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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

Motherhood most challenging role for Marissa Jaret Winokur

Tony-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur has had some challenging roles in her career, but to hear her tell it, being a mom is by far her toughest.  It’s especially been difficult trying to balance motherhood with hosting the upcoming Oxygen reality competition “Dance Your A– Off.” 

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur

“The show just wrapped so I’m being a mom right now.  I’m overwhelmed every day,” admits the former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, whose son Zev was born via a surrogate almost a year ago. 

She is approaching this Mothers Day with a fresh appreciation for the generations of moms before her.  “I’m like, ‘How did our mothers do it?’  And I’m doing it with a job and my mom didn’t work.  I’m like, ‘How did she not go mad?'” 

Winokur admits that her life certainly is not as glamorous with her baby on the scene.  “Oh my God!  Twenty minutes before I’ll get to a party now I’ll be covered in spit up or changing diapers and then I’ll go do a press line.  You’re like, ‘Oh, none of this matters.’  So it definitely gives you perspective.”  

In her little free time, Winokur says she’s trying to get in better shape thanks to being inspired by the contests on her Oxygen show – on which contestants are judged not only on their dance skills, but also on their weight loss. 

“I think my having done ‘Dancing With the Stars’ really helped the contestants because it was really hard and I saw myself in each one of them.  Being on set all time, I kept feeling like I had to help everybody.  But I wanted to, because I’ve been through everything they’re going through and I’m going to go through it my whole life and so are they.” 

TAKE THAT:  “Southland” star Michael Cudlitz is downright annoyed by certain critics’ comments about the NBC police drama that debuted last month.  “Some people who have reviewed the show talked about it as a standard formulaic cop show.  With all respect to those people, I don’t know what show they’re watching,” says the actor, who’s at the center of “Southland” action as seasoned cop John Cooper, who is gay.  “Maybe they’re just looking at the surface and haven’t paused to see what is going on.  You cannot watch the show and not see a difference in the way it’s done.  Visually, there is nothing here like a typical cop show.  I’m not saying you have to like it.  If you say you don’t like it based on what is actually there, that is fine.  Otherwise, take a nap and reconsider your career choice.”

With “Southland” shot on L.A. and Hollywood locations with RED cameras that allow for a guerilla filmmaking style, “The only time they block off the streets for our production is for public safety when we have vehicles moving around fast,” says Cudlitz.  So much of the background color seen on the show is real.  “We had some stuff we were shooting at Santa Monica and Highland [Boulevards] and there’s a lot of life going on on those streets that’s just insane.  It’s very, very alive with the tourism that goes on down there and an active nightlife during the day.  There are not too many places where you can just walk out on the streets and see men in dresses that are doing it as a lifestyle and a profession.  Shooting on a street like that, you’re aware of everything going on around you.  It’s definitely invigorating.”

Production has wrapped on the first seven episodes of the generally well-reviewed series from Emmy-winning producers Ann Biderman and John Wells.  The good news is, the network has already renewed it.  The bad news is, the gritty show will have to air at either eight or nine o’clock in the fall, what with Jay Leno’s new prime time talk show taking up all the 10 p.m. slots.

A TIME AND A PLACE:  “Cupid” star Bobby Cannavale says he doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about which medium he’d like to perform in next.  “I’ve never mapped out my career that way,” notes the actor, who also has a long list of big screen credits – and who concludes his and Sarah Paulson’s run onstage in “The Gingerbread House” at Off-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater this weekend.  “The only choice I’ve made is to stay in New York City.  I spent my childhood in New Jersey dreaming I’d get across the river when I grew up and stay here.  When there’s an opportunity to stay at home, it makes the decision a lot easier for me.”

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW:  This season’s “In Plain Sight” has costar Lesley Ann Warren’s long-time alcoholic character continuing along her road to sobriety – while her daughter finds her increasingly healthy way of life hard to take.  That’s the word from series lead Mary McCormack, who explains that for her Mary Shannon character, “a lot of her self-esteem comes from being ‘the together one.’  So with her mother now straightening out, this is a role change.  If you love an addict or a person who is in dysfunction and you’re used to dealing with that, and then they become functional, you have to rethink your identity.”  She adds, “We have action, guns and all that” on the series in which she plays a Deputy U.S. Marshall with the federal witness protection program.  “But thanks to (series creator) David Maples we also have storylines that are fairly adult and complex.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster