JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD

Bette Midler

Bette Midler

By Jill Jackson

HOLLYWOOD … How many of you remember Jane Fonda in the 1960s cult-classic “Barbarella’? It was a tremendous hit. Now there is to be a remake of this film about a female mercenary who roams the universe of the distant future undertaking missions that require fearlessness, originality and sensuality. No casting announced as yet, but whoever is chosen as the female lead will have to look great wearing next to nothing.
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A bunch of showbiz writers batting the breeze about big names who married big names. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. After he died, she married Buddy Roger. Then there were Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Joan Fontaine and Brian Aherne, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher, Joan Blondell and Dick Powell, Joan Blondell and Mike Todd, and everyone wished Garbo would marry John Gilbert, but she never did.
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Bette Midler is onstage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in her production “The Showgirl Must Go On.” “The Divine Miss M.” is looking just great. A whole new body, long legs, long blond hair and possibly a tuck or two here and there. … Chaim Topol was onstage at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles in his farewell performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.” It’s always great to have live entertainment.
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Aside to Francine R. of Hoschton, Ga.: Your question is a tough one. “Who is today’s top male star?” After much deliberation, I would say Brad Pitt. Others say Leonardo DiCaprio, and still others say George Clooney. Take your pick.
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Eric Lax’s “Conversations With Woody Allen” (Knopf) is now updated, expanded and out in paperback. It’s a great guide for anyone who wants to break into the business of movie making, and also a very good read.
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It’s been a while now, but the town’s still talking about the big night at the Universal Studios Amphitheater when the Black Eyed Peas, The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus performed. Packed to the rafters and much wild applause and excitement. And this time around, a lot of big names were applauding instead of being applauded. It always amuses me that most of the femmes look alike. Those little “nothing” black dresses, and long, straight blond hair.
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BITS ’N’ PIECES: Sylvester Stallone gets the “Glory to the Film Maker” award at the Venice Film Festival. It’s for an artist who has left a mark on contemporary cinema. … Ryan Seacrest gets $15 million a year to host “American Idol.” … George Hamilton gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. … Didya know that Dustin Hoffman shot himself in the leg when he tried to draw a gun from a holster when he was filming “Little Big Man.” … And Paris is quiet, Lindsay is quiet. Ditto Britney.
© 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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