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Jim Carrey makes a very scary Christmas Carol

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Dear Ken: Did Jim Carrey ever make a vampire movie? What is he working on now?

Carrey starred in 1985’s “Once Bitten” as a guy who takes up with a 400-year-old vampire that looks just like Lauren Hutton.

He has finished a new version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” which opens in November. He portrays Ebenezer Scrooge as well as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Gary Oldham will play Bob Cratchit, Marley and Tiny Tim.

And he is planning on playing Curly in the Farrelly Brothers production of “The Three Stooges.” Benicio Del Toro is to play Moe Howard, and no word yet on what actor might play Larry Fine.

Dear Ken: What happened to the little girl who played Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

Mary Badham, 56, has two children and works as an art restorer and a college testing coordinator. She also makes appearances where she speaks about the experience of making the film. Badham made only two more films in the 1960s, “This Property Is Condemned” and “Let’s Kill Uncle.” She also appeared in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “The Bewitchin’ Pool.” In 2006 she had a cameo role in “Our Very Own,” which was filmed in Shelbyville, Tenn. She remained close to Gregory Peck, who played her father, Atticus Finch, until his death.

Dear Ken: What’s Sylvester Stallone doing now? How old is he and how many “Rocky” films did he make?

Stallone, 63, has made six “Rocky” flicks and four “Rambo” flicks, which makes for two incredibly successful film franchises. There are rumors that he will be making a fifth “Rambo” movie. The original “Rambo” film is titled “First Blood.”

Currently, he is directing and starring in “The Expendables,” which he wrote. The cast includes Jason Stratham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Brittany Murphy and Charisma Carpenter among others. The plot surrounds a team of mercenaries who try to take out an evil South American dictator, and the movie is set for a spring 2010 release.  

Dear Ken: Can you tell us whatever happened to the little boy who starred in the 1940s Disney movie “Song of the South”?

Iowa native Bobby Driscoll was the first actor Walt Disney ever put under contract. He was a beautiful child and made three classic films: “Song of the South,” “So Dear to My Heart” and “Treasure Island.” He also provided the voice of Peter Pan in that classic Disney animated film. Unfortunately, in his late teen years Driscoll began using narcotics, and he died in 1968 from heart failure at age 31 from his long time use of drugs. His body was laid to rest in an unmarked pauper’s grave in New York City and not identified until 19 months later through fingerprints.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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