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JJ's Hollywood


Paula Deen offers up some food-filled fun on Food Network


by Jill Jackson


01/11/2008 - HOLLYWOOD ... What with award time in Tinseltown and all the gala goings-on, let's talk a bit about fashion. Younger readers may not be aware that in days gone by, a tuxedo was a "must" for awards shows and functions. The gentlemen appeared in those black suits topped off by a stiff white shirt and a black tie. Matter of fact, they were called "Black Tie" events. Today it's anything from an open shirt to a T-shirt, the preferred color being black. Personally, I don't care to see the hair on a man's chest in public. As for the femmes, it's that "little nothing" black dress; long, straight hair, mostly blonde; and spiked-heel, sandal-like shoes.

You won't be seeing Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" until November 2008, although it was filmed last year in New Orleans. It's based on a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his 80s and ages backward. Set from the end of World War I in 1918, it goes into the 21st century. Cate Blanchett co-stars. Meanwhile, Angelina and Brad continue to commute between their homes all over the world, and when he is in New Orleans, he is hands-on helping to restore the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

I'm not much of a TV watcher, but a nasty case of shingles has confined me to the "Tube," where I've discovered Paula Deen of the Food Channel. She's a plump little white-haired lady with the bluest eyes you'll ever see and a Southern accent you could cut with a cleaver. She delivers delicious dishes with a "chatter-patter" that is delightful. Find her and have some food-filled fun.

And speaking of food. Commander's Palace Restaurant in New Orleans serves up some of the best food and drink in the world. Now from Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, two of the proprietors, comes a delightful book titled "In The Land of Cocktails" (William Morrow). Hilarious illustrations go along with "how-to-mix" a Gin Fizz, Sazerac and every other drink ever served at a bar. There's enough anecdotes and food recipes to provide a romping good read from start to finish.

Back to the Tube. If you missed "Movies Rock" on CBS, you missed one of the best shows to ever hit the airwaves. Top songs from films sung by the greatest names in the business from Beyonce to Tony Bennett. The staging was magnificent, and it was sheer and utter delight. I always thought "As Time Goes By" from "Casablanca" was No. 1, but no. "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby tops the list.

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BITS 'N' PIECES: Perhaps you have heard that many of the performers like Leno and Letterman and others have paid their staff members who didn't receive paychecks during the strike out of their own pockets. ... Those kids of Julia and Danny are just beautiful. Little blond Hazel is like a gorgeous doll. ... And no, Marjorie, I still haven't found out what's in the cup on Letterman's desk. However, I'm presuming it's water. ... Tom Cruise took home another award. This time it was the Bambi, given in Dusseldorf for his work in "Valkyrie," about a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. ... Posh leaves David just long enough to appear with the Spice Girls in Vancouver, Canada. ... AND have you noticed. No Paris, Lindsay or Britney? Not HERE. Not NOW.

(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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