- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Naomi, Hugo chat

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he likes Prince Charles and thinks President George W. Bush is crazy, in an interview with Naomi Campbell in the British edition of GQ magazine.

The 37-year-old supermodel spoke to Mr. Chavez in her role as contributing editor to British GQ, the magazine said. Excerpts were released yesterday, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Chavez, who lost a referendum last month that would have greatly expanded his powers and institutionalized his version of “21st-century socialism,” gave Miss Campbell his views on a range of subjects.

He said President Bush was “completely crazy. But he’s on his way out.”

Asked to name the world’s most stylish leader, Mr. Chavez chose Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

The Venezuelan leader also asked Miss Campbell, a British citizen, if she knew Prince Charles.

“I like the prince,” he said. “Now he has Camilla, his new girl. She’s not as attractive, is she?”

The full interview with Mr. Chavez is in GQ’s February issue, due on newsstands Thursday.

Stamp of approval

A commemorative set of James Bond stamps went on sale in Britain to mark 100 years since the birth of Ian Fleming, the superspy’s creator.

According to Agence France-Presse, the stamps feature cover designs from six of Mr. Fleming’s Bond novels — “Casino Royale,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “From Russia With Love,” “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger” and “For Your Eyes Only — published between 1953 and 1960.

“It is estimated that over half the world’s population have heard of James Bond, which is an incredible testament to the imagination of his creator,” said Julietta Edgar, the Royal Mail’s head of special stamps.

Mr. Fleming died at 56 in August 1964.

Report: Spears clean

Britney Spears tested free of illegal drugs and alcohol during her two-night stay at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, an unnamed source tells People magazine.

The source adds that the pop star never threatened suicide during the four-hour standoff — reportedly over a child-custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline — at her Studio City home on Thursday. Miss Spears, 26, was hospitalized Friday under California’s 5150 Hold policy, in which she was deemed a danger to herself or others and could be held for 72 hours for evaluation.

No. 2 for Black, wife

Funnyman Jack Black has another reason to smile.

His wife, Tanya Haden, is pregnant with their second child, AP reports.

Mr. Black and Miss Haden, a cellist and the daughter of jazz great Charlie Haden, were married in 2006. They have a 1 ½-year-old son.

This just in

The Hollywood writers strike can claim its first awards-show casualty.

NBC reportedly won’t bebroadcasting Sunday’s big Golden Globes show as planned — nor will a much ballyhooed unbroadcasted eventbe held, either, columnist Nikki Finke reported yesterday on her Web site, deadlinehollywooddaily.com.

Instead, a stripped-down announcements telecast will be aired by NBC News. It will consist ofthe Hollywood Foreign Press Association handing out Golden Globes to the winners, who then will pick up the awards and pass through a press room for photos and interviews.

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



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