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ANOTHER ROYAL VISIT? It takes a helluva lot to impress the stars. Even the likes of Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Barbra Streisand looked smitten when the royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton were introduced during the BAFTA black-tie gala in July. Well, it seems British royals have a thing about Hollywood the way Hollywood does about them. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that 27-year-old Prince Harry is likely to attend the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton. Such honorees as Warren Beatty, Ben Stiller, John Lasseter and Helena Bonham Carter might have to take a back seat for the evening. As far as we know, Harry will be coming stag. Neither BAFTA/LA nor the British consulate got back to THR by press time.

Pore It On

We always knew that Rob Lowe was more than just a pretty face -- but in Hollywood, an asset is an asset. THR hears he's going to turn keeping up that famous face into a business. The actor, whose memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends garnered good reviews this year, is developing a skin-care line for men. His reps confirm that the endeavor is full-steam ahead but won't see the light of stores for at least another year.

Breaking Out

People have been running up to Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, blurting out things like, "You're gonna get everybody killed!" Says the actor, who won an Emmy last year for his role as virulent meth maker Jesse Pinkman: "For a lot of people, Breaking Bad is real. We may not have American Idol viewers, but our viewers are the most passionate and ecstatic." And as season four heads for a cliffhanger close Oct. 9 -- with fans chewing their nails -- Paul is starting to shoot Smashed, a film about a couple of married drunks a la The Days of Wine and Roses. "I suppose people do like to see me abusing drugs and alcohol onscreen," he muses. "I'm sure people must think I'm a dark, intense person, but I'm not. It sounds crazy, but on the set of Breaking Bad, it's lighthearted fun. Otherwise, it would be such a downer."

Language Barrier

The Artist --- the silent black-and-white cinematic toast of Cannes, Venice, Telluride and Toronto -- will have its Hollywood premiere at the AFI Fest in early November. Meanwhile, the movie opens Oct. 12 in France, where star Jean Dujardin is the equivalent of George Clooney and Johnny Depp rolled into one. Maybe the reason he's utterly unknown in the U.S. is that despite making 25 films, he speaks not one word of English. Says Penelope Ann Miller, who plays his wife in the film: "Even when we were mouthing English words, Jean was silently mouthing French. I never had a clue what he was trying to say to me." Obviously, this could impede his chances of a Hollywood crossover a la Antonio Banderas, but one agent who specializes in international actors tells us: "Javier Bardem barely spoke English when he got here. When Marion Cotillard won the Oscar, you couldn't understand a word she said. Dujardin will need an amazing dialect coach, the sooner the better. He needs to strike while the iron is hot." The same agent recommends Dujardin contact Diane Kamp, the top talent manager for dialect coaches for films. "When Nicole Kidman needed to be a Charlestonian aristocrat in Cold Mountain and when Josh Brolin had to have George W. Bush's Texas patois in W., the first call was to Kamp's Big Timber Management." The Artist opens Nov. 23 in the U.S.

Kozmic Blues

Good thing Zooey Deschanel's New Girl is getting such good ratings on Fox. Deschanel tells THR that the Janis Joplin biopic she's been working on for years, The Gospel According to Janis, to be directed by Penelope Spheeris, has hit the skids. "I've been working on her scratchy voice with a vocal coach for three years," says the actress, "and now we've found out it just isn't going to happen. That's a lot of time to spend prepping for a movie." There seems to be a Joplin biopic curse: Jonathan Demme wanted to make one with Lili Taylor, Fernando Meirelles cast Amy Adams as the late singer, and Pink and Joss Stone have been circling projects -- but not one has gotten off the ground.

Power Lunch

Talk about blonde on blonde: Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz were spotted having a girl-power lunch at Bouchon. The next day, Adam Sandler nearly took over the restaurant, feting the crew of his upcoming Columbia comedy Jack and Jill -- about 30 people in all. Across the room at Bouchon, Project Runway producer Jane Cha. … Paltrow was seen later in the week, hovering around Scarpetta at the Montage with Donovan Leitch. Spotted separately there: Ben Silverman. …Manager John Carrabino presided over lunch with client Katie Holmes at the Grill. … It was a Sheen family affair at Ninethirty Restaurant at the W Hotel in Westwood: Martin Sheen and his wife, Janet, dined with sons Emilio Estevez and, yes, Charlie Sheen -- all ordering salmon except for Martin, who wanted a hamburger. … Michael Pitt and an unknown female friend having crudo for lunch at Culina. … Jessica Lange had a meeting over seafood at The Galley in Santa Monica. … Cindy Crawford, husband Rande Gerber and their kids Presley and Kai hit Katsuya Hollywood for rock shrimp tempura and chocolate cake a la mode. Meanwhile, Gene Simmons snacked on shishito peppers nearby. Also seen at the restaurant several times last week: La Toya Jackson, who took to dining there after mornings spent in court for the Conrad Murray trial. … CAA's Hylda Queally took client Marion Cotillard to the Tower Bar when the actress came to town for a weekend jaunt. Also making the rounds: Mike Tyson, Stanley Tucci, Brian Grazer with Tom Freston, Disney head of production Sean Bailey, Michael C. Hall, UTA's Jean Berkus, Sean Penn (as always), Bret Easton Ellis and actress-model Dree Hemingway. … In New York, Meatpacking District hotspot lounge Double Seven just reopened and has already been visited by Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott, Desiree Gruber, CBS Entertainment's Jack Sussman, Brett Ratner, A.R. Rahman, Morgan Spurlock, Gayle King and Steve Martin. … Also in NYC, Martin dined with Saturday Night Live buddies Kristen Wiig and Lorne Michaels at nouvelle Chinese Buddakan, with Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Thom Yorke, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd at a table nearby.

 

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