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JJ's Hollywood


Muniz dabbling in real estate


01/25/2008 - HOLLYWOOD ... Remember Frankie Muniz, who starred in "Malcolm in the Middle"? Now he's an all-grown-up 22-year-old, and besides his love of racing cars, he loves to "dabble" in real estate. He already has bought and sold several homes, making a profit on each, and now he has his Sunset Boulevard manor on the market for $3.9 million. In case you're interested, it's a one-story abode with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, a swimming pool and a spa. And get this: The master suite has a pitched ceiling with a skylight, two walk-in closets and an infinity tub (whatever that is). Then there's a deck with views of the city to the ocean. Any takers? You no doubt know Frankie took a break from acting to try his hand at race-car driving, but now he has returned to what he does best: acting.

While most are talking about what is to come in 2008, let us take a look back at what has happened in years gone by. After John Wayne won an Oscar for playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit," he said: "If I knew it was that easy to win, I would have put an eye patch on 35 years ago." ... It has all changed now, but in the old days there was the Hays Code for films, and some of the restrictions were: No kissing for more than three seconds; no mention of sexual hygiene or venereal disease; no sex relations between whites and blacks; no showing of the inside thigh of a female between the garter and the panties. If people appeared in bed together, one had to have a foot on the floor. HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED!

Back to now ... "Gubanator" Arnold Schwarzenegger was reported to have said that after his governorship is over, he "would like to return to acting." This kills the rumors he would like to stay in the political arena and seek a higher office. We'll just have to wait and see. ... Some of his better-known films are "Conan the Barbarian," "The Terminator," "True Lies" and "Kindergarten Cop." Before he became an actor he was into bodybuilding, and some of his titles were Mr. World, Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia. I guess we just have to wait and see how his scenario plays out.

How about these for names? Apinya Sakuljaroensuk and Pan-ek Ratanaruang? She stars in and he directed a film titled "Ploy." Just be glad you don't have to spell it, and I'm glad they are not making another film for a while. It took me many minutes to get that spelling correct. And while we're on the subject of spelling, I caught "Mary Poppins" on the tube recently. It's a film that goes on and on, like "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music" and "Casablanca." The dancing is exceptional, so is the music, but I found the plot a bore. And speaking of spelling: I can spell "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" — one of the songs from the film. How about that?

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BITS 'N' PIECES: Yup. Lindsay, Paris, Nicole, Britney and "other names in the news" do get paid large sums to appear at parties and nightspots. ... That's Michael Douglas' voice introducing "NBC News With Brian Williams" nightly on NBC. ... Noel Coward was a playwright, actor, singer, composer and a socialite. BUT, did you know he was a spy doing undercover work during World War II? I sure didn't! ... And David Letterman's company that produces his and other shows is called World Wide Pants.

(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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