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Movie extras prefer sugar-free fake blood


Why movie tickets cost so much (No. 45,698 in a series): Making this movie No Country For Old Men, the writingdir­ecting-producing Coen brothers had to import special fake blood from England at “something like $800 a gallon,” Joel Coen told World Entertainm­ent News Network. You’ve got to love a movie that needs blood by the gallon.

Normally, they just mix food colouring with syrup to get movie blood, but on the New Mexico set of this picture “we had a lot of extras that had to lie around in the baking sun covered with blood on the desert floor essentiall­y for hours at a time.” Sugar-free blood was needed, says Cohen, so these extras “wouldn’t be attacked by creepy bugs and animals that might otherwise be attracted to the sugar.”

Still sounds fishy to me. Is there really no sugar-free blood in America? They deserve each other: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes took baby Suri to see the Spice Girls at a rehearsal in L.A. the other day, says Us Weekly. Suri, we are solemnly told, “danced along to the music.”

Just the other day, Heroes starlet Hayden Panettiere was saying she’d love to have an affair with Angelina Jolie, but now she’s saying she plans to have a boring private life. Not, I add hastily, that there’s anything wrong with that. Bores are people, too, you know. Maybe lesbian is the new boring. I must try to keep up better.

But I digress. Here’s what she told GQ mag, and it won’t win her any friends in Spotlight couple: Heather Mills is seeing David Shilling, a hat-maker turned sculptor, says the N.Y. Post. At a Fernando Botero exhibition in Monaco, Dave even introduced her to Prince Albert of Monaco. Actor Dustin Hoffman explains about aging gracefully: “I remember when I hit 60, my father-in-law said to me, ‘How do you feel?’ I said, ‘Well, I accept being middle-aged.’ He said, ‘Middle-aged? How many people do you know who are 120?’”

Jessica Alba, aware the Hollywood writers’ strike could be a prelude to an actors’ strike next summer, is considerin­g a gig on Broadway, which will not be affected. Of course, there’s the Broadway stagehands’ strike to get out of the way, but surely by June ...

Anyway, she has a job offer – to play Karen in a new production of David Mamet’s Speed the Plow. On Regis and Kelly the other morning, Alba confirmed “I have been asked. It’s perfect timing (if there is) an actors’ strike in June ... if they don’t resolve, I can do theatre.” certain circles: “You can’t schedule rehab for me. And I don’t think you can schedule any DUIs. I think I’m going to be one of those boring girls.” She vowed not to become “the latest screwed-up girl in Hollywood.” Quote of the day: Kid Rock explains, in the British paper The Observer, why guys want to be rock stars:

“When your record sells 50,000 or 60,000 copies, you’re hooking up with ‘bigger’ women in, like, southern Ohio. Then, 10 million, 15 million, when the sales went up, the girls got prettier.”

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