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Girding for superstardom

bigcap,3,,y "T "The star thing, the celebrity thing, is new to me. I don't want to be a good celebrity, a good f---ing star. I want to be a good human being."

So says two-time Oscar nominee and star of the coming "The Bourne Legacy" -- Jeremy Renner. He doesn't want to be a good f---ing star? He wants to be merely a good human being? What a revolutionary approach to showbiz!

Renner, who is known to audiences from his performances in "The Hurt Locker," "The Town" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," is poised to become one of Hollywood's biggest moneymaking actors.

Gazillions of dollars have been poured into the new "Bourne" movie. (Renner does not play the Jason Bourne character originated by Matt Damon. He plays an agent who doesn't have amnesia.) Lots of dough also has been spent on the hugely anticipated "The Avengers," based on the Marvel Comics characters. (Renner will co-star with Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.)

Renner's resistance to "the star thing" is shaping up to be a monumental task. This is what the Hollywood Reporter wrote recently: "His ability to carry the 'Bourne' film -- along with his 'Avengers' role will affect the fate of three companies (Universal, Disney and Marvel). It will even spill over on Paramount's plans for the next 'Mission Impossible,' where he has been groomed to supplant what has been for more than 15 years Tom Cruise's one-man show."

Luckily, the talented Renner has a day job -- real estate. It has been a genuine passion for him, and he's made a success of it. He also studied psychology before he fell into acting. All the better to deal with agents, managers, directors and Us Weekly.

It's good to have something to fall back on if those eager "boy-have-I-got-a-script-for-you!" messages on your iPhone ever dwindle.

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Memo to Zac Efron -- Australia may be the end of the earth to you, but they have paparazzi with telephoto lenses.

The heartthrob was caught on the balcony of his hotel suite in Sydney in his tight gray undershorts and low-slung pants, shirtless. He is in Australia promoting his upcoming film, "The Lucky One." Actually, his fans consider themselves the lucky ones. They don't get to see this much of their idol in the movies!

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"I've been accused of being a traitor. But I was never against Germany. It was the Nazis I hated."

Those were Marlene Dietrich's last words to a German film crew, when she shot her scenes in her final film, "Just a Gigolo" in 1978. This is from Charlotte Chandler's book, "Marlene," now in paperback. (Dietrich spent the last 13 years of her life secluded in her Paris apartment. She did not feel welcome in Germany.)

Chandler has written many successful movie star biographies -- Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Mae West and Joan Crawford. Some have doubted the veracity of her candid quotes from these icons. Certainly Dietrich's family didn't think much of Chandler's book. But the chapter on persuading Dietrich to agree to appear in "Just a Gigolo" -- told from screenwriter Joshua Sinclair's perspective -- is fascinating.

Dietrich was buried in Berlin in 1992. She was finally forgiven by Germany for hating Adolf Hitler.