16 May 2002
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Jedis Can Have Sex, Says Lucas
Jedi Knights have sex after all, according to George Lucas
, creator of the characters' hit sci-fi series Star Wars
. Speculation that the lightsaber-wielding warriors were supposed to live a monk-like existence has been rife since details of Attack Of The Clones
began to leak out. In the new flick Jedi Anakin Skywalker's character shares forbidden love with Queen Amidala, but Lucas says it's romance, rather than hanky panky, which is banned by the Jedi code. He says, "Jedi Knights aren't celibate - the thing that is forbidden is attachments - and possessive relationships." No Jedi Knight has yet been seen with a partner in any of the five Star Wars movies.
Samuel L. Jackson's Kung-fu Jedi Training
Samuel L Jackson
watched kung-fu movies to get in the mood to play his character Mace Windu in new film Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
. The super-cool actor imagines the sci-fi series heroes' the Jedi Knights, including Windu, are similar to the Shaolin Monks often featured in Hong Kong action classics. He says, "I actually try and treat my Jedi character like I would imagine most Shaolin monks do, because I watch Hong Kong films a lot. I tend to see a correlation between how they meditate and work and train - and when they become men of action, they become men of very definite action."
Bobbitt Booted For Beating His Wife
John Wayne Bobbitt
has been kicked off a celebrity fight bill after being arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, for allegedly beating up his new wife. Bobbitt was billed to step into the ring with scandalous Joey Buttafuoco
for "Celebrity Boxing 2" on May 22, but he has since been dropped. The 35-year-old ex-Marine spent Monday night behind bars for reportedly punching and kicking his new wife of seven weeks, Joanne, ironically during an argument about his appearance on the Celebrity Boxing show. He was released on Tuesday on $5,000 bail. Joanne, who says she intends to file for a divorce, claims Bobbitt slammed her to ground, fracturing her tailbone and finger. Las Vegas police confirm Bobbit was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery, domestic violence, and for violating his 1999 probation on attempted grand larceny when he tried to steal $150,000 worth of clothes. If convicted, Bobbitt faces up to a year in prison. Meanwhile, studio executives at 20th Century Fox, who are airing the televised boxing line up, have replaced Bobbitt with former wrestler Joanie Laurer
, aka Chyna
Allen: French Are Not Anti-semitic
has defied calls by American Jewish leaders to boycott the Cannes Film Festival - because he can't accept the French are racist. The actor and filmmaker has failed to heed a call by The American Jewish Congress, which claims anti-Semitism is as bad in the country now as in World War II, to stay away from the event. Allen says the French proved they were not racist by defeating right winger Jean-Marie le Pen in the presidential election earlier this month. He says, "The French people should be proud of how they responded in the last election against the right wing." Allen's new film Hollywood Ending
officially opened the 55th festival Wednesday night.
Halle: Beauty Doesn't Equal Happiness
gets confused when fans tell her she must be happy because she's so beautiful. The gorgeous star says she's had as many ups and downs as everyone else. She told Hotdog
magazine, "As if beauty stops anything from happening. What does that have to do with anything? My life has been filled with as many ups and downs as anybody's really. My situations have been different, but everybody's are. No two persons' lives or adversities are the same. But life is about good times and bad times, struggles and, sometimes, scary things and unthinkable things."
Sex & The City Star Arrested
Sex & the City
star Cynthia Nixon
has been arrested for her part in a near-riot outside New York City Hall. The actress was one of several protesters arrested for disorderly conduct - for blocking a sidewalk. The activists were demonstrating against proposed education budget cuts. Single mom Nixon is due in court on June 19 to face charges. Just before she was taken away by police, Nixon said, "I have to do this. Some of these kids are three or four. They're wide open out there and they're just sitting ducks." The actress even told her five-year-old daughter, who attends city schools, that she might get in trouble for protesting, but the tot said she understood. Nixon adds, "My daughter herself brought up Martin Luther King
, and so she says she understands that sometimes you have to go to jail to make thing better."
Scooby-Doo Stars Fall Out Over Poop Prank
Pals Matthew Lillard
and Freddie Prinze Jr.
fell out on the set of summer movie Scooby-Doo
over a foul-smelling practical joke. Prinze Jr. relieved himself in Lillard's trailer toilet during one of Lillard's days off, didn't flush and then turned the heat up to make sure the stench would be unbearable when Lillard returned 24 hours later. Prinze Jr. admits this is the fourth time he has played a similar prank on his pal - and until now he has never been caught. "I try to have fun on sets and loosen up. I went into his trailer after I had my morning coffee and I did my business in his bathroom. It made me laugh. I left it for him and I turned the heat up in his trailer and then I left. It was there for a day and then he showed up and I was peeking out of my trailer and he opened the door and it looked like somebody had punched him dead in the face. The poor sap had to go in and clean it up and he found out it was me and he was a little upset." Lillard adds, "The worst thing was there was no water in the toilet." Unfortunately for Lillard, he'll never be able to get back at his pal - because Freddie's pranks have made him fully aware of how cruel friends can be. Prinze Jr. adds, "People don't get me. I'm aware. I look around."
Anne Heche Bound For Broadway
is in negotiations to take over from Jennifer Jason Leigh
in Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof
on Broadway, New York. Gwyneth Paltrow
is currently playing the lead in the play in London and reportedly cannot take over when Leigh's run ends on June 30 due to filming and promotional commitments, and so Heche is being approached.
Gere's Hopes For Reincarnation
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Buddhist movie star Richard Gere
wants to have a second chance at life as a human - so he can achieve ultimate liberation. Gere is striving to achieve ultimate freedom through his religious teachings, but wants to continue his learning if he runs out of time - by being reincarnated. He says, "If I haven't achieved liberation, the best way to achieve it is with the human body. It's close enough to suffering that it does give you the impetus to do the work to get out."