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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
2003-10-24 life & times
J.J.'s Hollywood
HOLLYWOOD ... Still basking in the glow of all the good words about her performance in "Under the Tuscan Sun," Diane Lane goes into "Need," about a highly successful New York therapist who discovers that one of her patients, a suicidal woman, is having an affair with her (the therapist's) husband. Filming gets under way the first of the New Year. ... Just in case you didn't know, Lane was on the cover of Time magazine in '79 in an issue featuring rising child stars; she has a permanently dilated pupil due to being hit in the eye by a tennis ball; she dated Bon Jovi for a while, and married and divorced Christopher Lambert; her grandmother was a Pentecostal minister, and her mother was a Playboy bunny.

HONORS: Sir Anthony Hopkins received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... Composer John Williams has been named Grand Marshal of the 2004 Rose Parade. ... Tony Curtis will be honored by the Flanders International Film Festival. Certainly this can't be for his forgettable acting, but he has surely brought a lot of color and personality to the industry. ... The first AFI Charlton Heston Award to be presented each year to the individual who has made distinguished contributions to the film and television community, and to the AFI went to Heston himself. ... And Sean Penn was the youngest recipient ever to receive the San Sebastian, the Spain Film Festival's Denostia Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 51st annual gala.

The Academy Awards will come early this year, on Feb. 29 from the new Kodak Theater via ABC. Billy Crystal will be the host. It is devoutly hoped that it will be a better show than the recent Emmys. I can't remember a more distasteful or boring event, and was ever grateful I wasn't captured there for those interminable hours. Watching at home on the tube I could at least turn it on and off (mostly OFF). And I wasn't the only one. Word is the ratings were the lowest ever.

Writer-producer Steven Bochco ("Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law," etc.) has written a novel everybody's reading. Titled "Death by Hollywood," it's about a down-on-his-luck Hollywood screenwriter who tries to turn a brutal murder into his next movie payday. It's being called "sexy, funny, savvy and streetwise. The work of a master story teller at the top of his game." Surely Bochco should make this into a movie.


BITS 'N' PIECES: Aside to Josephine L. of Washington, La. Robert DeNiro has three children. Twins Aaron and Julian, age 7, and Elliott, age 5. ... I'm afraid 'tis true. Ethan has left Uma, and there goes my take on happy marriages. ... And to Hubert L. of Paramont, Calif. Nicole Kidman is 5 feet 10 inches tall in bare feet. In high heels, she towers over many males. ... When Jennifer Aniston flew to visit Brad in Mexico when he was filming "Troy," she leased a plane to the tune of $160,000! ... Watchit Britney. Beyonce is treading all over your territory. Her name gets bigger and bigger and BIGGER! ... Hats off to Leo DiCaprio and all the other environmentalists who signed on with Future Forests to plant more trees in Mexico. There can never be enough trees anywhere. ... At one of California Gov. Gray Davis' fund-raiser parties, Jack Nicholson, with his usual sunshades, and Bruce Willis, bald as a cue ball, were there. ... Ashton Kutcher was named Christopher Ashton Kutcher. He has a fraternal twin named Michael. ... And Vin Diesel has a twin brother, Paul Vincent Diesel, who is a film editor.

(c) 2003 King Features Synd., Inc.

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