LOS ANGELES – Filmmaker Oliver Stone apologized for remarks about the Holocaust and Jewish media influence that were criticized as being anti-Semitic.

“In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret,” Stone said in a statement released Monday by his publicist, Rubenstein Communications.

The apology followed comments Stone made to the Sunday Times of London. In an interview promoting a new documentary, Stone also discussed a project in the works, “Secret History of America.”

“Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein,” Stone told the Times. “German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”

Stone sought to put the atrocities in proportion, the Times reported. “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 million,” Stone told the newspaper.

Stone also discussed what he called “Jewish domination of the media,” using an expletive to say that Israel had fouled “up United States foreign policy for years.”


Jolie: Pitt a ‘wonderful father,’ brought kids to film set

TOKYO – Actress Angelina Jolie, in Tokyo for the weekend opening of action thriller “Salt,” brushed off rumors about her shaky relations with Brad Pitt.

“He was just a wonderful father,” she said Tuesday of Pitt, during work on the film, in which she plays a tough spy. He often brought the children to the set, she recalled.

“They played with fake blood, and they found mommy very strange in her different hair,” she said.

Last week, Pitt and Jolie — who are raising six children — accepted undisclosed damages in London’s High Court to settle a privacy claim against a British tabloid that had reported in January that they were planning to split.

Asked about her ability to work and maintain a happy family, Jolie said: “Brad is the word that makes it possible.”


‘Bond’ star Craig lands role in ‘Dragon Tattoo’

LOS ANGELES – Daniel Craig has a new mission. The current star of the James Bond films has signed on for the English-language remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Distributor Sony Pictures confirmed that Craig is taking on the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the thriller based on the first novel in the best-selling series from the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

The violent story teams Blomkvist with the title character, Lisbeth Salander, a deeply troubled genius tormented by a terrible childhood, as they delve into the mystery of a missing girl whose disappearance leads them to a string of decades-old murders. Directed by David Fincher, the film is due in theaters next year.

Renowned zookeeper uses pepper spray on grizzly cub

COLUMBUS, Ohio – TV host and zookeeper Jack Hanna said he took his own advice and used pepper spray on grizzlies headed toward him.

The frequent David Letterman guest said he was with his wife and other hikers in Montana’s Glacier National Park on Saturday when they saw the mother bear and two large cubs coming toward them. Hanna and the others moved slowly back up the trail to a clearing and stood still while the mother and one cub passed by.

Hanna says the other cub, weighing about 125 pounds, charged toward the hikers. Hanna sprayed the bear in the face, and it fled.

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