December 17, 2010 |
According to The King's Speech , King George VI - born Albert Frederick Arthur George, "Bertie" to his intimates - had such a paralyzing stutter that it was a struggle for him to say his own name. Telling bedtime stories to his daughters, the future Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, was a trial, not a pleasure. The opposite is true of Tom Hooper's rousing comedy of manners, a tale of the king and the court jester who helped untie the monarch's tongue and enabled him to find his voice.
December 19, 2002 |
THE SECRET word is: Innocent. That's what Paul Reubens, best known for playing Pee-wee Herman (and exposing himself in a movie theater), pleaded yesterday in L.A. to a charge of possessing child pornography. Reubens, 50, who is free on $20,000 bail, entered the plea through his attorney, Blair Berk, who said she would seek to have the charge thrown out at a Jan. 3 pretrial hearing. The misdemeanor charge of possessing materials depicting children engaged in sexual conduct stems from a search of the actor's home in November 2001.
February 10, 2002 |
Princess Margaret, 71, the once-glamorous and high-spirited sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, died yesterday. A statement issued by Buckingham Palace said she "died peacefully in her sleep" at 6:30 a.m. at King Edward VII Hospital. She had been taken to the hospital four hours earlier after developing cardiac problems following a stroke Friday afternoon. The princess had been in poor health in recent years and had slipped from the headlines, but in her youth she cut an alluring figure and kept tabloid headline writers busy.
January 21, 2001 |
Another baby for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones? Douglas, 56, said he'd like to have a second child with the 31-year-old actress he married in November. Their son, Dylan Michael Douglas, was born in August. The actor talked with Jane Pauley on Dateline NBC on Friday about his new film, Traffic, in which his wife costars. When Pauley asked whether he and Zeta-Jones planned to have more children, Douglas said, "We'll see. We're talking about more kids. . . . It could be next year.
January 4, 2001 |
QUOTE "He's possibly the last person on Earth who needs Viagra. . .Whoever taught him the art of lovemaking, taught him well. " - Ex-George Clooney flame Kimberly Russell, sharing too much info with London's Daily Mirror. It was a close encounter that was not particularly kind to "ET" director Steven Spielberg. So now, the money-making filmmaker is throwing up a white flag by temporarily withdrawing controversial plans with the Los Angeles Zoning Administration to build a $7 million horse-riding ring in nearby Sullivan Canyon.
November 8, 1999 |
A funny thing happened to Paul Mazursky on his way to movie stardom. He became a director. Not one of those stand-up comics who became directors-for-hire like Mike Nichols. Mazursky became a director of films based upon his original scripts, most of them comedies of marital crisis such as An Unmarried Woman (1978) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). Marriage is Mazursky's landscape, as Manhattan is Woody Allen's. From wedding vows to open marriage, infidelity to divorce, second thoughts to bigamy, Mazursky samples the 31 Flavors of conjugal relations.
July 3, 1999 |
To the surprise of students working on a new national historic site at Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm in Plains, Ga., the former president arrived at the site unannounced on a bicycle. "We had no idea we were going to meet him," said Michelle Greenleaf, 17, of Rock Stream, N.Y. "And I'm very surprised he rode his bike. " Carter answered students' questions Thursday about everything from segregation in the South during his childhood to the gnats that plague them as they work. The site is being developed by the Interior Department.
April 13, 1999 |
QUOTE "It's not a farewell thing. I saw The Who do that 15 times, and it got kind of old. " - Billy Joel, on tour this month, declining to call his so-called final tour a farewell tour Trouper Liza Minnelli has been down before. She appears to be back up, but is blaming her most recent woes on The Curse of "Victor/Victoria. " In 1997, the actress and singer did a turn in the Broadway musical "Victor/Victoria," the show made famous by Julie Andrews, about a woman masquerading as a man pretending to be a woman.
May 18, 1998 |
Buckingham Palace says a published report that Princess Margaret is preparing for possible withdrawal from public life this summer is just "scaremongering. " A palace spokeswoman says Queen Elizabeth's younger sister, who suffered a stroke in February, is following doctors' orders, and will not undertake any public engagements until the end of June. Then she'll re-evaluate, and decide whether to make any commitments. The 67-year-old princess was expected to show up today in a private capacity at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
September 17, 1997 |
Even if Princess Diana hadn't died on Aug. 31, Kitty Kelley's latest tell-all, The Royals, would have caused a stir. The queen of the unauthorized biography has unearthed enough dirt on England's monarchy to fill Buckingham Palace. Now what was sure to be an international best-seller is a white-hot commodity. So high is demand in England, where Warner Books chose not to publish because of the country's strict libel laws, that British journalists have sneaked into the office of Kelley's New York public relations people, looking for an advance copy of The Royals.