Sideshow | Bollywoodized Panther

Posted: August 12, 2007

Bollywoodized Panther

Aishwarya Rai will add an international flair to the next Pink Panther film, USAToday.com says. The famed Bollywood actress will play a (sane, competent) detective opposite Steve Martin's incorrigible Jacques Clouseau.

You can see Ms. Rai beginning Wednesday, when her effigy debuts at Madame Tussauds in New York.

The blame game

Lindsay Lohan's former bodyguard Tony Almeida tells In Touch LiLo's parents are to blame for the girlie girl's present state as an allegedly feral, booze-addicted tramp.

"Lindsay was a very sweet and talented kid, but she didn't stand a chance against her parents and the Hollywood system," Almeida says.

Michael replied with venom, saying Almeida "is a desperate and disgruntled employee who . . . will do anything for money."

LiLo's dad later told syndicated show Extra that rumors the actress is in a Utah rehab are true.

Playing with fire . . .

In one of those moronic dares some people need to make them feel like real men, hip-hop megastar 50 Cent has issued a dangerous challenge to Kanye West.

Fiddy swears that his next album, due out Sept. 11, will easily outsell West's new CD, out the same day.

Fiddy says if he's outsold, he won't "put out any more solo albums." (Though he'd still work with other artists.)

Elvis in Vegas?

Billionaire Robert Sillerman, who owns American Idol, wants to Elvis-ify Vegas. The New York Post says the media mogul, who in '05 bought 85 percent of the company that controls Elvis' name and likeness, plans to turn the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Sin City into the Graceland Casino. Just hope he goes classy with the place and hangs velvet Elvis paintings in all the rooms.

Olsen-to-Olsen

"Our bond is really beyond words," Ashley Olsen tells Marie Claire about her one-ness with her twin, Mary-Kate. "I know when she's hurting, I know when she's going through something. I know when she's happy - whether I'm with her or not, I know."

Film reports

Three from Variety:

Bruce Lee's memory is being honored (you know, the way mud honors your shoes) by Warner Independent Pictures, which is remaking the late star's classic, Enter the Dragon.

Written and directed by The Shield's exec producer Kurt Sutter, Awaken the Dragon will be about an FBI agent in pursuit of a rogue Shaolin monk who leads him to a network of underground fight clubs.

Film report 2

Variety also says Jonathan Demme's next film, Dancing With Shiva, will feature hottie starlet du jour Anne Hathaway, who'll costar with Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith and Debra Winger. We know the script is being written by Jenny Lumet, daughter of film legend Sidney Lumet, but no one knows what the film is about. At all.

Shiva, or Siva, is a major Hindi deity known as a great destroyer, who in some myths dispatches the world into nothing. But, heck, the film could be about a diner waitress nicknamed Shiva.

Film report 3

Looks like Marvel Studios has signed Stardust director Matthew Vaughn to direct its latest comic book adaptation, Thor, about a hammer-wielding stud sent to Earth just to protect you and me. Adapted from the Neil Gaiman novel, the film will star Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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