- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2009

Harry’s new woes

After putting his foot in his mouth with comments about a Pakistani army officer, Prince Harry is unwittingly back in the spotlight with another racially insensitive remark after reportedly telling a comic, “You don’t sound like a black chap.”

According to People.com, Harry - reportedly attempting to be funny - delivered the line in November when black comedian Stephen K. Amos performed at the 60th birthday of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, Mr. Amos said during a Tuesday appearance on the British talk show “The Wright Stuff.”

At the time, Mr. Amos recalled, “I wanted to say, ‘How is I supposed to sound?’ ”

A spokesman for Prince Harry tells People.com: “We don’t comment on allegations about private conversations involving the prince, and we are unable to confirm whether it did or did not take place.”

Bringing sexy back

Just in time for Valentine’s Day - and the launch of its new Vintage Victoria lingerie collection - Victoria’s Secret is revealing its What Is Sexy? 2009 list, which it says celebrates “the return to romance.”

This year’s list, released Wednesday, is a tribute to the sexiest stars of today and yesterday.

The honors include: sexiest actor past (Paul Newman), sexiest actor present (Brad Pitt), sexiest actress past (Marilyn Monroe), sexiest actress present (Kate Winslet), sexiest TV cast past (“Charlie’s Angels”), sexiest TV cast present (“Gossip Girl”), sexiest legs past (Tina Turner), sexiest legs present (Charlize Theron), sexiest lips past (Brigitte Bardot), sexiest lips present (Angelina Jolie), sexiest eyes past (Frank Sinatra), sexiest eyes present (Terrence Howard), sexiest funny girl past (Lucille Ball), sexiest funny girl present (Tina Fey), sexiest musician past (Jim Morrison) and sexiest musician present (Beyonce).

Aisle say

They’re on opposite sides of the aisle, duking it out over President Obama‘s stimulus packages. Yet Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, took time Wednesday night to salute this year’s Oscar-nominated films at a benefit for Tracy’s Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer prevention.

“I loved ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ Thought it was really fantastic,” Mr. McCain told The Washington Times.

Mr. Leahy, however, said that even though he had a cameo appearance in “The Dark Knight,” he’s really hoping to see “Doubt” when he gets a free moment from the Hill.

Could it be the Catholic senator had a mean Meryl Streep-like nun at his parochial school as a boy?

We wonder …

Smith tops Forbes list

Superstar Will Smith tops Forbes inaugural Star Currency list of Hollywood’s Most Valuable Actors, announced Tuesday on Forbes.com.

The new ranking is based on a survey of entertainment industry professionals that measures the financial clout of more than 1,400 actors worldwide.

Mr. Smith came out on top with a perfect 10 cumulative rating. Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt all tied in the second spot with 9.89 (out of 10). Others in the Top 20 include Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts and Adam Sandler.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Stephanie Green from staff, Web and wire reports

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