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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs hankers for status of movie superstars

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Sean "P Diddy" Combs is into making his mark even bigger in front of the camera, with a longtime associate saying Monday: “Diddy wants to become the next Denzel Washington or Will Smith.”

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Updated: May 25, 2012 8:12AM

W ithout question, Sean “Diddy” Combs is a renaissance man of many talents, ranging from music star and mogul to shrewd entrepreneur to actor — especially with solid performances in “Get Him to the Greek” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Now I’ve learned Combs is into making his mark even bigger in front of the camera, with a longtime associate telling me Monday: “Diddy wants to become the next Denzel Washington or Will Smith.”

While reportedly about to ink a deal to star in “The Hangover 3” for director Todd Phillips , Combs really wants to use his extensive Hollywood connections to land much meatier roles — both dramatic and comedic.

BACK FOR MORE: Though it got mixed reviews, “Shutter Island,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio did gross nearly $300 million worldwide. Like “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone,” it was based on a Dennis Lehane novel. DiCaprio is a huge fan of Lehane’s work, which has a lot to do with why he has already optioned the film rights for the author’s upcoming Live by Night — a Prohibition-era novel, due out in about six months.

Of course, as we know, DiCaprio

does love starring in period dramas, as his roles in “J. Edgar” and
“The Aviator” attest.

TAKE IT SLOW: Katy Perry’s personal posse are deeply concerned her rebound romance with Robert Ackroyd, the guitarist for Florence + The Machine, is coming way too soon after the collapse of her marriage to Russell Brand.

“She’s in love with the idea of being in love,” said a Perry pal Monday. “This won’t last.”

CALM DOWN! There’s big buzz that Lindsay Lohan’s recent outbursts and run-ins with folks have led to the actress being strongly advised to get some serious anger management counseling. Apparently that includes the people producing her upcoming Elizabeth Taylor movie, who are worried about angry LiLo hissy fits on the set of their film.

T AKE NOTE: Monday was a big night for music legend Tony Bennett, as a new documentary, “The Zen of Tony Bennett,” was premiered at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival, with an all-star guest list, including Tribeca co-founder and longtime Bennett buddy Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Harry Belafonte and Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late Amy Winehouse.

Bennett himself will be back again Aug. 18 at Ravinia — sure to be yet another sellout, as it has every year since the singer first appeared at the North Shore venue in 1984.

STAR GAZING: Demi Lovato has finally admitted that along with eating disorder and self-injury problems, her recent rehab stint at the Timberline Knolls center in Lemont also was to treat an addiction to cocaine and other drugs, which she has long denied.

Note to anyone likely to go out with Ashton Kutcher: The actor is telling anyone who will listen that he is interested only in “casual dating” — not in a serious romance this soon after the collapse of his marriage to Demi Moore.

A New York friend, who has seen Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino twice in the past few days, says he “barely recognized” the “Jersey Shore” star. “He was so soft-spoken, conservatively dressed and understated in every way. It was like he was a totally different guy,” since his release from rehab.

SEEN ON THE SCENE : Yes, that was actress Ellen Barkin spied hangin’ out Saturday in the VIP section at Tavern on Rush, while a Kristin Cavallari -less Jay Cutler dined with friends, as did Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.

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