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Hanks Last Ride slowly hits the theatrical trail

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He was 29. Says Jett Williams about the film, In the movie, my dad doesnt sing a note or strum a chord.This movie captures the essence of a man who, until recently, had become one-dimensional due to the myths, the lies, the fiction and vultures who surrounded him.Sure, its fictionalized from a factual point of view, but it is right on from a human emotional point of view. Jett performs Hey Good Lookin and Cant Help If Im Still in Love With You on the soundtrack, while others adding to the music include Russ Taff on Honky Tonk Man, Michael English on Im So Lonesome I Could Cry and Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings on The Night Hank Williams Came to Town.

Dear Ken: Has Valerie Bertinelli, who plays Melanie on Hot in Cleveland, ever remarried since her divorce with Eddie Van Halen?

Bertinelli, 52, a native of Wilmington, Del., was wed to rock star Van Halen from 1981 until 2007, and they have a son, Wolfie, 22. The actress married financial planner Tom Vitale in 2011.

Dear Ken: Is Lindsay Lohan really going to play Elizabeth Taylor in a movie?

Afraid so. Lifetime began shooting Liz & Dick last month. It may air by fall. Portraying Richard Burton, Taylors fifth hubby, will be New Zealander Grant Bowler, who plays Cooter, a werewolf, on True Blood.

Dear Ken: My wife and I have been arguing about what year the song Alley Oop was a hit. Can you help us?

The No. 1 pop hit topped the charts in July 1960. The group was called the Hollywood Argyles. The vocalist was Gary S. Paxton. The tune was actually written three years earlier as a country song by Dallas Frazier, also the writer of the Oak Ridge Boys smash Elvira. As for comic-strip star caveman Oop, well, like the song says, he was the king of jungle jive.

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