September 10, 2011 |
One of history's greatest Jewish heroes is to be honored in film by . . . Mel Gibson . Hello?? The Braveheart auteur, who made waves with a drunken anti-Semitic rant in '06, plans to star in and/or direct a Joe Eszterhas -scripted film about Judah Maccabee , the Jewish warrior who led an uprising against the Seleucid Empire in Judea between 167 and 160 B.C. (He inspired the celebration of Hanukkah.) Jewish leaders are angry. Simon Wiesenthal Center founder Rabbi Marvin Hier says casting Mel in the part "is like casting . . . a white supremacist as trying to portray Martin Luther King Jr . It's simply an insult to Jews.
October 10, 2011 |
New Jersey may seem like the Rodney Dangerfield of states because it "can't get no respect. " But two news stories show it can - without involving calls for Gov. Christie to seek the Oval Office. This morning, a Princeton professor won a share of the Nobel economics prize. And Sunday, a Jersey girl married super-wealthy ex- Beatle Paul McCartney. The Nobel winner is Christopher Sims, 68, a professor of economics and banking who has been at Princeton since 1999.
May 7, 2011 |
The Philadelphia Folk Festival turns 50, Aug. 19-21 at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford! Longtime festival mainstays, including Arlo Guthrie , the David Bromberg Big Band , Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen , Tom Rush, and Tom Paxton will be there. So will younger acts, including sacred steel masters the Campbell Brothers , superb roots songwriting scion Justin Townes Earle , and rising star Caitlin Rose . Cajun dance band Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys ( Ouais!
October 8, 2011 |
Fox says The Simpsons , which just entered its 23d season, may be canceled if voice actors, including Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson), Julie Kavner (Marge), and Nancy Cartwright (Bart), continue to bellyache about their salaries. But Harry Shearer , who plays Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner, tells the Hollywood Reporter all they want is a share in the profits. "I'm willing to let them cut my salary . . . more than 70 percent," he says, as long as he gets a small profit share.
September 17, 2011 |
THIRD TIME'S the charm - or is that when you strike out? Formerly cute Beatle Paul McCartney heads into this dicey territory with the announcement yesterday that he'll wed fiancee Nancy Shevell . They've "posted a notice of intention to marry" at London's Marylebone Town Hall. Sounds so veddy British. It means they can marry any time in the calendar year starting Sept. 30. No wedding details out yet. Marylebone's apparently the place for Brit rockers to tie one on - or, in Paul's case, two, since he married first wife, Linda , there.
February 13, 2012 |
THE GRAMMYS are that annual lovefest when the music industry tries to convince the rest of the world that it still has a pulse. But you know what showed a surprising heartbeat yesterday? The movie industry. For the first time since Christmas 2008, four - count 'em, four - movies opened with more than a $20 million box-office haul. "The Vow" led the way with a ridiculous $41.7 million. Who knew so many people would remember to see a movie about amnesia? In second, with $39.3 million, according to yesterday's studio estimates, was the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds ' action thriller "Safe House.
January 26, 2012 |
THINK OF IT AS "Late Show with David Letterman ," except with nuclear codes. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange 's new TV talk show has found a home on RT, the Kremlin-funded English-language TV station often critical of U.S. policy. RT television announced yesterday that it will air Assange's series of 10 interviews with what it described as "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries - figures who in the author's opinion will be shaping the political agenda of tomorrow.
April 14, 2013 |
Tattle was so global this past week: Friday In China, "Django Unchained" was yanked from theaters the day after it opened. Perhaps the country had second thoughts about a story in which an angry slave turns on his dictatorial master. In England, Sir Paul McCartney was once again named the country's wealthiest musician. Thanks to his rich wife, Nancy Shevell , Sir Paul is now a billionaire. Thursday MTV canceled the reality TV series "BUCKWILD" after "star" Shain Gandee 's death.
October 12, 2011 |
On what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday (see below), Sir Paul McCartney , 69, wed skweezie Nancy Shevell , 51, Sunday, at a civil ceremony in Marylebone, central London. His third; her second. They'll throw a party Stateside later. Mac's daughter Beatrice was flower girl and his bro Mike was best male. Shevell wore a Stella McCartney dress, and Paul wore a blue suit. He gave her a 5-carat Neil Lane diamond in a platinum ring. Ringo Starr was there, with wife Barbara Bach , George Harrison's widow Olivia , Shevell's son Arlen , and her cousin, Barbara Walters . Wait . . . now Baba Wawa is sort of related to Paul?
October 10, 2011 |
FOR THE SECOND TIME in his life, Sir Paul McCartney was married in London's Old Marylebone Town Hall. In 1969 the bride was American Linda Eastman . Yesterday, on what would have been John Lennon 's 71st birthday, he married another American, Nancy Shevell , in a simple civil ceremony in front of close family and friends. (McCartney's infamous marriage to Heather Mills took place in a big-bucks ceremony at a remote Irish castle.) The former Beatle, 69, raised his wife's hand in triumph as they walked down the steps after they tied the knot.