France's love for Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis, whose fifth Die Hard pic, A Good Day to Die Hard, opens Thursday, was in Paris Monday night to receive the Commander of the Arts in France for his contribution to cinema.
Bruce, 57, who was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, to an American serviceman and a German mom, said he feels at home in France. But he spoke up against President Francois Hollande's plan to tax the richest at 75 percent. Bruce, who came with wife, Emma Heming, said there will yet be more Die Hard pics.
Grammy Awards = big television
Sunday's Grammy Awards on CBS drew 28.4 million viewers, the second largest audience to watch the kudosfest in 20 years, Variety reports. It was down from last year's mega-viewership number of 39.9 million. Last year's numbers exploded when tens of millions tuned in to see a tribute to Whitney Houston, who had died the previous day.
$250K for Springsteen guitar
Tracy Powell, a woman who described herself simply as a "mom," put down 250,000 clams to buy a Bruce Springsteen guitar at the Grammy org's MusiCares benefit gala Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
She's a mom, sure. But she's also Steve Jobs' sister-in-law, says Roger Friedman's Showbiz411.com. Powell was at the event with her sister, Laurene, who is Jobs' widow. The Bruce-donated Fender guitar was signed by a gaggle of artists, including Bruce, Elton John, Sting, and Neil Young.
Carrie Underwood's diamond OD
American Idol goddess Carrie Underwood's Grammy Awards dress didn't make much of an impression Sunday. The outfit was outdazzled by the 381 carats of diamonds that graced her neck courtesy of jeweler Johnathon Arndt. "This is worth like more than me, and everything I have, and have ever had and ever will have," Carrie told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson. The bauble's estimated worth: $31 mil.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Rocker, hunter, gun enthusiast, and avid outdoorsman Ted Nugent, a vocal opponent of President Obama who supported Mitt Romney in last year's election, will attend Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of GOP Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, USA Today says. . . . The New York Daily News says the next edition of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which premieres March 18, will feature no less a cultural hero than boxer Victor Ortiz. Other rumored stars include Emily Maynard, Kourtney Kardashian, and Honey Boo Boo's mom, Mama June. . . . The Backstreet Boys sure are milking their 20th anniversary: The '90s boy band will be featured in a new tell-all documentary helmed by Stephen Kijak. . . . Far as we know, no altercation occurred between Chris Brown and Rihanna at the Grammys. They arrived separately (she sporting $2 mil in Neil Lane diamonds and rubies) but sat together, exuding a real couplehood aura.
Stephenie Meyer in Phila!
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer will sign copies of her new book, The Host, at 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library. The event is free, but reservations are required. Info: 215-567-4341 or www.freelibrary.org/authorevents.
'Silver Linings' Oscar parties
Come celebrate Philly region hero Bradley Cooper's Philly-region-set Silver Linings Playbook, which has amassed eight Oscar nominations, at two Oscar-viewing parties in Upper Darby at 8 p.m. on Oscar night (Feb. 24): Llanerch Diner (which actually is featured in the film), 95 E. Township Road; or Cawley's Irish Pub, 7919 West Chester Pike. The latter event will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a tailgate party and buffet.
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