D.C. DJ Parr Wouldn't Mind More Frequency in Tinseltown

Russ Parr, a DJ who's following his own script with
Russ Parr, a DJ who's following his own script with "The Last Stand." (File Photo)

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, June 22, 2007

So he's totally gone Hollywood on us, Russ Parr has. At a red-carpet premiere on Wednesday night in Largo for the WKYS-FM personality's directorial debut, singer Mya (in a dazzling backless evening gown) rubbed elbows with the sharp-dressed likes of Adrian Fenty and Clinton Portis (dudded out like a high-fashion skater boy), while Parr himself made the scene in . . . jeans, T-shirt and ball cap?

Exactly: just like Spielberg or Spike. The total auteur uniform.

"It is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," Parr told our colleague Michelle Betton as friends and colleagues turned out at the Magic Johnson movie theater for a screening of "The Last Stand," a drama about four stand-up comics enduring back-stabbing and booing as they try to Make It in L.A. Parr wrote the script a decade ago, then left it "sitting in a drawer for seven years." He shot it while holding down his nationally syndicated "Russ Parr Morning Show" -- which often meant 18-hour workdays and barely time to sleep.

Now, after all that work, it's being released . . . on DVD. But no complaints. "There's nothing wrong with going straight to DVD," he said, "because that's where everything's going."

Strolling the red carpet in support of Parr: Redskins Mike Sellers and Jason Campbell , wearing white woven shoes; Radio One founder Cathy Hughes; Miss Maryland USA Michaé Holloman; and Eleanor Holmes Norton. Asked about Parr, former Redskin Darrell Green said, "Everything about him is upstanding, and that's what I'm about." Also spotted, some of the up-and-comers who star in the movie: Guy Torry, Kevin Hart and Darrin Henson.

So, is this the start of a new career path for Parr? "This is what I want to do," he told Betton. "If I can make it profitable, I will continue to do it." Next up, he said: a comedy about an escort service. He'll start filming this summer.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

· Jewel visiting a "mixed-level flow" class at Georgetown Yoga. The singer-songwriter, in town to testify Wednesday about youth homelessness (she's against), wore blue running shorts and a white tank, and showed off a "golden tan" and commendable flexibility.

· Jane Seymour dining with five friends at a chef's table near the open kitchen at Central Michel Richard on Wednesday, prompting staff and other diners to make excuses to walk slowly through that part of the room. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, in town for some Hill briefing on medical technology, wore a low-cut white cotton ensemble and heels, and looked a decade younger than her actual age, 56.

LOVE, ETC.

· Married: Tom Downey, 58, and Carol Browner, 51, last night in a summer solstice ceremony on Fire Island in front of 200 guests (among them: Madeleine Albright, John Podesta, Mike Berman). The groom wore a tan suit and no tie; the bride wore a long white satin dress. This is the second marriage for the former congressman turned lobbyist; the third for the former EPA head.

THIS JUST IN . . .

· Prince William turned 25 yesterday, which means he can collect the interest on his $13 million inheritance from his mother, Diana -- about $500,000 a year. ( Prince Harry will receive the same amount on his 25th birthday.) When they turn 30, the princes will get the entire amount; each earns $44,000 a year as a second lieutenant in the British army.

· Late-late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel had an emergency appendectomy Wednesday night in L.A., which means reruns of his ABC show until he's back on his feet.


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