And more from our Liz: Julia Roberts is one bad apple in “Snow White” … Johnny Depp apologizes … “The Situation” gets dressed
“STAY HUNGRY. Stay foolish!” This was Steve Jobs’ advice to the aspiring young.
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PERHAPS the only person in the world who wasn’t somehow moved by the death of Apple’s creative genius was the former half-term governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Sarah’s decision not to run for president was vastly overshadowed on Wednesday, when word came of Jobs’ death from cancer at age 56. Even Fox News — though they didn’t drop their nightly line-up to pay homage to Mr. Jobs, as did CNN, MSNBC and CNBC — seemed muted in their coverage of Sarah’s momentous decision. Had Mrs. Palin stayed too long at the Fox fair?
So, New Jersey’s gov, Chris Christie, is out, and so is Palin. I wouldn’t bet the rent on Christie possibly being lured back in, but surely Sarah will not reconsider. However, she has promised to stick around to support her causes and candidates and be a down home, aw shucks, you betcha provocateur.
We probably have not heard the last of her perpetual cries of victimization.
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JULIA ROBERTS isn’t known for her bad-girl roles. Despite all the nasty tricks she played on Cameron Diaz in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” she ended up doing the right thing in the end, encouraged by pal Rupert Everett. But it was fun to see Julia go to the dark side. Well, fans of Miss Roberts will have more fun next March when her “Snow White” movie opens. (Actually, that’s not the title, or the full title. There are other Snow White-themed films pending, so producers are trying to come with a one that won’t confuse audiences.)
In any case, Julia’s turn as the Evil Queen is much anticipated. She’s just plain bad and there is no redemption in store. She hands out poisoned apples, for goodness sake!
Lily Collins, who plays innocent Snow White, was impressed by Julia’s ability to get into character. She told People magazine: “Off camera she is so down to earth and sweet. We’d be shooting and she’s being extremely horrible to me — in character — and once they yell ‘cut’ the first thing she says is, ‘Are you okay? I’m sorry. I hate being mean to you.’”
In fact, Julia told her director, Tarsem Singh: “I feel like I’m being mean to Bambi!” (Miss Collins is only 22, and Singh describes her appeal as “Liz Taylor meets Audrey Hepburn.”)
I can’t wait to see Julia — one of the least vain actresses in the world — doing her “mirror, mirror on the wall” bit, or some variation of that.
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JOHNNY DEPP looks better than he has in a long time, on the cover of the new Vanity Fair. Just shows what a haircut and a shave can do! But he got himself in trouble when he said that he found photo sessions invasive: “You just feel like you’re being raped, somehow.” He has been compelled to apologize. Political correctness — their police force is omnipresent. Bevare! (As Bela Lugosi used to warn.)
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SPEAKING OF looking good, Flow Formal Wear has hired “Jersey Shore’s” perpetually shirtless Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, to model suits. With ties and real shirts and cufflinks and vests. Guess what? He looks handsome and suave! Mike should keep his abs — nice as they are — under cover, and continue to dress like an adult. He might even extend his 15 minutes to an hour or so.
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“Well, I am really a hedonist. I don’t enjoy dieting. I think dieting is truly vain — it’s only for yourself. Being a size six instead of a size 12 is not going to make you more attractive spiritually. It’s not going to enable you to see the mountains clearer.”
That was Elizabeth Taylor, back in 1997. I had gone to Los Angles to interview Miz Liz for Good Housekeeping magazine, and to attend her big 65th birthday gala/AIDS benefit. I’d almost forgotten about this interview, but I came across it while trying to clear the chaos that is my office. Elizabeth, after three grueling hip operations was in good shape — a little plump, but still radiant, and quite introspective. She was divorced from Larry Fortensky by that time. I asked her what she wanted to accomplish in the next few years: “Wipe out AIDS, wipe out AIDS, wipe out AIDS. Then take a rest. A walk on the beach.”
Two weeks later came word that the star of stars had a brain tumor! But she survived that crisis, too. I thought she’d never succumb.