By Jill Jackson
HOLLYWOOD … Naomi Watts is one of the town’s busiest actresses. She is co-starring with Ewan McGregor in “The Impossible,” plus starring in “Fair Crime,” in which she plays an outed CIA undercover agent opposite Sean Penn. … Meanwhile, Julia, Sandra, Gwyneth and etc. are looking around for “something good and juicy,” and possibly by the time you read this they will have come upon something. Like a good man, a good script is “hard to find.”
The curtain is hardly down on the Golden Globe awards, when they (whomever they are) are talking about next year’s affair. British comedian Ricky Gervais will host the 68th annual show on Jan. 16, 2011. “I can’t believe they want me back after all the ‘not so nice’ things I said,” he is reported to have told several interviewers.
John Lennon’s autographed lyric sheet for The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s in New York and is expected to fetch at least $700,000. The sheet for the song from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is being sold by a collector who paid $93,000 for it in 1992. Beatles popularity never seems to wane, no matter how many decades go by.
Aside to Penelope H. of Pine Prairie, Texas, who wants to know how Julia-Louis Dreyfus can get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, when big stars like Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock aren’t there. Your answer, Penelope, is that if Julia and Sandra wanted one, all they would have to do is approach the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with $3,000, and they would be there.
It doesn’t happen until November, but already the town of Baton Rouge, La., is readying for The 6th Annual Red Stick International Animation Festival. There will be all sorts of fun things, plus the best food in the world: shrimp, crabs, crayfish, fried chicken, gumbo and more galore! Y’all come!
It has been sad times for the Redgraves. Natasha Richardson, daughter of Vanessa, died not long ago, and only recently Lynn Redgrave, sister to Vanessa, lost her battle with breast cancer. I knew Lynn. We had lots of fun. Adieu, mon ami!
Everyone in New Orleans is talking about Sandra Bullock’s child adoption, and her naming him Louis after the great “Satchmo,” who is “tooting” that horn in heaven with all the angels swinging to his rhythm. I have a tape of a radio interview I did with him, and it is one of my greatest treasures.
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BITS ‘N’ PIECES: From Aubrey Malone’s book “I Was a Fugitive From a Hollywood Trivia Factory,” couples who came close to marriage but didn’t: Clara Bow and Gary Cooper … Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett … Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts … Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow … Warren Beatty and Joan Collins … Elvis Presley and Ann Margret … Joan Crawford and Clark Gable … Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand … Tyrone Power and Lana Turner … Burt Reynolds and Sally Field … and Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.
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