- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Failure to connect

Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker star as onscreen sweethearts in “Failure to Launch” — but, says Contactmusic.com, the actor reportedly disliked Miss Parker off-screen and found her “peculiar.”

The pair were starring in a breezy romantic comedy, which arrives in movie theaters next week, but sources on the set say filming was anything but fun.

“Matthew gets along with pretty much everyone, but he basically couldn’t bear Sarah,” an unnamed source was quoted as saying on MSNBC’s The Scoop Web site.

The actor recently made an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show and seemed to struggle when asked about the former “Sex and the City” star. When asked by Miss Winfrey about working with Miss Parker, Mr. McConaughey eventually came up with, “Great comedic timing.”

He then added, “Very peculiar, too. Man, she’s a very interesting woman. Yeah.”

From tango to trial

On Monday, just one day after appearing on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale, Master P headed to court where a judge ordered the hip-hop mogul and his younger brother to stand trial on weapons charges.

According to Associated Press, Master P, 38, whose real name is Percy Miller, and his brother Vyshonn Miller, 30, — also a rapper who uses the stage name Silkk The Shocker — were arrested in January for carrying unregistered guns.

University of California at Los Angeles police spotted the weapons during a traffic stop. Prosecutors said the officers found a semiautomatic handgun under the seat of Master P, who was the passenger, and a revolver under the seat of his brother, who was driving. Each was charged with one felony count of carrying an unregistered, loaded firearm. They face up to three years in state prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

Both are free on bail and are scheduled to return to court March 13 for arraignment.

Master P, founder and CEO of No Limit Records, paired with professional dancer Ashly DelGrosso for “Dancing With the Stars” after his teenage rapper son, Lil’ Romeo, dropped out of the ABC reality competition because of a basketball injury. He was rejected after the fourth show but returned for one last dance on Sunday’s finale.

Row over Paris’ beau

Two Las Vegas clubs have been put on notice for allowing Paris Hilton’s underage boyfriend into their establishments on New Year’s Eve.

Tao Asian Bistro in the Venetian and Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel received warning letters last month from the Clark County Business License Department after investigators determined that Stavros Niarchos, 19, was allowed into the clubs, AP reported yesterday.

Both clubs were told they had violated county code, but were not issued citations because operators had cooperated with county agents, the letters said. A security guard caught on a surveillance tape escorting the couple into the club was fired and the doorman who did not ask Mr. Niarchos for identification was suspended, said Jim Bowen, vice president and chief financial officer of the Hard Rock Hotel.

Miss Hilton, co-star of “The Simple Life” TV reality series, recently celebrated her 25th birthday.

Elton taps a Legend

Newly-minted Grammy-winner John Legend will perform with Sir Elton John at his 14th annual Oscars after-party Sunday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

The soiree, co-hosted by Mr. John and partner David Furnish, will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, reports AP.

Mr. Legend, born John Stephens, hit the music scene in 2004 with the release of “Get Lifted” and was named “Best New Artist” at last month’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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

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