- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 4, 2006

Flynt’s dog unleashed

A woman is suing Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his wife, Elizabeth, purporting their dog “viciously attacked” her as she jogged in front of the couple’s Hollywood Hills home.

In court documents filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Cynthia Tribull claimed she suffered injuries and “severe shock, fright, humiliation and emotional distress” after being bitten by the Schnauzer.

Mr. Flynt declined comment, said spokeswoman Kim Dower.

The lawsuit accuses the Flynts of failing to restrain their dog or post a warning sign to pedestrians. It claims liability and negligence and seeks an unspecified amount of money for medical bills and other damages.

Thais outraged

Residents of Thailand’s Andaman coast, which was devastated by the December 2004 tsunami, were outraged by fliers seeking Thais to play corpses in a BBC-HBO mini-series on the disaster, a report said yesterday.

The film is being shot in Thailand’s holiday isle of Phuket and the beaches of nearby Khao Lak in Phang Nga province, where the tsunami waves struck the hardest, the daily Nation said.

The TV drama, starring British actor Tim Roth and Australian actress Toni Collette, is about a Western couple and their search for a missing son.

Thais were being hired to “fill the background and portray corpses,” the daily said.

The fliers seeking Thai extras read: “Victim, man, woman, girl; any age. A lot of people.”

Western extras were being paid 1,500 baht ($40) per day, while Thais got 400 baht ($10), it said.

“You can’t put that up here,” Robert Reynolds, a resident of Krabi province, near Phuket, was quoted by the Nation as saying.

“It’s tragic that so many tourists died and that so many lost family members, but Thais lost everything. They had no homes to go back to,” said Mr. Reynolds, a director of a charity helping tsunami orphans.

Sawitree Kulmat, a tour guide in Krabi, told the Nation: “Why are they doing this? We can’t believe it.”

Nearly 5,400 people were killed by the tsunami in Thailand, with half of the victims foreign vacationers.

The tsunami film will air on the BBC and cable channel HBO later this year, the daily said.

‘Sopranos’ actor sued

Joseph R. Gannascoli, who played a closeted homosexual mobster on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” is being sued by the manufacturer of a diet drug.

The maker of Stacker 2 filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming Mr. Gannascoli hasn’t done enough to promote the product after receiving about $316,000 from the company over the past 2 years.

“He was very difficult to work with all the time,” Robert Occhifinto, president of Sussex County-based dietary supplement maker NVE Pharmaceuticals, told the Star-Ledger of Newark for Friday’s newspapers.

Mr. Gannascoli, 47, disputed the company’s claim, which came after a tough few episodes for his character, Vito Spatafore, who was beaten to death after his secret homosexual life was discovered.

“I begged them to do things, but they wouldn’t,” he told the newspaper. “They didn’t like I was doing the gay thing” in his TV role.

Last month, Mr. Gannascoli signed with another company to endorse a competing diet pill.

Walk on a star

Veteran game show host Wink Martindale saw his name enshrined in concrete as he received the 2,313th star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

A beaming Mr. Martindale ran his hand over the star as it was unveiled Friday on the sidewalk near Hollywood’s landmark Roosevelt Hotel.

The 71-year-old entertainer has hosted more than a dozen TV game shows, including “What’s This Song,” “Tic-Tac-Dough,” “Trivial Pursuit,” “Can You Top This,” “Gambit” and “High Rollers.” He also produced the real-time, interactive game shows “Boggle” and “Jumble” for the Family Channel.

He has also been a popular disc jockey at several radio stations since arriving in Los Angeles in the late 1950s, and he hosts the syndicated radio program “Music of Your Life.”

Nicknamed Wink by a neighborhood buddy, Winston Martindale began his career in radio as a teenage disc jockey for his Sunday school teacher’s radio station in Jackson, Tenn.

Compiled from wire reports by Kevin Chaffee

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