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Russell Crowe replaces Pitt in political film, 'State of Play'

01/04/2008 - HOLLYWOOD ..Brad Pitt pulled out of the political film "State of Play" because he was not happy with Universal's script, and he has been replaced by Russell Crowe. Meanwhile, Brad is in New Orleans, helping to restore the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He's a hands-on helper — out there almost daily, giving much of his own money and finding funding for more. On a recent "Larry King Live" interview, he discussed the project, and then answered some personal questions. "Yes," he said. He and Angelina want MORE babies.

As for Crowe, his co-stars in "State of Play" will be Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn. Crowe hasn't made as many films as a lot of other stars, but those he has made have been big at the box — e.g. "L.A. Confidential," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Gladiator." Personally he is most unpredictable. Mr. Crowe has a very short fuse, but he can also be charming when he cares to be.

When a femme star in filmtown wants to look "gorgeous" to appear at a gala or walk the red carpet, many of them go to a gal named Rachel Zoe. She gives them that gorgeous long blond hairdo, or whatever, does their body make-up and also the face. I'm told she charges $6,000 per day for a treatment and claims Demi Moore and Kate Hudson among her clients. Ms. Zoe herself is a beauty with long blond hair, big brown eyes and a great body. She has written a book titled "Style to Die For: The Art of Fashion, Beauty and Everything Glamorous." She is also quite rich and happily married. What more could anyone ask for?

Looking quite glamorous, Elizabeth Taylor was wheeled onto the Paramount Pictures lot and onto a sound stage, where she gave a reading of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters." All proceeds from the affair went to AIDS research — the favorite charity of La Liz.

Joan Fontaine is beaming with pride over the publication of her daughter Deborah Dozier Potter's book: "Let Buster Lead: Discovering Love, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Self-Acceptance." Joan is still a great beauty and still receiving kudos for her roles in "Rebecca," "Jane Eyre," "The Constant Nymph" and more. She's living in Carmel Highlands, Calif.

A bunch of P.R. people and showbiz writers sitting around discussing "The Best" once again. Decisions were Best Male Actor On-Screen Today: Tom Hanks; Biggest Movie Star: Tom Cruise; Best Female Actress: Meryl Streep; Biggest Female Movie Star: Julia Roberts. If you don't agree, write and tell us your "Bests" c/o King Features Weekly Service, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.

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BITS 'N' PIECES: Sick joke making the rounds in Tinseltown: "Pretty soon more actors will know what the inside of a jail looks like than the inside of a studio." ... And no, I still haven't found out what is in the cup on David Letterman's desk. ... But I do know that Jay Leno paid staff workers who didn't get a paycheck during the writers strike out "of his own pocket," and that there were about 80 recipients. ... AND, as we lope into the New Year, it is devoutly hoped that everything will be getting better.

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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