Holy Hotel Fracas, Batman!

It was just too full a script. The reviews were sensaysh. The boxoffice blastoff was phenomenal. The preem in N.Y. was Imax-imum and Monday night’s London bow also a lollapalooza. The stars, somberly saluting Heath Ledger, were again attired darkly.

Today, turning on the local tv to see the previous night’s celebration, co-star Michael Caine, on the long-distance phone, told his longtime (20 years) Hollywood friend and publicist Jerry Pam, that they in London were as shocked as we were in L.A. to learn the Christian Bale news. The always-affable Caine noted that Bale “acted strange” at the preem-doings. But he also reminded that Bale was “very reclusive” at work as well. Between the N.Y. and London preems, Caine and wife Shakira winged in to L.A. where he placed his hand and footprints in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Interestingly, Caine has not yet received his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Next recipient will be Charles Durning, who will get his star July 31 at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard — next to that of his idol, James Cagney. Joe Mantegan will be a speaker at the ceremony and Oscar-winner Jon Voight is also expected to attend.

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