"I'm certainly not losing sleep worrying whether it's a hit," says Jude Law, talking to Details about his coming, much-anticipated and very expensive World War II epic thriller, "Enemy at the Gate." A good, clear-headed attitude, we say, however, execs at Paramount are probably ashen. None of the talented leads in "Enemy" - Law, Joseph Fiennes, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins - are particularly hot at the box office. Studios expect stars to worry, fret and, more than anything else, promote the product with the stated expectation that it means the world to you, and natch, it's gonna clean up. Jude, you have to worry. That's showbiz!
In the same issue, another beauty, Guy Pearce, is profiled. He also has a fine disdain for the Hollywood way of life. "Living in L.A. is a detriment," he says. "I don't need people telling me how great I am every time I walk into a room."
Ah, Guy, but that's only during "up" periods. Make a few bombs and, believe us, nobody says nuthin' when you walk into a room. That too is showbiz.
Bardem already a winner: When you are the first actor in your country ever to receive a best actor nomination, everybody notices - even heads of state. So that's how it comes about that "Before Night Falls" star Javier Bardem will be feted Tuesday by Juan Carlos II, the king of Spain.
Bardem also may have replaced Tom Cruise as Rosie O'Donnell's big "crush." She sent congratulatory flowers to the actor's home in Madrid and has touted his astonishing performance a lot on her TV show. There was even some talk that Rosie might be in L.A. on Oscar night, on hand to applaud her pal. But Rosie's duties as the mother of four might prevent that.
Getting in shape for Oscar night: Russell Crowe, who enjoys good food, wine and la dolce vita, was spotted jogging in Rome last week, accompanied by his usual entourage of bodyguards and followed by a gaggle of Italian paparazzi. Guess Russell wants to look sleek in his Armani on Oscar night. Russell thinks the American paparazzi are pests. He must be going mad in Italy, where the photogs are utterly ruthless.
Gena Rowlands, roving reporter: Speaking of great actors, the divine Gena Rowlands has a new gig. The oft-Oscar-nominated-but-never-ultimately-honored star is now a roving reporter. Venice magazine publisher Nancy Bishop confirms that Gena has interviewed Laura Linney, a heavy favorite in the Academy Award race, for the mag's March cover. (Insiders insist it's going to be tight among Laura, Ellen Burstyn and the favorite, Julia Roberts.)
Reba wows Broadway: The new queen of Broadway is Reba McEntire, who has long reigned as a country music goddess. Her presence in "Annie Get Your Gun" has revitalized that show and been a boon to the box office.
The other day, Gwen Davis, the talented author, went to see "Annie Get Your Gun." She was impressed, to say the least, and we found this rave from Gwen on our e-mail: "The late great drummer and wit, Buddy Rich, was asked on his deathbed if he had any last requests. He said, "No country music!' Normally, I might agree, but that was before seeing Reba McEntire in "Annie Get Your Gun.' She is so fresh-faced and full of heart and voice that she actually manages to make you think Irving Berlin might have written the score with her in mind. Her enthusiasm and comic simplicity take all the creak out of this vehicle, and even the matinee audience rose as one to its feet. She danged near blushed."
Judy on Judy: People are still talking about Judy Davis on the cover of The Advocate for its Feb. 27 edition and her discussion of playing Judy Garland in the TV mini based on Lorna Luft's memoir, "Me and My Shadows." (This airs at 9 p.m. on ABC, Sunday and Monday.)
Miss Davis is said to be brilliant and electrifying as the older Garland. (Tammy Blanchard, who interprets the younger Judy, also is being acclaimed.) Usually these biopics are horrible, but word-of-mouth on "Me and My Shadows" is much better than average. Impersonating one of moviedom's great icons is a daunting task, but Miss Davis' admirers feel the star, twice an Oscar nominee, can do just about anything. Talking to the mag's Anne Stockwell, Davis says that when she went into Judy mode in the musical numbers, lip-syncing to Garland's voice, the set would erupt into applause. "The woman died in 1969, and if you evoke her even for a second, they still go nuts!"