Thursday, June 30, 2005

Woodwards, Real and Reel

Is there a new Deep Throat movie in the works?

Actor Robert Redford was spotted leaving the Georgetown home of The Post's Bob Woodward yesterday with a copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's new book, "The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat," which is due out Wednesday. Redford starred in the 1976 movie "All the President's Men," based on the 1974 book of the same name by Woodward and Carl Bernstein .

Woodward declined to comment on the possibilities of another movie about the scandal. He told The Post that he had a 3 1/2 -hour "life catch-up" with the 67-year-old actor and longtime friend, whom he hadn't seen in a few years. They discussed "Sundance, the movies, politics, books I've done on Bush."

When pressed about the meeting, he said: "There was a very serious discussion and the focus was on Watergate. . . . Redford, like me, has this endless fascination with Watergate. He gets it."

The family of Deep Throat, 91-year-old W. Mark Felt , is coming out with a book, too. And Universal Pictures has optioned it for a movie to be developed by Tom Hanks's production company, Playtone.

Better Than Cue Cards

No fair -- she's an actress! Jennifer Tilly put her acting skills to good use yesterday to become the first celebrity to win the ladies' no-limit Texas Hold 'Em event at the World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. The 46-year-old Tilly trumped 600 players, including some of the top female card-playing professionals in the world, to win $158,625 in the two-day event.

Tilly said she picked up tips from her boyfriend, professional poker player Phil "Unabomber" Laak , who won the World Poker Tour invitational last year. "When you're living with Phil, you kinda learn by osmosis," the actress ("Seed of Chucky," "Monsters, Inc.") told "Even in the middle of the night, he wakes up screaming out poker terms. Most guys scream out other girls' names."

In addition to the cash, Tilly received the gold-and-diamond bracelet that is presented to all World Series of Poker champions. She described getting the bracelet as "better than winning an Oscar."

Noted . . .

· E.T. -- phone Tom. "War of the Worlds" star Tom Cruise apparently took his latest role fighting extraterrestrials to heart, telling a German newspaper yesterday that he believes in aliens. "Are you really so arrogant to believe we are alone in this universe?" the 42-year-old actor said in an interview with the daily tabloid Bild. "Millions of stars and we're supposed to be the only living creatures? There are many things out there we just don't know." Beam him up, Scotty.

· Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was ordered to enter a three-month alcohol treatment program after pleading guilty Tuesday to drunken driving. The singer was also fined $1,200 and placed on three years of informal probation.

· "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" star Melissa Joan Hart is expecting a baby, reports People magazine. The 29-year-old actress and her husband, Mark Wilkerson , were married in 2003. This will be their first child.

. . . and Quoted

"I went to camp and was enamored with the counselors, but they were a little out of reach. One looked like Scott Baio . We actually called him Chachi. 'Ahhh, Chachi, come by my cabin sometime.' " -- "The Notebook" star Rachel McAdams, talking to Life magazine about summer camp.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller from staff and wire reports

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