Angelina, Leo, Ben
and J.Lo should take a lesson from Liam
Neeson: Use your star power to get movies made in
That's what Neeson did on "Kinsey," which the hunky
transplanted Irishman is shooting with Laura
Linney, Lynn Redgrave, Chris O'Donnell
and John Lithgow - as Jolie, DiCaprio, Affleck
and Lopez suffer from boredom in Canada. "Liam Neeson
insisted 'Kinsey' be made here," city Film
Commissioner Katherine Oliver told us. "He
recognizes the benefits of working in this town, and he
didn't want to leave it. He was absolutely passionate
about making this film in New York [which he now calls
So was director Bill Condon, who insisted that
the movie - about the social scientist who liberated
America's attitudes about sex - be shot here. Condon has
been filming at Columbia and Fordham, as well as the
National Arts Club.
Neeson and Condon are hardly alone. New York has been
steadily gaining in competition with Canada, Australia,
South Africa and Eastern Europe, with 180 films shot
here last year. Television and film production is a $5
billion business for the city.
"We have 40,000 locations in the five boroughs," said
Oliver. "We can look like Europe, the suburbs - we even
have country fields."
In fact, two movies being shot right now are set in
the Midwest. "The Best Thief in the World," starring
Mary Stuart Masterson, is being filmed on Staten
Island locations that resemble Ohio, allowing Masterson
to continue her role on Broadway in "Nine."
And Sidney Lumet is shooting HBO's "Strip
Search," an Iowa-set film starring Glenn Close,
Oliver Platt and Ellen Barkin.
"We've got the best crews in the world here," said
the film commissioner. Why would actors want to go
Jen makes Cris' heart
God forbid Jennifer Lopez and Ben
Affleck don't make it to the altar. But if Affleck
fails to become J.Lo's Husband No. 3, Husband No. 2
seems ready to pick up where they left off.
Cris Judd says he's still "deeply in love"
with Lopez — even though she departed from their
marriage after just nine months.
"I don't know if Ben Affleck knows about it, but we
still get along fine," says the dancer, whose divorce
from Lopez was announced almost exactly a year ago.
"Every time we speak, she calls me," Judd tells In
Touch magazine writer Mark Coleman.
"I still really care about her and know she does for
me. She knows I miss her. I tell her if she ever needs
me, I'm here for her.
"I love her for who she is, not what she is. There
aren't many people around her who can say that.
"I'll never give up loving Jennifer. We're
Surely, Ben finds that a comfort as rumors fester
that he and Lopez were about to announce they were
splitting, following a National Enquirer story alleging
Affleck got frisky with strippers in Vancouver.
At the end of last week, reps for the couple were
insisting the couple was still solid. Word is Affleck's
handlers don't believe the tab's claim that there really
is video evidence of carryings-on at Brandi's Exotic
Sources at the tab maintain the tape exists.
An affront to Jolie
Speaking of Angelina Jolie, don't touch her breasts.
The actress says she's miffed at execs at Paramount
Pictures for airbrushing her bosom in a poster for "Lara
Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life."
Apparently it was a cold day when the photo was taken
- making it clear that Jolie wasn't wearing a bra. But
Angelina believes even a fantasy character should look
"I wanted my [breasts] to be there to see," she
complained in an interview the other day.
Paramount argued that anatomical correctness might
over-heat her fans.
Jolie admits that Lara's bust is smaller than it was
in the first "Tomb Raider" movie. "Last time, I took too
much protein powder," she said. "That gave me lots of
curves. This time I ate normally, so Lara is slimmer and
But no less deadly.
Who's so vain?
Carly Simon has agreed to reveal the identity
of the cad in her 1973 smash "You're So Vain."
While many people believe the song to be about
Warren Beatty, other contenders include Mick
Jagger (who sang backup on the track), James
Taylor (her ex-husband and father of their children,
musicians Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor),
Kris Kristofferson and Cat Stevens (about
whom she is also said to have written "Anticipation").
During an appearance on Phil Donahue's TV show
in 1990, Simon quipped, "It's about the young Oprah
Simon, 58, is auctioning the the answer to her
career-spanning riddle, along with a private concert at
her home on Martha's Vineyard, to raise money for
Martha's Vineyard Community Services. The fund-raiser is
tomorrow on the island.
In smokers' camp
John Mellencamp must have forgotten he
suffered a heart attack in 1994.
Ignoring the warnings of the surgeon general (and
Mayor Bloomberg), the rocker was chain-smoking
onstage Thursday at his Town Hall performance and
at the party afterward at Lobby.
"Yes, he was smoking," said a rep for the singer.
"But he's in great health."
P.S.: Mellencamp, whose album "Trouble No More" mines
traditional blues and folk music, had a treat that night
when he met Anna Rotante, granddaughter of one of
his inspirations, Woody Guthrie.
Rosie gives 'Q' an A
Rosie O'Donnell was screaming Thursday on
Broadway - with laughter.
The TV talker-turned-producer was in hysterics at the
opening of "Avenue Q" at the Golden Theater, and she
wasn't alone. Cynthia Nixon, Leelee Sobieski, Patti
LuPone, Swoosie Kurtz and Joan Rivers
guffawed as the puppet-bearing actors - "Sesame Street"
veterans - sang songs like "Everyone's a Little Bit
Racist" and "If You Were Gay."
The biggest reaction came when Rod the puppet,
operated by talented-to-his-toes John Tartaglia,
confided to a therapist (Ann Harada) that he
might be gay.
"Lots of gay musicians and artists have been making
great contributions for hundreds of years," said Harada.
But he's a Republican investment banker, countered
"Stay in the closet, then," the therapist said.
"You're good for nothing."
By the way, Rosie is so proud of her 8-month-old,
Vivienne, she showed people at intermission
pictures of the infant she's rearing with her partner,
Kelly Carpenter O'Donnell.
Congressman Charlie Rangel told his supporters
last week that "When I was growing up, my father told me
to get myself a good civil-service job that has a
The crowd of 850 at Tavern on the Green roared. They
were there to celebrate Rangel's 73rd birthday.
Coincidentally, it was a pension-reform bill that
caused Republicans to call cops last month on Rangel and
other Dems who walked out of a Ways and Means Committee
meeting in a dispute with the GOP leadership. Rangel is
the committee's ranking Democrat. "If [House Majority
Leader] Tom DeLay has you arrested," state
attorney general Eliot Spitzer said at the party,
"I'd love to be your lawyer."
Then Maya Angelou recited her poem "I Rise"
for Rangel. Rangel, who still lives in Harlem, just
three blocks from where he grew up, will become the
chairman of Ways and Means should the Democrats regain
the House. The party raised more than $400,000 for his
National Leadership political action committee.
The death of their daughter Marie on Friday was the
second time tragedy has struck famed French actor
Jean-Louis Trintignant and his wife, film
director Nadine Trintignant.
They lost their first daughter, Delphine, to an
accident when she was just 5 years old. Sources say
Jean-Louis, who played the sexy racecar driver in the
New Wave classic "A Man and a Woman," had difficulty
working after the child's death.
Marie died from head injuries after a fight with her
boyfriend, Bertrand Cantat, a French "rock star."
With Suzanne Rozdeba
Originally published on
August 3, 2003