Jessica Biel, Earning Her Wings
Lawmakers and members of the armed forces mingled on the red carpet with those who pretend to be them last night at the Uptown Theatre for the Washington premiere of the action thriller "Stealth."
Former "7th Heaven" star Jessica Biel arrived in a knee-length violet-hued Vera Wang gown, silver Jimmy Choo sandals and understated Cartier jewelry. She plays the movie's Lt. Kara Wade, a test pilot who's part of an elite team struggling to gain control over an artificial intelligence combat plane that threatens to incite the next world war.
The 23-year-old actress admitted she was a little nervous about the numerous members of the U.S. Navy who came to see the flick. "You want them to feel that you've represented them in the best way possible," she said. This was Biel's first time in Washington, which she referred to as "quaint and friendly." She added with a polite smile: "It's a little, um, humid, though."
Tommy Crosby, director of community relations for the Navy, said seeing the famous actress was fine, but he was more excited to see the film's aviation.
The film opens in theaters across the country July 29.
A Casting Call
Nothing beats waiting in line during sweltering summer heat -- especially for a chance to blend into the background of a movie. Several hundred people stood outside for hours yesterday at an Arlington pub in the hopes of becoming one of 500 extras in the upcoming "Flags of Our Fathers."
The drama, to be directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Steven Spielberg, follows the life stories of the men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima. Filming will be in the Washington area on Aug. 8.
So who will make the cut? According to the owner of the Crystal City Sports Pub, Art Dougherty, casting agents are looking for "people who are a little more plain" for the 1950s-era film. Should they be flattered? Casting agent Mandy Sprinkel said she's looking for "anyone who has a 1954-ish look."
Clean-cut University of Virginia student Chris Alexander, 21, drove his 16-year-old sister, Caitlin, to the audition and decided to try out himself. "This is the first time either of us have done something like this," he said. Caitlin nodded and added: "But I've done plays in school."
A sweat-soaked Robert Kovak, a government employee and former member of the Navy, joked that he came to "start a career in Hollywood." As he wiped sweat off his forehead, he said, "I wish they had picked a cooler day. I guess one has to suffer for their art."
Going From Play to Stop
Colin Farrell is having a Paris Hilton moment. The 29-year-old actor is suing a former Playboy Playmate for allegedly trying to distribute a sex tape the two created under the agreement that it would never be made public.
Farrell claims Nicole Narain, 31, was trying to distribute the 15-minute tape through an intermediary and was contacting the media. Huh? We never heard anything about it. As of yesterday, Narain had not been reached for comment.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports