- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Taking Names

Pea in police pod

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a collision, Associated Press reported yesterday.

The hip-hop siger, 31, whose real name is Jaime Luis Gomez, was taken into custody Tuesday morning after a collision in Industry, about 20 miles east of Los Angeles, said L.A. Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mark Relyea. Mr. Gomez was released that evening with a citation for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a prescribed medication without a prescription and driving under the influence, Lt. Relyea said.

The Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas also includes Fergie, Will.i.am and Apl.de.ap.

O takes high ‘Road’

Mover, shaker and mega-selling author maker Oprah Winfrey has chosen “The Road” a bleak, apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy, an author who rarely talks to the media as her latest book-club pick, AP reports.

Mr. McCarthy, 73, known for novels such as “All the Pretty Horses” and “Blood Meridian,” has been widely cited as an heir to William Faulkner for his biblical prose and rural settings.

Published in September by Alfred A. Knopf, “The Road” is a sparely written story of a father and son trying to survive as they wander through a burned and bare landscape. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize and is considered a leading contender for the Pulitzer Prize.

In the coming weeks, the reclusive Mr. McCarthy, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., will participate in his “first television interview ever,” Miss Winfrey said. Her previous book-club choice was “The Measure of a Man,” a “spiritual” memoir by one of her personal heroes, Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier.

Test of endurance

Speaking of Sidney Poitier, an unnamed source tells the New York Daily News that the dignified 80-year-old acting great appeared a tad uncomfortable amid a crowd of rowdy moviegoers but still managed to sit through Tuesday’s Los Angeles premiere of the Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez gore fest “Grindhouse” which features his actress daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, strutting around in her panties as a character named Jungle Julia.

“He looked like he was squirming in his seat,” the source said.

“Grindhouse,” which narrowly missed getting tagged with the dreaded NC-17 rating, opens nationwide on April 6.

Short takes

m A revolver once owned by Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books, sold for $23,538 at an auction in London yesterday, Agence France-Presse reports. The Colt Python .357 Magnum was presented to Mr. Fleming by the Colt Co. in 1964, possibly as thanks for his having his character Scaramanga, the KGB-trained villain in “The Man With the Golden Gun,” use a Colt gun.

When asked by TMZ.com what her new movie, “The Hottie and the Nottie,” was about, a seemingly clueless Paris Hilton replied, “I don’t know,” the celebrity Web site reports. Filming for the romantic comedy, scheduled to be released next year, wrapped early last month.

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