The Hollywood actor's son Raphael welcomed his third child, a daughter named Alexandria Chloe De Niro, with his realtor wife Claudine DeMatos on Wednesday (17Oct12).
The baby was born at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, according to the New York Daily News.
Raphael is De Niro's son from his first marriage to Diahnne Abbott.
Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.
The Raging Bull star's property mogul son Raphael De Niro fathered baby Nicholas in May 2009.
And De Niro's daughter-in-law Claudine DeMatos is pregnant again - she is expected to give birth to a baby girl in March (11), according to New York Post gossip column PageSix.
Raphael is the actor's son from his first marriage to Diahnne Abbott.
LEOFEST TO LAUNCH: It's not just Santa who will be arriving any day soon. Leonardo DiCaprio will be delivering the official version of his LeoFest International Online Short Film Festival to the Web right after the New Year/new millennium celebration (a work-in-progress site is up now).
LeoFest is calling for anyone, anywhere (Tonga! Iceland! Wichita! You name it!) to submit for consideration a film of up to 15 minutes in any of the following categories: narrative, documentary, animation and alternative. Filmmakers will have to make transfers before they submit since LeoFest says that no film stock of any gauge will be accepted (Take that, Eastman Kodak!).
While prizes haven't yet been announced, we've heard that Leo himself will be awarding grand prizes of $20,000 to all finalists, and it's money right out of his own pocket. And we bet that the talent scouts at Leo's all-powerful management company, Mike Ovitz's AMG, will take a careful look at the cream of the entries.
Filmmakers worldwide should also know that they need to accompany each submission with $35 and create subtitles for any work that is not English-language. But just as the Web is fluid, no doubt LeoFest will evolve through a number of changes, as DiCaprio, aping actor-turned festmeister Robert Redford does his Sundance in cyberspace.
With the Kirk Douglas starrer "Diamonds" just opened, the big screen now has two high-profile features with major characters as stroke victims. Robert De Niro, in MGM's "Flawless," is stricken but ultimately and unexpectedly comforted by a compassionate drag queen neighbor (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
In the more lightweight "Diamonds," Douglas, who suffered a real stroke several years ago, delivers an enormously energetic performance as a former boxer who takes a road trip to Nevada with his son (Dan Aykroyd) and grandson (Corbin Allred) to recapture his youth and some hidden diamonds. Douglas sparkles like a "diamond" in this latest, but fans also wanting to recapture vintage Douglas can do so at The Screening Room's 16-film American Film Institute retrospective of the Hollywood royal which began over the weekend in New York.
MORPH 'N' OTHER THINGS:
Attendees at the Venture Capital in New Media Conference last week at New York's Columbia University, sponsored by Columbia's Business School, learned that "continuous morphing" -- a process of changing function and form together by way of dynamic differentiation and resource layering -- is the way for an Internet site to survive and thrive.
In less abstract terms, would-be Internet moguls were told that, content-wise, bigger is better (content will be king!) and that building a brand image to draw and retain traffic is also key. Of course, marketing is a must, but it's the timing of that marketing that is all-important. But that other m-word, "morphing," is what has pushed companies like Yahoo! to the forefront.
BUZZ CUTS ...
No Play, Please, I'm Skittish: She's a "name" actress we've seen on the big and small screen many times who once had a husband who still has an even bigger name than hers, but she devastated a New York theater company this week with news that she is bowing out of a play she committed to, after many meetings and a promise to star. She explained her last-minute bolt by saying she is "afraid" of the project....
Buzz Bits: Veteran TV talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael is throwing a "Carnival in Venice" New Year's Eve party for the millennium for about 100 guests at her Pawling, N.Y., spread. Will any of the guests -- all asked to dress up for this costume ball - dare to show up as a certain vet talk-show host with signature flaming red glasses? ... Filmmaker Neil LaBute's controversial play "Bash," now running in Los Angeles with stars Calista Flockhart, Ron Eldard and Paul Rudd, is being taped Thursday for a premiere airing on Showtime. The play, which comprises three one-acts focusing on men (and a woman) as beasts, was named one of Time magazine's top 10 plays of 1999. Not so beloved by all scribes, "Bash" afforded brilliantly viscious critic John Simon the opportunity to outdo himself in a colossally mean and nasty attack of the play in New York magazine last summer. ... Hot film "Toy Story 2," again the top-grossing film this weekend, will have a very cold incarnation beginning Jan. 18 when Disney On Ice's all-live "Toy Story" takes to the ice at New York's Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. ... Yes, yes, yes. A certain film mogul we know swears that Roman Polanski ("Chinatown," "Rosemary's Baby"), the great director whose involvement with a 13-year-old has made him a persona non grata stateside for many years, will be allowed back into this country for the premiere of his upcoming "The Ninth Gate" in March.