- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bradley Cooper to play Satan in Milton adaptation

Bradley Cooper is taking on the role of Satan in the upcoming film adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post on Monday, the Georgetown graduate confirmed that he had gotten the part and playfully discussed how he would go about playing the Devil.

“‘Paradise Lost,’ that seems like the realest one. That’s happening,” he told HuffPo.

The 17th-century poem, concerning the Christian story of how Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, is set to appear on the big screen in 3D in 2012. Mr. Coopers character is a central figure in the story, and the actor seems to be among the first cast.

In an eventful year for the Hollywood A-lister, Mr. Cooper starred in “Limitless,” his first solo-leading role. The movie opened in first place in March and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on Friday. Currently, Mr. Cooper is in Schenectady, N.Y., preparing for his newest film, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” in which he will play a rookie cop.

“I’m just up here prepping. We’ve just been sort of hanging out with all the cops here and going on ride-alongs and its been incredible,” Mr. Cooper said. “Its pretty intense, its definitely pretty intense. I’m very lucky to be able to do stuff like this. I was really just saying to my mother this morning, I’m like the luckiest guy in the world to be an actor, to be able to go into these other persons professions and be able to walk in their shoes, so its incredible. … We went on a ride-along until 11 p.m. last night. It was … something.”

Nikki Blonsky accused of faking ‘boyfriends’

To try to revamp her sagging career, “Hairspray” star Nikki Blonsky has allegedly been creating fake relationships to make her more appealing in the media, the New York Post reported Monday. Audiences may remember Miss Blonsky from her 2007 portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the blockbuster musical, but her recent acting gigs have been minor and unsuccessful.

Blake Woodruff, a talent manager at Prestige Management Group, says Miss Blonsky used him in a ploy to promote her career.

“Shes always trying to create a scene to promote herself. She would use me as her boyfriend and then contact her publicist to make sure our dates were known,” Mr. Woodruff told the Post.

According to Mr. Woodruff, she even asked him to identify himself as her boyfriend at an event.

Mr. Woodruff adds that he is not her only phony boy-toy. Last month, Miss Blonsky was photographed kissing rising actor Tommy Potoeski. Both Mr. Potoeski and Miss Blonskys rep confirmed the relationship, yet according to her Twitter account she is “openly and happily single,” said her rep.

The rep also denied Mr. Woodruff’s claims, saying “[the accusations are] 100 percent not true. I have never actively pitched a story with her regarding any boyfriends.”

Martin Sheen, Matthew Perry push for Drug Courts support

“The Departed” star Martin Sheen and “Friends” actor Matthew Perry paid a visit to the nations capital Tuesday to encourage Congress to support Drug Courts funding.

Mr. Sheen, who has voiced his liberal political views for years and been with the Drug Courts movement for almost two decades, told the Daily Caller that he cares about “all” and “every” important issue that America faces.

When asked about President Obama, whom Mr. Sheen supported during the 2008 presidential election, the “West Wing” legend said hes still a fan.

“I adore him,” Mr. Sheen told TheDC of Mr. Obama. “You bet [I’d support him in 2012] and in 2016 and 2020 if he decides to run.”

On Washington, D.C., as a place, Mr. Sheen told TheDC, “Oh, well its … its necessary.”

Drug Courts, led by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), aims to help nonviolent offenders get back on their feet through a mix of treatment and strict accountability rather than incarceration.

As TheDC reported in April, recent studies conducted by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) found that Drug Courts ignored and failed to address many problems, and some program participants found themselves in worse situations post-Drug Courts than they were in beforehand. The Drug Courts site, however, attests that 75 percent of graduates never see another pair of handcuffs again.

Speaking to a rally of hundreds, Mr. Sheen preached and repeated Drug Courts “All Rise” catchphrase.

“Those two words capture the essence of what a Drug Court is all about,” Mr. Sheen said. ” ‘All Rise’ describes how Drug Courts provide hope and strength and support for those who the traditional justice system says are hopeless. Instead of indifference, they show compassion. Instead of punishment, they are shown the possibility of a new way of life. When we hear ‘All Rise, it renews our conviction to stand up for these lifesaving courts. … When a Drug Court graduate never sees another pair of handcuffs again, we all rise.”

At the end of his speech, Mr. Sheen mouthed “I’m so pumped” and fist bumped fellow Hollywood big name Matthew Perry, who made several introductions at the event.

Mr. Perry said he believed the rally went well. “It was great,” Mr. Perry told TheDC, adding that hes supported Drug Courts for five years.

When asked if he has any movies or TV shows in the works, the “Seventeen Again” actor told TheDC, “Uh, no, a lot of talk though.”

Mr. Sheen was happy with the rally as well.

“Its always going well, even when its not well it goes well,” Mr. Sheen told TheDC.

Asked about current entertainment projects, Mr. Sheen showed TheDC a flier for his upcoming movie “The Way,” which is directed by his son Emilio Estevez.

“This is one of the best movies you will ever see,” Mr. Sheen told TheDC, explaining that hes starting a national tour Aug. 26. “Its the pilgrimage of El Camino Santiago de Compostela, you see, an 800-kilometer pilgrimage across northern Spain. Its been going on for over a thousand years.”

Mr. Sheen, who could be seen posing in pictures with and hugging rally attendees, discussed a myriad of topics but did not answer hecklers questions about troubled son Charlie Sheen, who was a hot news item earlier this year for getting kicked off “Two and a Half Men” and publicly ranting about former boss Chuck Lorre.

• Compiled by Laura Donovan, Nikki Grey, Alexa Linn Williams 2011 the Daily Caller

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