Dreamworks doesn't want to be "Dixie-Chicked," according to unnamed sources who say the studio is asking producer/director/actor Chris Rock to refrain from criticizing George Bush and the war when he gives interviews promoting his film "Head of State," which opens Friday. They are probably worried because of comments the comic has made about our prez, such as, "He's not stupid, he's just drunk." (Drudge)
Speaking of speaking out -- or not -- Martin Sheen appeared at a Los Angeles prayer vigil Wednesday -- his mouth covered with a piece of duct tape that read "Peace." Rev. Michael Kennedy read a statement from the actor: "By some demented form of logic the men, women and children of Iraq are relegated to 'collateral damage' as the dogs of war slouch toward Baghdad." (People)
And Michael Moore might have said something different Oscar night. When asked whether he had considered an alternate acceptance speech he said he thought about saying: "We've taught the children of Columbine an important lesson this week -- that violence is an acceptable method to resolve a conflict." (Entertainment Weekly)
SARS stops the Stones. The Rolling Stones canceled their shows in Hong Kong this Friday and Saturday, because of the mystery illness SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that has killed as many as 34 in Asia. They are scheduled to play China in April, but those dates are being debated. (BBC)
Win an Oscar, get a phone number! We hear that Adrien Brody asked Nicole Kidman for her digits after the show and she complied. Maybe she wants a little of that lip action Adrien gave Halle Berry. We are more interested in that nose. Mr. Brody's proud proboscis should be cast in plaster for posterity. (New York Daily News) Meanwhile, we also hear Brody is into rap and has laid down some tracks for his pals P. Diddy and Jay-Z. (New York Post)
David Letterman is still recovering from the shingles, but already the reviews of his guest hosts are coming in. So far Bonnie Hunt and Vince Vaughn have gotten the highest grades, with Elvis Costello not far behind (they all got A or A-minus). Who has to stay behind class with a D-plus? John McEnroe -- for being mean to Michael Imperioli (never a good idea) and a French chef. And we're sure he won't agree to write "I'll be nice" 100 times on the chalkboard. (CNN)
Finally, an alternative to Disneyland! John Lennon's boyhood home is now open to the public. Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, bought the Liverpool home and donated it to the National Trust. It's been restored to look the way it did when John lived there with his Aunt Mimi from age 5 to 23. Ono mentioned the war in Iraq at the opening, saying she was sure her husband would have been "totally upset" with the "terrible" situation. And we're sure he would have written a beautiful song about it. (Guardian)
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