- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 25, 2007

Worst films

Poor Sharon Stone can’t return to the scene of the crime without getting whacked.

Miss Stone and her failed film sequel, “Basic Instinct 2,” swept the 27th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, Saturday night as they collected dubious-distinction honors in four categories: worst film, worst actress, worst screenplay and worst prequel or sequel.

John Wilson, the head of the foundation that lampoons Hollywood on the eve of the Oscars, said that while Razzie voters spread their loathing as best they could this year — they kept returning to “Basic Instinct 2,” the sequel to the sex-thriller that made Miss Stone a star in 1992.

The making of the film was delayed for several years because of production problems and lawsuits. At one point, Miss Stone sued the producers for $100 million, claiming they had made it impossible for her to get other jobs. But eventually the film was made and it opened to nearly universal critical scorn.

“Little Man,” a comedy made by the Wayans Brothers, picked up three Razzies, including worst remake or rip-off. Brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans were named worst screen couple and shared the prize for worst actor. Their comedy about a tiny thief who disguises himself as a baby supposedly was based on a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who blew off a lucrative deal with Disney over the company’s criticism of his movie “Lady in the Water,” received two Razzies for that film: worst director and worst supporting actor for his own performance in it.

The Razzie for worst supporting actress went to former “Baywatch” beautyCarmen Electra after a neck-and-neck fight with onetime Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy. Miss Electra won for two films: “Date Movie” and “Scary Movie 4.”

“RV,” a comedy starring Robin Williams, was the winner of the newest Razzie category: worst excuse for family entertainment.

The Razzies were created in 1980 by Mr. Wilson, a devoted film fan. They are decided by a vote of the Golden Raspberry Foundation’s 757 members.

Winners receive a gold-painted, golf ball-sized raspberry atop a mangled super-8 film reel. The trophy has an estimated value of $4.97.

Suit dropped

A misdemeanor assault case against Hank Williams Jr. has been dismissed, nearly a year after a cocktail waitress accused the country singer of yelling obscenities and choking her at a local hotel, a prosecutor said.

“We didn’t feel we had a case we could prove,” Memphis District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said Friday.

Holly Hornbeak, who was 19 at the time of the purported assault on March 18, testified that Mr. Williams, 57, left red marks and bruised her neck when he choked her.

Mr. Gibbons would not say whether Miss Hornbeak wanted to drop the case or if the parties reached a financial settlement. A private attorney hired by her parents demanded $250,000 from Mr. Williams two days after the incident, but Miss Hornbeak denied that the case was driven by money.

Mr. Williams is the son of country legend Hank Williams and has had a string of No. 1 hits including “Family Tradition” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” He has sung the theme for “Monday Night Football” since 1989.

Earlier this month, Mr. Williams filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Mary Jane.

Deal or no deal?

In Manhattan, rapper-actor Busta Rhymes (real name Trevor Smith) on Tuesday nixed a prosecutor’s offer of six months in jail on two assault charges, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. He is considering a judge’s deal that would allow him to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and remain free.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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