January,” Miss Behling said. “There was a problem with our credit card system that night. It wasn’t his fault — he did his best to pay the bill at the time. He told us he didn’t have a personal e-mail account and so took our address. And although we’re sure it’s a complete misunderstanding and know he’s very busy, we’ve yet to hear from him.”

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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