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BARACK Obama looks like the devil. That's the take-away from the History Channel miniseries The Bible, in which the prince of darkness is played by Mehdi Ouazzani.

A distinguished-looking veteran of Moroccan film who has also worked in France and Hollywood, Ouazzani looks neither presidential nor satanic in his no-make-up photos. But there is a resemblance in stills of his Satan.

The History Channel professed "the highest respect" for Obama and called the comparison "utter nonsense" and a distraction. But I'll bet they love the publicity.

There was no comment from Obama.

Spanx for hunks

LADIES, it may be time to move on from Brad Pitt to some younger romantic fantasy figure: Star mag says Brad is "sporting a girdle" to control his "pudgy midsection." Specifically, Star says, he uses a kind of control pants called Spanx.

Pitt, evidently unwilling to dignify this one with a denial, is keeping mum but someone "close to" him called this nonsense.

Brad's 49.

What the dickens?

ACTOR Ralph Fiennes has been improving his vocabulary -- well, expanding it, anyway -- with help from starlet Perdita Weeks, his co-star in The Invisible Woman, an upcoming movie about the love life of Charles Dickens.

"I've taught him some trendy expressions likes 'totesamaze' and 'amazeballs', which teenagers say for something that's awesome," Perdita tells the Daily Mail. Need I mention that she's English?

Fiennes, she went on, "didn't know what I was talking about at first and we had a laugh that he was past it, but now he is making everyone giggle on set by using these phrases himself."

(If you think "Perdita" is a strange name, you should meet her sister Honeysuckle.)

He's 50. Perdita's 27.

Sizemore gets more

NOW it can be told: Actor Tom Sizemore reveals in his new autobio that he had a fling with Elizabeth Hurley while she was dating Hugh Grant.

The book, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, recounts that he was competing with Wesley Snipes for Hurley's favours in 1992, while they were all filming a movie called Passenger 57.

Tom and Liz quietly moved in together, he says, but then he learned she was also cozy with Grant. She made Tom leave the house whenever Hugh was coming to town; he pretty quickly got tired of that.

Later came drugs, Juliette Lewis, many other women, marriage, more drugs, divorce, Heidi Fleiss, lots more drugs, prison... And he's still only 51.

Trail of crummy sequels

AS movie-goers know too well, many crummy pictures reach sequel territory; they need only be profitable. And worldwide distribution makes this easy.

Step forward Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. I missed this Jeremy Renner/Gemma Arterton gore-fest, and so did you, apparently: it grossed only $54 million in North America, on an estimated $50 million budget.

But Paramount and MGM have now confirmed sequel plans, because foreign box office has passed $151 million and counting.

Foreigners, it turns out, will watch anything.

Jeremy and Gemma, not yet signed for number two, may not have the stomach for it.

Something to gossip about

YES, Adam Brody (once of The O.C.) and Leighton Meester (of Gossip Girl) are dating.

After unconfirmed reports last week, the two surfaced in public together in Venice, Calif.

They were dressed down and quite relaxed together, suggesting that this has been going on for some time.

He's 33. She's 26.

No satisfaction

MICK Jagger and Jerry Hall ended their marriage in 1999, but it turns out they never settled who owns their home in Richmond, in southwest London. It's still community property and now she wants him to hand it over.

They bought the joint in 1991, paying £2.5 million, so as you can imagine it's worth a fortune now, maybe £10 million.

The Daily Mail quotes Nameless Insider saying the place is "a source of increasing concern to her as she gets older." She lives there, with their son Gabriel, who's 15. The Mail says Hall has the right to live there until she hits 65 -- nine more years -- but she wants to sell the joint, which is awkward since she doesn't own it. She's asking Mick to "clarify his intentions".

Didn't see her boobs?

IT'S all over for Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Game of Thrones starlet Emilia Clarke, after about eight months together.

E! News's source blames distance: she's always shooting the TV series in Europe, and he's in L.A.

The L.A. Times speculates about another reason: Maybe Clarke "was peeved that he didn't include her in his Oscar musical flop We Saw Your Boobs, since she's frequently been topless on her HBO series."

She's 25. He's 39.

All work, no Perry

Us Weekly says Katy Perry and John Mayer are done with each other; People says the same, apparently with different sources.

Us tempers the heartbreak: "She's leaving the window open," a source says. "They have both been so focused on work."

She's 28. He's 35.

Payscale of a mocktress

THE Hollywood Reporter looked at how much certain starlets are paid to attend fashion shows and the like. It's a lot:

Jessica Alba, Jessica Chastain, and Kate Bosworth can get $100,000 per appearance, the paper says. Rachel Bilson commands $150,000; Emma Stone and Jessica Biel maybe $60,000. Lesser lights like Camilla Belle sometimes settle for $50,000.

Some ladies in this category are seen more often at fashion shows than in movies; the Reporter calls them "mocktresses" -- pretty, sometimes actresses, famous for being famous, and so having lots of time to adorn the crowd at fashion shows. Nice work if you can get it.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 24, 2013 ??65524

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