JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD
By Jill Jackson
HOLLYWOOD … It’s not much fun lately in Tinseltown, what with the bad economy and strikes. It’s equally not much fun looking for news, and there isn’t any. We are all now aware that NBC gave Jay Leno a 10 p.m. time slot to keep him from going to a rival network. We know there was a strange lack of “Milk” at the Golden Globes, and that Oscar voters are pondering DVDs for voting. We also saw the ridiculous dramatics from Kate Winslet accepting her Globe award, and Leo sitting, watching and wondering, no doubt, if that was the actress who played Rose with him in “Titanic.”
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A few films are in the works. One of them titled “Opposites Attract,” about a young couple who walk a mile each day in each other’s shoes to make their relationship work. Sounds pretty nerdy to me, but I guess something is better than nothing. No casting as yet to my knowledge. … An interesting title in the cards is “Cantinflas,” a biopicture of the comedian/actor who helped usher in the golden age of Mexican filmmaking. … And one more that sounds interesting is “Jack the Giant Killer,” in which a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is chosen to lead a dangerous expedition to the Giant Kingdom to rescue her.
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Aside to Elsie C. of Kenner, La. You want to know if Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie Pitt speak. I don’t know, but don’t imagine there’s any love there from Jennifer. After all, Angelina did take her husband. And yes, I quite agree with you. I like Angelina’s look with a long, sexy hairdo in lieu of the abrupt short cut you saw at the Golden Globes. However, I’m sure that was for her picture “Changeling,” and mayhap she is letting it grow long again. And Elsie, there are bigger worries in the world at the moment, so don’t fret too much over Mrs. Pitt’s hairdo.
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And to MaryAlice J. of Grand Prairie, Texas. I do, indeed, think Billy Crystal is a very funny man. And yes, Crystal is his real name. I hope you saw him on a recent Letterman show when he talked about how raccoons raided his yard, and how he had to take care of the poop. And yes, I do hope he hosts more award shows. He’s the best.
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A most interesting Oscar note: The entire speaking cast of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” — Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sandy Dennis and George Segal — were nominated for acting awards. … And another: We all know Emil Jannings was the first Oscar winner, but do you know the second? It was Warner Baxter for “In Old Arizona.”
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BITS ’N’ PIECES: Betcha didn’t know that Mickey Mouse was once banned in Russia, Germany and Italy. Don’t ask me why. I read it in a fact book, and it didn’t say why. … Brad Pitt’s full name is William Bradley Pitt, and what not many know is that he was on the tennis team in high school … And, of course, you know Mrs. Brad’s full name is Angelina Jolie Voight Pitt. … Plus, I’ll bet not many know the real name of vampire author Anne Rice is Howard Allen O’Brien! … And at this writing, all’s quiet on the Britney, Lindsay and Paris fronts, and thank heaven for that. No helicopters hovering over my roof day and night!
© 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.