Rock and a Hard Case
Add Chris Rock to the list of Hollywood celebrities threatening violence on gossip columnists. This time the target is cybergossip Matt Drudge, who reported on his Web site Thursday that DreamWorks studio executives have ordered Rock not to bash President Bush during the promotional tour for his new movie, "Head of State."
In response the comedian issued a macho statement: "I never met Matt Drudge, but if I see Matt Drudge, I'm going to take my red-blooded American foot and put it up his un-American [butt] for trying to disrupt the opening of my movie." Rock added, "I never had any intention of bashing President Bush for taking what steps he believes are necessary to defend the country."
On shock jock Howard Stern's radio show yesterday, Rock claimed that Drudge is taking payola from an unnamed rival studio trying to ruin his weekend box office. The cybergossip responded: "I take those terroristic threats seriously! I may lodge a complaint with the Department of Justice!" Unlike Rock, Drudge was joking.
Mo Rocca and the Generation Rap
Mo Rocca, senior political correspondent on "The Daily Show," headlined a forum at American University on Wednesday night about how young people get their news. "I don't believe the statistics that say that young people are reading fewer newspapers and watching less television news," the 34-year-old Comedy Central star said. "News is everywhere, it's all around us. . . . We're getting it by sheer osmosis at this point."
Rocca brought his parents, Bethesda residents Marcel and Maria Lucia Rocca, to the session. "The moment I started talking about J. Lo and Pink, my mother's eyes glazed over," he said yesterday.
For Moynihan, Prayers and Salutes Friends and family of Daniel Patrick Moynihan will gather Monday morning to say farewell to the beloved senator, who died Wednesday at age 76. The Rev. Peter J. Vaghi will officiate at a private funeral Mass in downtown Washington's St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Afterward, Moynihan, a former naval gunnery officer, will receive a full-dress military burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The pallbearers will include Moynihan's sons, Tim and John, and several former chiefs of staff: newsman Tim Russert, Tony Bullock, Bob Peck, Lawrence O'Donnell, Peter Galbraith and Richard Eaton.
Noted . . .
Antiwar activist Martin Sheen has discovered yet another use for duct tape. Leading a prayer vigil in Los Angeles this week, he slapped a strip across his mouth after inking the word "Peace" on it. The Rev. Michael Kennedy read a statement on the muted actor's behalf . . . Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has doctored posters of 16-year-old actress Amanda Bynes flashing the peace sign to promote the movie "What a Girl Wants." Now her arm hangs at her side. "We did not want to add any political overtones to a completely nonpolitical movie," a Warner spokesman explained . . . The House Longworth Building cafeteria is still touting French cuisine on the menu. The featured special Thursday was "Herb Crusted Prime Rib w/au jus."
. . . And Quoted
"I can't say what his intentions were, but I can tell you mine was that I absolutely fell in love with him and fell into this whole thing, which I'm not proud of now." -- Lisa Marie Presley on her marriage to Michael Jackson, in an interview in Rolling Stone.
-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder
from wire and staff reports