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Calling peers out ...
Veteran actress Lauren Bacall has once again lambasted her fellow stars, this time branding them of "minuscule talent," and for looking too skinny, reports the BBC.

She told Radio Times magazine that actresses "only think of stardom" and sacrifice everything for fame.

"Today, women with minuscule talent are willing to sacrifice everything for their careers," Bacall said.

Bacall, 80, said today's crop of stars lacked talent.

"Actors today go into TV, which I don't consider has a lot to do with acting. They only think of stardom. If you photograph well, that's enough. I have a terrible time distinguishing one from another. Girls wear their hair the same, and are much too anorexic-looking."

Bacall saved barbed praise for Hugh Grant, calling him "charming, marvelous. Not a great actor, but he doesn't have to be."

Jackson's island retreat ...
If Michael Jackson ever left the country, he could live out his days on a tropical island paradise -- thanks to his friend Marlon Brando, reports the New York Daily News.

A notarized deed obtained by the paper shows that on June 5, 2003, Brando granted Jackson sanctuary on one of the Pacific islands he owned "for the rest of Jackson's natural life."

According to the deed, Brando transferred use of a half-acre on the islet of Onetahi, in the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, "in consideration of gratitude and affection."

But the deed raises the question of whether Brando, who died last July, may have intended Onetahi as a possible refuge for the embattled singer.

Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone Bain insisted the singer wants to clear his name and "has absolutely no plans to flee the country."

But Judge Rodney Melville regarded Jackson as enough of a flight risk to impose a $3 million bail and demand that he surrender his passport.

Elton's new deal ...
Elton John's management company has been sold in a deal worth $30.2 million.

Sanctuary Group PLC, which already manages artists including Beyonce, the Who and Manic Street Preachers, snapped up Twenty-First Artists, agreeing to hand over a mixture of cash and shares to take control of John's company and sign a five-year contract to manage the singer.

"I feel strongly this will represent the continuation of a very creative period for me," the 58-year-old singer said last week.

Sanctuary is the largest global management business for music artists. John is easily the biggest music name managed by Twenty-First Artists. The company has also worked with Jamiroquai and Mis-Teeq during its five-year history and recently launched the career of James Blunt.

Hot mayor's race ...
Justin Jeffre, a former member of 98 Degrees, wants to be Cincinnati's next mayor, saying his love for his hometown and desire to make it better motivated his decision to run.

"I am serious about this, and I intend to win," Jeffre, 32, said last week.

Jeffre said he wants to bring people from all over the city together through Cincinnati's arts and entertainment venues and build a strong downtown.

"We need to sell this city back to the people of this city," he said. "We've forgotten how great this city can be."

He also wants VH1 to follow his campaign for a reality series. VH1 officials have said no decision has been made on his proposal.

Jeffre doesn't have a political affiliation and plans to run as an independent, said his spokeswoman Andrea Leslie.