July 22, 2014 |
STING isn't the only celebrity not leaving his fortune to his kids. Citing court documents, the New York Post reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman , who died in February of a drug overdose, refused to set aside money for his three children (ages 5, 7 and 10) because he did not want them "to be considered 'trust fund' kids. " Hoffman instead left his estimated $35 million fortune to his children's mother, his longtime girlfriend. According to his accountant, David Friedman , Hoffman believed O'Donnell would "take care of the children," which does seem like a reasonable belief.
July 22, 2014 |
Downey Jr. makes load$! Overqualified Iron Man movie star (and onetime serious thesp) Robert Downey Jr. , 49, made more money in the last 12 months than any actor alive or dead. Thanks to Marvel's comic hero, he made $75 mil. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson trails at No. 2, with a measly $52 mil. Bradley Cooper ($46 mil), Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 mil), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 mil) round out the top five. Shakira breaks Facebook . . . well, OK, no, the Colombian hip-shaker didn't break the gargantuan social medium; she just broke the record for most-liked celeb.
July 14, 2014 |
Last week I wrote about a villain. Today I'm writing about a hero. And an incredibly good-looking one, which figures into the story, as you will see. We begin Sunday morning, when I meet my bestie Franca for a bike ride. We've been friends through 30 years, and between us we have four divorces, a nice even number. We love to do things together and are very much alike, except Franca is an incredible athlete and runs five miles every day. That would be the end of the similarity.
April 11, 2014 |
IS ONE OF OUR "MOB WIVES" leaving our fair city for the Big Apple? A source close to VH1 reality star Natalie Guercio says that for Season 5 of the popular show, Guercio will move to Manhattan and try to open a store with her boyfriend, London Rene . Both of their Twitter profiles list New York and Philadelphia as their places of residence. VH1 and Guercio's publicist deny the move, but my source was quite adamant. Fellow Philly Mob Wife Alicia DiMichele owns the boutique Addiction, with locations in South Philly (1713 S. 12th St.)
March 13, 2014 |
STARS. Once again, they are so like us. Take Frank Ocean . Just like us, the R&B singer-songwriter bravely defied rap- and pop-music stereotypes, won a buncha Grammys and Grammy noms, and has become a household name. So, he's kinda like us. You know. Sorta. And, supercoincidentally, just like you and me, last July, Chipotle Mexican Grill advanced Ocean a paltry $212,500 to record a new version of "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. " He didn't even have to write an original song.
February 19, 2014 |
Royalty meets the royals British stage and screen royalty on Monday hobnobbed with British, erm, royalty at an event at Buckingham Palace celebrating the 60th anniversary of HRH Queen Elizabeth II' s service as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Liz and granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton received a host of boldfacers including Uma Thurman , Joely Richardson , John Hurt , Michael Sheen , Oscar-nominated director...
February 18, 2014 |
Film awards sprinkled all over 12 Years a Slave won the best picture prize at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday and its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor , was named best actor. Ejiofor thanked director Steve McQueen for bringing to the screen the true story of a free black man kidnapped into servitude in the 19th-century American South. Holding the trophy, he told McQueen: "This is yours. I'm going to keep it - that's the kind of guy I am - but it's yours. " The best actress prize went to Cate Blanchett for her turn as a socialite on the slide in Blue Jasmine . She dedicated the award to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman , who died this month.
January 24, 2014 |
IT WAS A BIG DAY for Philadelphia on the national gossip scene yesterday. Entertainment Weekly reported that former Daily News intern Bradley Cooper is going to play "The Elephant Man" on Broadway this fall. He previously played the role two years ago at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It will be Coop's first time on Broadway since 2006, when he appeared in "Three Days of Rain" with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd . Cooper will most likely get all uglied up to play the deformed John Merrick , who lashes out at people who judge him only by his hideous appearance.
January 23, 2014 |
Debbie Reynolds-Mihos, 51, of Philadelphia, a co-owner of several area diners, including the Llanerch Diner of Silver Linings Playbook fame, died Saturday, Jan. 18, at her home. The cause of death was leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma. She was diagnosed in 2011, and underwent five regimens of chemotherapy over 21/2 years, her family said in a tribute. Despite daunting odds, she fought courageously to stay alive "for those she loved," her family said.
December 20, 2013 |
DAVID O. RUSSELL'S "American Hustle" is either a movie or a cast party for folks who starred in "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter. " Russell spins '70s tunes, and everybody parades around in goofy hair and loud clothes. Bradley Cooper has a perm, Jeremy Renner a pompadour, Christian Bale a comb-over and a toupee, which is something only Donald Trump could understand. Amy Adams has an array of see-through dresses and a British accent that comes off as quickly as her bra. All of this artifice, by the way, is by design.