Oscar winners play the feud

Los Angeles � Actor Jon Voight has taken his family feud with actress-daughter Angelina Jolie to television.

Voight, who won a best-actor Oscar for the 1978 Vietnam War drama "Coming Home," requested an interview with the syndicated TV show "Access Hollywood" to say he is "broken hearted" that Jolie won't talk to him. When he tried to approach her at a recent party, he said, a security guard turned him away.

"I've been trying to reach my daughter and get her help, and I have failed and I'm sorry," he said in the interview.

Voight, 63, indicated he believes he is to blame for much of the trouble between himself and his daughter, acknowledging that when she was a baby, he had an affair and subsequently left his wife and family.

Jolie, who won a supporting-actress Oscar in 2000 for "Girl, Interrupted," declined to respond to Voight's remarks.

"I don't want to make public the reasons for my bad relationship with my father," Jolie, 27, said in a statement.

A little help from her friends

Miami � Elton John has become the latest of Janet Reno's celebrity friends to help her campaign for governor, agreeing to sing at a September fund-raiser in Florida.

The 55-year-old entertainer will perform at a private, $500-per-ticket event Sept. 18 at a suburban Fort Lauderdale hotel, Reno spokeswoman Nicole Harburger said Thursday.

The two met when Reno was U.S. attorney general, and John recently invited the Democratic hopeful to an Academy Awards party, Harburger said.

"He said he'd do anything to support her campaign," she said.

Reno has received help in her campaign to unseat Republican Gov. Jeb Bush from former talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell and "The West Wing" actor Martin Sheen.

In the director's chair

Toronto � Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington will bring "The Antwone Fisher Story," his directorial debut, to this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Festival organizers said Thursday it would have a gala presentation.

The film is the story of a hot-tempered sailor (newcomer Derek Luke), whose visit to a naval psychiatrist (Washington) starts him on the road to emotional healing. It will be released in selected U.S. cities in late December.

Washington attended last year's festival to promote "Training Day," the crime drama for which he won the best-actor Oscar this year.

The 27th Toronto International Film Festival will be Sept. 5-14.

Pageant breaks another barrier

Atlantic City, N.J. � Comedian Wayne Brady will be host at the Miss America Pageant this year, the first black master of ceremonies in its 81-year history.

Brady, 30, an Emmy-nominated entertainer best known for his work on ABC-TV's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" will headline the Sept. 21 telecast culminating in the crowning of Miss America 2003.

He replaces Tony Danza.


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