- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Starting over

Dave Chappelle, who walked away from his popular Comedy Central series — not to mention a multimillion-dollar contract — earlier this year, says he’s just as happy working in front of small audiences again.

Mr. Chappelle, who sold out 10 shows at a northern Kentucky club, says doing stand-up is “like I’m hanging out with a bunch of people,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

He played the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Newport on the Levee last week, a 325-seat club.

Mr. Chappelle, a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest, added that he wasn’t sure what’s ahead for him: “Wow. … That’s a good question. … Is ‘I don’t know’ an acceptable answer?”

Baby love

Angelina Jolie is one proud mom.

“They give me so much joy, and I want to make a better world for them,” the actress said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Miss Jolie has a 4-year-old son, Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia, and a daughter, Zahara, adopted this summer from Ethiopia.

When she brought Zahara home (with a little friendly help from Brad Pitt) “she was 6 months old and not 9 pounds. “Her skin, you could squeeze it; it stuck together,” the Oscar-winning star said of the malnourished Zahara.

“She has gained 6 pounds,” Miss Jolie added. “We are calling her chubby. She’s, you know, she’s just a totally different baby.”

Boy branding

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have taken it upon themselves to name male successors of their ‘tween empire.

The Olsens, now college students, are eyeing Cole and Dylan Sprouse for the role, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“My sister and I started the whole ‘tween empire,” Ashley Olsen says. “I definitely see the potential for the boys to do that sort of thing.”

The 13-year-old Sprouse twins shared the role of Julian in Adam Sandler’s 1999 film “Big Daddy.”

With the brand name of D.C. Sprouse, Dylan and Cole will be the face of a boys division that will include DVD movies, CDs and other merchandise for the Olsens’ Dualstar Entertainment Group, the newspaper reported.

“They love to Rollerblade, they like to surf, skate and are into video games. They love animals,” said the Sprouses’ manager, Josh Werkman. “They’re boy boys in every sense of the term.”

Rough riders

Marty and Leo are about to take on TR.

Paramount Pictures has optioned rights to Edmund Morris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.” Reprising their partnership for a third time, Martin Scorsese will direct and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the title role.

Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, whose recent feature credits include “The Human Stain,” will adapt the book for the big screen, a spokeswoman for the Viacom Inc.-owned Paramount told the Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety.

“[Roosevelt’s] life reads like a movie that requires a big bag of popcorn,” Mr. Meyer said.

Treading the boards

In addition to playing Elton John in a big-screen biography, singer Justin Timberlake is set to try live acting in London’s West End next year.

According to London’s Sun newspaper, Kevin Spacey, the Old Vic theater’s artistic director, recruited Mr. Timberlake to appear in the play “Resurrection Blues.”

Mr. Spacey and Mr. Timberlake met while working on the movie “Edison,” a thriller that’s due in theaters next year.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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