April 08, 2002 01:04 PM

EXPRESSED: “Star Wars” actor Ewan McGregor, 31, says in a candid interview with the British film company FilmFour and circulated by Reuters that he was disappointed by 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” which he found “kind of flat. ” Referring to “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” which is due to open next month, the actor, who plays Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, said, “I think there is much more humor and there is much more color in ‘Episode II ‘” . . . HELD: Petar Mihajlovic, 32, appeared in a London court Friday, accused of harassing Elizabeth Hurley, who last week gave birth to her first child, reports the Associated Press. He gave his address as Hollywood, Calif., but Judge Simon Cooper refused to grant him bail. Mihajlovic was ordered to remain in custody until the case is called again this week . . . STATED: Shock rocker Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner), 33, has defended himself against claims that he was responsible for the car-crash death of Jennifer Syme, 29, after a party at his mansion last April. “After Jennifer was sent home safely with a designated driver, she later got behind the wheel of her own car for reasons known only to her,” Manson said in a statement issued through his record label and reported by the Associated Press. Syme’s mother, Maria St. John, filed a wrongful death suit last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages and claiming Manson was negligent in “instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition” . . . ANNOUNCED: Wynonna Judd will join Elton John, James Taylor, and Sting at the Rainforest Foundation’s 11th Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert on April 13 in New York, reports LAUNCH.com. The evening, which will pay tribute to the late George Harrison, will be dedicated to the Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert’s late co-chair Herman S. Sandler, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

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