Bill Murray gets defensive when told he has a reputation for being difficult. “If it keeps obnoxious people away, that’s fine,” Murray, star of “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” tells Time magazine.
“It makes me think of that line, ‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.’ People say this to you with a straight face, and I always say, ‘Who. Wants. Flies?’ “
While on the set of Jim Jarmusch‘s new, yet untitled film, Murray got into a quarrel with the location manager when he arrived at a rented house for a scene with child actors and discovered there was no heat. When he started a fire in the fireplace, she told him to stop.
At the movie’s wrap party, Murray told the woman, “You know, we had our moment, and I don’t apologize for that for a second.” But he also told her she had excelled at other aspects of her job, explaining, “I wanted to let her know I could see it both ways.”
We’ll have to start calling her Miss Philanthropy
Actress Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help relief efforts in countries affected by the deadly earthquake and tsunamis in southern Asia and eastern Africa.
Bullock, whose screen credits include “Miss Congeniality,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “Speed,” also donated $1 million after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
It all adds up in Linkin’s log
With memories of a summer tour in Southeast Asia still fresh in their minds, the rap-rockers of Linkin Park have contributed $100,000 to start a new organization, Music for Relief, to support Red Cross programs.
“We are fortunate to be in a position to help, but this needs to be a broader effort,” said guitarist Brad Delson. “If one of our fans can donate $10, then that’s going to help. …
“We are also going to appeal to our musical peers by asking them to donate as well. The bottom line is the more we can do, and the quicker we can do it, the more lives we can save.”
Love turns down a booty call
Troubled rocker Courtney Love has turned down the opportunity to appear in a new reality TV show.
“Me, Kelly Ripa and Pam Anderson were the three people they wanted to send to boot camp and basically publicly humiliate while they got you in really, really, good shape,” Love says.
“For like five seconds I was like, ‘Boot camp? I really would love the body it would get me.’ But to do it on television? I don’t think so.”
Says Ozzy: ‘Who’s this Jemima, anyway?’
Reality TV star Sharon Osbourne, meanwhile, is the latest celebrity set to star in a production of “The Vagina Monologues.”
The wife of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne is in talks with producers about performing in the controversial show, in which a group of women discuss their genitalia, in London’s West End.
“Sharon saw the play and loved it,” said an insider. “It could have been written for her — it’s women talking frankly. And what suits Sharon down to the ground is it’s very foul-mouthed.”
The birthday bunch
Actress Jane Wyman is 91. Actress Barbara Rush is 78. Actress Dyan Cannon is 68. Actress Ann Magnuson (“Anything but Love”) is 49. Country singer Patty Loveless is 48. Singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is 45. Actor Dave Foley (“NewsRadio”) is 42. Actress Julia Ormond is 40. Country singer Deana Carter is 39. Actor Jeremy Licht is 34. Actress Jill Jones (“Girlfriends”) is 30.
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