And more from our Gossip Girl: Will Lindsay Lohan Come Back as a ‘Fashionista’? … Former Page-Sixer seizes Hollywood … Star-gazing at NYC’s Primola
“HE WAS such a fascinating character, a gentlemanly person to work with, a sensitive personality. I hope we find some angel who’ll find the money to get the film finished. With the recession, everyone is suffering, I know. But … this was his very last movie!”
That is the divine Jacqueline Bisset, talking about the late Dennis Hopper. Jackie is hoping their film, “The Last Film Festival,” directed by Linda Yellen, will eventually see the light of the day. The movie, a comedy, also stars Chris Kattan, JoBeth Williams, and Leelee Sobieski, and was screened recently in New York to an extremely positive response. It just needs some finishing touches.
Hopper was such an iconic figure in film, it is hard to believe some generous movie-loving mogul won’t chip in a few bucks. (Oh, come on, Harvey Weinstein. You know “The King’s Speech” is going to pick up a few Oscars. Finish “The Last Film Festival” and release Dennis Hopper’s swan song.)
Miss Bisset will next appear in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie “An Old Fashioned Christmas.” (The film she did for Hallmark last year, “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving,” was so successful, she was lured to come back for a sequel.)
As for director/producer Yellen, perhaps someday she will write her memoir, not just about the varied people she has known and worked with – from Elizabeth Taylor to Vanessa Redgrave – but her own very personal relationship with Arthur Miller. I will say only this – it would be a revisionist take on the “noble” playwright.
OUR GIRL Lindsay Lohan (you knew she’d pop up here eventually!) is continuing her court-ordered sober-living stint after a stay Betty Ford. She’s looking good when she goes out to shop and apparently dealing with her numerous issues. Alas, the one habit she can’t seem to break is smoking. Please stop, honey. So unhealthy, and – remember, you are a movie actress – so bad for the skin.
As to movies, Lindsay is out of “Inferno,” the Linda Lovelace biopic. Whether she was dropped or dropped out, it’s a good thing, although, for sure, she needs the money at this point.
But Miss Lohan does have an angel on her shoulder, in the form of producer Christine Peters. Peters is betting on Lindsay – literally. We hear that the producer of such hits as “How To Lose a Guy In Ten Days” is willing to put up her own money to guarantee Lindsay showing up on the set of a movie titled “Fashionista.” This is a project Christine has been trying to get off the ground for a few years. It is based on the novel of the same name. She has always envisioned Lohan as the leading lady. So, with this kind of open confidence expressed by one of Hollywood’s most successful (and well-liked) producers, the industry might take another look at “Fashionista” and Miss Lindsay Lohan.
The only fly in the ointment for this story is the rumored involvement of Lindsay’s father, the infamous Michael Lohan. Supposedly, he would act as a co-producer. Sigh! Look, I know that Lindsay and her dad are reportedly attempting to mend fences (he’s cooking her favorite pasta dishes and bringing them to her), but with his inability to stay away from the press and his own problems, I wonder if involvement with her career is wise? Can’t he just be a father to her?
If it’s true, Lindsay’s mother, Dina Lohan, must surely be out of her mind. It is Dina who has always been “there” for her daughter as she rose from child star to burgeoning teen dream to the troubled young woman of today.
In any case, Christine Peters hopes to begin filming on “Fashionista” in the spring.
RICHARD JOHNSON, once the famous face and sometimes poisoned pen of The New York Post’s sizzling Page Six, moved out to Hollywood a couple of months ago to dive into the thriving world of Internet publishing – still working for his old boss, Rupert Murdoch.
But Richard doesn’t sit at home in front of his computer in his jimmies. Just as he did in Manhattan, Johnson makes the L.A. rounds. His favorite place to see and to be seen is the fabled, notorious Château Marmont, just off Sunset Boulevard.
The other day, ensconced in his regal eagles’ nest with several pals, somebody nudged Richard and said, “Look, that’s Jenna Jameson coming over here!” (Miss Jameson has made her fame in pornography.) Johnson said, “Oh, that’s not her. She’s too tiny.” Surprise, the little lady was indeed Jenna. Richard, always a gent, jumped to his feet and said – as if addressing Dame Judi Dench – “Miss Jameson, I’m your greatest admirer.”
We are sure the charming Richard got the story he wanted.
NEW YORK’S Primola restaurant is still packing ’em in, and it is one of the city top spots to see a star. This was the lineup just this week: Former DA turned bestselling author Linda Fairstein, telling friends she’s working on her 13th thriller … music man Steve Tyrell (he’s currently at the Café Carlyle) … Frankie Valli, the “Jersey Boy” himself … real estate gazillionaires William and Phyllis Mack (they’ll winter in Palm Beach, don’tcha know, with another real estate tycoon, Mickey Palin) … the great actress Gena Rowlands, her hubby, producer Robert Forrest, and former starlet/now-serious documentarian Rita Gam (Miss Rowlands is soon off to Oklahoma to make a movie, and didja know Miss Gam was one of Grace Kelly‘s bridesmaids?) … and the one and only Al Pacino – who has garnered raves for his “Merchant of Venice” on Broadway – dining with his longtime friend and mentor, producer/director Marty Bregman of “Serpico” and “Scarface” fame. (The best deals are made over a good veal scallopini!)