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Who’ll Take George’s Place as Hollywood’s Top Playboy?

LeoBy the time you read this, George Clooney could be a married man. As you probably know, in early August the suave actor-filmmaker, who for years has unofficially reigned as Hollywood’s top playboy, posted wedding banns in Chelsea with his fiancee, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin — a legal detail that was necessary at least 16 days prior to their planned nuptials.

So now the question is, who will ascend to his place atop the heap? It won’t be easy to fill Clooney’s $700 Armani loafers, you know. For one thing, Clooney showed us that a guy can be a playboy and remain politically correct. In his past he had a brief marriage (to Talia Balsam) in addition to his long string of romances with fabulous beauties — from British television personality Lisa Snowdon to French model Celine Balitran, Italian heiress Gianna Elvira Cantatore, actress Krista Allen, wrestler cum TV personality Stacy Keibler — plus an appreciation of Renee Zellweger that reportedly had George gifting the star with a $30,000 diamond bracelet.

Yet impressively, George’s ex-girlfriends seem to have good things to say about him — like Allen, who worked with him after their breakup and can’t say enough about how much she reveres his talent and abilities as a producer.

The story goes that his pal Nicole Kidman bet Clooney $10,000 he’d be married by the time he was 40. Obviously, she lost. “Nicole sent me a check for $10,000,” he was quoted as saying. “I mailed it back and wrote, ‘Double or nothing for another 10 years.'”

She missed by three years. With fellow “Sexiest Man Alive” Adam Levine out of the running, having recently wed model Behati Prinsloo, our attention turns to these seven prospects for Tinseltown’s Top Ladies’ men:

Bradley Cooper. The “Silver Linings Playbook” superstar has a pretty breathtaking playbook of his own. He had a brief marriage to actress Jennifer Esposito, and then moved on to Renee Zellweger and Zoe Saldana, with appearances by Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson in the mix before dating 17 years younger model Suki Waterhouse last year.

mayerJohn Mayer. The handsome, preternaturally talented singer-songwriter clearly has gifts for other things as well — with exes including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. Too bad he flubs on gentlemanly behavior, as most notoriously evidenced by his kiss-and-tell interviews in Rolling Stone and Playboy.

Jake Gyllenhaal. Celebrity watchers were so busy examining the elevator video of Beyonce, Jay Z and the very upset Solange Knowles outside an after party the night of the Met Gala last May that relatively few noticed Jake Gyllenhaal was at the event — as were three of his exes at once: Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift. Awkward! He dated model Alyssa Miller till December, and then, more recently, he’s been seen out and about with Rachel McAdams. Like George, he’s gorgeous and politically active.

Gerard Butler. The Scottish hunk has resisted being termed a playboy, but he certainly has the track record of the genuine article. He’s reportedly dated Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Shanna Moakler, Jasmine Burgess, real housewife Brandi Glanville, and Kazakhstani billionaire Goga Ashkenazi, in addition to an array of models including Naomi Campbell. The “300” and “How to Train Your Dragon” star recently split from Madalina Ghene and is back on the market.

Jared Leto. The Oscar winner and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has burned quite a trail through town, having dated Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Ashley Olson and Cameron Diaz, and enjoyed a flirtation with Lindsay Lohan.

Irish hellraiser Colin Farrell is the first roguish face that comes to mind for many when the words “movie star” and “playboy” are uttered in the same sentence. The one-time boyfriend of Britney Spears bought a house for his ex-girlfriend and mother of one of his sons, model Kim Bordenave, but didn’t marry her. He sued another ex-girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain, trying to keep her from marketing their sex home movie. His second son is with his “Ondine” costar, Alicja Bachleda-Curus. His past flames list also includes Angelina Jolie, Maeve Quinlan and Demi Moore.

Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s up there with George in so very many ways — a debonair superstar who also shows up trying to make a difference in the world at large. Plus, he has a list of exes who are internationally renowned models and actresses — Gisele Bundchen, Kristen Zang, British model and socialite Emma Miller, Naomi Campbell, Scarlett Johansson, Israeli model Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Blake Lively, and Leo’s girlfriend since May of 2013, Victoria’s Secret model Toni Garrn. There’ve already been rumblings of trouble between DiCaprio and the 21-year-old German. He was seen dancing up close with model Katie Cleary at Gotha nightclub in Cannes while Toni was elsewhere.

Who do you think will take George’s spot? One of these, or someone else? Time will tell.

Eric Matheny: Leonardo DiCaprio-Clint Eastwood ‘J. Edgar’ is an American King Lear

Eric Matheny

Leonardo DiCaprio

It’s only been about a month [originally published June 2011] since Clint Eastwood wrapped production on “J. Edgar” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as controversial F.B.I. Chief J. Edgar Hoover — and the Oscar buzz is already intensifying.

Eric Matheny, who plays Hoover’s “Dr. Feelgood” medico in the feature, likens it to an American King Lear “in a lot of ways.   Hoover really did have a sense of keeping the kingdom together at all costs — while at the same time being driven mad by his own secrets and lies.”

Says Matheny, “There was one scene with Naomi (Watts) in Hoover’s office that was very much like [Lear].  If this gets any kind of Academy nod, well, I’m sure it is a scene that people will be looking at.  When I saw it, I thought, ‘I’m so glad I’m here for this.’  We’re talking about one of the greatest actors of our generation,'” he says of DiCaprio, whose performance spans decades.  He spent six hours in makeup daily for the scenes of Hoover as an elderly man.  “He has a grip on Hoover — the voice, the stance — he was compeltely immersed in the character.”

Already there has been much talk of “J. Edgar” not holding back when it comes to the notorious secret-keeper’s rumored  homosexual proclivities and cross-dressing.  But Matheny puts it this way:  Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black, he says, “wove in the story of a conflicted man.  He was conflicted because of his upbringing and the societal mores of the time, coupled with his own personal demons and his idea of secrecy, and his fear of being found out — and all these things that were mirrored in his personal life.  It’s a fascinating tale and sort of historical biopic that shows how Hoover formed his ideas, his thoughts on patriotism, his country, right and wrong — conflicted by his own desires.  By the end of the film, the conflicts had festered into a man who was sort of broken and stabbing out in all directions.”

Of his own role, he notes, “Dustin’s research shows there was a doctor and/or a nurse coming to his office.  Well, he doesn’t need someone to come to his office to give him a glass off water and a pill — they’re coming to do something.   It was a pretty common practice among the wealthy and powerful of the time to get influenced by these doctors: ‘You’ve got a problem?  Let’s drug it up.’  They could call it vitamins, but there were probably some kind of amphetamines in there.”

Eastwood lived up to his standards as a great filmmaker in Matheny’s eyes as well.  “He’s light-handed, incredibly succinct, never forced.  He’ll let that first shot go however it goes, then he’l adjust, not from a mechanical perspective but a creative one.  He gets the maximum effect with the minumum effort.  It’s amazing.”

Next, Matheny is set to head to Oregon to make the big-screen “Freedom For Joe,” about a pro quarterback who has to deal with becoming paralyzed.  “There is a spiritual idea in it, of what traps people in their lives, and getting over that.  It’s going to be a special film, I think,” he says.  “Things are going in a good direction.”

AND:  DiCaprio’s G-man lover in “J Edgar” is played by Armie Hammer of “The Social Network” — who is now getting ready to play the title role in the new “The Lone Ranger,” in which Johnny Depp is playing Tonto.  The part-Cherokee Depp intends to reinvent the classic sidekick character in the Disney film that brings together his fellow “Pirates of the Caribbean” fellows, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.  This “Lone Ranger” is in preproduction as subsidiary roles are being cast, and is already set to ride into theaters Dec. 21, 2012.

It Actor Hammer is also playing the Prince in “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White” opposite Lilly Collins.  Talk about a nice variety of movies.

OH, THE REALITY:  Casting is underway for a new reality show, “L.A. Dog Walkers” for which the producers want real-life dog walkers of the rich and famous.  Candidates should be 18-40 ears of age, either gender, and be trusted members of the celebrity households for whom they do pooch duty.  The show is going to pay a thousand bucks per episode to the lucky dog walkers who get signed.  Here, Spot!

Also en route to our living room screens is “The Sexperts,” in which title professional psych types will be assisting couples who are finding things blah between the sheets.  Casting forces for the show have been on the lookout for committed couples in their twenties and thirties whose relationships are in a rut, and who don’t mind embarrassing thems– er, talking candidly about their sex lives on national TV.  They’re only getting 500 bucks an episode.

Angie Dickinson Talks Scorsese Sinatra Picture

Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson has been following with interest developments on Martin Scorsese’s planned big screen biography of Frank Sinatra.  She was, after all, an honorary member of the fabled Rat Pack as well as Sinatra’s leading lady in “Ocean’s Eleven” and beyond.

“Wouldn’t that be great if he could really pull that off?” she asks.  She’s hoping for a biopic the quality of the Joaquin Phoenix “Walk the Line.”

“I thought that was one of the great movies made in recent years and a great depiction of the character.  They even improved Johnny Cash’s image,” notes the septuagenarian Hollywood icon.

Robin Wright Penn

Robin Wright Penn

With Leonardo DiCaprio being talked for Ol’ Blue Eyes, who should play Angie Dickinson?  “Robin Wright Penn or Jessica Biel could play me, and a couple of others.

Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson

I’m not that hard to figure out,” she answers with a laugh.  “There have been times when I’ve seen Drew Barrymore in something and thought, ‘If I were young, I could be in that part.'”

Angie has no problem with latter day emulators of the Rat Pack – originally comprised, you’ll recall, of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.  “I absolutely love it.  Listen, I’ve been dining out on that for 59 years.  I get a great kick out of it.”

MEANWHILE: The one-time “Police Woman” returns to the tube July 18 in the Hallmark Channel movie, “Mending Fences,” a title that tells of her relationship with onscreen daughter Laura Leighton – as well as the movie’s tale of small town citizens banding together to save their water supply from developers.

Of the former “Melrose Place” star, Dickinson says, “She’s terrific.  The script was too long and she was working on it every day, making it more succinct and understandable to the audience.”  She adds, “She’s absolutely beautiful — skinny as a rail.  I’d look at her every day and say, ‘Oh, my God!’ … I’ve gained 20 pounds since my prime.”

As far as future acting desires, “I’d like to play Meryl Streep’s mother when they do ‘Prada’ 2,” Angie tells us.  However, she’s aware good parts for older people are few.  “It is a young people’s medium.  It always will be and should be,” Angie says.  “We don’t go to movies about old people, except once in a while.  Basically, and rightly so, we want to watch young people.  They’re fun to watch.”

A NEW KIND OF PARTNER:  Robert Gossett has been knee deep in police work on the popular TNT series “The Closer,” but the veteran actor reveals he may be temporarily turning in his police badge for some dance shoes.  According to Gossett, he has been approached by “Dancing With the Stars” to possibly compete when the show returns in September, but no decisions have been made.

“They’re in the process of talking to my agent about it.  Yeah, I would very much like to do it,” Gossett tells us.  “I went to a performing arts high school in New York.  I was a music major there, but I was involved with dancing a little bit.  Later on I did musicals so it involved a lot more dance,” he recalls.  “I think it would be fun.  My kids would get a kick out of it.  They don’t think I can dance anyway.  I always embarrass them, especially the 13-year-old.”

For now, Gossett is busy at work on “The Closer,” which is currently in its fifth season.  “We’ve got an endless supply of great ideas and the writing hasn’t diminished.  It’s been my experience that after a few years the writers run out of gas, but that hasn’t happened here,” he claims.  “A lot of us are veterans.  That’s a nice way of saying older, but what’s great is that we all bring it. The caliber of acting is definitely very high on this show.”  Luckily they’re a tight knit group too with Kyra Sedgwick, who was just awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as their ringleader.  “We were all so happy for her.  She certainly deserves it.  We all came and supported her, which is very indicative of how we are as a cast.”

John Cleese

John Cleese

THE HIGH SEAS:  John Cleese already knows where he’ll be enjoying special time next year.  The cut up of Monty Python fame will be aboard The Silver Spirit, the  newest ship of Silver Sea‘s ultra-luxury cruise line.   He’ll combine leisure with work, sharing insights and anecdotes from his long career with guests as the Spirit glides from Buenos Aires to Santiago as part of a 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage.

GETTING ON BOARD: “Southland” star Michael Cudlitz gives NBC props for striving to stay on top of the new media tsunami, by “pushing things in a large way on the internet — on Hulu and iTunes.  They’ve done a really good job as far as pushing people in that direction.  They’re trying out a whole new business model as opposed to fighting it.  Thirty million people are not watching on Thursday night any more – they have so many more choices — but they’re still out there,” he points out.  Cudlitz is, of course, particularly interested in seeing how the network’s restructured programming works out this Fall, when “Jay Leno takes over the 10 o’clock hour and they go down from the typical 15 hours of prime time programming to 10 plus Leno.  It’s more like the European markets and England, a shorter season, and rotating stuff around.”  And edgy, action-filled fare like “Southland” will be tried on the 9 o’clock, rather than 10 o’clock audience.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Expect gloves-off treatment of Sinatra in Scorsese pic

Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy.

Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy.

Just because Nancy Sinatra is producing Martin Scorsese‘s planned movie biography of her father, Frank, don’t expect the picture to shy away from the controversial, less flattering aspects of the show business legend’s life.

At least, it won’t if the film — for which Leonardo DiCaprio is already being mentioned — follows the tell-all pattern set out by Nancy’s sister, Tina Sinatra, back in 2000. Tina’s “My Father’s Daughter” disclosures about her dad getting the Mafia to help deliver the union vote to elect John F. Kennedy as president and his doing secret work for the CIA got her play on “60 Minutes.” Her exposure of family strife and discord — in particular with Sinatra’s fourth wife, Barbara Marx — got her in hot water with some Sinatra friends who felt those stories should never have been made public. Though the tome clearly showed how much Tina adored her father, she did, as she put it, “cover the good and the bad.”

Which is, of course, by far more interesting than a mere love letter about the entertainment great’s vocal prowess, enormous charm, loyalty and generosity to friends and charities. The dichotomy between the Sinatra loved by pals and fans and the Sinatra loathed by his many enemies were both real. His infidelities, grudges, temper and other negative behavior was depicted in CBS’ five-hour miniseries of the ’90s — which was produced by the family as well.

With more than 10 years having passed since his death and all the perspective that time brings, and with the talent of Martin Scorsese going into it, the Sinatra big-screen biopic just might capture lightning in a bottle.

STEP BY STEP: “Psych” star Dule Hill, who is a longtime tap dancer, tells us he’s trying to find a way to bring the dance back to the forefront. “I would love for the opportunity to bring dance to television in terms of dramatic scripted television. I’d also love to do tap on film and tap back on stage,” says Hill, whom many know from his days on “The West Wing.”

Gregory Hines was the one carrying that banner, so with his passing you lose some of that. Hopefully we can get back to it,” adds Hill. “We’ll see what comes next after ‘Psych,’ but first I’d like to do an episode on the show where we can do some tapping.” The cast and the crew of the USA network series certainly get to see Hill in action in between takes. “I do it on the set all the time. I have a piece of wood that I’m always dancing on in my trailer. I dance in my garage back home. I dance with friends and young students. I love tap dancing. I’m a tap dancer at heart.”

BY ANY OTHER NAME: Nine-year-old cutie Jadagrace Berry of “Terminator Salvation” tells us she loved doing scenes with Christian Bale in the flick, opening tomorrow (5/21). “He was so nice. He was always helping me, but he’d only answer to John,” she notes, referring to Bale’s character, savior of humanity John Connor. So did John — er, Christian — have any words of wisdom for this young co-star? “He told me to just stay in the moment and try to react,” she says. The pint-sized actress was among the young-uns at the premiere of Disney-Pixar’s “Up,” where she told us her burning desire for her next job: “I really want to be on the Disney Channel.”

AND: The audience was charmed by “Up,” another gem of a film from Pixar, a fanciful adventure about an old guy (Ed Asner) who travels to South America via a multitude of balloons from which his house hangs suspended. The poignant and funny modern fable is due on screens May 29. Producer Jonas Rivera told us, “For this one, we went back a little bit; we wanted to make an old-fashioned Disney movie. Computer animation tends to make things look very photo real, like in ‘Wall-E.’ For this, we went back and looked at ‘Peter Pan, “Sleeping Beauty,” ‘Snow White’ — we wanted it to have a little bit more of a painterly feel. That’s harder, technically,” he says. “A character drawing is a distillation. How does a Hirschfeld drawing of Lucille Ball look more like her than a photograph? There’s no computer that does that. This was a case of computer science and art colliding.”

JUDGING THE JUDGES: Season 8 of “American Idol” goes down as The Season of Judges’ Conflicts — in the view of “Access Hollywood’s” self-described “reality chick,” Laura Saltman, and who wouldn’t agree? Saltman spends January-to-May giving “Idol” her full attention, chatting with contestants, hanging out on set, etc. She points out, “Paula (Abdul) and Simon (Cowell) have grown closer this season because of their mutual feelings about Kara (DioGuardi). They mimic her … ” she notes. “They, of course, downplayed it, but things were pretty tense at first. It’s gotten better. They’ve kind of found a groove,” she says.

“I like Kara,” she adds. “I really do. She really says something, where Randy (Jackson) is just pretty much saying, ‘Dog. Dog, you’re great, Dog.’ And Paula you can’t always understand.” Still, “I don’t think the four-judge format works because it takes too long to get through the comments. I think they should go back to three.” So, who would she vote off? “Kara. You know, it’s a last one in, first one out kind of a thing.”

Laura says she’s not losing any enthusiasm for her “Idol” gig, though she’s covered all eight seasons. She’ll not only be at tonight’s (5/20) finale for the naming of either Adam Lambert or Kris Allen as the new American Idol, she’ll be up at 3 a.m. to be back on the job at 4 a.m., “spending the day with the winner and showing what he does. Who wouldn’t want to do that?” she asks.

With reports by Emily Feimster.