CineFest ended Thursday night, at the Ritz East, with WXPN's Michaela Majoun and Robert Drake hosting the Jury and Audience Awards. The jury named Lapland Odyssey best feature film, Project Nim best documentary, Kiryarwanda best first film, Hamill best American independent film, and Calendar Girl the Festival of Independents winner. Azal Jacobs won best director for Terri. The audience chose Cost of a Soul as best feature, The Interrupters as best documentary film, and Stake Land as best "Danger After Dark" film. Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) showed his new one, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and did Q&A afterward. Invited guests partied until 1 a.m. at Positano Coast.
Xlnt poet rocks big awardDavid Ferry is a wonderful poet, and now the whole world will know. Ferry, currently at Suffolk University in Boston, won the 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, which carries a cool $100K award. Yes, sir, Mr. Poet, sir. Given by the venerable poetry mag Poetry, it will be awarded May 11 in Chicago.
Bon Jovi suspect nabbedJon Bon Jovi's house in Middletown Township, N.J., was burgled April 3, with $100K in jewelry running down the road. The perp also burgled three neighbors. Now the law says they got him. Bail is $100,000 for 21-year-old Nicholas Tracy of Beachwood. They found him hiding in a bathroom of a house after a burglar alarm went off. Oops!
Brooke back to schoolBrooke Shields, 1987 Princeton grad, is going back - to give the May 30 Class Day address on graduation weekend. She follows in the voicesteps of folks like Stephen Colbert, Bill Clinton, and Katie Couric. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives the May 29 baccalaureate.
Sheen's bipolar walkWinner and world savior Charlie Sheen tweeted Friday: "Stop the Stigma!! Bipolar Awareness Walk!! Please join me at 6pm at the Ritz tonight! Raise Money! Raise Awareness! #BIPOLAR #BIWINNING." He said he'd match donations; all proceeds go to the Canadian group Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders. He's both called himself "bi-winning" and denied he has the condition. He also denies his walk has any link to news of Catherine Zeta-Jones' rehab or bipolar disorder.
Taylor SwiftiesThe world's 12th Most Powerful Celebrity, according to Forbes, has given her mom and dad a $1.3 million house in Nashville. Berks County-born Taylor Swift, just nominated for seven Billboard Music Awards, also "just bought a beautiful home for herself in L.A." Perhaps because her frequent visits, Unnamed Source told Us Weekly, were costing "a fortune in hotel charges!"
Diva divorceChristina Aguilera, who'll turn her back on contestants on NBC's The Voice, has officially turned her back on her husband of five years, music marketer Jordan Bratman. The split splat Friday, after California's mandatory six-month wait. Prenup! No money-wrangling! Custody of 3-year-old Max will reportedly be joint. Matt Rutler is said to be the current beau of the Super Bowl's national anthem lyrics mutilatress.
Make us famous, Simon!Twenty thousand starstruck folks queued up Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., hoping to be chosen for the first season of Fox's and Simon Cowell's X Factor. Set to debut in the fall, X differs from American Idol in (a) accepting groups and singers as young as 12, (b) emphasizing star power, not just vocal chops, and (c) having a $5 million top prize. Record exec Antonio "L.A." Reid has signed on to judge. Two more are expected next month: ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who won Dancing With the Stars last year, and Cheryl Cole, a judge with Cowell on the Brit show that found Susan Boyle.
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