- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Security roughs up Pitt

In a bizarre incident Monday night at a Los Angeles screening of his new film, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Brad Pitt was grabbed, pushed and spun around by a plainclothes security guard who had been hired by the venue to protect him from a pack of aggressive photographers.

“Though they were exceptionally more aggressive than usual, breaking through a security barrier and into a private holding area, ultimately [it was] just another day in the life … ,” Mr. Pitt said while describing the behavior of the paparazzi to People.com.

The star had arrived a half-hour early for the screening at the Bruin Theatre in Westwood when paparazzi rushed into the building, People reports.

“Brad didn’t seem to mind having his picture taken, and he instead seemed excited for the preview and was smiling,” one of the photographers told the magazine. “While the theater security tried to push all the photographers out of the theater, one of the security guards accidentally grabbed Brad by the arm really hard.”

According to People, Mr. Pitt reportedly remained calm throughout the incident.

Slip of the tongue

Lindsay Lohan seemed to make a politically incorrect slip when discussing her support for President-elect Barack Obama during an interview, Entertainmentwise.com notes.

Appearing on “Access Hollywood,” the “Mean Girls” star shared her views on the elections and the passing of California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage. However, it was her mumbled reference to Mr. Obama as “colored” that viewers likely will take away from the interview.

“It was really exciting, I mean it’s an amazing feeling, it’s our first, you know, colored president,” Miss Lohan told Maria Menounos of ET.

Later, while discussing Proposition 8, Miss Lohan - who is in a relationship with British celebrity disc jockey Samantha Ronson - said, “I think everyone supported it as much as they could, whether it was yes or whether it was no.

“My personal opinion was no.”

Beav’s bro at the Louvre

Eat your heart out, Eddie Haskell.

Actor Tony Dow, known best for his role as Wally Cleaver, the Beav’s big brother on the 1950s sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” will have one of his abstract sculptures on display at the Louvre. Several sculptors from the Karen Lynne Galleries of California and Florida - including Mr. Dow - will have their works shown at the historic art museum in Paris as part of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition.

“Having something shown at the Louvre is about as good as you can get,” Mr. Dow, 63, tells Associated Press.

Mr. Dow also has worked as a director and visual-effects producer on several TV shows and has been painting and sculpting since he was a teenager. His “Unarmed Warrior,” a bronze figure of a woman holding a shield, will be shown at the Louvre Dec. 11 through 14.

“Of course, I’m really proud of ‘Leave It to Beaver’ and my directing career in television,” he says. “Those are great accomplishments. I’m really proud of them, but this is interesting because I don’t think they know anything about that at the Louvre.”

Group honors Terkel

“Friends” star David Schwimmer will be among members of Chicago’s theater community honoring the late Studs Terkel next week, AP reports.

The broadcaster, activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author died Oct. 31 at age 96.

On Monday, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host a tribute to Mr. Terkel, including a staged reading with music adapted from Mr. Terkel’s book “Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith.”

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

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