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Diane Keaton’s memoir details life with Woody

Diane Keaton would know: Going out with Woody Allen was like being in a Woody Allen movie, she writes in an upcoming memoir.

The Academy Award-winning actress starred with Mr. Allen in such favorites as “Sleeper” and “Love and Death” and got an Oscar for “Annie Hall,” in which her baggy-panted WASP meshed unforgettably with Mr. Allen’s patented schlemiel. Mr. Allen and Miss Keaton dated for a few years and remain close.

“I was his endearing oaf. I had him pegged as a cross between a ‘White Thing’ and the cockroach you couldn’t kill,” Miss Keaton, 65, wrote in “Then Again,” which comes out next month and is excerpted in the November issue of Vogue, arriving at newsstands Tuesday.

“We shared a love of torturing each other with our failures. His insights into my character were dead-on and hilarious. This bond remains the core of our friendship and, for me, love.”

Miss Keaton wrote that she met Mr. Allen in 1968 when they worked together in Mr. Allen’s stage comedy “Play It Again, Sam,” roles they re-enacted for the 1972 film version. Mr. Allen is the divorced neurotic who channels the spirit of Humphrey Bogart to help with his love life. The actress falls for him in the script and soon did the same in real life.

“How could I not? I was in love with him before I knew him. He was Woody Allen. Our entire family used to gather around the TV set and watch him on Johnny Carson. He was so hip, with his thick glasses and cool suits,” she wrote.

Miss Keaton’s book centers on her close relationship with her mother, Dorothy Hall, and “Then Again” includes excerpts from family journals and letters. In one journal entry, Miss Keaton’s mother remembers seeing a screening in 1977 of “Annie Hall.” The movie was based in part on Mr. Allen’s relationship with Miss Keaton, whose birth name is Diane Hall.

“Annie’s camera in hand, her gum chewing, her lack of confidence; pure Diane. The story was tender, funny and sad. It ended in separation, just like real life,” wrote Dorothy Hall, who died in 2008.

Jon Bon Jovi opens ‘pay-what-you-can’ eatery

In three decades as one of the world’s biggest rock stars, Jon Bon Jovi has eaten in some of the world’s best restaurants, savoring the best food the planet has to offer.

Yet there’s no place he’d rather have dinner than the Soul Kitchen, a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant he and his wife, Dorothea, established in a former auto body shop near the Red Bank train station in central New Jersey.

The restaurant provides gourmet-quality meals to the hungry while enabling them to volunteer on community projects in return without the stigma of visiting a soup kitchen. Paying customers are encouraged to leave whatever they want in the envelopes on each table, where the menus never list a price.

The restaurant is the latest undertaking by the New Jersey rocker’s Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which has built 260 homes for low-income residents in recent years.

“With the economic downturn, one of the things I noticed was that disposable income was one of the first things that went,” Mr. Bon Jovi told the Associated Press in an interview Wednesday before the restaurant’s grand opening ceremony. “Dining out, the family going out to a restaurant, mom not having to cook, dad not having to clean up - a lot of memories were made around restaurant tables.

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