The London production of
Gone With the Wind
, adapted from the
novel by novice writer and composer
- who has a day job as a doctor of public health in California - will close on June 14 after merely 79 shows, a wave of indifference from the public, and a torrent of insults from critics.
("It wholly fails to blow one away," a Brit critic said. Another predicted the play would quickly be "blown away on gales of ridicule.")
London's Daily Mail says the
-hit, which has been plugged as a "play with music," was helmed by former Royal Shakespeare Company leader Sir
. It cost nearly $10 mil to create, which means
's short run is sure to spell financial disaster for financiers.
said plans to take it to Broadway "are on hold."
A Paper bust
, 44, was arrested Sunday night after allegedly buying crack near her home in Manhattan. O'Neal, who is the youngest person to win an Oscar, for her role in 1973's
, took pains to tell cops her side of the story. She began with the classic, "You know who I am, right?" an anon source tells the New York Post. She proceeded with another classic, "I'm researching a part - I'm doing this for a part" as a junkie, she said.
O'Neal was released without bail yesterday after being given a misdemeanor possession charge. She wrote about her problems with drug addiction in her '04 memoir,
A Paper Life
. Her lawyer has declined to comment.
Grammer has mild heart attack
's rep says the
star is "resting comfortably" in a hospital in Hawaii after suffering a mild heart attack.
"Grammer experienced symptoms Saturday morning after paddle-boarding with his wife,
," the rep says. The 53-year-old actor is expected to be released early this week.
War over Brangelina baby pics
TMZ.com says the bidding war over exclusive rights to publish the first photos of
's twins has topped an astounding
, knocking out all other buyers except super-well-financed mags People and OK!
"We'd love to see the photos in People. We wish the family well," a People rep tells TMZ. No comment from
, though it's a safe bet that the cash will all go to charity.
Chris Rock's African jaunt
, 43, who opens his "No Apologies" tour in South Africa this week, yesterday said poverty is to blame for a wave of xenophobic violence across that country.
"It's broke-on-broke violence. It's broke people robbing each other. That's the sad thing," Rock said. More than 60 immigrants have been killed and nearly 100,000 kicked out of their homes by South Africans who accuse them of stealing their jobs.
Just friends, says Diddy
Sean "Diddy" Combs
tells the New York Daily News that his recent public appearances with a very friendly
don't mean a thing: They're just friends.
A 'Sensitive' role for Cattrall
English-born, Canadian-raised thespian temptress
has signed to star in a new HBO show, the Hollywood Reporter says.
Surprisingly enough, the story's about . . .
A clone of the British series of the same name,
will star Cattrall as "a middle-aged wife and mother in New York who rediscovers her sexuality." The original starred the absolutely fabulous
The ethics of pretty dresses
Sex and the City
Sarah Jessica Parker
is not happy with design house Nina Ricci. The fashionista says she was led to believe that the silver dress she wore for the movie's premiere in New York had never before been donned in public - but it had. Socialite
Lauren David Santo Domingo
wore the gown to a ball on May 5.
"What they did was so short-sighted," Parker told the New York Times. "It's just unethical and disappointing that they would allow the dress to be worn again."
Cox measures up Mayer
approve of her BFF
's new beau, soulful pop-rock warbler
? Seems that on Sunday, Jen, 39, took her 30-year-old bf to Cox's Malibu pad for the dreaded inspection-by-best-friend.
Cox's assessment may depend on whether she likes
: Mayer is a
's 1985 coming-of-age fantasy.
E!Online says that earlier on Sunday, Mayer wrote on his Web site, "I've always fancied myself a Goonie; the underdog who toppled over the narrow-minded naysayers and walked away with a treasure." (
Pot calls the kettle faux
, 42, who in '06 was exposed as the author of the '99 best-seller
, the purported story of an abused, homeless, 12-year-old boy named
, is outraged that her partner in the hoax has written . . . a memoir about the hoax.
The New York Post says
, 27, writes in
Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy
that she helped Albert out by pretending to be the nonexistent LeRoy at public functions. Seems she fooled many a member of the liter-(and glitter)-ati, including
, whose '04 film,
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
, is based on LeRoy's supposed writings.
Koop's book "disgusts me," Albert says. "Just because you
a writer doesn't mean you
a writer." Even a fake has her scruples.
'Simpsons' deal sealed
Rejoice! Fox's animated guide to family values,
, will return for another season. The Hollywood Reporter says the standoff between the voice cast and 20th Century Fox TV ended this weekend with a new four-year deal that raises each actor's salary to about $400,000 per episode.
Gainsbourg terminated; Perrineau lives
M. Night Shyamalan
Bryce Dallas Howard
is in talks to replace French beauty
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
, says the Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper also says
, who exited ABC's
via death's door, will star in a new ABC pilot as a super-paranoid New York police detective.