'Dickinson' talks of 'Mending Fences'

LOOKS LIKE YOU won’t be seeing Antonio Banderas star as the famed surrealist eccentric artist Salvador Dali anytime soon.

The movie with Banderas as Dali was to film this year with director Simon West (known for “Con Air,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “Black Hawk Down”) putting together live action and computer graphics.

Then there was that other Dali script titled “Dali and I: The Surreal Story,” which was to star Al Pacino.

Neither of these screenplays has met with the approval of the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, which safeguards the artist’s name and legend. (Dali died in 1989.) Plots of both films focus on Dali’s outrageous sex-obsessed lifestyle and his life with his manager, muse and wife, Gala.

“These films do not have our backing,” says a spokesman for the foundation which threatens legal repercussions if ignored.

IF YOU THREW a big birthday party and invited Sophia Loren, Ursula Andress, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Faye Dunaway, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, what are the odds they’d show up at a posh hotel called Stapleford Park in Leicestershire, England?

Well, if you are fourth in line to the throne of Brunei, one Prince Azim, age 26, you might be surprised because it looks like they did show up, even though all the women named are friends of the Prince’s mother.

A robust Chaka Khan sang and a British band named Incognito performed for 230 guests. Flowers delivered for this event were said to be the largest order ever given in the vicinity, calling for 6000 white, red, and pink roses with added peonies, delphiniums and hydrangeas.

I thought the Sultan of Brunei (Azim’s uncle) went bankrupt some years ago. He was threatened with jail last year in a $6 billion dollar family feud.

But I see that Forbes magazine calls his nephew Prince Azim number eight in its list of “hottest young royals.” When you are worth $22 billion, I guess you can give any kind of party you like, although some of the stars who attended are outraged at the suggestion that they were given free air fares to attend.

“THIS WAS FINE, this was just fine, but I think I’ve had it as a character actress. Next time I want to play Meryl Streep’s mother in the sequel to ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ Lots of make-up and big hair and dangly earrings!”

That’s the great Angie Dickinson, laughing over her role in the new Hallmark Channel movie, “Mending Fences,” which airs July 18.

In it, Angie, she of “Rio Bravo,” “Pretty Maids All In a Row,” “Big Bad Mama,” “Dressed to Kill,” and of course TV’s “Police Woman” fame, plays a rural woman fighting the encroachments of unsavory city folk, who are out to ruin her town. She also faces failing eyesight. She is very convincing, but — as she is wont — brushes aside compliments. “I was…okay.”

“I liked that the character was stubborn, and I would have welcomed more of that in her, but as she is going blind, you can only be so stubborn, you know. She was frightened, naturally, about losing her eyesight. I even wore boots a size too small–they killed my feet!–so I would move more awkwardly, be more hesitant, as I assume one would as sight fails.”

Angie even changed her vocal cadence, because the famous, slightly scratchy, sexy voice I hear over the phone now sounds nothing like the wary quilt-making lady of “Mending Fences.”

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