Jolie celebrates female journalists at 'Courage' awards in Beverly Hills

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I HONOR 'real journalism,' which doesn't get clouded by false stories whether they're about me or anybody else," said Angelina Jolie at the Courage in Journalism Awards in Beverly Hills.

So, you see, occasionally something does happen on the West Coast that isn't about Britney, Nicole, Lindsay or Paris.

A saucy film

Meryl Streep as Julia Childs? Nora Ephron is adapting the Julie Powell book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. The saucy Ms. Ephron will also direct and - hooray - the movie will be made in New York City in March. Amy Adams is to play the young Julie. And Meryl can drop the lamb roast as Julia!

Oh Henri

The latest in the Princess Diana inquest, which I assume we'll have with us until the end of the world - the drinking chauffeur, Henri Paul, was seen taunting paparazzi outside the Ritz before the fatal crash. "He wanted to give wrong leads to photographers," says one witness.

When Diana and Dodi Al Fayed came out the back entrance, Henri Paul was seen waving to paparazzi and telling them not to bother following the Mercedes, as they wouldn't be able to keep up. "Mr. Paul was trying to create an atmosphere of pressure and anticipation." The paparazzi in the Place Vendome at the front of the Ritz are said to "have panicked" when they realized their prey had left from the rear of the hotel.

Still Cruisin'

This week, the Museum of the Moving Image saluted the 25-year veteran Tom Cruise. The film clips they showed at Cipriani 42 Street. proved what a multifaceted leading man and big star Tom is and what a good actor he can be. And Tom seemed to enjoy the outing; at least he was his ever-gracious self.

In spite of some nice intros and remarks by Kenneth Branagh, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Ellen Barkin, Oliver Stone, Brian Glazer and Ron Howard - I do have to ask, where was Dustin Hoffman, who won an Oscar playing off Tom in Rain Man? Where were his other giant co-stars from the past - Paul Newman, Renee Zellweger, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Jamie Foxx, Cuba Gooding Jr., Meryl Streep, Robert Redford? (I can see why Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz were missing; after all, the new Mrs. C., Katie Holmes, was there.)

While I'm on the subject, why do these never start on time? Why do "cocktails" go on forever? (Nobody needs an hour of cocktails before dinner.)

Not so funny

A question about the writers' strike: What does it say about all those overpaid famous comics on talk shows who can't come out and just be themselves, employing a few warm personal quips and doing the kind of interviewing, emceeing, hosting, introducing they pretend to do all the time? So Letterman, Leno, Colbert, Stewart, et al, have to be protected from their own lack of talent? They have nothing to say to us without their writers? It'll make them look pretty stupid that they can't wing it for a few weeks when they come back looking "brilliant" again.

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