Stephen M. Silverman
October 24, 2003 10:14 AM

STRUCK: Actor Jim Caviezel, 35, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of Christ,” was struck by lightning during shooting, reports Variety, which quotes a producer as describing how he saw lightning come out of the actor’s ear. An assistant director on the film, Jan Michelini, also reportedly was struck — twice. The first time, a lightning fork struck his umbrella during filming in Italy, causing light burns to the tips of his fingers. A few months later, Michelini was carrying an umbrella and standing next to Caviezel. Both were hit, with the main bolt striking Caviezel while one of its forks hit Michelini’s umbrella. Neither were hurt.

POSTPONED: The new, $10 million Boy George Broadway musical, “Taboo,” completely financed by producer Rosie O’Donnell, 41, cancelled its first preview scheduled for Friday night, reports the New York Post, which says a “show doctor” has been called in. Weekend previews also have been canceled, says the paper.

QUOTED: “I’m abstaining from sex. Two weeks is a long time for me, because I’m a very healthy Scorpio. My hormones are raging. I’m a young man, very passionate, very romantic. But it’s for the kids.” — Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, 33, on training for the New York City Marathon to raise $1 million for charity, to USA Today

CANCELED: “The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.,” writer-producer David E. Kelley’s low-rated new comedic drama about small-town life, has been yanked from the CBS schedule, says the Hollywood Reporter. On Thursday afternoon, after getting the network’s phone call, Kelley told the cast and crew that production would shut down immediately, reports the trade paper. The show will be replaced by various specials for the November ratings sweeps.

CLEANED: Book fans know that the last thing the Cat in the Hat cared about was cleaning up, but in connection with his new movie incarnation, “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat,” starring Mike Myers, soap giant Procter & Gamble is sponsoring a “Good Clean Fun” contest for a family to win a trip to the L.A. premiere. Trivia questions about the famous feline are being posed on TV’s “Extra,” with answers to go on the show’s Web site or by going to AOL keyword: Extra. (AOL, like PEOPLE, is part of Time Warner.) “The Cat in the Hat” opens Nov. 21.

FLOWN: At 7:38 a.m. ET Friday, the final flight of the British Airways supersonic Concorde roared off the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport en route to London, where it was to ceremoniously circle the British capital, including a subsonic flyover of Buckingham Palace. On board, among others: Christie Brinkley, Joan Collins and Sir David Frost. At JFK, there was a brief, pre-flight ceremony featuring the American and British flags and a watery salute from the New York Port Authority’s Fire Department.

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