- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New Bond A-OK

The people behind Daniel Craig — the new, much derided 007 star — are defending reports about mishaps on the Bahamas set of his first James Bond epic, “Casino Royale.”

Producer Barbara Broccoli and director Martin Campbell are setting the record straight in Entertainment Weekly, the Detroit Free Press notes. The two deny rumors that Mr. Craig’s teeth were knocked out and that he doesn’t know how to drive a stick shift.

“No, his teeth didn’t get knocked out,” Mr. Campbell says. “What happened was that one of his caps came loose while we were filming in Prague. A local dentist came to the set, put a bit of glue on it, and that was that. The whole thing took 10 minutes.”

“That story about the stick shift was ludicrous,” Miss Broccoli adds. “Everybody drives a stick in England.”

What does she think of her pick for the sixth 007? “He’s an incredibly funny, charming, sexy guy. Fans are going to love him — they just don’t know him yet,” she says.

Sex appeal

Scarlett Johansson tops a lovely list of the “100 Sexiest Women in the World” in a poll of readers by FHM magazine.

Angelina Jolie is No. 2 on the list, followed by Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, Keira Knightley, Halle Berry, Jenny McCarthy, Maria Sharapova, Carmen Electra and Teri Hatcher, Associated Press reports.

Miss Johansson ranked ninth on last year’s list. Miss Jolie was No. 1.

“It’s remarkable how Scarlett Johansson has caught the attention of our readers. Her sultry voice and striking beauty certainly have a lot to do with that, but so does the confidence she exudes,” says Scott Gramling, the magazine’s U.S. editor in chief.

FHM’s May issue goes on sale Tuesday.

Gotta be the shoes

A stuntman wearing the wrong shoes kicked Jackie Chan in the chest, sending the action star to the hospital for a checkup earlier this month, AP reports.

“These things just happen,” Mr. Chan said yesterday on his Web site. “I always put safety first when filming, but still, sometimes things just go wrong. It was just an ordinary accident. The stuntman working with me had on the wrong shoes, and I got hurt.”

The 51-year-old actor, a co-star of the “Rush Hour” films, was injured while shooting the action-comedy “Rob-B-Hood” Thursday in Hong Kong. The injury was painful, but doctors said Mr. Chan was in “good shape.”

Eating his words

The filmmaker who ate nothing but McDonald’s meals for his Oscar-nominated film, “Super Size Me,” apologized for his profanity-laced, politically incorrect speech last week at a suburban Philadelphia high school.

Among other things, Morgan Spurlock joked about the intelligence of McDonald’s employees and about teachers smoking pot while speaking at Hatboro-Horsham High School.

“It is never my intent to insult or demean anyone, and I understand how some of my remarks may have offended some in attendance, and if you feel they did, then I am deeply sorry,” Mr. Spurlock wrote in “A Letter of Explanation” posted Sunday on his blog.

The filmmaker spoke for about an hour Friday to 700 students in conjunction with a health and wellness fair before Principal Dennis Williams Jr. cut the presentation short. The Hatboro-Horsham Education Foundation canceled another talk that was scheduled for the community later that night.

In a telephone interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mr. Spurlock, 35, said he “didn’t think of the audience” and could have chosen his words better. He also said his reference to teachers smoking pot was a joke meant to amuse students. He did not address allegations that he had insulted certain racial or ethnic groups.

Although some say Mr. Spurlock also commented on “retarded kids in the back wearing helmets,” the filmmaker said in his blog that he only referred to himself as retarded. He said the comment about helmets, which prompted teachers to lead special education students out of the room, was meant as a “slacker reference” to a character in the upcoming film “Benchwarmers.”

“Having done work with special needs children in the past, something this hurtful would never come from my lips,” Mr. Spurlock wrote.

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

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