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Hollywood discovers Realtor, songwriter

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Just about the time Dennis Lambert was noticing that the phone in his real estate office wasn't ringing so much, Hollywood called. It was no big deal, really -- only that actor Steve Carell was interested in making a film about Lambert's life. Lambert seems to take this little thunderbolt rather calmly, as if it's just one more interesting detour in a life that has wandered over multiple maps. "It's a little crazy, my story," said Lambert, 63, acknowledging with considerable understatement that he's probably the only real estate agent in Boca Raton, Fla., who also has a wall full of gold records, garnered in an earlier life as a songwriter and music producer. Or who has diehard fans in the Philippines who a couple of years ago turned out by the thousands for his concert tour, which became the basis of an award-winning documentary. That film, called "Of All the Things," chronicled the unlikely (and occasionally comic) comeback of Lambert, who, startin...