Names & Faces: LaToya Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Reese Witherspoon, Joy Behar

Saturday, June 27, 2009

'Brüno' Jackson Scene Cut

Even shock comedies have limits. In a rare move, Universal Pictures has made a significant cut from its new film "Brüno," removing a scene featuring Michael Jackson's sister LaToya.

The footage was in the movie during a Wednesday night screening but absent at the Hollywood premiere Thursday night, the Wall Street Journal reports. Studio sources confirmed the last-minute edit, explaining that although the comedy is meant to be over-the-top shocking, jokes at the expense of Michael Jackson mere hours after his death would have been in poor taste.

The scene -- in which Brüno (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) creates a pretext to copy Michael Jackson's telephone number from LaToya Jackson's BlackBerry, while LaToya eats sushi from the body of a naked Mexican worker -- is unlikely to be restored for the film's July 10 commercial opening in the United States.

Jeff Goldblum: Still Alive

Attention: Jeff Goldblum is not dead.

On an otherwise dark day for Hollywood, police in New Zealand rushed to quash Internet rumors yesterday that the actor had died in a fall while making a film there. Goldblum's agent confirmed to Agence France-Press that the star is, in fact, alive.

Similar hoax reports have occurred before, with Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise rumored in recent years to have died while filming in New Zealand.

Reese & Jake, Plus Rita

We've got to hand it to Reese Witherspoon, who's still in town filming that rom-com we keep telling you about. She sure must be nice.

The actress and boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal stopped by the Rita's Italian Ice in Adams Morgan on Wednesday afternoon (both ordered the lemonade flavor, if you're interested). Then they agreed to the staff's request of a $1 donation for pediatric cancer research, even signing those paper lemons that go up on the wall. Easy enough.

But it was Witherspoon's next move -- ordering enough Italian ice for the entire crew of her film -- that went the extra mile. She arranged for it to be delivered to the movie set around midnight.

In other Reese/Jake/movie news, Gyllenhaal and six friends went back to Oyamel, site of a cast party earlier this week, for dinner Thursday night (sans Witherspoon, who was working). Co-stars Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson toured the Newseum with Gyllenhaal yesterday afternoon.

End Notes

Cold Feet: "The View" co-host Joy Behar has called off her engagement to longtime beau Steve Janowitz, People magazine reports. "It's off the table. What'll happen is, when I decide to do it, I'll do it, and then everybody will know I did it. I can't make up my mind," Behar told the New York Daily news this week. Behar and Janowitz have been dating for 26 years.

Quoted: "It was nice to go down there and meet people that didn't have an agenda with me, that became my friends, and it helped restore my faith in people." -- Patti Blagojevich on "I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!," the NBC reality show she taped for 23 days in the Costa Rican jungle (during which time she lost 12 pounds and ate the occasional tarantula). Blagojevich's co-stars included Janice Dickinson, Sanjaya Malakar and Lou Diamond Phillips, who was voted the show's winner by viewers.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports


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