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Remembering Woody...

She would know: Going out with Woody Allen was like being in a Woody Allen movie, Diane Keaton writes in an upcoming memoir.

The Academy Award-winning actress starred with Allen in such favorites as "Sleeper" and "Love and Death" and got an Oscar for "Annie Hall," in which her baggy-panted WASP meshed unforgettably with Allen's patented schlemiel. Allen and Keaton dated for a few years and remain close.

"I was his endearing oaf. I had him pegged as a cross between a 'White Thing' and the cockroach you couldn't kill," Keaton, 65, writes in "Then Again," which comes out next month and is excerpted in the November issue of Vogue, arriving at newsstands Tuesday.

"We shared a love of torturing each other with our failures. His insights into my character were dead-on and hilarious. This bond remains the core of our friendship and, for me, love."


Sharpton honors Perry...

Tyler Perry has gotten plenty of criticism from those who feel his popular movies like "Madea's Family Reunion" border on buffoonery and don't reflect well on the black community.

But on Wednesday night, the filmmaker was honored by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. The civil rights leader lashed out at Perry's black detractors, calling them "proper Negroes" who don't understand regular black folk.

"This man never apologized for who we were," said Sharpton, who is also a cable TV host, at his second annual Triumph Awards.

Sharpton said Perry, who received the Chairman's Award, has given work to many black actors who have been ignored by Hollywood and has created an empire on his own terms: "The ultimate pride is where you don't have to bend and adjust for others to accept you. ... He didn't go mainstream, he brought mainstream to us."


Lohan watch continues...

Lindsay Lohan arrived late to her first day of community service at the county morgue Thursday and was turned away, another hiccup in the actress' effort to prove to a judge that she is complying with terms of her probation.

Lohan had been told to arrive at 8 a.m. for an orientation session but arrived 40 minutes late, spokesman Craig Harvey said. The actress was told to try again today but will have to arrive at 7 a.m., he said.

Steve Honig, Lohan's spokesman, said in a statement that the actress was late because she didn't know which entrance to report to "and confusion caused by the media waiting for her arrival."

The "Mean Girls" star's tardy arrival at the morgue came a day after she was scolded by a judge for being terminated from a community service assignment at a women's shelter. The hearing ended with Lohan's probation being revoked and her being led from court in handcuffs.

She later posted $100,000 bail and was released.

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