Braff tackles Degraw song

“Scrubs” star Zach Braff is returning to the director’s chair.

Braff, who wrote and directed “Garden State” last year, will direct the latest video from singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw.

“Zach and I met at one of my shows and I was so flattered to hear he was a fan of my music,” DeGraw said. “He has a great vision for the Chariot video, and I’m really excited to work with him.”

Braff already knows a thing or two about music. He earned a Grammy in February as the producer for the “Garden State” soundtrack.

“I have been a fan of Gavin’s music for a while, and I think he is an amazing talent,” Braff said.

Braff, 29, plays Dr. John “JD” Doran on NBC’s “Scrubs.” His next feature film directing gig will be an adaptation of Doris Burn’s children’s book, “Andrew Henry’s Meadow.”

The video for “Chariot,” the title track of DeGraw’s debut album, is scheduled to shoot in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

– Knight Ridder Newspapers

Editor’s Note: DeGraw will be performing at Bates College tonight. See Calendar for more information.

He might be ‘Kojak’ but…

Ving Rhames may have picked up a lollipop and stepped into Telly Savalas’ shoes for a new version of “Kojak,” but he wasn’t a fan of the TV show as a child.

“Kojak wasn’t on in my house,” he told the Boston Sunday Globe. “I grew up in Harlem one block away from the Apollo Theater, where a version of Kojak’s show was happening every day in the neighborhood. There were thugs and criminals and detectives running around. Why would I want to watch a show about that? I think I’ve seen one rerun.”

Rhames, 43, who is best known for his role as Marsellus Wallace in the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction” and the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, said his Kojak will be different.

“You’ll see my Kojak being very human. He interprets the law of the streets differently than what’s on the written page. It’s not the law to beat up someone who molests a child. It’s not the law to castrate someone who rapes a child.

“But if someone does that to your child, could you understand that kind of punishment? I’m not saying you like it, but can you understand it? I guess that sums up Kojak. He’s a man who happens to be a detective. He finds his own way to deal with problems.”

“Kojak,” which premiered on the USA Network last week as a two-hour movie, will begin its regular weekly rotation on the network Sunday.

– Knight Ridder Newspapers

‘Kung Fu’ hustles to top

HONG KONG (AP) – Stephen Chow, who’s aiming for greater global fame, was the big winner at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards with “Kung Fu Hustle.”

Chow’s action-comedy was named best film at Sunday’s ceremony – one of the premier events for the Chinese-language movie industry.

“Kung Fu Hustle,” the biggest grossing local film in Hong Kong history, won five other awards, including best action choreography for Yuen Wo-ping of “The Matrix” fame.

The actor-director paid tribute to Bruce Lee, who was named “Chinese Film’s Bright Star of the Century” at the ceremony that marked the first 100 years of Chinese filmmaking.

“He changed the way we looked at kung fu, changed the way we look at movies,” said Chow, whose “Kung Fu Hustle” is about gangsters who try to take over a neighborhood populated by kung fu masters.

Chow’s “Shaolin Soccer” was a blockbuster in Asia in 2001, but did poorly in the United States. He has said that one of his biggest goals is to have a hit outside the region.

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