- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 22, 2009

‘Desperate’ in D.C.

Pennsylvania Avenue easily could have been mistaken for the fictional Wisteria Lane on Tuesday as four members of the “Desperate Housewives” cast descended on the District for inaugural festivities.

Dana Delany, Alfre Woodard, Teri Hatcher and “Housewives” creator and producer Marc Cherry were in town to celebrate the new president at the Capitol File and Creative Coalition pre-party at the Donovan House in downtown Washington.

Miss Delany said Katherine Mayfair, the character she plays on the series, may not be so celebratory.

“I think she is more conservative, but if she were doing her own party, she would serve something very retro like Baked Alaska.”

Miss Woodard, who played the mysterious housewife Betty Applewhite from 2005-06 on the ABC hit, told The Washington Times that her friend Michelle Obama “will be a first lady for white and black women.”

“She is very familiar to women,” the three-time Emmy winner said. “She will not be a pageant type.”

All in the family

Could Ben and Casey Affleck be the next John and Robert Kennedy?

Maybe.

The Washington Times caught up with the acting siblings at the Google Inauguration Party and inquired about the possibility. Both said they have thought of running for office. However, Ben said they never decided where to run.

Like the Kennedys, the Afflecks grew up in Massachusetts. The two live in Los Angeles to be near the entertainment industry.

When we suggested that Ben’s wife, actress Jennifer Garner, would make a great first lady, he quipped, “Boy, you have really thought this thing through, haven’t you?”

Razzies tap big names

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Oscar winner Al Pacino and Oscar nominees Eddie Murphy, Mark Wahlberg, Annette Bening and M. Night Shyamalan are among the nominees for this year’s Razzie Awards, a tongue-in-cheek commemoration of the year’s worst movies, organizers said Wednesday.

“The Love Guru,” a comedy Mike Myers spent years developing only to see it flop at the box office last summer, led all contenders for the annual event — picking up seven nominations, including worst picture, director and screenplay.

Mr. Myers, who plays a spiritual healer in the film, will compete for worst actor alongside Mr. Murphy — last year’s big winner for “Norbitt” and a nominee this year for “Meet Dave” — Mr. Pacino (“88 Minutes” and “Righteous Kill”) and Mr. Wahlberg (“The Happening” and “Max Payne”) as well as comedian Larry the Cable Guy (“Witless Protection”).

The worst-actress category includes Mr. Myers’ co-star Jessica Alba, also a nominee for “The Eye,” Cameron Diaz (“What Happens in Vegas”), Paris Hilton (“The Hottie & the Nottie”), Kate Hudson (“Fool’s Gold” and “My Best Friend’s Girl”) and the cast of “The Women,” including Miss Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan.

Miss Hilton scored a total of three nominations. The socialite, who is not known for her acting chops, also was cited for her supporting role in “Repo: The Genetic Opera” and for “The Hottie & the Nottie” in the worst-screen-couple race.

Director Shyamalan’s “The Happening” and the low-budget romantic comedy “The Hottie & the Nottie” also were nominated for worst picture alongside the similarly themed spoof combo “Disaster Movie” and “Meet the Spartans” and the fantasy adventure “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.”

“The Razzies are determined by 687 voters — more than eight times as many as those who vote on the Golden Globes. Winners will be announced during a Feb. 21 ceremony at a Hollywood theater a day before the Academy Awards. The nominees usually are nowhere to be seen, although Oscar winner Halle Berry sportingly showed up four years ago to accept her prize for “Catwoman.”

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


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