March 4, 2014 |
NOT EVEN a mid-show pizza order can turn Hollywood's biggest night into a dorm party. Ellen DeGeneres, on her second go-around as host, steered the 86th Annual Academy Awards on a safe, only slightly wacky course last night, popping in and out of the audience, taking selfies with some of the world's biggest stars and, yes, ordering pizzas. Here's some of what we noticed: So that's what she was doing there: Doylestown's own Pink, whose place in the show had been left something of a mystery, sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in front of Judy Garland's kids - Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft - to mark the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz. " Best sport: Minnelli, of whom DeGeneres quipped: "One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen.
October 18, 2013 |
Alycia Lane fired in L.A. Former Philadelphia news anchor Alycia Lane is out of a job as a morning newscaster at KNBC in Los Angeles, the website Mediabistro reported Wednesday. Traffic reporter Sean Murphy , who also previously worked in Philadelphia, was out of work, too. "Alycia Lane and Sean Murphy's last day was today, October 16. We are grateful for the contributions they have both made to NBC4 and wish them the best in their future endeavors," a station spokesperson told Mediabistro.
July 12, 2011 |
Could Sgt. Scott Moore , that sweet, smooth-pated Marine, possibly have imagined that his fantasy movie star babe would actually say yes to a date? That'd be Black Swan star Mila Kunis , who has accepted Moore's invitation to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C. Moore taped his YouTube invite in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, where he is serving with the Third Battalion Second Marines. "Hi, Mila, I just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball with yours truly," he said.
October 12, 2010 |
In a revelation sure to shock some, mystify others, and inspire long self-reflection in a dozen or two, In Touch Weekly is reporting that Friends and Cougar Town goddess Courteney Cox has separated from her husband of 11 years, actor and Arquette family member David Arquette . They met during the filming of Scream! in 1996 and married in 1999. (They just got done filming Scream 4 , slated for release next year.) These two have had splitting rumors whirling around their heads for a while now. In 2008, Courteney told London's Daily Mail she and David had been doing mondo therapy.
December 7, 2008 |
Nine years have passed since Liza Minnelli last appeared on Broadway, and she's more than making up for lost time. Liza's at the Palace - staged at the site of her previous Broadway concert, in the epic theater where her mother, Judy Garland, forged her own triumphs - easily competes with the subways in rocking Broadway, and not just because the show's crystalline amplification ratchets up the decibels. In yet another comeback, Minnelli erases any question about her raw power to continue to command a stage and enrapture an audience.
October 20, 2008 |
REMEMBER THOSE bygone days when Madonna was less about sinew and more about sex? Well, it's sex that may have broken up her marriage. Lack of it. Seems that during the final months of wedlock, Madonna had a bit of a padlock and was more like a virgin than husband Guy Ritchie ("Rocknrolla") would have liked. So says Rav Singh's report in London's News of the World, where the big story is that Madonna became so obsessed with her own muscles that she lost interest in her husband's muscle.
March 28, 2006 |
When Judy Garland was Liza Minnelli's age, she'd been dead 13 years. But both blazed intense-yet-truncated careers - which were over, essentially, by their early 30s. Garland died in 1969; her movie career had all but ended 15 years earlier. Her daughter's best film work was completed by 1977, with New York, New York. Minnelli turned 60 this month, quite an achievement, considering she's lived faster and more exuberantly than most performers. It can't be easy being a second-generation drag icon, the daughter of two Hollywood titans who perfected the Technicolor musical.
February 3, 2006 |
It's not just the wide, dark eyes, the thick, sculpted brows, and the big mouth that control the elasticity of Mario Cantone. Sure, it's a pliable, recognizable face that has brought him accolades not only on Broadway (Love! Valour! Compassion!; Assassins) and television (Sex and the City and frequent appearances on The View), but with stand-up comedy. But it's his voice - a musically modulated hiss and a bark born of Boston and Brooklyn - that announces his usually acerbic presence immediately.
December 9, 2004 |
Liza Minnelli's struggle to evict her stepmother from a Beverly Hills mansion continues, as the intrepid Lee Minnelli, 94-year-old widow of Liza's dad, Vincente, refuses to move from the home she shared with the director until his death in 1986. New owners Merhdad Saghian and Stephanie Jarin are becoming somewhat impatient, reports the New York Post. They bought the place from Liza, who inherited it from her dad, two years ago for $2.75 million. Vincente Minnelli's will stipulated that Liza had to let Lee live there until she died or provide something comparable.
February 4, 2004 |
Two months ago, Luther Vandross' friends and family had high hopes that he would be able to attend Sunday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he is nominated for five prizes. But on Monday, Vandross' business manager, Carmen Romano, announced that the soulful crooner was not well enough to show up. "On the advice of his doctors, I regret to say that Luther won't be able to make this trip," he said. Vandross, 52, suffered a severe stroke in April, and spent several weeks in a hospital before being transferred to a rehabilitation facility in the New York City area.