Sideshow: Ultimate honor for Mel Brooks

Posted: October 06, 2012

Comic, actor, writer, director, and producer Mel Brooks, who is one of only 14 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, will be given the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, the AFI announced Friday.

Brooks, 86, is the 41st recipient of the honor, which has gone to such Hollywood legends as Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Morgan Freeman. The award gala will air in late June on TNT and Turner Classic Movies.

Joplins dig musical

Janis Joplin's siblings have conceded that Randy Johnson is a helluva guy and a musical genius. Michael and Laura Joplin have given their imprimatur to Johnson's new musical biography of their famed sister, One Night With Janis Joplin, which opens Thursday and runs through Nov. 4 at Washington's ArenaStage.

The show, which stars Mary Bridget Davies as Janis, celebrates the blues sound she popularized before her untimely death at 27 of a heroin overdose. "One of our goals was that people would enjoy this evening," Michael, 59, a visual artist, tells USA Today. "We wanted them to sing and laugh and have a good time, and to remember Janis like I remember her: funny and real, with this big voice."

Actors who are naked

Photos have been leaked of Kristen Stewart sans top in scenes from director Walter Salles' Jack Kerouac adaptation, On the Road. K-Stew's character engages in several sex acts in the pic.

Olivia Wilde is a quick study when it comes to pole dancing. The Tron: Legacy star tells USA Today she prepared for her role as a stripper in new pic Butter by apprenticing under pros at a real strip club in Austria called Action Central. The teachers, Wilde says, "got me to the point where they offered me a job there. So if all else fails, you can find me at Action Central." The pic costars Jennifer Garner as a girl-bully.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden, a fact-based war drama starring Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, and Xzibit will debut Nov. 4 on the National Geographic Channel. . . . Bachelor star Ben Flajnik and his TV-made mate, Courtney Robertson, have broken up, says In Touch. Methinks I hear the angels weep.

Want to be a millionaire?

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, shown locally on 6ABC, will hold open contestant auditions from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. Info:

Hendricks' figure

Don't call Christina Hendricks "full-figured." Just don't.

The Mad Men star was flustered when Australian fashion editor Kate Waterhouse used it in a TV chat.

"You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman," asked Waterhouse. Hendricks glared. She became more agitated when the question was repeated. "I mean, you just said it again," the curvy thesp said. Later she said, "Calling me full-figured is just rude."

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