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By United Press International   |   Oct. 22, 2011 at 2:00 AM

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KEATON: U.S. actress Diane Keaton reveals in her new memoir how she fell in love with film legend Woody Allen, saying she loved him before she even knew him.

Keaton, whose memoir, "Then Again," is excerpted in the November issue of Vogue, said she met Allen in 1968 and fell for him during rehearsals for "Play It Again, Sam," in which Allen played the role of Allan Felix.

"I fell for Allan as scripted but for Woody as well. How could I not? I was in love with him before I knew him. He was Woody Allen. Our entire family used to gather around the TV set and watch him on Johnny Carson. He was so hip, with his thick glasses and cool suits," Keaton said in the excerpt.

Keaton said she was most taken by his manner "his way of gesturing, his hands, his coughing and looking down in a self-deprecating way while he told jokes like 'I couldn't get a date for New Year's Eve so I went home and I jumped naked into a vat of Roosevelt dimes.'"

The Oscar-winning actress praised Allen's physical appearance.

"He was even better-looking in real life," she said. "He had a great body, and he was physically very graceful."


PACINO: Actor Al Pacino has made a British radio documentary about his new film "Wilde Salome" and the inspiration behind his interpretation of Oscar Wilde's 1891 play.

The documentary, which will air Nov. 14 on BBC's Radio 4, reflects on Pacino's experiences making the movie, The Independent reported Friday.

"It took me years to find out what the hell I was doing and why," Pacino said in a transcript of the BBC program obtained by The Independent. "The truth of it is that I was bitten by the rub of love when I first saw Salome and I pursued it. I kept trying to get people to feel the same way I did and they just wouldn't. So I thought I'll try it one more time and make a movie of it."

Pacino performed in "Salome" on Broadway in 2003 and in Los Angeles in 2006. He filmed the Los Angeles performance and edited it together with interviews with author Gore Vidal, playwright Tom Stoppard and U2 singer Bono to create the feature-length "Wilde Salome," which recently had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.


EMINEM: The Eminem boxing movie "Southpaw" is getting back in the ring after being given a second chance with a new movie studio.

Variety said MGM has picked up the film, dropped by DreamWorks in August. It will be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Production is expected to start next year on the story of a left-handed boxer, written by Eminem and "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter, The Hollywood Reporter said this week. It will be directed by Antoine Fuqua of "Training Day."

It will be Eminem's first major movie role since the 2002 drama "8 Mile," which grossed more than $240 worldwide, the industry trade magazine said.


TRAVOLTA: Actor John Travolta was turned away from a KFC in south east Britain in his effort to reserve a table at the fried chicken restaurant.

Staff at the East Grinstead branch of the fast food chain said they thought a prankster was calling to reserve a table for the actor, although it was later discovered the Hollywood actor was actually in town for a Church of Scientology event.

The caller was told the restaurant did not take reservations and that Travolta would have to join the back of the queue like everyone else, the Grinstead Courier & Observer reported.

"In hindsight, of course, we would have reserved a table for him," a KFC spokesman said.

The KFC employee who took the call said the caller was a woman who did not give her name.

"She just said it will be for a Mr. Travolta," the employee told the newspaper. "That threw me a little bit. I thought it might be a load of nonsense, but she seemed pretty serious."

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