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Lily Tomlin Feeling Fulfilled in Work and Love

Lily TomlinLily Tomlin is heading to New York to shoot the 11th episode of this season’s “Damages,” and says, “I can’t wait to learn what my character is up to.”
As fans of the hit FX series know, Lily is playing the wife of a man whose exploits bring to mind Bernie Madoff and his billion-dollar ponzi scheme, and she reveals, “I haven’t seen the script for any of the segments we’ll be shooting. I probably won’t until the last minute. None of us in the cast ever knows what the writers will do. They’re following an arc, but watch to see how the actors react to the scripts.

“I always want to leave the impression they can expect anything of my character. I just hope they don’t allow her to be a long-suffering wife. I want her to have a bad streak.”

Lily says she’s lucky. “I never invested with Bernie Madoff, never even knew who he was until the scandal broke. But, I have a couple of friends, a husband and wife who are writers, not people who had a lot of money, who lost everything to Madoff.”

Lily also feels lucky in love. In March, she’ll be celebrating her 39th anniversary of togetherness with her partner in life and career, writer Jane Wagner. Although they’ve reportedly only been open about the relationship for the last few years, Tomlin notes, “I never called a press confernece or anything like that, but in the industry, Jane and I always lived very openly. If people were oppressive of us, I wasn’t conscious of it or don’t remember if I was. Funny thing about me, I’m not too long on hard feelings.”

Lily says that she and Jane have no wish to marry. “We’ve been together too long, And, we’re not religious, not that you have to be, but it’s important to people who want to marry in church. The truth is that rituals don’t mean a lot to us, just the ones we invent. Besides, if we did stage a wedding, I don’t think Jane would get there on time. We call her Maybe Jane, maybe she’ll show up if we’re going someplace. I give her that flexibility.”

Cristian de la Fuente

TWO STARS IN ONE: “In Plain Sight” actor Cristian de la Fuente is shuttling between his USA Network series shooting in Albuquerque, and work on his “Corazon Salvaje” Univision series in Mexico City — “which is exhausting, but also great, you know? When you’re exhausted because you’re working, it’s better than when you’re exhausted from finding work. So, I can’t complain.

“Things have been very good. I have a show in Spanish and a show in English,” notes the hot Chilean actor, who is also remembered for his fancy footwork on “Dancing With the Stars.”

In “Corazon,” de la Fuente is barely recognizable as the same actor who plays Mary McCormack’s ex-baseball player fiance in “In Plain Sight.” He sports long hair and sideburns for his role as a wealthy 1880’s land owner who rides around on horseback looking dashing in the romantic period piece.

What de la Fuente doesn’t have time for right now is a book tour, despite the fact he has a book coming out — “Hot, Passionate and Illegal? Why (Almost) Everything You Thought About Latinos Just May Be True.” He wrote it with Federico Larino, a buddy who’s head writer for a late-night comedy show in Mexico.

“We had this idea to write a book about Latinos in the States, how things have happened to him and to me. Most Americans think we are all from the same place. Everybody thinks we are all from Mexico, or all from the south and it’s like Latinolandia — where Latinos come from,” he observes. “There are even those who don’t know people from Brazil speak Portuguese, and there’s this confusion.”

Yes, embarrassingly enough, that is true. Adds de La Fuente (who is also a member of the Chilean Air Force Reserves’ aerobatic squadron), “The book is facts, like a manual, mixed with humor and life experiences.”

CAN’T DUCK THE REDUX: Not that Hollywood ever stops dusting off its more successful fare and remaking it, but we’re in the thick of a veritable remakathon right now.

On the big-screen side, there’s “True Grit,” as in the remake of John Wayne’s 1969 Western, only this time it’s Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, with a cast also including Matt Damon and Josh Brolin for Joel and Ethan Coen. That flick that rolls next month.

Also being remade is “The Thing,” as in the 1951 and 1982 creature features. You can’t keep a good thing down, after all.

On the small-screen side — good grief — in addition to the new “Rockford Files” that is on the way, CBS is doing a new “Hawaii Five-0” (will McGarrett still be the only guy on the islands wearing a suit and tie wherever he goes?). There’s also a new “Nikita” — as in La Femme Nikita — in the works. And Universal is finally doing their series version of England’s beloved “Prime Suspect.”

Seems like old times, all right.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Joan Cusack Doesn’t Want Her Sons to be Actors

Joan Cusack

Joan Cusack

“Mothers don’t let your sons grow up to be actors.”

That could well be the refrain actress Joan Cusack might sing when she talks of the future of her sons, who are currently ages 12 and nine.

After decades in the business, Joan, who stars in Lifetime’s Aug. 22 movie, “Acceptance,” wants us to know, “To be honest, it’s a very difficult profession.  It’s cruel and unstable I would never want my boys to go into it.”

As far as she’s concerned, “If you weren’t manic depressive when you started out as an actor, there’s a strong chance you’d end up that way being  surrounded by all the wrong values.  The fantasy and illusion of wanting to be a movie star is gruesome.  It’s a terrible world, a terrible business and it takes its toll.”

It took enough to a toll on the actress, who has twice been nominated for Oscars (for “Working Girl” and “In & Out”) that it drove her away from Hollywood and back to her family home in Chicago after shooting 1990 “My Blue Heaven.”

“I can’t even remember the director’s name now, but I’ll never forget how he treated people,” she says.  “If you were supposed to be humiliated in a scene, he would humiliate you in advance.  It was terrible. I couldn’t handle it.  I realized it was too painful a profession for me, went home and tried to figure out what I could do. Some great therapy saved my life.”

Joan, who’s shared the camera frequently with her brother John, plays the judge in the June 26-opening “My Sister’s Keeper” movie.  It’s a small part, but she didn’t mind.  It just meant leaving her sons and her husband, attorney Dick Burke, for a few days of filming in Hollywood.  “And then I was able to return home to my family.”

Being a full-time wife and mother is, she says, “Hard work.  Trying to have a real life takes a lot of work.  But it’s worth it.  I feel blessed.”

RUMER HAS IT: Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter Rumer Willis is expanding her acting resume with the movie “Sorority Row” but she tells us filming the thriller wasn’t easy.  “It was cold during the night shoots standing outside in lingerie, especially since we were filming Pittsburgh,” says Willis of the movie about a group of sorority sisters who try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.  Luckily she and the rest of the girls were able to make the most of the situation.  “It felt like we became somewhat of a sorority early on, which I think shows in the movie. There are a lot of laughs and scares and skin.”  As for her next project, Willis says, “I’m going to be in New York this summer filming the movie ‘Walks.‘”

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE:  Melissa Peterman has taken over Joey Fatone’s role as host of “The Singing Bee” now that the show has moved from NBC to CMT.  She says we can certainly expect some country flair, but there will be something for everybody when the show premieres Saturday (6/20).  “It’s like 60 percent country and 40 percent everything else.  People assume country music has one demographic and that’s not the case anymore.  Country and pop have definitely come together,” notes the former “Reba” star.

While she’s had a blast filming the episodes, Peterman admits it wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be.  “Hosting is an extremely hard job.  It’s a skill that looks so easy to everyone else, but it’s not.  It’s made me really respect people like Ryan Seacrest and Tom Bergeron, who is a friend of mine, and I think one of the best hosts around.  You’re in charge of keeping things going and keeping the energy up.  There’s even math involved with the scores.  I’m like, ‘There’s math too!'”

When not hosting, Peterman tells us she’s back to auditioning, hoping to find something as good as her previous sitcom.  “We definitely keep in touch and talk a lot.  When you see people every day for six years they become your family,” she says of her “Reba” cast mates.  “I wasn’t quite done with the show yet.  I feel like we were done too soon and there were a couple of more seasons in there so that was sad, but I can’t complain too much because we did have six years.  It was like winning the lottery.”

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE:  “In Plain Sight’s” Cristian de la Fuente has a hectic life between his USA Network drama series, his charitable activities, his stunt flying with the Chilean Air Force, his performing gigs in his home country, plus being a husband and father.  The handsome one-time “Dancing With the Stars” contender attributes handling it all to a positive outlook.  “The good thing is the day has 24 hours to fill,” he points out.  “The economy is bad.  The stock market goes down.  But the good news is there are still 24 hours in a day.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster