Ansari Will Host Movie Awards

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HOLLYWOOD ... Once again, the divine Chris Pine gets a paragraph in this column and headlines elsewhere. He’s back in Tinseltown, prepping for a stage appearance. Here’s an actor who loves to act — be it onscreen, onstage or anywhere else he can flex those thespic accoutrements. His love life? That I can’t answer. Gather ‘round girls, and duke it out!

Try this on your spelling bee. GABOUREY SIDIBE. Of course, you know she’s the luscious fat lady who plays “Precious.” And she’s just as luscious and precious in real life as she is on screen. And yes, her clothes must be made to order. I’ve never met her, but she is one person I would like to. She looks like wonderful fun!

And how’s this for a name? Aziz Ansari. He’s the star of NBC’s sitcom “Parks and Recreation” and is set to host the 2010 Movie Awards in June. He’s a new personality on the horizon, so glom on to the spelling of his name. ... And a final note in this week’s column on spelling. To all of you who have asked, yes, all the Jennifers in film and on TV that I can think of spell their names with two “N”s.

I don’t know how many of you wait up for the late shows, but being an insomniac, I am one of them. Tickles me to see most of the femmes appearing in little nothing dresses, and using their long, thick hair to keep themselves warm.

Aside to Viola B. of Boston: Sorry, I have never had the pleasure of meeting Oprah Winfrey. However, I agree with everything you say. She is probably the biggest femme name in showbiz today. As to her personal life, as I said a few columns back, I really don’t know about the “Stedman” relationship. And P.S. I’m sure she would get a big kick out of the little boy who was “listening to Okra.”

And to Nancy H. of Los Angeles: Indeed, I did know Jack Benny. Not only was he highly talented and one of the world’s top entertainers, he was the nicest, kindest person you would ever want to meet. I worked with him. I was on his New Year’s Eve Show (incidentally, it still runs in replays). I was with him at lunches and dinners, and when I was president of the Hollywood Women’s Press Club, he was the top guest seated at my table because he was to receive an award. In the middle of lunch he said to me and to his PR person, Irving Fein, “I have pains in my stomach.” So, Irving and I helped him out and up the stairs and into Irving’s car. He was taken to the hospital, and he died shortly afterward.


BITS ‘N’ PIECES: A lot of bare femme flesh on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Come June, James Cameron receives the Science Fiction and Horror Academy Award. Another trophy for his already full shelves! ... Britney, Paris and Lindsay: Come out, come out, wherever you are! The Sunset Strip is quiet without you. ... Didya know that Whoopi Goldberg has written a novel titled “Alice.” ... And also did you know that Greta Garbo turned down the role in “Country Girl” that set Grace Kelly on the road to fame?

© 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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