`PUFFY' COMBS NOW GROOMING HIMSELF FOR ACTING CAREER.
Recording whiz Sean ``Puffy'' Combs certainly is approaching his fledgling acting career seriously. The prolific entrepreneur/rap star tells this column he's working with drama coaches in both New York and Los Angeles as he warms up to play a quarterback in Oliver Stone's football movie. Previously known as ``On Any Given Sunday,'' the flick, now titleless, is set to roll in November.
Combs' movie work doesn't, however, mean he's turning away from the music biz. He reveals he has a compilation album of the greatest hits of all the artists on his Bad Boy record label on the way for year-end release. In fact, he says it's Volume 1 of a multipart compilation.
``Also, we have Faith (Evans) and Total (albums) coming out,'' notes Combs, who was among the stellar music names on hand for last week's MTV Video Awards. As for his own next album, ``It'll be out June 26 of next year.''
From the inside looking out
``He's as good as any director I've ever worked with, and as an objective person, I can say no less,'' says Walter Matthau about being directed by his son Charlie.
Charlie directed Sunday's CBS TV movie ``The Marriage Fool,'' in which his dad plays a widower who becomes involved with a woman (Carol Burnett) his children dislike.
Charlie also directed his father's TV movie ``Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love,'' with Ellen Burstyn. And in 1995, he was at the helm of the big-screen adaptation of Truman Capote's ``The Grass Harp,'' in which Matthau teamed with Jack Lemmon.
Walter says of the latter, ``It got wonderful notices but no attention. You see, it didn't have violence, and it didn't have steamy sex. Monica Lewinsky wasn't in it, (Clinton) was not in it. It was just a beautiful little story about a sensitive writer in the South brought up by two aunts. And Charlie did a beautiful job with it.''
Charlie, he wants us to know, ``understands what's expected of him, and does it quietly, without becoming an emotional wreck. Maybe that's the problem. Maybe he should throw tantrums, have an affair with a beautiful starlet, punch a photographer in the nose. Then, maybe he'd get more notice.''
Trouble in time
``Touched by an Angel'' has been casting about for actors to portray Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and young Tad Lincoln for an episode in which the angels recall being on the scene the night the great president died. At last, we'll get the inside scoop on Abe's feelings about his precognitive dream the night before his assassination - and how he felt ready to face death.
Also sailing into otherworldly waters is the new ``Love Boat'' - of all things. They're doing an episode in which odd occurrences begin taking place when the ship strays into the Bermuda Triangle.
And no peanuts, either
Multiple MTV Video Award winner Jonas Akerlund - the director who gave us Madonna's ``Ray of Light'' and Prodigy's ``Smack My B---- Up'' videos - tells us his latest venture is an ``alternative circus ... There are no animals and no circus ring,'' he explains. ``Just stunts and unusual films in the stage background with talented performers. It just opened in southern Sweden. Hopefully, it will come to America soon.''
The videoland view
Brenda Vaccaro is guesting on CBS' upcoming ``The King of Queens'' sitcom - playing a woman visiting her nephew and his wife (Kevin James and Leah Remini) who turns out to be some sort of house guest. She spends the night with her nephew's father-in-law (Jerry Stiller) right there under the young folks' roof.
Rob Zombie reveals that the first leg of his ``Hellbilly Deluxe'' U.S. concert tour will ``go until Christmas'' - and that the rigors of the road don't worry him. The heavy metal rocker, who makes his solo debut with the Geffen ``Hellbilly'' album, feels he's already done the hard work. ``We've gone from a kookie little idea to a full-blown production. Now, I just have to go out there and play.''
By the way, Rob still finds it ``hilarious'' that Barbra Streisand selected his music to blare at media members outside her Malibu estate the evening of her wedding to Jim Brolin. ``You could take it as an insult that she apparently thought White Zombie was the most annoying music she could find,'' he says, ``but to me, if Barbra Streisand really liked it, I'd think I was doing something wrong.''
With reports by Stephanie DuBois. The Celebrities column appears Monday through Friday.
PHOTO (1) Walter Matthau
Following son's orders
(2) Brenda Vaccaro
``King of Queens'' guest
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|Date:||Sep 15, 1998|
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