Jill Jackson’s Hollywood

by Jill Jackson

HOLLYWOOD…Anthony Hopkins, one of the best actors in the business, has signed on to play the villain — an evil sorcerer — in Arabian Nights, an action-thriller about “a young commander who, after his king is killed in a palace coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie to rescue Scheherazade and her kingdom from dark powers.”

Debra Winger fans will be happy to learn that she will be showing up this season, both on the little and big screens. (All projects to be announced.) And those other girls — Lindsay, Paris and Britney — also have many plans in the works, and we will bring them to you when we learn what they are.

Aside to Vivian M. of Ocala, Fla.: Ho boy!

I’m going to give it a try in the spelling department. The name of the town in Mississippi where Oprah Winfrey was born is Kosciusko. And while on the subject of the lady, I would not be surprised if one day she runs for president of the United States. That’s about all she hasn’t reached for, AND attained.

A thinned-down Queen Latifah appeared recently on the “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Wearing a fancy black dress, her long hair straightened and very auburn at the ends and flung around her shoulders, she was very glamorous and lots of fun. Heaven help us if she and Oprah ever join up on anything. It would explode with dramatics.

Robert DeNiro receives still another award. This at the Taormina Film Festival in Rome. And from what I hear, this is a big honor that goes along with much fun. And for Signore DeNiro, yet another statue for his shelves.

Word from a friend in New Orleans who lives in the lovely old Garden District: She says each day another celeb moves in, and it’s fun to look out of her window and see Sandra or John or Nicolas or Angie and Brad running round.

Aside to Barbara H. of Santa Monica, Calif.:

Yes, I do think Kelly Ripa is attractive. You wanted to know all about her (I take it you don’t have a computer), so here goes. She was born in Berlin, NJ on Oct. 2, 1970. She attended Camden Community College. Her first professional outing was on “All My Children” as Hayley Vaughan Santos. She has a 4-inch long tattoo of a flower on the inside of her left ankle. And, of course, you know she appears daily with Regis. And no, there is nothing personal there! He has Joy, and she has Mark.

BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Remember when Zsa Zsa was sent to the “clink” for slapping an officer of the law? According to author Aubrey Dillon Malone, several others have also been arrested, including Nick Nolte for selling phony draft cards to teenagers. He was sentenced t