That was Tom Hanks and his actress wife Rita Wilson sitting in a California hot tub with another couple at the Two Bunch Palms Spa in Desert Hot Springs last weekend. It was just like that scene from "The Player," when the movie biggie (Tim Robbins) finally gets Greta Scacchi in a Two Bunch Palms hot tub, with him only to jump out in a hurry when his Hollywood studio calls. So much for priorities. Not Tom Hanks. He just hung in there enjoying the view with -- and of -- Rita.
They're expected to be out of hot water by Jan. 22 when they'll both attend the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles. Rita will be wearing a black sleeveless chiffon and velvet gown trimmed in jet beads and designed by Valentino. Tom will be dressed by Valentino, too, in a single-breasted shawl collar dinner jacket.
As you must know, because the last thing they want to do is keep it a secret, Rita has been set for a role in Nora Ephron's upcoming movie, "The Night Before Christmas." This is the picture, though not the same role, that Emma Thompson turned down to co-star instead with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in "Junior." This set people wondering why the brilliant Emma would turn down what obviously will be a plum part in Nora's flick to work with The Big Man and The Little Man. The answer? Big bucks? Emma should look like big bucks herself in the white Valentino pantsuit she'll wear to the Golden Globes.
Whatever, "Junior," directed by Ivan ("Ghostbusters") Reitman, is all about a modern day "odd couple," two doctors researching a miracle drug. One of them is injected with it and becomes pregnant. Emma plays the love interest of one of the doctors. I hope it's Danny. OK, so it's not Shakespeare, but it could fly.