- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Poison pen

Chris Terrill, the man Heather Mills McCartney dumped for Paul McCartney, is sharing a few choice tidbits about his relationship with the soon-to-be divorcee, London’s Sunday Mirror reports.

In an open letter to the ex-Beatle, Mr. Terrill, a filmmaker, describes how he fell for the former Miss Mills and proposed to her 12 days after they met while making a film about land mines in Cambodia.

According to the newspaper, the pair bought a bamboo engagement ring in a market and planned to marry, but things started to sour when Sir Paul, 63, phoned Mr. Terrill’s home and asked to speak to Miss Mills, 38.

The star even turned up at Mr. Terrill’s apartment to hand over a check for Miss Mills’ land-mine charity, he said. Then, six days before he and Miss Mills were to marry in 2001, she phoned him and said, “It’s off,” Mr. Terrill recalled.

Miss Mills and Mr. McCartney wed in 2002 and separated earlier this month.

In his letter, the jilted Mr. Terrill said he was writing to bury the hatchet with Mr. McCartney, declaring, “No hard feelings now. All is fair in love and war and all that.

“In any case, as things have turned out, I should probably thank you for having taken my seat on a plane that was doomed to crash in flames,” Mr. Terrill wrote. “Maybe one day we could have a beer and compare notes. We have both been Heathered — and that’s something a chap never forgets.”

Mr. Terrill also describes how difficult it was to move on from his heartbreak as he was bombarded with images of his ex-fiancee and Mr. McCartney in newspapers and on television.

“It would have been easier to stomach if you had been [a bad guy], but sadly you are a nice guy and I had to accept that I had not lost her to a cad and blackguard.”

Mr. Terrill also denied claims that Mrs. Mills McCartney was just after Macca’s money. “I have to say this,” he wrote. “I totally agree with you that she’s not a gold digger. I think she wants recognition and is frustrated when it doesn’t come the way she wants it.

“PS. Don’t know what you are going to settle on with her, but please make sure it is enough that she can pay me back for the damned wedding.”

Pricey porcelain

Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn yesterday paid $10.1 million for a Chinese vase from the Ming dynasty, the highest price ever paid for porcelain from that period, Associated Press reports.

The pear-shaped vase is decorated with a peony scroll, auction house Christie’s said. It has been sold three times previously, with its most recent sale in Hong Kong in 1997 fetching $2.8 million.

The Ming dynasty lasted from 1368 to 1644. The previous auction record for a Ming porcelain was set by a jar from the period, which sold for $5.7 million in 2000.

Mr. Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd., is opening a casino resort in the southern Chinese territory of Macau, near Hong Kong, in September.

‘Ribbon’ explained

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon” was not meant as a political statement, but Tony Orlando is running with it.

On Memorial Day, the singer released a book titled “Tie a Yellow Ribbon: While We Are Apart,” and he will donate proceeds to U.S. Vets, which finds homes for veterans, the Denver Post reports.

“It was truly a love song,” he said Sunday of the 1970s classic on ABC’s “This Week.” “I had no idea that it would have a significance to the American people or become part of the tapestry of American folklore.”

New role for Tucker

Chris Tucker will star in a Hollywood remake of a Bollywood hit about a gangster who enrolls in medical school, Associated Press reports.

“Munnabhai M.B.B.S.,” a hit in India and among South Asians living abroad, will be remade as “Gangster M.D.,” director Mira Nair — who also helmed “Vanity Fair, “Monsoon Wedding,” “Mississippi Masala” and “Salaam Bombay!” — told the Mumbai Mirror in Monday’s editions.

“Gangster M.D.” also will feature Mr. Tucker’s “Rush Hour” co-star, Jackie Chan.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire


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