`Catwoman,' Bush and his aides earn Razzie film `dishonors'

Monday, January 24th 2005, 2:45 pm
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The fur is still flying over Halle Berry's action flop ``Catwoman.''

The Razzies, which mock the worst in film, gave ``Catwoman'' a leading seven nominations Monday, among them worst picture, worst actress for Berry and worst supporting players for Sharon Stone and Lambert Wilson. ``Catwoman'' also was nominated for worst screen couple for Berry with either Stone or co-star Benjamin Bratt.

```Catwoman' is the cinematic equivalent of a clump in the cat-litter box,'' Razzies founder John Wilson said. ``Kind of a sad little thing laying there stinking up the place.''

The historical bomb ``Alexander'' was second with six Razzie nominations, including worst picture, actor Colin Farrell, actress Angelina Jolie and director Oliver Stone.

The other worst-picture contenders were the family action comedy ``Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2,'' the holiday debacle ``Surviving Christmas'' and the cross-dressing comedy ``White Chicks.''

President Bush and some of his advisers received worst-acting nominations for their appearances in news and archival footage in Michael Moore's ``Fahrenheit 9/11,'' which assails Bush for his actions surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bush was nominated for worst actor, while Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice got a nomination for worst supporting actress and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for worst supporting actor.

Wilson said that while ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' was a piece of anti-Bush propaganda, the president and his associates earned their Razzie nominations on their own.

``It wasn't Mr. Moore's editing,'' Wilson said. ``It's the raw footage of these people just making fools of themselves.''

Just a few seconds of screen time in ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' brought a nomination as worst supporting actress for Britney Spears, who sits for a moment blank-faced and chewing gum in the film before saying she thinks people should support the president in all decisions he makes.

Along with Bush and Farrell, worst-actor nominees were Ben Affleck for ``Jersey Girl'' and ``Surviving Christmas''; Vin Diesel for ``The Chronicles of Riddick; and Ben Stiller for ``Along Came Polly,'' ``Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,'' ``Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,'' ``Envy'' and ``Starsky & Hutch.''

Joining Berry and Jolie as worst-actress contenders were Hilary Duff for ``A Cinderella Story'' and ``Raise Your Voice,'' and two pairs of siblings: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for ``New York Minute'' and Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who play federal agents in drag in ``White Chicks.''

The Olsen twins and the Wayans brothers also had nominations as worst screen couples.

Arnold Schwarzenegger received a nomination for worst supporting actor for ``Around the World in 80 Days,'' for which he did a cameo before becoming California's governor. Besides him, Rumsfeld and Wilson, the other supporting nominees were Val Kilmer for ``Alexander'' and Jon Voight for ``Superbabies.''

Besides Rice, Spears and Stone, Carmen Elektra of ``Starsky & Hutch'' and Jennifer Lopez of ``Jersey Girl'' also were nominated for worst supporting actress.

Selected by about 500 members of the Golden Raspberry Foundation, Razzie nominations were released a day before the Academy Awards nominations come out. Razzie winners will be announced Feb. 26, a day before the Oscars.