Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
** FASHION ICON: WSJ magazine profiles VOGUE editrix Anna Wintour. She's made Fashion Night Out a national retail holiday; she is always perfecting her forehand; she is responsible for making fashion celebrity-driven (the numerous covers with those gross Hollywood snatches, ICK!!). Fashion’s Night Out was a Mardi Gras moment in the middle of Lent. Overall foot traffic in New York City stores increased almost 50 percent, according to the research firm ShopperTrak. While other post-event reports suggested there was more ogling than spending, the overall verdict was resoundingly favorable. “Maybe you can’t really put a figure on Wintour’s economic impact, but it’s a very big number,” Lundgren says, adding that Macy’s sales, which had been down 4 to 5 percent, rose into “double digits” the weekend after FNO. “It was the first shot in the arm we had seen that year.”
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Guy Pearce stars in the new Mildred Pierce 2.0 for HBO.
He portrays a wealthy polo player smitted with Mildred.
Guy offers USA Today this sound bite: ... his character a charmer who coasts through his existence and is "trying to enjoy every moment of life and is brought up to believe that money is never a problem. And it isn't. It just appears......Pearce has a couple of more projects in the works: 1. Don't be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film 2. The Wettest County in the World, a drama.
As faithful watchers know, Nurse Jackie returns for Season 3 on Showtime.
What will this season hold?
USA Today profiled Edie Falco and offers these tidbits:
As the second season ended, Jackie saw her facade begin to crumble as her husband, Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), and best pal, Dr. O'Hara (Eve Best), confront her with evidence of her dishonesty and drug abuse. The third season picks up moments later, and Jackie is typically defiant.
"Her tolerance for discomfort is a lot greater than I thought most people would expect," Falco says. "They talk in AA about people's bottoms, how low they have to go before they're ready, and she's still on the fast track, circling the drain."
Executive producer Liz Brixius says she wanted Jackie "to become a tornado of deflection and rage. Her ability to manage her addiction is a superpower." But as this season progresses, her dependency is "definitely taking its toll" on her family and job.
Friday, March 25, 2011
A little bit of studio news to report: ** Bourne Legacy is looking for male talent. Some names being thrown around: Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Garret Hedlund, Luke Evans, Shia LaBeouf and Taylor Kitsch. **As we reported yesterday, MTV has renewed Real World for two seasons. Will there be another Spencer/ Dustin Zito in the cast? **Casting news: Justin Bruening has joined an NBC reboot. Mark Deklin will continue to work with ABC on a new pilot Good Christian Bitches. **Lights Out has had its electricity permanently pulled. F/X cancelled the series after one season. **Mad Men will be post-poned to late 2011, early 2012. Matt Weiner and AMC have not reached an agreement STILL! Now that Mad Men is such a huge propertie and money making machine, every one wants a slice of this huge pie. **LOGO has acquired the rights to Absolutely Fabulous-- all 5 seasons!!! Look for an AbFab marathon on April 16!!!! ** Our favorite Ben Rappaport has been cast in a CBS comedy pilot. The untitled project centers around a group of young turks at a high-powered venture capital firm. **Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life will get a screening at Cannes this year. Brad Pitt stars in this one about the life of a man from birth to death.
Watch the video via You Tube.
Does not look like the school Madgey wanted to build via her charity for the children in Malawi will see the light of day...just yet.
The New York Times reports:
A high-profile charitable foundation set up to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi, founded by the singer Madonna and fellow devotees of a prominent Jewish mysticism movement, has collapsed after spending $3.8 million on a project that never came to fruition.
Madonna issued a statement saying she was still intent on using the organization, which has raised $18 million so far, to advance improvements in the beleaguered nation.
“There’s a real education crisis in Malawi,” she said. “Sixty-seven percent of girls don’t go to secondary school, and this is simply unacceptable. Our team is going to work hard to address this in every way we can.” She and her aides offered no explanation of why, given her high interest in the project, she had not noticed the problems as they began unfolding
Who knew Elizabeth Taylor loved The Abbey so much?
The screen siren sometimes went once a week and phoned ahead for her usual spot.
The New York Times reports:
A gay bar, even a fancy one with chandeliers and a roaring fireplace like the Abbey, seems an unlikely haunt for a megastar. But the actress, who died on Wednesday at 79, was a once-a-week regular in recent years — sipping tequila shots, downing watermelon and apple martinis or simply waving merrily from her wheelchair.
Sometimes she brought her dog, Daisy, who, some bar-goers insist, liked to nod her head along to the bar’s throbbing Madonna soundtrack.
The scene in the “Elizabeth Taylor Room” — her favorite spot amid the Abbey’s many nooks and crannies — was decidedly somber just after news of her death on Wednesday. Regulars, fans and Abbey employees started leaving flowers, candles, pictures and other tokens of affection (an autographed napkin) around a donation Ms. Taylor once made to the bar: a large portrait of herself in her prime.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Our icon Bret Easton Ellis opines for The Daily Beast: Empire vs. Post-empire meltdown of Charley Sheen.
The histrionics and core of his actions are not the drugs but how a celebrity acts in this 2.0 internet- constantly -plugged-in -24/7 talk-show/ news- reality of today.
Cliff notes to understand Ellis: Empire: The Hollywood system, PR sound bites, studio control, The Spielbergs, The Warner Bros., The New York Times.
Post-empire: The Chelsea Handlers, Politico, making a homemade video PR plea of oneself and uploading for the world to see, The Daily Beast, studio systems birthed from You Tube.
... And now Sheen has embraced the post-Empire, making his bid to explain to all of us what celebrity means in that world. Whether you like it or not is beside the point. It’s where we are, babe. We’re learning something. Rock’n roll. Deal with it.
Post-Empire isn’t just about admitting doing “illicit” things publicly and coming clean—it’s a (for now) radical attitude that says the Empire lie doesn’t exist anymore, you friggin’ Empire trolls. To Empire gatekeepers, Charlie Sheen seems dangerous and in need of help because he’s destroying (and confirming) illusions about the nature of celebrity. He’s always been a role model for a certain kind of male fantasy. Degrading, perhaps, but aren’t most male fantasies? (I don’t know any straight men who fantasize about Tom Cruise’s personal life.) Sheen has always been a bad boy, which is part of his appeal—to men and women. There’s a manly mock-dignity about Sheen that both sexes like a lot. What Sheen has exemplified and has clarified is the moment in the culture when not giving a fuck about what the public thinks about you or your personal life is what matters most—and what makes the public love you even more (if not exactly CBS or the creator of the show that has made you so wealthy). It’s a different brand of narcissism than Empire narcissism
San Francisco is an expensive city to live in, just as New York and Los Angeles are.
The grossness that is NOM president Brian Brown is tweeting this story out from The Examiner. Brown is trying to blame San Francisco's decline on family and children on the gays. Gays are chasing that all-important secular, "the family," out of the city so he implies.
Families that remain in The City are bucking the trend that has plagued San Francisco for years as the number of children — defined as people up to 17 years old — has dropped from 181,532 in 1960 to 107,524 today, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures. The 2000 census counted 112,802 youths. The decrease is disappointing news for city officials, who have attempted to counter the family-flight trend by creating more affordable housing, improving schools and cutting costs, such as a college savings account for kindergarten enrollees
Our favorite sexy scribe Dan Savage gives props to President Obama for making an anti-bullying video for his It Gets Better project.
While on the hard copy book tour of It Gets Better, Savage states this on The Gayle King Show:
“I’m old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan was president and the AIDS virus was decimating the gay community....He didn’t say the word AIDS until 1987, ’til tens of thousands of gay men had died. He never addressed it, wouldn’t talk about it.
“For the President of the United States now to jump in, in just a couple of weeks, to participate in a project to save the lives of LGBT youth… in my experience, that is so remarkable. That itself is a sign of how it’s gotten better.”
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Federal Judge Vaughn Walker ruled last year that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional and ordered that same-sex weddings be allowed to resume. That decision was appealed to the Ninth Circuit, where the case is tied up on a legal question the panel asked the California Supreme Court to rule upon: Do Prop. 8 sponsors have legal standing to defend the law in court when the state will not. The order [to deny] was filed by judges Stephen R. Reinhardt, Michael Daly Hawkins and N. Randy Smith.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Novak Djokovic's raquet supplier, Head, put him on airplane wings to play some tennis.
“In our brand communication we want to link our product benefits and our athletes in an emotional way in order to appeal to our consumers using digital and social media,” says Johan Eliasch, CEO of HEAD N.V. “The SPEED WingTennis idea is the perfect example of this approach.”
Djocky looks like a Top Gun below!! Drool.....
No, he wasn't high. I was with him, and he wasn't high. And I asked him, 'Are you high, and can I have some?' And he said no to both."
He has so many balls in the air, he didn't get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday. And so we e-mailed a lot. But we had a lot of meetings. He had a bunch of people who were writing for him, and if it had been him alone, it would have been different. But it was him and Anne Hathaway, and they both had to be serviced. So there was a lot of communication beforehand. But he didn't get there...I don't think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of ... I don't know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But it's outside of those guys' comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened ... ' Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories."
And Jamie Cakes' response to all this??? The tweeted photo, above.