JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD

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Juno Temple

By Jill Jackson
HOLLYWOOD … I’m a “Late Show” watcher, because I’m a late-night “stayerupper.” Which brings me to watching David Letterman and wondering why whoever or whomever thinks up tricks like dropping things from the roofs of skyscrapers onto Broadway is funny or amusing. Things like boxes of ice, bales of cotton, magnums of champagne — particularly the champagne. One time, they even went so far as to break up all the cars on the street. Beats me why. But I watch, don’t I? Meanwhile, the Letterman/Leno/Conan debate goes on.
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Helen Mirren is being called The Grand Dame of Acting. I always thought that title was held by Meryl Streep or Glen Close. So, let them duke it out. Anyway, Mirren has been cast as the Nanny in “Arthur,” a remake of the 1981 comedy. In the original, Dudley Moore played Arthur, a boozy playboy who is set to marry an heiress whom his family feels will make something of him. Instead he falls in love with a working woman. Meanwhile, Mirren commutes from her home in Hollywood to her home in New Orleans. And I am happy to report that the Big Easy is making a great comeback after hurricanes, oil spills and mosquitoes.
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A friend of mine saw a blonde dancing down Hollywood Boulevard. He thought it was Paris Hilton and followed eagerly in his car. It wasn’t.
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Make a note of this name: Juno Temple. You’ll be seeing it a lot. The 21-year-old British actress is set to play “Her Royal Highness” in the 3D version of “The Three Musketeers,” to shoot in September. Other offers are pouring in, and when everything is finalized, you will get the details. And until they come in, one further comment: Isn’t it interesting to learn about all the remakes of past films. And on a further note: I hope everything isn’t in 3D. I don’t enjoy all those things jumping out at me. How about you?
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Cameron Diaz with long blond hair and a bright-red dress joined Antonio Banderas, Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers at the premiere of “Shrek Forever After.” After the screening, there was much partying with many names showing for the festivities. As much as I could tell, Diaz was solo, but the “single boys” clustered round like bees heading for a hive. And what a pleasant change to that bright-red dress after all those “little black nothings.”
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Any time you want a close-up of Jack Nicholson, go to a Lakers basketball game. There he is. Ringside seat. Screaming his head off and doing everything but getting out there into the game. As to his private life, I haven’t learned about any new ladies. Matter of fact, I don’t think he spends much time with them when his team is in town.
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BITS ’N’ PIECES: Shirley Temple said she stopped believing in Santa Claus when as a child star she sat on his lap and he asked her for her autograph. … Robert Mitchum had a delightful sense of humor. Whenever someone asked him for his autograph, he signed it “Kirk Douglas.” … The box office does well in Britain, where it hit $8 billion in 2009. … Bob Hope once said, “Movie cowboys mystify me. They jump off a porch roof onto a horse and still sing in a normal voice.” That’s about the only thing Hope didn’t do in movies.

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