Alicia Keys is learning that patience is a virtue now that she’s gearing up for her movie debut. The Grammy winner will play piano prodigy Phillipa Schuyler (who died in 1967) in the upcoming biopic Composition in Black and White.
“Movies are never just ‘poof!’ and they’re done,” Keys told us at the 18th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, where she was honored with a songwriter of the year award (along with Janet Jackson’s main man, Jermaine Dupri). “It takes a lot of time. Right now we’re finalizing the script, making sure we’re really capturing all the directions of the story that we have to capture. We don’t have a date for shooting yet.”
Keys is teaming up with Halle Berry, who’s producing the movie. “I have script approval,” Keys says. “Miss Halle Berry and the whole team were adamant about us all being happy with the story we’re telling.”
Meanwhile, the singer-pianist isn’t abandoning her music career: She’ll record an MTV Unplugged album July 13 in New York City, to be released in October.
Taking the Plunge
Even with Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton in the house, Kirsten Dunst stole the show recently at Amanda Scheer Demme’s Tropicana Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The actress and a girlfriend decided to make a splash by jumping in the pool with their clothes on and swimming several laps.
But Dunst wasn’t thrilled when some partygoers started snapping photos of her. She yelled, “That’s rude!” before one of her pals asked to borrow one picture-taker’s digital camera. The friend then tried to delete some of the photos before the owner snatched his camera back.
As for Dunst, after getting out of the chilly water, she made a beeline for the women’s bathroom, where she took off her wet clothes and stood in the buff, waiting for the hotel staff to bring her a robe.
Caught in the Act
• Johnny Knoxville, dining with a group of guys at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. The Dukes of Hazzard star wore a sailor hat and talked to friends in an exaggerated Western accent.
• Actor-writer-director Edward Burns, ordering breakfast at East Hampton gourmet shop Twice Upon a Bagel.
• By CARRIE BORZILLO-VRENNA, MARGI BLASH, KIM LANSING and CARYN MIDLER