No-one is recognised as knowing more about Hollywood and celebrities than David Hartnell MNZM. He’s not only spent a lifetime reporting on Hollywood’s trivia, gossip and scandals, but he counts many celebrities among his personal friends. Every Monday morning David will give you an exclusive weekly update on the gossip, scandals and trivia of Hollywood’s elite.
David is an award winning broadcaster and columnist and he is also the patron of The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc.
Her Majesty The Queen, awarded David the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (formerly an MBE) in the Queen’s birthday Honours list 2011 for his recognition for his services to entertainment.
In 2012 he was made an Ambassador of St. James Saviours, the trust formed to save the iconic Auckland theatre. In 2014 he was made an Ambassador to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
In 2016 he was made Patron of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians.
Monday 18th September 2017
I’m not one to gossip but………………..Sunset Boulevard opens its New Zealand premier season at Auckland’s Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden this Friday the 22nd to the 7th October. The show is directed by theater icon John Fausett who’s been directing theatre show’s for more years then he wishes to remember. Maryanne Rushton plays Norma Desmond the faded star living in a house on Sunset Boulevard.
Sunset Boulevard is a stunning musical with music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical is based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title.
Both haunting and desperately sad, Sunset Boulevard revolves around the former star of the silent screen era, Norma Desmond. Aging and largely forgotten for years, she lives in her dilapidated mansion in Hollywood with her butler and chauffeur, Max. Lost in her memories, she is stirred into action when struggling screenwriter, Joe Gillis, suddenly enters her home and her life. Joe is down on his luck and struggling to escape debt collectors. Norma offers him a room and board if he agrees to edit her incomprehensible script of Salome, a movie she has written and in which she wants to star as the teenage seductress. Norma is convinced that she is still as beautiful and in demand as ever. This misguided belief is sustained by Max, who writes fake fan letters to her and shields her from the realities of the much changed, modern-day movie business. Buoyed by Joe’s presence in her house, she lavishes him with gifts and soon declares her love for him. Her obsession with the young writer further reveals her increasing mental instability, and she threatens to commit suicide if Joe ever leaves her. When Norma visits the film set of a new Cecil B. DeMille movie, she becomes convinced that the director wants to produce Salome and begins to imagine her dramatic return to the screen. However when Norma learns of Joe’s secret work and love affair with the young Betty Schaefer, her fragile mental state completely breaks down and she fatally shoots Joe as he tries to leave the mansion. With no grip on reality any longer, Norma grandly sweeps down the stairs to the waiting police, declaring, “And now, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Sunset Boulevard puts the “show” back into the word Show Business
It was recently reported the singer bought a $19 million (US) house in an upscale gated community in Coldwater Canyon, which is home to a number of A-list celebrities. An article in the latest issue of OK! However, claims Perry is furnishing the expensive 5,500-square-foot property with recycled goods.
A so-called “source” tells the magazine, “Katy loves a bargain… She wants to mix in flea market finds and used furniture. She thinks it’s practical and will make the house look more ‘lived-in.’” The unreliable outlet, which features this article in a section called “Celebrity Cheapskates,” goes on to suggest the singer “spray for bedbugs.”
His heartrending reflections on mortality left his daughter Deborah in “floods of tears” when she read them.
“It was just so incredibly poignant.
“We didn’t think he was going to die – he didn’t think he was going to die – until the very last week. Dad’s illness came on quite quickly.”
In May this year, just weeks after the diary entries, the 007 legend lost his short battle with cancer at the age of 89.
Yet despite undergoing a grueling course of chemotherapy after being diagnosed last Christmas, the star kept joking until the very end.
Deborah added: “He still had his sense of humour and was still joking with the nurses. He never, ever complained.
“He was amazing.”
Sir Roger died in May at his home in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. His children and wife of 15 years, Kiki, 77, were at his side
Deborah, 53, and her brothers Geoffrey, 51, and Christian, 44, are his children by his third wife, actress Luisa Mattioli, and 78.
Shortly before his death the star had finished writing a book about ageing called A Bien Tot – French for see you soon.
In it, Deborah reveals he described himself as “an old fart” and made up his own OAP text speak – BTW: bring the wheelchair. IMHO: Is my hearing aid on? BYOT: Bring your own teeth. GGPBL: Gotta go, pacemaker battery low.
Moore took over from Sean Connery as James Bond in 1973
He starred in seven movies over the following 12 years.
In 2012, the actor admitted that he “regretted” basking in the sun as a young man – as he had suffered a string of skin cancers in later years.
He told The Sun UK newspaper: “I (wish I) would… have given myself a warning about having too much sunshine. I’ve had so many skin cancers as a result
“No one thought about sun screen or creams in my younger days. Even when they started to give warnings, I thought, ‘Well, that won’t happen to me.’
“I would get sunburned so I did not have to wear make-up in front of the cameras. Every leading man was sunburned.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Roger a couple of times, and he was delightful and so down to earth.
George Clooney didn’t need the fact that Donald Trump was actually elected President to dislike him. Clooney not only predicted that Trump would lose the election, but HAS been among the loudest of Trump’s critics. He recently told The Hollywood Reporter about his ONLY personal encounter with Donald Trump:
“I was sitting down at a restaurant in New York [several years ago] and he came in and we talked for a while,” he recalls. “I’d had neck surgery, and he said, ‘I’ll give you the name of a doctor,’ and he wrote me a couple of times with the name. Then he went on Larry King Live and told him I was very short. I’m 5-foot-11 — I’m not the tallest actor in the world, but I’m not short. That made me laugh.”
Laugh? We doubt it- both Trump and Clooney seem to have similar masculine flaws, but we’re Team Clooney.
Producers of SISTER ACT, THE MUSICAL — inspired by the Whoopi Goldberg smash-hit movie — today announce that one of New Zealand’s most popular singer and actresses, Helen Medlyn, will play Mother Superior in the production at Auckland’s ASB Waterfront Theatre this November.
A respected performer of opera, jazz, straight theatre, oratorio, cabaret, lieder and music theatre, Medlyn joins an outstanding cast for this “feel-amazing” musical comedy that features all new original music by TONY and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin).
As Mother Superior, Medlyn plays a pivotal role in the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look- a convent!
Under the suspicious watch of the Mother Superior, using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
Medlyn has enjoyed her own heavenly life on stage, with highlights including her unforgettable portrayal of Joy Gresham in the William Nicholson play, Shadowlands; her haunting, debauched Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd and her harridan-with-a-heart Katisha in The Mikado; her warm-hearted Mother Superior in The Sound of Music; her Claudia Cardinale-like Maddalena in Rigoletto for Opera Australia, NZO; her scary, but, oh, so funny Wicked Witch of the West in the musical The Wizard of Oz; her vivid and varied voice characterisations as narrator of Jenny McLeod’s The Emperor and the Nightingale; her poignantly played Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and her riotous Margaret Lord in High Society.
“We are thrilled that Helen has agreed to be part of this cast,” says director David Adkins. “Her experience and talent is heavenly. Audiences are in for a real treat.”
SISTER ACT, THE MUSICAL has all the glamour and energy that you should expect from a Broadway blockbuster – thrilling scenery, gorgeous costumes, snappy one-liners and heart-pumping dance numbers.
Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, SISTER ACT, THE MUSICAL will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT, THE MUSICAL is reason to REJOICE!
Here’s what the actress, director, and humanitarian had to share with the mag:
On her past year after splitting from Brad Pitt: “I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger. We all have our difficult times, but as a mother you also have a responsibility first and foremost towards the kids. They are going through their formative years and everything else comes second to that.”
On how she makes decisions now: “Everything will be around the children. I haven’t worked for over a year now because they needed me home. Everything was just stopped. I’m really sitting and talking with them because everything affects them. Every location, every type of project, I’m going to have to adjust it to however much they can handle.”
On what her six kids want for the future: “I think they’re itching to get out in the world again. We’ve all been a bit in lockdown and going through some things. I think it would be good to get out there and play together.”
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder are not headed for a “$225 million (US) divorce” over her so-called “intimate hookup” with Richard Gere, despite a completely bogus tabloid cover story. The report alleges the Pretty Woman co-stars recently reconnected in a series of “romantic rendezvous,” but there’s no truth to any of it.
The latest issue of the National Enquirer claims Roberts and Gere “reignited their flirtatious friendship” when they reunited on the “Today” show in 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic romantic comedy. The magazine goes on to say the actress’s relationship with her former co-star recently caused a major showdown between her and Moder, to whom she’s been married for 15 years.
“Julia and Danny have had their flare-ups over the years, but nothing like this fight,” a so-called “source” tells the magazine. “Danny was furious about Richard, and dumped out all his frustrations about their troubled marriage in one ferocious rant!” The outlet’s dubious insider goes on to say Moder “went after” his wife after discovering she had been meeting up with Gere for secret dinner dates. “He ripped her for everything from her trysts with Richard to treating him like her houseboy,” adds the supposed source.
The seemingly phony tipster goes on to predict this alleged drama will culminate in a divorce, further theorizing the cinematographer will seek his wife’s fortune. “Danny may have signed a prenup, but if he can make a case that he made career sacrifices for her and that she cheated with Richard, his support payments would go through the roof,” notes the questionable insider.
Of course, immediately you must always question the validity of this article and any other that appear in this magazine!
Robert Pattinson is the cover subject of GQ France’s October issue and inside the actor talks about his “dream” job offers, acting advice and naturally discusses his new movie Good Time. Interestingly, the interview with the article’s writer was not in person and unconventionally conducted over WhatsApp.
French director Romain Gavras, who previously worked with Pattinson on his 2013 Dior Homme fragrance campaign, was the interviewer and asked the actor about Good Time via WhatsApp. Of the film Pattinson said, “It’s really great people like the movie. I thought the public would actually be divided. My character is a rather ambiguous guy.” He continued, “Actually, he’s a real asshole, occasionally a narcissistic psychopath. But the movie presents him as a sort of hero in an action movie. I don’t know if I’m making any sense.”
Pattinson then went on to share some rather amusing acting advice with Gavras. “Play each scene pretending it’s your birthday, but no one knows it,” he joked, adding, “Your mother is dead but today’s your birthday and no one else knows. It’s a balance of yin and yang.” But if Pattinson weren’t an actor, he’d want to be a film editor. Of his interest in editing, he told Gavras, “I really envy you.” Being an editor “would be a dream for me,” said Pattinson.
The two also discussed their interview being conducted over WhatsApp. In addition to neither of them have time to meet in person, the French director explained to Pattinson how he’s a “little frightened” of celebrities who can be “funny and charming all the time on TV,” which is why he preferred using a different technological for their interview. “That’s because they’re only good at this. They’re incapable of love,” joked Pattinson.
Here’s what the actress had to share with the mag:
On working with Reese Witherspoon on their upcoming TV project: “Lately all the great work has been on television. Reese was my little sister on Friends. She had just given birth to Ava, who’s 18 now, so it was like, ‘Oh, my God, a baby with a baby!’ [Laughs]”
On what she thought when Justin Theroux proposed: “I usually just buff my nails. I don’t have the patience to let my nails dry. When Justin proposed he put that freaking ring on my finger, and I was like, ‘Holy crap, now I’m gonna have to get manicures.’”
On her hatred of sunscreen: “I hate it. I’ve been experimenting with ones that don’t make you look like you have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse. I understand we’re saving our skin, but they gotta figure that stuff out. Who wants to be in the sun and not look cute?”
*.…………………. Until next week my lips are sealed! David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2017
Monday 11th September 2017
I’m not one to gossip but………………..Is Barbra Streisand, upset about not being offered a role in the upcoming remake of her 1976 musical drama A Star Is Born? One of this week’s American Gossip tabloids claims the iconic actress/singer is angry about the supposed snub.
Bradley Cooper is directing and co-starring alongside Lady Gaga in a reimagining of Streisand’s classic film, which tells the story of an aging rock star who falls in love with a young singer and helps her rise to stardom. Streisand produced the original alongside ex-boyfriend Jon Peters, who’s also working on the new version, but she isn’t involved in the reboot.
The article claims the 75-year-old entertainer is furious with Peters for leaving her out of the remake. A supposed “source” tells the magazine Streisand was expecting either a co-starring role or producer’s credit, adding, “She heard co-star/director Bradley Cooper has brought out the best in Gaga and Babs feels totally obsolete.” The outlet’s dubious insider adds, “Barbra doesn’t need the money but sharing in the green might have made her less jealous.”
Michael Jackson did his kids, Prince and Paris, a big favor by using Dr Arnold Klein as the sperm donor for their surrogate births. They did not inherit Michael’s musical talent, but they got the very educated Dr Klein’s brainpower. Prince admits he can’t sing or dance, but he’s an A student at Loyola Marymount University (he calls himself Michael “Prince” Jackson now) and already has his own video production company – King’s Son Productions. Michael “Prince” also seems to have inherited some of Arnie Klein’s charm and fun personality – which is always a good thing.
Sir Bruce Forsyth has left his entire fortune to his wife to avoid inheritance tax, it has been reported. Sir Bruce’s third wife, former Miss World Wilnelia Merced, inherits £17m from the television presenter, who died aged 89. .
A source told the UK Daily Star on Sunday: “Bruce hated the idea of his estate getting devalued by inheritance tax and spoke about that publicly before his death.
“But leaving everything to Lady Wilnelia (his wife ) means he avoids inheritance tax. He is likely to have done that as he trusted her to distribute the wealth among their relatives.
Sir Bruce leaves behind six children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
According to the cover of the National Enquirer, the longtime couple “split,” their $130 million (US) fortune is “at stake,” and Russell walked out on Hawn, who’s had a “secret lover.” Inside the magazine, however, is a different story. A “source” tells the publication, “They love each other, but they’ve just accepted they can’t be together 24/7. Their relationship has been volatile at times, and they’ve considered calling it quits. But at their age they decided that it makes sense to stick together as long as they have their own space.”
The outlet’s dubious insider goes on to contend that the couple, who met in 1983 on the set of Swing Shift, recently renovated their home to have “separate bedrooms, separate bathrooms and even a cozy living area for both of them.” The highly suspect “source” further asserts that there’s been an ongoing tension in their relationship because Hawn has never gotten over her romance with Swedish opera singer Bruno Wintzell, who died of cancer in 2002. The actress only dated Wintzell from 1973 to 1975, but the magazine’s “source” insists that even though Hawn fell in love with Russell, she never moved on and it’s caused problems between them.
The seemingly phony insider also alleges the actor has cheated on Hawn several times, but whenever she confronted him about the supposed affairs, “Kurt would always hit back by bringing up Bruno.” The “source” continues, “It all boiled over in 2015 when Kurt lost his temper, and they secretly split for a while.” The questionable tipster goes on to maintain the couple got back together after coming up with the idea to divide their house, but “they’re still struggling.” “Friends are worried Kurt and Goldie will soon decide that the only way to go forward is to end things, even after all these years together,” adds the so-called “source.”
Here’s what the 41-year-old actress had to share with the mag:
On recognizing her privilege as a white woman: “Another thing I think about a lot is how it feels to be a minority woman in America, so rarely seeing yourself onscreen, and it’s unconscionable. When I asked Mindy Kaling, ‘Don’t you ever get exhausted by always having to create your own roles?’ she said, ‘Reese, I’ve never had anything that I didn’t create for myself.’ I thought, Wow, I feel like a jerk for asking that; I used to have parts that just showed up for me. I can’t imagine how hard it is to write your own parts and simultaneously have to change people’s perceptions of what a woman of colour is in today’s society.”
On her advice for women dating this type of man: “Run away from a man who can’t handle your ambition. Run. So many men think ambition is awesome and sexy!”
On misogyny in Hollywood today: “I’ve also had studio heads say to me, ‘We don’t want to make biopics about women,’ or more simply, ‘We’re not interested in female-driven material.’ (My first go-round as a producer with Gone Girl? Every studio passed but one. When the book hit number one on the best seller lists, it was a different story.)”
Here’s what the 36-year-old had to share with the mag:
On dating Prince Harry: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”
On keeping private with the Prince: “We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
On the scrutiny she feels over her relationship: “I don’t read any press. I haven’t even read press for Suits. The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.”
In August 2015, the spouses invited dozens of their friends and family members to help celebrate their honeymoon in Bora Bora. One of the guests was movie producer Joel Silver, who brought along his 28-year-old personal assistant, Carmel Musgrove. The young woman tragically died during the trip after accidentally drowning in a lagoon, prompting her parents to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Silver.
Aniston and Theroux happened to have departed the tropical island days before Musgrove’s untimely death, but a new Star Magazine cover story now alleges the incident has caused major problems in their marriage. Despite not being named in the lawsuit filed by the late assistant’s parents, the tabloid insists the spouses may be forced to give a deposition, which could put “more strain on their increasingly tenuous bond.”
A supposed “source” tells the outlet Musgrove’s parents “suspect that Jen and Justin know more than they’re letting on,” so they’re contemplating dragging the spouses into the legal battle. A so-called “friend of the couple’s” adds, “Jen and Justin’s schedules keep them apart so much as it is – this is hardly something they’d be excited to reunite for. Especially if it means some of their own private skeletons are about to be unearthed.”
The tabloid’s questionable insider continues, “The last thing they want is to subject their fragile relationship to some intense emotional auditing about a honeymoon gone wrong – and end up with a $400 million (US) divorce.” But the magazine’s story doesn’t end with the unfortunate honeymoon incident, as the “source” go on to claim time apart and “other women” have contributed to the couple’s alleged impending split.
Star’s deceptive cover blares “Jen & Justin: Cocaine, Cheating & Lies,” but the “cocaine” is in reference to Musgrove having drugs in her system when she drowned, the “cheating” accusation is entirely baseless and the only “lies” here are the ones coming from the tabloid itself. It’s been checked with the reps for both Aniston and Theroux, who exclusive assure us there’s no truth to the publication’s report. News of the honeymoon drowning reemerged earlier this month after Musgrove’s parents filed their wrongful death lawsuit, which is seemingly the only reason this article was written. The couple, however, have nothing to do with the case.
TIME magazine has unveiled their brand new project, Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World, and some recognizable faces are on the covers! Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomes Ava DuVernay, Sylvia Earle, Nikki Haley, Ilhan Omar, Lori Robinson, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Mo’ne Davis, and Janet Yellen were all photographed by Brazilian photographer Luisa Dörr with her iPhone.
“Our goal with this extraordinary project…is for every woman and girl to find someone who moves them, to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to them that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular. They were candid about their challenges, aware of their responsibilities, eager to tell the stories that will surprise and inspire. We hope everyone, at every life stage, will encounter an insight here that will open a door to new ambitions,” editor-in-chief of Time Nancy Gibbs said about the new project.
“It’s already difficult to get up every day and just feel good about yourself without seeing the highlights of everyone else’s life. That’s why I like being vulnerable with my fans on social media. I like that they’ve seen my mistakes. I try to use that as a way to connect with them. That’s all I can do. I hope that they know that strength doesn’t mean that you have to put on a facade. Strength is being vulnerable,” Selena said during her interview.
Here is what the 56-year-old Oscar-winning actress shared with the mag:
On aging: “I mean, let’s not talk about this idea of, ‘Oh no! I’m going to be 40!’ You could be dead. So enjoy it. It’s a privilege to age! Even in scripts, they’ll refer to a character as ‘aging.’ Well… everyone is aging. In literature and in movies, when people try to stop the process, it always ends in disaster. I think it’s really important to be where you are.”
On preparation and humility: “The older I get, I find, the more I prepare. I thought when I was younger that I was prepared. But [laughs] it pales in comparison to the amount I do now. Maybe being young, you think, ‘Well, I know how to do this!’ and the older you get, the more you realize that you don’t know anything.”
On separating her life as an actor from her life as a parent: “I don’t need them to see me as anything but their mother. It’s important for them to know that I love my work, that I’m engaged in it.”
Watch Harry Connick Jr. talks about his return to the TV series ‘Will & Grace’ as Grace’s ex-husband Leo.
“Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together. But really I am just trying to get through my days. I don’t enjoy being single. It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard,” Angelina said to the UK Telegraph.
“Emotionally it’s been a very difficult year. And I have some other health issues. So my health is something I have to monitor,” Angelina added, referring to her Hypertension and Bell’s Palsy diagnoses that she revealed earlier in the summer. “I feel sometimes that my body has taken a hit, but I try to laugh as much as possible. We tend to get so stressed that our children feel our stress when they need to feel our joy. Even if you are going through chemo, you need to find the ability to love and laugh. It may sound like a postcard, but it’s true.”
It would the first acting role for the Londoner, who said in June she was done with touring.
In a message to fans, she said: “I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favourite artists have had on me live.
A source close to Adele — mum to four-year-old Angelo — said: “It would be a major part for her and she’s seriously considering it.
“She’s talked about Angelo being her number one priority and she sees this as a role that he could appreciate too. It would be a new challenge for her but one she would definitely be up for.”
West End maestro Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, who together helped make the 2012 film revival of musical Les Miserables, will produce the movie.
It will mark Adele’s first acting role in a film, after penning the soundtrack for 2012 James Bond flick Skyfall
It is based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist and kind-hearted prostitute Nancy is the lover of brute Bill Sikes.
The original starred Ron Moody as crook Fagin.
During the recent episode of Life of Kylie, the 20-year-old TV personality shared that she and her dad have gotten much closer since her BFF Jordyn woods lost her dad back in January.
“It was really hard to see Jordyn go through something like that because one, I’m just generally so close to her, so when she cries, I cry,” an emotional Kylie says during the episode. “And it’s crazy that it’s going to happen to me one day.”
Over the past few years, Caitlyn‘s relationship with Kylie‘s mom Kris Jenner and her older Kardashian sisters has become almost nonexistent, but Kylie wants to remain close with her father.
“When Jordyn lost her dad, it definitely made me appreciate my dad a little more,” Kylie says about Caitlyn. “It was a wake-up call that nothing lasts forever and we just have to appreciate the people that we love while they’re here.”
*.…………………. Until next week my lips are sealed! David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2017.
Monday 4th September 2017
I’m not one to gossip but……………………………………..Last Friday being the 1st of September was the start to Blue September, for the Prostate Cancer Foundation New Zealand for which I’m one of their Ambassador’s. We are so lucky to have Sir Peter Leitch is the Patron as it does so much for the cause, always there at the drop of a hat to help out.
Blue September is back for its 10th year!
This year we’re asking you all to support the fight against prostate cancer and hold a Blue Do.
What’s a Blue Do? Just get together with friends, colleagues or your mates for a fundraising social event with a simple goal: to spread the word about the importance of getting checked for prostate cancer and help raise some much needed funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
If you’ve already registered a Blue Do, great! You’re making a difference for the 1 in 8 kiwi men who will be affected by prostate cancer in their lifetime. If not, now’s your chance to get together and have your own Blue Do and join the fight against prostate cancer.
To register a Blue Do or to find out more about the campaign please visit the Blue September website. When you register we’ll send you a free promotional pack to get you started.
If you’re looking for a Blue Do to support, then take a look at our National Office Challenge! If we raise $500, our CEO Graeme Woodside will attend our Blue Do in fancy dress. Of course we’ll post plenty of photos!
Hope some of you can make it to my Celebrity Quiz night on the 22nd of this month, this is the third year I have done my celebrity Quiz night and it sells out pretty fast.
The actor and comedian famously played Larry David’s dad on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is returning to the HBO network this in a few weeks.
Shelley died on Friday morning (September 1) due to complications from Alzheimer’s. He passed at his home in California with his wife of 70 years – (that surly must be a record for a celebrity marriage) Sarah, by his side.
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014, Shelley retired from performing as a comedian. I grew up with the humour of Shelly Berman; it was a very funny man
A cruise through Beverly Hills, California usually offers just what visitors would expect: sprawling modern and revival-style mansions, with city vistas behind each winding turn, evoking the glitz and glamour of the City of Angels.
But one turn leads to a startling and unforeseen sight – a home more suited to the English countryside or a fairy tale than the modern sleekness of LA.
The Witch’s House, at 516 Walden Drive, was built by a Hollywood art director to house studio offices and served as a movie set before becoming a home. In the 1920s, it became so well known that it graced multiple postcards. With its serpentine fascia boards and cartoonishly lopsided walls and roofs, the entire design is a cleverly wrought caricature of dilapidated antiquity. The Witch’s House is perhaps the ultimate example of Storybook style.’ The Witch’s House, was built by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver in 1921. The 3,500 square-foot home was originally built in Culver City and served as an office for Willat Studios before it was moved to Beverly Hills, where it became a home in 1926. If you’re going to Beverly Hills the Witch’s house is a must see, as the picture shows – yours truly waiting outside for the witch to appear, and she never did! I have been inside the witch’s house many times as a friend of mine now owns it, the inside does not match the outside the inside is very modern.
Lady Gaga is baring some skin on the stunning cover for V magazine’s issue 109, on newsstands August 31.
Here’s what the 31-year-old superstar had to share with the mag:
On the people who help her everyday: “I have these wonderful powerful women in my life. They wake me up every day and make sure I am powerful, feeling good and strong. And also, the gay men in my life. I would be lying if I said there weren’t some straight men on my team, but to me it’s the women and the gay men around me who give me strength.”
On her latest album: “For me, Joanne, in the simplest terms, it’s the classic stories of our lives that help us return to who we really are, no matter how lost we get. You can always go back to a loss or the pain of a pending loss, or a challenging struggle in your family life, or your childhood. And when you go back to that place, it somehow brings you back to where you were in the beginning. And for me, that’s what writing this album was all about. Because after The Fame Monster and subsequent albums, I felt that there was a part of me that was connecting on a human level with the public and part of me that was connecting on a whole new level, one that I had been wanting to connect with them on, a sort of fantastic magical level. And now, I want more of that connection.”
On her love for horses: “I guess when I moved to California, the sunlight was really good for me—I was happy. The sunshine helped to keep an optimism in my music. And while out there, I developed a special connection to horses. It began when my record label gave me a horse for my birthday: an Arabian mare named Arabella. I had never taken a horse- riding lesson. I literally did not know how to ride a horse. But I just grabbed her by the mane and rode her bareback. She’s so well-trained that when I was about to fall o her, she stepped to the side to collect me. I also got her a boyfriend, Trigger—a stallion—because I didn’t want her to be alone. With him, I have to ride with a saddle. When I ride him, it always makes me feel so powerful, because he is so powerful. There’s no pressure. I just get on the horse and go. It’s sort of a metaphor for all the guys I’ve been with.”
Richard Simmons’ libel lawsuit against the National Enquirer will likely be dismissed, said an L.A. Superior Court judge Wednesday. The fitness guru sued the tabloid over stories wrongly alleging he was transitioning into a woman, but the judge has indicated that misidentifying someone as transgender isn’t defamation. Richard sued the gossip magazine The Enquirer, its sister outlet RadarOnline and their parent company American Media, Inc. in May over articles reporting he was getting a sex-change. Simmons denied the claims and accused the publications of engaging in a “hurtful campaign of defamation and privacy invasions.” The fitness personality’s attorney further insisted the false stories about his client were “cruel and malicious.”
On this passed Wednesday, however, Judge Gregory Keosian tentatively ruled that inaccurately labeling someone as transgender isn’t grounds for a lawsuit. The judge agreed with the assertion by the defendant’s lawyers that there’s “nothing inherently bad about being transgender,” and therefore it isn’t libelous to incorrectly identify someone as such.
“While, as a practical matter, the characteristic may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them,” Keosian noted. The judge went on to say that being transgender doesn’t automatically expose one to “hatred, contempt, ridicule or obloquy,” and therefore it can’t be proved in a court of law that the allegations were harmful to Simmons.
Meanwhile, Simmons’ attorneys maintained in court Wednesday that the Enquirer went out of its way to “humiliate” their client. His lawyer Neville Johnson further argued, “I submit that when you make something up intentionally and put it on the cover there’s an inference you can certainly make that somebody’s reputation is going to be harmed.” Although the judge has tentatively ruled in favor of the The Enquirer, he is expected to make a final decision in the coming days.
Is David Letterman refusing to shave the large beard he grew after retiring from the “Late Show” when he returns to TV for his upcoming Netflix series? That’s what one of this week’s new tabloids is reporting.
After spending decades with a clean-shaven face on his CBS late night show, Letterman drastically changed his look when he stepped down in 2015 and grew out copious amounts of facial hair. It was announced earlier this month that the legendary talk show host signed a deal with Netflix to host a six-episode interview series, but David’s new beard is causing drama behind-the-scenes with the streaming service.
A supposed “source” says, “Dave is refusing to shave his beard. He has made it clear that if he returns he will do it his way.” In fact, Letterman confirmed on the “Howard Stern Show” earlier this month that he’s keeping his beard for the Netflix show. However, despite the outlet’s claim, his beard has never been a point of contention for the streaming giant. A rep for Letterman exclusively assures that Netflix never asked the former late night host to shave, so the assertion that he “refuses” to do so is entirely false.
“I just have to clean the barf off of my tux,” the 56-year-old actor told USA Today about attending the Venice Film Festival this week. “It used to be my barf but now it’s the twins’ barf. So it all works out.”
“Suddenly, you’re responsible for other people, which are terrifying,” George continued. He then gushed about his wife, saying, “She’s like an Olympic athlete. She’s doing so beautifully.”
“Right now my job is changing diapers and walking them around a little bit, I really didn’t think at 56 that I would be the parent of twins. Don’t make plans. You always have to just enjoy the ride,” George said.
“Birthday wishes to the love of my life, the one person who showed me what passion truly was, the one that gave me solid morals to live by and how to dream,” the 19-year-old model and actress wrote, along with a photo of her and her dad from her childhood.
Paris continued, “I will never feel love again the way i did with you. You are always with me and I am always with you. Though I am not you, and you are not me, i know with all of my being that we are one. And our souls will never change in that way. Thank you for the magic, forever and always.”
Michael passed away in 2009.
A new RadarOnline article claims the actress “can’t stand” her former TV colleague, who’s been open about his past struggles with drugs and alcohol, because she supposedly finds him “troubled.” A so-called “source” tells the site, “Jen wishes Matthew no harm, but she has zero desire to socialize with him.”
The outlet’s dubious insider adds, “She made a real effort to stay in touch the first few years after they all separated, but it became clear Matthew had to find his own path in life and he wasn’t someone Jen felt she had anything in common with.” Meanwhile, the suspicious source further claims “it saddens” Perry that “Jen’s such a snob who’s more interested in prestige and money these days.”
But checking in with a rep for Aniston, who exclusively assures us the webloid’s report, is “nonsense.” We’re further told, “She adores Matt – doesn’t always see him as much as Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow, but when they do it’s all good.” A Perry insider similar says he and his former co-star are still on good terms. This is simply a non-issue.
Gorden Kaye, star of 1980s sitcom ’Allo ’Allo, left £3.3 million in his will, it has emerged. He split his fortune 20 ways between pals, an actors’ charity and Yorkshire Cancer Research. Gorden died in January aged 75 after a long battle with dementia. His music and video collection, computer and television went to friend John Addy.
A painting of his home town Huddersfield by LS Lowry went to his agent Peter Froggatt. Gorden left paintings, prints and a French antique clock to cousin Sheila Shuttleworth. She was also left with his china, press cuttings, photographs and furnishings, to be shared with actor Leonard Kavanagh.
Alec Baldwin says Donald Trump is running the country like he’s on a “suicide mission” in a new interview about impersonating the president on “Saturday Night Live.” When it comes to offering his scathing opinion of the commander-in-chief, the actor doesn’t hold back. Baldwin also feels Trump will resign by the end of 2017.
Baldwin will return to play the president on the upcoming season of “SNL,” despite telling Vulture magazine Trump’s presidency is no longer a laughing matter. “The amusement factor, that’s gone now,” he says. “It’s just a nightmare, a living nightmare.” The actor adds, “He’s like a guy who is, like, ‘I would rather crash the plane into the ground than have the wrong people get their hands on it.’ It’s like a suicide mission, but the government is the vehicle.” Still, Baldwin acknowledges that mocking Trump “kind of assuages [people’s] fear and anxiety.”
Despite Baldwin and Trump both being prominent New Yorkers and tabloid magnets throughout the ’80s and ’90s, the actor notes that they didn’t cross paths too often. “No one knew him,” he reveals. “I always say Trump survived in New York because no one was close to him. He was never a dinner guest; he was never a tablemate. You never sat down and talked to Trump about what was on his mind. He was a drive-by figure.”
Baldwin also goes on to offer his opinion of Trump’s psyche, saying, “Many people I know feel with Trump that something is wrong with him neurologically, psychologically. That may be so. But I think more than anything, he doesn’t think things through.” The actor continues, “He ran for president out of spite, and he won because it’s rigged. And now he’s miserable. Now people spit on him and mock him, and his supporters are not his crowd. What is he going to do, go to a barbecue in West Virginia every day with a bunch of unemployed people?”
As for his own political ambitions, Baldwin offers, “I’d consider it if I thought I’d win. But I think Trump is going to slam the door on nontraditional candidates.” And finally, the actor makes his prediction about the future of Trump’s presidency. “I don’t think he’s going to make it till the end of the year,” he says. “I think he can’t take the ridicule. I think he’ll resign.”
…………………. Until next week my lips are sealed! David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2017