- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Contact sport

Burt Reynolds apparently slapped a CBS-TV assistant producer in the face at a New York screening of his new film, “The Longest Yard.”

The producer approached Mr. Reynolds on the red carpet outside a Chelsea theater Tuesday night. He asked Mr. Reynolds to tell him about the film.

“You don’t know anything about the movie?” Mr. Reynolds replied, irritated. The producer acknowledged that he hadn’t seen the movie or the original 1974 film. That’s when Mr. Reynolds seemingly let fly the slap. “What … kinda guy are you?” the movie star asked.

CBS aired footage of the incident on “The Early Show” yesterday morning. Jeff Lane, a spokesman for Mr. Reynolds, said the actor merely “playfully tapped” the man.

Proof of life

Russell Crowe, attending the premiere of his new movie, “Cinderella Man,” with wife Danielle Spencer, said life with his first son, Charles, born 1 years ago, has been a “fantastic experience.”

“My life has changed for the better and in an immeasurable way,” he told Associated Press. “Every single day of my life, I get 30 or 40 extra cuddles that I didn’t get before and, quite frankly, I don’t know how I survived the days without them.”

Best ‘Kept’ secrets

Jerry Hall, model, ex-wife of Mick Jagger and a regular on the London scene, is wise in the ways of the social world.

In VH1’s “Kept,” Miss Hall, 48, imparts her considerable knowledge of the social niceties of the upper crust to 12 twentysomething hunks in an effort to mold one into the perfect bit of arm candy.

“They weren’t very sophisticated,” Miss Hall said of her young suitors in an interview with the New York Daily News. “They didn’t know anything about food or wine or clothes.

“They had no idea how to behave on a date,” she added. “And then they would ask terrible questions like, ‘How old are you?’ Can you imagine? So I was constantly having to tell them off. I was very stern.”

“Kept” premieres Sunday at 9 p.m., and next week moves to its regular Thursday slot at the same time.

In each episode, the men perform tasks that demonstrate their potential to become a proper kept man in Miss Hall’s estimation. One is eliminated each week. The winner — who will receive a six-figure allowance, a London flat, a sports car and lots of other perks — must be available to Miss Hall for social engagements and other flights of fancy.

Miss Hall didn’t have a hand in picking her contestants, but she did get to concoct some of the challenges. She had them write her a poem. She made them take art lessons and paint each other in the nude. The guys also got a crash course in fashion with the help of Miss Hall’s designer friend Vivienne Westwood, who had them participate in a fashion show. The hirsute contestants were required to have their backs waxed.

“They were great sports,” Miss Hall said, “because I did put them through some very torturous tasks.”

Rocky and Raven

Strongman Sylvester Stallone is waxing literary, striking a scholarly tone with a new film about author Edgar Allan Poe.

Mr. Stallone, 58, has written the script and will produce, finance and distribute the film — and he wants Robert Downey Jr. to play the title role, according to Daily Variety.

Changing of the guard

The Strathmore Hall Foundation, which operates the new Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, yesterday elected Catherine A. Meloy, head of Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries, as chairman of its board of directors.

She takes over the role from David E. Phillips, Lockheed Martin Corp.’s director of corporate philanthropy and Strathmore’s board chairman for the past two years.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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