It may have been said before, but The Who got famous singing, “Hope I die before I get old.” That was 45 years ago.

Well, it didn’t happen (except to Keith Moon, who took the line literally). Roger Daltrey (age 65) and Pete Townshend (age 64) are still around, and they absolutely killed as the Super Bowl half time entertainment. The group broke up in the 80s, but then kept going. Some twenty five years later, Daltrey sounded better than ever. Pete is still a guitar madman. “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” came out in 1971 on “Who’s Next,” yet they are better than anything we heard on the Grammy show last Sunday. Unfortunately, we’ve been fooled over and over…

Great news: “Dear John,” a new romantic weeper, sent both “Avatar” and “Edge of Darkness” scurrying for cover over the weekend. “Dear John” made $32 million in one weekend ‘ $3 million more than “Edge” has made in two full weeks.

“Dear John” is a chick flick, yes. But it’s directed by the tremendous Lasse Hallstrom, who can spin silk from a sow’s ear any day. Hallstrom is one of our most gifted directors. His great resume includes “The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “My Life as a Dog,” “What’s Eating’Gilbert Grape” and underrated films like “Hoax,” “Casanova,” and “Once Around.”

Whoever onces the rights these days to D.M. Thomas’s “White Hotel” should hire Hallstrom immediately. It’s the movie he was meant to make.

“Edge of Darkness” fell more than 59% from last week, more than any other top film. It finished fourth for the weekend with a $7 mil take. Odds are it will be more than halved again next week. Mel Gibson has proved unworthy of a comeback in every respect. It’s hoped that Leonardo DiCaprio will get the message and pull out of Mel’s next scheduled project before it starts.

“Edge” shouldn’t be a total bust. Even if it totals just $40 mil domestically, it should have a good life overseas, especially in the U.K. (It was a British mini series originally)…

…Yes, that was the legendary Ben Gazzara having lunch at Balthazar on Sunday with wife Elke. He’s going to be 80 in August. God bless…

…People are still talking about the lunch last week at Phillippe Chow in Hollywood for R&B singer Estelle (”American Boy”). She played us some tracks from her new, upcoming CD and welcomed an elite crowd including Hill Harper, Sam Jean (Wyclef’s lawyer brother), and host Kim Porter ‘ aka P Diddy’s babymama of three. The lunch went on extra long I think because the guests loved the energy drink, called Sin, sponsoring the event. They all got bottles of it and Sin’s sister drink, Serenity, which is designed to put you to sleep. Other guests included our “cousin” Bill Werde, the editorial director of Billboard,’”Today show” producer Melissa Lonner; plus Jaime Hilfiger, Darren Henson, and Claudia Jones…Watch out for Estelle in 2010…she’s gonna be big…

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