- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Paragon of virtue

Who knew that Michael Douglas was such an arbiter of matrimony?

In an interview with GQ magazine, the twice-divorced actor sounds off about the state of today’s celebrity unions, reports Allheadlinenews.com. The magazine hits newsstands on Tuesday.

Mr. Douglas, 61, husband of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, says Brad Pitt was a fool to leave Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie — and, he adds, the couple will not stay together, even after she gives birth to Mr. Pitt’s child.

He also chides Renee Zellweger for her quickie four-month marriage to country crooner Kenny Chesney. “I don’t know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful woman (Miss Aniston) to go hold orphans for Angelina,” Mr. Douglas is quoted as saying. “I mean, how long is that going to last? And don’t ask me what happened with Renee Zellweger (and husband Kenny Chesney). I don’t know how you get married for four months.”

Mr. Douglas, who reportedly has recovered from a sex addiction, says meeting his wife has kept him on the straight-and-narrow, Allheadlinenews.com reports.

He tells GQ magazine: “You learn to respect something of value and nurture it, and treat it well.”

Miles ahead

Jazz legend Miles Davis, who on Monday was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, may be resurrected in a biopic with Don Cheadle playing the lead, Reuters news agency reports.

After the ceremony, his nephew Vince Wilburn told reporters that Sony Pictures was working on a movie as well as planning several CDs to celebrate what would have been Mr. Davis’ 80th birthday later this year.

The legendary trumpeter died in 1991.

Killer appeal

The Killers and their lawyer-manager have asked a federal judge to throw out a $16 million breach-of-contract lawsuit from the band’s former manager, Associated Press reports.

In court documents filed Monday, members of the rock band and their manager, lawyer Robert Reynolds, accused former manager Braden Merrick of Los Angeles of incompetence and dishonesty.

Mr. Merrick’s lawsuit, filed Feb. 21, claims that he was fired in May after the Las Vegas-based band became successful. The two sides had been negotiating a settlement.

The Killers, formed in 2002, signed with Island Def Jam records and had a hit with their first release, “Hot Fuss.” They recently began recording a second album.

Kotter’ welcomes Cube

Ice Cube will produce and star in a film version of the ‘70s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” reports Digitalspy.com.

The rapper-turned-actor, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, will take on the role of Gabe Kotter (originally played by Gabe Kaplan), a teacher who returns to his old school in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood to motivate its current crop of wayward students.

The series, based on Mr. Kaplan’s real-life experiences as a remedial student in New York, ran on ABC from 1975 through 1979.

Tom Brady (no, not the New England Patriots quarterback) is in talks to write and direct the movie. Mr. Brady previously helmed 2002’s “The Hot Chick,” which starred Rob Schneider.

“There was no bigger fan of the original show than me, and I’m very excited to be able to put a new twist on it,” Ice Cube tells Variety.

Out and about

Jay-Z still appears to be happy with his girlfriend, Beyonce Knowles — but he seems distracted while she’s out of town working on “Dreamgirls,” the New York Post notes. According to the newspaper, the rapper mogul reportedly was seen with two women at the kickoff for the Armory Art Show at New York’s Nikki Beach nightclub.

Jay-Z’s representative explained: “He was also hanging with Jimmy Iovine (chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M;) and 20 others.”

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

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