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.
August 24, 2004 |
As the world continues its sustained shriek at the loss of Edvard Munch's definitive portrait of proto-existentialist angst, The Scream, we shriek "Oh God!" in cinephilic angst (or is it a cinephobic angst?) over a surreal cinematic move: a remake of the '77 New Age-ish comedy Oh God! starring Ellen DeGeneres in the title role. According to Variety, prolific producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, The Firm, The Karate Kid) is remaking his own sappy but charming flick about a grocery manager chosen by God to spread kindness and such.
September 14, 2003 |
The autumn audio book season is blazing with star-quality voices, many on recordings being released simultaneously with the hardback versions. Look for Kate Mulgrew, star of the Off-Broadway show about Katharine Hepburn, reading the book version of Tea at Five, by Matthew Lombardo (September, HighBridge). Author Toni Morrison, who has read her fiction before, is back narrating her new novel, Love (October, Random House). Barbara Bush is back, too, reading Reflections, a follow-up to her memoir.
April 11, 2003 |
If all goes as planned for Ellen DeGeneres' current tour, which will stop Tuesday at the Tower Theater, it will be the last of her career. The comic-actress will add another credential to her resume: talk-show host. DeGeneres plans to devote virtually all of her creative energy to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which is scheduled to air in September on NBC. "I really hope this is my last tour," DeGeneres said while calling from her Los Angeles home. "I love stand-up, but it's time to move on to this [talk show]
October 15, 2002 |
WHAT'S UP with Rosie? Wait a minute; I'm not joining in on the what's-wrong-with-Rosie- O'Donnell drumbeat. I'm wondering why everyone else is so obsessed. I can barely turn around without seeing her face on the newsstand. Hmm, she looked happy on People, so that must have been a positive article. She looked crazed on one of the tabloids, so I guess that one speculated on her sanity. Even the local newspaper that comes to my home asked, "What's with Rosie?" and further declared, "The former talk show host is making headlines with her baffling behavior.