Plus: Andre 3000 is best dressed, McGregor hits Utopia, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 11, 2004 08:00 AM
Credit: Todd Plitt/Getty

APPREHENDED: 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, 86, was handcuffed and driven to a Manhattan police station Tuesday night after arguing with city inspectors over where his driver had parked (or, presumably, double-parked) while he was in Luke’s restaurant, reports WCBS-TV. The Taxi and Limousine Commission said Wallace became “overly assertive and disrespectful” and interfered with the inspectors, at one point lunging at one of them after being told not to give the guys any lip. Wallace reportedly replied, “I’m not giving any lip.” But the newsman was handcuffed – as onlookers booed the manhandling – and taken to the 19th precinct station, where he was issued a summons for disorderly conduct and later released. CBS said in a statement that Wallace was at home and that more information would be released if it became available.

WITHDREW: Six-time Grand Slam singles champ Serena Williams pulled out of the Summer Olympics just hours before she was to travel to Greece with the U.S. tennis squad, the Associated Press reports. In New York to catch the team’s flight, Williams, 22, was told by a doctor not to compete in Athens because of lingering pain in her left knee, otherwise “she’d risk serious long-term repercussions,” U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Randy Walker said Wednesday.

NAMED: OutKast’s Andre 3000 has been selected as Esquire magazine’s best-dressed man in the world for his sartorially splendid use of “flamboyant color” and Jay Gatsby-like “old school preppy” style. Also making the cut, among others: Jude Law, Gael Garcia Bernal, Hugh Grant, Chris Martin and Pharrell Williams for mixing suit jackets with T-shirts and jeans; Matt Lauer, for having style; and, on the international level, Britain’s Prince Charles and the U.N.’s Kofi Annan.

CAST: Star Wars and Big Fish actor Ewan McGregor, will star in the utopian fantasy The Island for Bad Boys II director Michael Bay, says the Hollywood Reporter. Shooting will begin this fall. Meanwhile, Gandhi Oscar winner Ben Kingsley will play the vampire Kagan, the evil ruler of an army of bloodsuckers, in an upcoming film adaptation of the videogame BloodRayne, reports Variety. The $47 million movie is set to begin filming in Romania later this month, according to videogame publisher Majesco.

FEARED: The splitting of his violent epic Kill Bill into two volumes may have hurt the movies’ Oscar chances, Quentin Tarantino tells the Associated Press. “I think the only thing that might have been lost in that decision is we could have gotten considerably more awards play if the film had been one big, giant epic,” says Tarantino, 41. “As one big movie, Uma (Thurman) would have gotten a Best Actress nomination, for sure.”

SUMMONED: Police were called to Naomi Campbell’s New York apartment on Saturday after an alleged scuffle between the supermodel, 34, and her maid, who accused the British supermodel of pushing her during an argument. But Campbell told police it was she who was attacked by 44-year-old housekeeper Millicent Burton. The New York Post quoted Campbell’s assistant, Lauren Meisels, as saying the fight started when Campbell asked Burton to pack her a bag for a trip. “They were rolling on the floor. They were fighting. They were screaming,” said Meisels. No charges were filed.