Grace under pressure
THIS new Nicole Kidman movie, Grace of Monaco, has displeased the Monagasque royals; they're boycotting the premiere. And producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam won't screen it for Prince Albert et al. Of course it's just a coincidence that this squabble will help sell tickets.
Albert's beef, the New York Post says, is that it depicts his dad, Prince Rainier (played by Tim Roth) as a weakling and a bully.
The prince's office says the film "in no way constitutes a biopic" and has "both major historical inaccuracies and a series of purely fictional scenes."
A Brand-new take
SDLqONCE upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed to those present exactly like now, except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin..."
So begins Russell Brand's version of the old Pied Piper of Hamelin story, one of three old fairy tales he's re-writing, under the series title Trickster Tales. He says he wants to change the world by showing kids that everything is connected, whatever that means.
The publisher, Canongate, says the Hamelin one will be out in November, with others to follow, all "filled with humour and mischievous energy".
They'll always have Paris
RICH-kid British model Cara Delevingne has denounced the world's paparazzi for acting like "assassins." Thedailybeast.com had the story.
She's been dating Michelle Rodriguez, and everywhere they go herds of photogs await. Now Cara says, via Twitter, that "it's disgusting that Paris is the only place where it is illegal for paps to follow you around."
She's been cranky about these guys ever since they snapped her last year as a baggie of white powder dropped out of her purse. Now she says they scare her, "because they act like they're assassins with there (sic) telescope lenses, hiding in bushes or whatever... You have no idea how valuable privacy is until you lose it."
No, no Nigella
HOW often have the Rolling Stones, as an example, toured the U.S.? So how does it make sense that Nigella Lawson has now been refused entry to the great republic to the south because of her drug use?
You'll recall that in court last year, during the trial of some aides, she admitted having used marijuana and cocaine. Now this: She wanted to fly, first class, from Heathrow to LAX, but U.S. immigration pre-clearance people refused her permission to board.
Aren't you glad Uncle Sam is vigilantly keeping the drug culture out of Los Angeles?
Didn't feel the force
ALEC Guinness was not proud of his role in Star Wars, to put in mildly. The legendary actor died in 2000, but Wednesday was the 100th anniversary of his birth, so the people at this interesting website lettersofnote.com posted some of his letters.
In 1977 he wrote to a theatre director friend, Anne Kaufman, calling the Star Wars script "fairytale rubbish" but saying he might accept the Obi-Wan Kenobi role if "they come up with proper money".
Three months later he wrote about "rubbish dialogue ... None of it makes my character clear or even bearable."
ISRAELI officials have imposed broadcast limits on a TV commercial featuring model Bar Refaeli in bed with a Muppet-like character and two copies of herself.
It's ad for Hoodies, a clothing company, but the product is not identified until the end of the 54-second spot. That's when the puppet guy -- the locally-popular avatar of American-Israeli rocker Red Orbach -- discovers that it's been a dream: the three Bars rolling around on his bed with him, washing his car, wearing not much... you get the idea.
An agency called the Second Authority for Television and Radio has banished the ad to after 10 p.m., saying it contains "too many sexual insinuations" for kids.
Bad grammar... or nudity
NAOMI Campbell, the author, says ... What's that? You thought she was just a pretty face, good figure, and loud mouth? No no: she's got not one, not two, but three books coming out this year, she says.
Mind you, we're not talking War and Peace. ''One is a picture book and the other one is where I have written on little pictures of Christy [Turlington], Kate [Moss] and I," she explained at something called the Vogue Festival, in London.
If her grammatical ineptitude ("... pictures of... I") bothers you, you can stick to the first book, or focus on the third one, which will be a collection of her nude photos ''from, like, 15 years ago.''
Chung the uncoupler?
IS British TV host and fashion editor Alexa Chung the reason Chris Martin now has to work so hard at trying to rescue his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow?
That's what the Daily Mail in England is hinting, with its story the other day about how Chris and Alexa were hanging around together late at night at last June's Glastonbury music festival. It also mentions a couple of Chung-and-Martin sightings more recently.
Alexa used to date Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys.
Singing blues over 'beige'
LILY Allen, trying to revive her singing career after a four-year layoff, is "(bad word) frustrated" that today's music industry promotes and rewards ''beige'' work. She resents the creative control wielded by her label, Warner, she said at that Vogue Festival.
"What you have heard on the radio station so far, the contribution of my album is very much the more beige, saccharine elements to what I have made... the people in control of the radio stations [... and] record companies, are too scared to put themselves on the line in case someone gets offended."
The Iglesias complex
STRANGE but true: Singer and ladies' man Julio Iglesias tells the Mirror, in England, he has never met tennis pro Anna Kournikova, even though she has been dating his singer-songwriter-producer-actor son Enrique for 12 years.
"You know I have to tell the truth, I have never met Anna," he told the paper. "Yes, my wife, and my kids and his brothers have, but I have never met her, no, no, never."
The Mirror's interviewer Halina Watts, all fluttery about Julio's legendary-lothario charm, theorizes that Enrique is keeping Anna and his dad apart out of, umm, prudence.
Julio is 70. Enrique is 38. Anna is 32.