February 26, 2007 |
Best-actress winner Helen Mirren, at age 61, showed Hollywood - and the millions of mere mortals who take their cues from there - that it is possible to have gotten past the age of, say, 30 and still look beautiful and glamorous. Mirren's champagne Christian Lacroix gown with an exquisite, encrusted bodice and full chiffon skirt was dazzling, as were her white-haired bob and lived-in face, perhaps the bravest fashion statements of the evening. A veteran actress of four decades, Mirren seemed so at home on the stage, as she does in the world, while many of the younger actresses seemed like exceptionally well-groomed yet undernourished deer caught in headlights.
February 10, 2007 |
Boston boner claims a victim Think life in cartoons is a dreamy delight filled with warm and fuzzy buddies dying to play with you? Think again, kid. It's an unforgiving place where cartoons are made, shipped and marketed. Jim Samples learned that the hard way. The Cartoon Network chief has resigned following last week's Adult Swim marketing disaster in Boston. The marketing geniuses placed battery-powered, cartoon-adorned light boards all over Boston, creating a citywide bomb scare on Jan. 31. The disaster cost Cartoon Network's parent company, Turner Broadcasting, $2 mil in reparations, plus apologies.
April 30, 2006 |
Awards season goes on. Friday night, Ellen DeGeneres swept Daytime Emmy awards for best talk show and best host for the second year in a row, and General Hospital and Guiding Light also won big at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, also home of the Oscars. It was the first prime-time showing for the Daytime Emmys in its 33-year history and its first time in L.A. Kim Zimmer, Reva on Guiding Light, won her fourth Emmy as lead actress (after a season in which Reva endured menopause and a fall down an elevator shaft - it pays the rent)
September 16, 2005 |
"How come this keeps happening to me?" Ellen DeGeneres says that was her gut reaction when it struck her that she would once again be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards following a deadly national crisis. In 2001, she'd signed up for what should have been a routine annual tribute to the best of television with all its glitz and laughs. Two postponements later, it was an unusually solemn occasion, acknowledging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Armed Forces who had gone into Afghanistan in response.
September 10, 2005 |
Last night's star-fortified telethon, Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, turned out to be an efficient but awkward TV event. Even for a live production, it seemed markedly underrehearsed. But by any measure, Shelter From the Storm took care of business. Shown simultaneously on all six broadcast networks, PBS, and a number of cable outlets, the telethon boasted an elite cadre from song (Paul Simon, U2, Rod Stewart) and screen (Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz)
September 2, 2005 |
WHILE TATTLE would normally fill its page with important news about Brad and Angelina's first fight ("Celebrity Living" says it had to do with Brad reaching out to Angelina's estranged father, Jon Voight), today we're going to concentrate on Hurricane Katrina and her effect - so far - on the entertainment world. New Orleans native and R&B legend Fats Domino ("Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame," "Walking to New Orleans") was reported missing yesterday, by his agent, Al Embry.
July 1, 2005 |
AS THE National Enquirer and Us Weekly duked it out for bragging rights on who first broke the news, it has been confirmed that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are wife and husband. The nuptials were confirmed by those who confirm (or deny) everything - the stars' publicists. Also officially acknowledged was Garner's pregnancy. The happy couple wed Wednesday at the Parrot Cay resort in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos. The Enquirer said Garner arrived on the islands with her "Alias" dad, Victor Garber.
June 24, 2005 |
THERE MAY soon be a baby crawling around the Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston mansion. Only it won't be Brad & Jen's. Or Brad and Angelina's. Or Jen and Vince Vaughn's. The Star reports Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are eager to snap up the $20 million fixer-upper and Ellen and Portia are talking about having a baby. Goodness knows what it's going to cost to childproof the place. "Having a child was a decision Ellen and Portia agreed to table for a while," a friend told the Star, "so they could get to know each other.
May 18, 2005 |
Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue, 36, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo immediate treatment. In a statement, Minogue, who hit big in '01 with Fever, said her Australian Showgirl Tour will have to be canceled. "I . . . am sorry to have to disappoint my fans. Nevertheless, hopefully all will work out fine and I'll be back with you all again soon. " The BBC says Minogue's pop-star sister, Dannii, is cautiously optimistic: "The news is very upsetting. Although as the cancer has been diagnosed at such an early stage, we are all very optimistic that everything will be OK. " "We're all very thankful for the endless messages of love and support Kylie has been receiving.
March 10, 2005 |
SO IF YOU were a terrorist and wanted to kidnap iconic American celebrities to freak the country out, would Russell Crowe be on that list? Duh. He's Australian. But perhaps all criminal masterminds aren't as savvy as we are. Crow tells Australian GQ that the al Qaeda network wanted to kidnap him as part of a "cultural destabilization plot. " What other "Americans" are they planning to target? Boy George? Elton John? Kylie Minogue? Paul McCartney? Crowe says that FBI agents told him about the threat just months before he won a best-actor Oscar for "Gladiator.