- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mirren show a sellout

Tickets to the September performances of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Phedre” starring Dame Helen Mirren, sold out within five hours on Friday. While STC’s subscribers and donors were able to purchase a limited amount of tickets beginning Feb. 17, single tickets went on sale to the general public on Friday. “The phones were ringing off the hook,” said STC’s Associate Director of Marketing Neal Racioppo.

“There was so much traffic on our Web site that we had to ask nonessential staff to limit their use.”

Maid sues ‘Dallas’ star

A former maid at Victoria Principal’s Malibu home has filed suit against the actress, claiming the former “Dallas” star pulled a gun on her, TMZ.com reports.

The ex-maid, Maribel Banegas says she had taken the dog for a walk and when she returned home, an enraged Miss Principal couldn’t understand why it took so long.

According to the complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, TV’s Pam Ewing fired Miss Banegas on the spot. Miss Banegas then asked for her final check and Miss Principal went upstairs and reportedly returned with a gun, “which she then pointed and aimed” at the maid, the lawsuit claims.

The suit also claims that Miss Principal “verbally threatened to kill plaintiff”… and asked another housekeeper who was present “to stand aside in order that she could kill the plaintiff.”

Miss Banegas is seeking unspecified damages for assault, false imprisonment and emotional distress, TMZ reports.

Cage stunt goes awry

A stunt man filming a car chase in Times Square for a new Nicholas Cage movie crashed his Ferrari into a store front and two pedestrians suffered minor injuries, police and the film’s producers said Monday.

The crash, which happened early Monday, was captured on amateur video that was posted on the New York Post web site, www.nypost.com, Reuters news ageancy reports. It showed two cars weaving in between other traffic before the front one skidded out of control, mounting the sidewalk and crashing into the window of an outlet of an Italian chain restaurant.

Normal traffic in Times Square had been shut down for the filming of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and all the cars in the video were part of the movie shoot.

Police said a 23-year-old man was hit by a falling pole and complained of a head injury, and a 21-year-old woman suffered a foot injury. Both injuries were considered minor and the stunt man driving the car was uninjured.

Due for release next year, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is the story of a college student reluctantly recruited to work for a sorcerer, played by Mr. Cage. Set in contemporary New York, it is based on the segment of the same name from the Disney animated film “Fantasia.”

Two say ‘I do’

Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal have made it official.

Amanda Silverman, Miss Gyllenhaal’s publicist, says the couple were married Saturday.

Miss Gyllenhaal and Mr. Sarsgaard have a daughter, Ramona, who was born in October 2006. They announced their engagement earlier that year.

Miss Gyllenhaal’s film roles include “The Dark Knight” and “World Trade Center.” Mr. Sarsgaard has appeared in the films “Jarhead,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Kinsey.”

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

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