Tattle: Jet Li takes a whack at low-budget filming

Posted: June 08, 2010

JET LI says he hopes that his new movie about autism offers a refreshing alternative to the historical and kung-fu epics that dominate the Chinese industry.

The action star plays an aquarium worker who cares for his autistic son in the low-budget "Ocean Heaven" - his first Chinese-language production since 2007.

"Nowadays everyone is making blockbusters. Making a 7 million Chinese yuan [$1 million] movie requires a lot of sincerity," Li told reporters in Hong Kong. "This movie is about sincerity. It shows that in this day and age that filmmakers are willing to do something for society."

Like "Marmaduke."

Charlie Sheen has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in his domestic violence case and to work at a Colorado theater company during a 30-day jail sentence, his wife's attorney said yesterday.

In exchange, prosecutors would drop criminal-mischief and felony menacing charges stemming from an argument Charlie had with wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day in Aspen, attorney Yale Galanter said.

The deal calls for Charlie to serve three months' probation after his jail term, Galanter said.

A judge must still approve the agreement. Charlie appeared yesterday in an Aspen court.

During the jail term, Galanter said Charlie will be released during the day so he can work at Theatre Aspen. He could leave the jail for work at 8 a.m. and would have to return by 8 p.m.

His possible new TV spinoff? "Two-and-a-Half Men Named Bubba."

"He's being sentenced to jail, and he's being released for work; thereby, it's work," Galanter said, making minimal sense.

But work is still not jail.

Unless you're a prison guard.

A man accused of stalking Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson entered a plea yesterday of not guilty by reason of insanity on the eve of his trial.

Robert O'Ryan, 36, entered the plea and waived his right to a jury trial, clearing the way for a judge to determine if he is guilty and sane.

Opening statements in the felony stalking and burglary case were expected to begin today.

O'Ryan is accused of going to an L.A. studio where Johnson was performing on "Dancing With the Stars" last year in an attempt to meet her.

O'Ryan could face nearly four years in state prison and another two years in county jail if convicted. He has been jailed since his arrest last year.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor warned O'Ryan that if he is convicted and found to be insane, he could be confined to a state mental hospital for much longer.

Johnson, 18, is expected to testify during the trial.

* Police say Pink's tour bus caught

fire on its way from Munich to Berlin, but there were no injuries.

Pink was not on board.

Bavarian police say a particle filter in the exhaust system caught fire at about 5 a.m. yesterday (German time) due to a technical defect.

* For "Captain America: The First

Avenger," Stanley Tucci has signed on to play Dr. Abraham Erskine, a scientist behind a super-soldier program that gives Cap his powers.

Due in theaters July 22, 2011, the movie stars Chris Evans in the title role and features Hugo Weaving and Hayley Atwell.

* Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ange-

la Lansbury are handing off "A Little Night Music" to Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch (the 85-year-old powerhouse who plays Jack's mom, Colleen, on "30 Rock").

Zeta-Jones and Lansbury will give their final performance of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical at the Walter Kerr Theatre on June 20. The show will resume with its new stars on July 13.

* In other Broadway

news, the sun'll come out in fall 2012.

Producer Arielle Tepper Madover said yesterday she's acquired production rights to "Annie."

"Annie" features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, and is based on Harold Gray's long-running newspaper strip, which is ending syndication this summer.

* Matthew Morri-

son, who stars as earnest, upbeat glee-club coach Will Schuester on "Glee," is planning to spend part of June in London working on his first solo CD.

"I'm writing all the music for it. It's me and a big orchestra behind me," Morrison said. He described his style on the album as a "dance heavy" cross between Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake.

* Sir Michael Caine, 77, is working

on a second memoir, "The Elephant to Hollywood," a sequel that will come nearly 20 years after "What's It All About?"

The book is due out in November.

Demi Moore's memoir, her first, will be released in 2012. Her book does not have a title yet.

How about "Moore for Your Money"?

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

E-mail gensleh@phillynews.com.

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