Hollywood in the news


NEW YORK (AP) – The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines apologized for disrespecting President Bush during a London concert in 2003. But now, she’s taking it back.

“I don’t feel that way anymore,” she told Time magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. “I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever.”

As war in Iraq loomed, Maines told the London audience: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

The remarks led to death threats and a backlash from other country stars, including a high-profile spat with Toby Keith. It also stalled what until then had been the group’s smashingly successful career.

Bandmate Emily Robinson said she knew right away the remark wouldn’t be taken lightly and got “hot from my head to my toes.”

“It wasn’t that I didn’t agree with her 100 percent; it was just, ‘Oh, this is going to stir something up,”‘ she told Time.

For band member Martie Maguire, the controversy was a blessing in disguise.

“I’d rather have a small following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith,” Maguire said. “We don’t want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do.”

The Chicks’ hits include “Landslide,” “Goodbye Earl” and “Wide Open Spaces.” Their new album, “Taking the Long Way,” is due out May 23. The first single is “Not Ready to Make Nice.”

SEATTLE (AP) – Pearl Jam’s new headquarters could face demolition because of the city’s plans to build a dump.

“We hadn’t even finished unpacking and moving into our new space when we heard about the city’s waste management site,” spokeswoman Nicole Vandenberg said Saturday in an e-mail to The Associated Press from Cleveland, where the band was on tour. “We were surprised and saddened by the news on many levels.”

Now, area residents – many of whom have worked for years to spruce up the area – are hoping their high-profile neighbors will help fight the plan.

“Eddie Vedder’s for the little guy, and Pearl Jam would have a lot of clout,” neighbor John Bennett told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for a front-page story Saturday.

Vandenberg did not comment on whether the band would take a side in the fight. She said the band moved into the warehouse in December and learned of the plans in late January. Pearl Jam expects to spend most of this year touring in support of their new self-titled album.

Seattle Public Utilities would like to build a $70 million transfer station on the site, which is near the King County Regional Airport. It was the preferred site out of 1,000 considered.

The plan has not yet been approved by the city council.

HONOLULU (AP) – Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of A&E’s reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” has married his longtime sidekick, Beth Smith.

The sunset ceremony on the Big Island took place Saturday, a day after the death of Chapman’s daughter. Barbara Katy Chapman, 23, was killed in a car accident near her home of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Chapman gathered with his 10 surviving children – two of whom he had with Smith – and discussed whether to proceed with the wedding.

“They all decided unanimously they should celebrate the wedding and her life,” said Michael Feeney, senior vice president of A&E television network.

The wedding will be featured in an Aug. 8 episode of the show, about Chapman and his tattooed crew of fugitive-finders, which is now in its third season.

The self-proclaimed world’s best bounty hunter and Smith have been together for 16 years.

“I’ve already been cuffed and shackled by Beth anyway,” Chapman, 53, said before the ceremony. “She’s Italian and tough.”

Besides his trademark mullet, Chapman wore white jeans to match his white leather vest, boots and American Indian jewelry, representing his heritage. Boris Krutonog, the show’s co-executive producer, was his best man.

Smith wore an off-white lace gown with nude backing designed by Eduardo Lucero.

Favors include dog tags with the inscription, “Dog & Beth. Captured. May 20, 2006.”

The wedding and reception were held at the sprawling Hilton Waikoloa Village. The couple had planned to honeymoon in Fiji, but may postpone their plans because of the death of Chapman’s daughter, Feeney said.