Hol­ly­wood strikes? A snap­per’s de­light

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HOL­LY­WOOD’S FINEST have been turn­ing out over the past few days to sup­port the Writ­ers’ Guild strike in Los An­ge­les. Among those stars of film and tele­vi­sion spot­ted on the picket lines have been Ben Stiller, Seth Green, and a plac­ard-wav­ing Lisa Kudrow. I know th­ese celebri­ties are 100 per cent be­hind the strik­ing writ­ers who are in dis­pute with film and TV com­pa­nies over pay­ments, but it can’t have passed their no­tice that it’s a great photo-op­por­tu­nity none­the­less.

Still on the strike, and Curb Your En­thu­si­asm star Jeff Gar­lin has in­tro­duced an in­ter­est­ing twist to the usual bagels and dough­nuts handed out by celebs on the picket line. At­tend­ing a 3,000-strong rally in Los An­ge­les in sup­port of the Writ­ers’ Guild, Gar­lin pro­ceeded to dis­trib­ute porno­graphic videos to strik­ers. Should help pass the time un­til the dis­pute is re­solved.

Scar­lett Jo­hann­son seems to have found a friend in Ali­cia Keys. Af­ter play­ing best mates in The Nanny Diaries, Keys is happy to sing Jo­hann­son’s praises, telling me: “When we’re both in Los An­ge­les, we go out for dinner. Scar­lett’s a great girl.”

Adam San­dler has been spot­ted strut­ting around the beach in Mex­ico in a pair of 007-style shorts while shoot­ing his lat­est movie, You Don’t Mess with the Zo­han. He ap­pears along­side ex- Happy Days hero Henry Win­kler, who, as I re­ported last week, is all set to be­come a huge panto star in Wok­ing. In his new movie, San­dler plays an Is­raeli se­cret-ser­vice agent who tires of spy­ing and gives it up to be­come a hair­dresser in New York. The film is ex­pected to be huge at the box of­fice. San­dler is one of Hol­ly­wood’s hottest prop­er­ties at the mo­ment af­ter his last movie, I Now Pro­nounce You Chuck and Larry, made more than $180m world­wide, de­spite be­ing slated by crit­ics. Mazel Tov to Google’s co-founder Larry Page, who is plan­ning to give up his po­si­tion as Sil­i­con Val­ley’s rich­est bach­e­lor to marry girl­friend, Lucy South­worth next month. Sounds very much like a bash worth be­ing in­vited to. Vanessa Feltz will be join­ing Kon­nie Huq on the for­mer Blue Peter pre­sen­ter’s first job since leav­ing the iconic chil­dren’s show. Called Lon­don’s Talk­ing, the show will be an hour-long de­bate on a top­i­cal is­sue, ITV’s long-awaited an­swer to BBC1’s Ques­tion Time. Mean­while, Huq’s agent, Jonathan Shalit, has con­fessed to keep­ing a rack of dresses in his of­fice, al­though he wants to make it ab­so­lutely clear that they are not his. He says they be­long to clients who have them at the ready to wear for red-car­pet events. Huq bor­rowed a re­veal­ing num­ber be­long­ing to Myleene Klass for to the pre­miere of Spi­der-Man 3, fu­elling ru­mours that she was sex­ing up her im­age ready to leave chil­dren’s TV. Truth was she was just bor­row­ing a frock, as she did not have time to go home and put on one of her own. No­to­ri­ous party girl Lind­say Lo­han, who is re­port­edly a fol­lower of Kab­balah, has come to the aid of Mi­ne­ola Syn­a­gogue on Long Is­land af­ter tor­ren­tial rain de­stroyed its To­rah scrolls. Lo­han, along with comic Jackie Ma­son, are due to make pledges at next month’s Chabad Telethon, which will be rais­ing money for the shul. Mean­while, Mick Jag­ger was pho­tographed this week wear­ing the Kab­balah Cen­tre’s red string.

Natalie Port­man seems in no hurry to get wed. “I’m not con­vinced about mar­riage. Di­vorce is so easy, and the fact that gay peo­ple are not al­lowed to marry takes much of the mean­ing out of it.” So if Port­man’s man, fash­ion de­signer Nathan Bogle, was get­ting any ideas about popping the ques­tion, he had bet­ter hold his horses. Lara Lew­ing­ton is the Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter

So on strike: ex- Friends star Lisa Kudrow joins the Writ­ers Guild picket line

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