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Getting serious about Belushi

THE great John Belushi died on March 5, 1982. Casting speculation about the inevitable biopic started the next morning. But "inevitable" melted into "unlikely" and the darned thing never did get made. (Nobody counts the cheapo 1989 bomb Wired, based on Bob Woodward's book that everybody says was unfair.)

Lots of people in Hollywood have flirted with the idea of a serious biopic, most recently director Todd Phillips and Warner Brothers, about three years ago. The writer on that one was Steve Conrad, who wrote the upcoming remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Enough backstory. Let's move on: The Hollywood Reporter now says Conrad is trying to get organized to direct a biopic himself. Star names floated so far include Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine, and Joaquin Phoenix.


Who were you married to, again?

BILLY Bob Thornton, once married to Angelina Jolie, is bound and determined nobody will ever forget that. You just can't shut the man up about her:

"I blew my marriage to Angelina," he now tells the Sun, in England. "I thought I was not good enough for her and I was too insecure."

They were married from 2000 to 2003.


Take two Simon and Garfunkels...

I'M not saying it will replace medical marijuana, but it turns out that people in physical pain, feel better after hearing the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water.

A British pharmacy chain, Lloyds, surveyed 1,500 customers and found 41 per cent of them, including 66 per cent of those aged 16-24, say music eases pain. Top choice: Bridge.

The Telegraph, which had the story, also says the fourth-best pain-reliever song is, preposterously enough, Candle in the Wind. Oww! I'm getting a headache just thinking about that cornball ditty.


... or a Tina 'n' Amy

TINA Fey and Amy Poehler are denying the RadarOnline report there are 16 million reasons why they agreed to do the Golden Globes hosting gig for each of the next two years.

The website claimed the two will be paid $4 million each per year in the deal. But their publicity people say "the dollar figure that Radar has printed is greatly exaggerated."

I wonder. They didn't reveal any other dollar figure. And the ratings for this year's show, with those two hosting, did jump 28 per cent among viewers age 18-49 over the previous year when Ricky Gervais was in charge.

The site also says Tina 'n' Amy asked for, and were given, a "huge perks package," including use of NBC's private jets. So far nobody's denied that part.


Breaking up is hard to do

ON Oct. 6, race car driver Dario Franchitti smashed himself up in a crash at the Houston Grand Prix, breaking two vertebrae and a bone in his right ankle, and suffering a concussion.

Rushing to his bedside was actress Ashley Judd, his wife for 10 years until they separated last January.

Now they are separated no longer. "They are going to give it another try after he recovers," One Who Knows told Us Weekly. "His accident made her realize how much she loves him."

No doubt this will be a made-for-TV movie by spring.

He's 40. She's 45.


Time to get back in the kitchen?

TODAY'S conversation-starter: Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson says cooking has acquired a bad reputation among women. She told Observer Food Monthly, a British newspaper's magazine, "Women of my generation were keen -- rightly -- not to be tied to the stove, but the ramifications of this were that they felt a sense of dread in the kitchen.

"How can this be good for anyone? I also feel that to denigrate any activity because it has traditionally been associated with the female sphere is in itself anti-feminist."

She's 53.

Fear and loathing on red carpet

CHLOE Sevigny, movie star and fashion trend-setter, says too many actresses dress without imagination for red-carpet events.

"There's all that fear," she told Grazia, a British mag for women. "You can feel they've been styled. I think they could be wilder if they got to dress themselves."

She feels the pressure herself, she said:

She told Grazia magazine: "If I'm going to... a red-carpet thing, then whoever is helping me -- which is usually my publicist because I don't work with a stylist -- we always say 'Is this a 'what-was-she-thinking' dress?'

"I wish I could let go and not worry about it, but I always feel like my head spins and I spiral into a bad place."

She's 38.


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 27, 2013 ??65524

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