Alec Baldwin is a dad again - the actor's yoga teacher wife Hilaria gave birth to the couple's baby girl on Friday (23Aug13). Little Carmen Gabriela was born at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital.
New mum Hilaria, who wed the 30 Rock star in June, 2012, has released a statement, in which she calls the newborn "absolutely perfect”.
The baby girl is the couple's first child together but Alec has a 17-year-old daughter, Ireland, with his ex-wife Kim Basinger.
The teenage model greeted her sister's arrival with a lengthy post on her Tumblr.com page, writing, "Welcome! We have all been anticipating your arrival! By we, I mean a lot of people. Girl, you haven’t even met them, but there are a ton of people who care about you. I’m not sure where exactly to begin."
Ireland added, "I sure wish I had an experimental, older, wild child of a sister. I would have been way better off. So here I am. Hopefully by the time you read and understand this, we’ll be best friends, sitting in some rad coffee shop in Brooklyn, talking about bands and how hot Channing Tatum used to be."
She then listed 10 Baldwin rules, including "REMEMBER THAT YOUR PARENTS WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU", "ENJOY YOUR CHILD HOOD AND YOUR TEENAGE YEARS!!!!", and BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST."
She signed off by writing, "I love you, Carmen. You have been born into one crazy family. You are both lucky and cursed at the same time. We are going to have so fun much fun together. I can’t wait to meet you soon. I promise you I will always be there for you no matter what! Never forget! Your big sister, Ireland."
Rapper Jay-Z showed off his political debating skills on U.S. show Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday night (02Aug13), when he battled with panelists, including revered former U.S. Representative Barney Frank, on policing issues. The 99 Problems hitmaker was a special guest on the weekly current affairs show and he was determined to let Maher and his other guests know what he thought about issues facing America.
And when the conversation turned towards police and the middle class, he argued with Frank that the country didn't need more police officers to combat crime - but more jobs.
He said, "More jobs would be better than police. I don't want to scare America, but the real problem is there's no middle class; the gap between the haves and the have nots is getting wider and wider. It's going to be a problem that no amount of police can solve."
Jay-Z also opened up about his feud with legendary singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte after the Carmen Jones star criticised the rapper and his wife Beyonce for "turning their back on social responsibility".
The hip hop star said, "If it was a real problem, I'm not very difficult to find, especially for a man of that stature. He could reach out to me and we could have a conversation and do some good together. I just thought it was a bit grandstanding and I didn't appreciate that. Especially dragging my wife into it, it was a bit of a low blow."
Jay-Z made such a good impression on the show that Maher hinted that he should enter politics and put some of his vast wealth behind a run for office.
Simon Cowell's new X Factor playmates Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio have weighed in to gossip the music mogul is set to become a dad, insisting he'll be a great dad. Former American Idol star Jennifer Hudson and close pal Carmen Electra also gave TV's Mr. Mean the thumbs up as a dad earlier this week (beg29Jul13), and now his fellow judges have offered their opinion.
Former Destiny's Child star Rowland, who has teamed up with Cowell on British talent shows in the past, says, "I think that Simon has always been a very classy guy, he's always been a very respected guy, and he's going to be a great father."
Rubio agrees, but cautions, "It is part of life, the gossip. He didn't tell me anything yet, but I will support him if it (news) is true."
It has been reported that Lauren Silverman, the socialite wife of Cowell's friend Andrew Silverman, is expecting the music boss' child.
Actress Carmen Electra is elated by the news that her rumoured ex-boyfriend Simon Cowell is expecting a baby. The Scary Movie star, who was romantically linked to Cowell last year (12), insists the X Factor boss will make a great father - even though he has yet to confirm the big news.
She says, "What I witnessed working with him on Britain's Got Talent and coming to see him during X Factor is that the people he truly believes in, he stands up for them and supports them. So I obviously think that his child will be very well taken care of and very, very loved...
"I'm going to call him... I want to know if it's a boy or a girl. It's awesome, I'm super happy for him."
And she's using the renewed interest in her alleged romance with the music mogul and TV star to set the record straight, revealing, "All these rumours about us were swirling; there were so many. But people didn't really know what they were talking about. Our relationship was a very flirtatious friendship. I'm very proud of him and so happy."
American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson is also thrilled by the baby news, but she hopes Cowell isn't as tough on his kid as he has been on TV talent show contestants.
She says, "Congratulations to Simon - I'm sure he's going to be an amazing father...
"Go easy, don't treat him (child) like the American Idol kids. Be nice to him OK, Simon? Jeez! Imagine him as a dad: 'Darling, what are you crying for?' I mean, what's that gonna be like? 'This baby doesn't have the It factor, the X factor!'"
Cowell is reportedly expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, the wife of his businessman friend Andrew Silverman.
If you're inclined to see RED 2, it means you probably enjoyed RED. Already, you're a leg up on this reviewer, who didn't find the original all too stimulating. But my experience catching the sequel, situated in a theater surrounded by vehement fans of Bruce Willis' first turn as a former CIA man branded with the "Retired, Extremely Dangerous" label, was a wholly refreshing one. As with any sequel — especially those in the action- or adventure-comedy genre — half the fun is revisiting old favorite characters. That's the gambit of the opening act of a film like RED 2: to entertain questions of "Where are they now?" with the most delightful answers possible.
And even in the subdued reunion of Frank Moses (Willis) and his old partner and pal, certified loon Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), there's a sort of hearty warmth present. Laughter erupts when the latter emerges, incognito, from the aisles on a department store, on the prowl for his buddy in hopes of reattaching him to the mad glory of their younger days. There's nothing outstandingly funny going on, but you laugh and smile, already connected to these men and their relationship by the good graces of the first film.
While not accomplishing anything altogether new, this is the phenomenon that makes sequels such a spirited treasure: that feeling of "the gang's back together," in which the audience includes itself in that denomination. It's not only the people onscreen who are reteaming with old friends, but the fans who so engaged with RED in the first place — the sequel succeeds in making lovers of the original feel "involved" with the reunion, rewarding fandom with character-driven gags about Willis' stealth, Malkovich's madness, Helen Mirren's awesome frigidity, and Mary-Louise Parker's crazy-eyed bloodlust.
In fact, it's only when RED 2 gets away from its central gang that the film really crumbles. Setting its attention on a behemoth-concept plot, riddled with inexplicable twists and turns, the film comes off more mentally maligned than its characters at some point. When we are forced to spend time with newbie characters — charmless big bad Neal McDonough, disgruntled rookie Byung-hun Lee, and even the great Anthony Hopkins as a senile former agent — we await the return of the charismatic stars. Really just Malkovich, in fact.
Yes, the laughs aren't exactly overflowing in RED 2, but there is no short supply of joy in watching John Malkovich contort his face and worm through difficult conversations as the manipulative, maniacal Marvin. With such a command over nuanced comedy, Malkovich can turn the lackluster script into something of delightful flavor. Whether he's pleading with Willis to join him in the barracks, faking his own death, struggling to disarm a bomb, or draped inexplicably in Carmen Miranda garb, Malkovich is, indubitably, funny. In every other corner of this discombobulated picture, what with its stock characters and alarmingly nonsensical plot, you'll question what the hell these filmmakers are up to... and why, in fact, you're sticking around for the long haul. But as long as Malkovich is on screen, playing zany or basking in the fun familiarity of the RED team as constructed by the first movie, there is fun to be had.
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Carmen Sandiego, patron saint of geography experts who grew up in the early '90s, could be set to make a return. In what format is the question, however. The PBSOfficial Instagram account posted this photo of the notorious thief's hat and gloves and the caption "Where in the world did this come from? Stay tuned for something awesome!"
Now that could truly mean anything. Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? ran on PBS for five seasons, from 1991 to 1995, and saw kids 10-14 identify geographic landmarks — usually countries or cities — as part of each episode's plot to stop crimson raincoat-wearing thief Carmen Sandiego from mounting an elaborate heist. The series helped educate a whole generation of kids on the difference between Benin and Togo and even aided in preparation for the shuttle run portion of the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge by making contestants dash across studio-wide continental maps to place markers over the outlines of ever more obscure nations.
But Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? actually started as a computer game in 1985 before making the jump to the (other) small screen. Could PBS' cryptic caption be hinting at a new videogame project for the franchise? A rep for the network confirms that neither new episodes of the show will be produced, nor reruns of its original run be aired "at this time." So don't even expect to see old episodes with host Greg Lee, the late Lynne Thigpen as The Chief, or in-house glee club Rockapella anytime soon, despite this follow-up tweet from the official Carmen Sandiego Twitter account:
If I were to re-air my old PBS episodes, would you watch me? xo - Carmen http://t.co/3fBdgaujfd #WITWICS #CarmenSandiego
— Carmen Sandiego (@CarmenSandiego) July 15, 2013
That tweet is probably just what it states: gauging interest in bringing old episodes of the show back to the network for a future date, though there aren't any definite plans to do so "at this time." If it does come back, can we also start a petition to bring back Shining Time Station too? And how will this girl, all grown up now, feel about having this aired again?
As exciting as whatever this news may be is, it still won't be enough to fill the void in my heart caused by regret over the show being canceled before I was old enough to compete.
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Sir Elton John, Hilary Swank and Melanie Griffith and were among the stars who turned out to raise money for AIDS research at a glittering ball in Vienna, Austria on Saturday night (25May13). The Life Ball, Europe's biggest fundraiser for HIV and AIDS charities, was hosted by pregnant Black Eyed Peas star Fergie, who showed off her baby bump in a long, black gown, and included performances from Azealia Banks and Adam Lambert.
Lambert performed a song called Love Wins Over Glamour, which he wrote especially for the event, while other famous faces in the crowd included Kelly Osbourne, Carmen Electra and Bill Clinton.
Sir Elton John, who is a passionate fundraiser for AIDS research, gave a speech at the event and Swank was enlisted to present one of the awards.
Oscar-winning Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci has been appointed the head of the 2013 Venice Film Festival jury. The Last Tango in Paris filmmaker will front a panel of judges, which will decide the winners of a string of prizes, including the prestigious Golden Lion, at the annual Italian gala.
It will mark his second time as the jury chair following his previous stint in 1983, when Jean-Luc Godard's First Name: Carmen was awarded the top honour.
Bertolucci says, "At the time, what I wanted from films was surprise and enjoyment. I haven't changed much since then."
Venice festival director Alberto Barbera adds, "Few directors can bring together, like Bertolucci, a long experience with the fact of living in the present of cinematography."
The line-up for this year's Venice Film Festival will be announced in July (13), ahead of the event kick-off on 28 August (13).