February 18, 2011 1:00pm EST
U.S. TV presenter WENDY WILLIAMS marked PARIS HILTON's 30th birthday on Thursday (17Feb11) by presenting the socialite with 30 cakes when she taped an appearance on her daytime show.
November 23, 2010 6:43pm EST
The term “burlesque ” for the uninitiated refers to a specific brand of female striptease that incorporates flamboyant costumes elaborate choreography kitschy songs and various other elements to which heterosexual men are largely indifferent. But it’s wildly popular in other circles -- so much so in fact that it has earned its very own film titled oddly enough Burlesque.
Written and directed by music video veteran Steven Antin Burlesque is fashioned loosely as a camp homage to the 2000 film Coyote Ugly. Stage and screen legend Cher brought to life by an innovative blend of animatronics and CGI stars as Tess the brash tough-as-nails proprietress of Hollywood's almost unbearably fabulous Burlesque Lounge. Despite the obvious popularity of its musical revue the club is plagued by money problems which makes it the target of acquisitive real estate developer Marcus Gerber (Eric Dane) a man whose name alone carries all sorts of ominous Teutonic implications. But Tess determined diva that she is refuses to sell. She's not about to let years of gross financial mismanagement kill her dream of providing a haven where scantily clad women can dance provocatively without fear of encountering men who’d like to sleep with them.
Potential salvation arrives in the luminous top-heavy form of Iowa-bred Ali (Christina Aguilera) a vision of wide-eyed innocence and vaulting ambition in soft focus. Immediately upon entering the Lounge she is struck by the sudden realization that her lifelong dream is to become a burlesque superstar. Unfortunately Tess doesn’t initially recognize Ali’s potential and the poor girl is forced to slum it as a cocktail waitress in the bar area where she’s embraced by the club’s straightgay bartender Jack (Cam Gigandet) a southern transplant whose own showbiz dream involves making it as a songwriter. (In accordance with songwriter tradition he takes pains to ensure that every inch of his chiseled frame is bronzed and waxed. Just like Bernie Taupin.) In her free time Ali devotes herself to the study of burlesque and when her opportunity arises she seizes it without hesitation.
Burlesque is principally the Cher and Christina Show and the film thrives when their respective talents are on display. (“Talents ” obviously gaining a dual meaning in regards to Aguilera.) Surrounding them are a smattering of stock characters pursuing forgettable story arcs the lone exception being the always excellent Stanley Tucci adding a pinkish hue to his incomparable wit in the role of Sean Tess’s long-suffering boa-clad second-in-command. He and co-star Alan Cumming are two sides of the same sassy coin but Cumming is little more than a bitchy bit player in Burlesque poking his head into the frame on occasion to deliver a biting one-liner. Then again that description could apply to any number of characters in the film.
It appears that Antin true to his music-video pedigree conceived of Burlesque with the song-and-dance pieces in mind first then set about building a story around them. (The opposite is generally preferred.) The musical set pieces are lavish sexy and at times truly dazzling especially when Aguilera takes the stage but they do little to advance the film’s plot. Consequently Burlesque’s running time swells to almost two hours to satisfy the demands of a story that frankly seem hardly worthy of such an effort.
October 11, 2010 9:27am EST
You mean you sent in your tax forms months ago and you still haven’t been contacted about starting your own show? That’s atrocious! What a puppy mill of an injustice! My only recommendation would be to talk to Fran Drescher, who just received the show that was probably meant for you.
TV production company Debmar-Mercury, who’s responsible for the Wendy Williams Show, has Fran set to begin its test run when it starts shooting in Los Angeles and is aired on the Fox stations in L.A., New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Orlando and Phoenix on November 26th. If the show manages to bring smiles to the people who get some of the most severe weather in the country like it, Debmar-Mercury will start working on adding some Fran to everyone’s flan.
New York Magazine describes it as being a “chat fest,” which means she went into someone’s office and said, “here’s what I think isn’t getting talked about enough as it should.” But what is it that she thinks we’re not discussing? Oprah’s been discussing all the ways a husband can disfigure his wife for almost 25 years, and Martha Stewart’s been talking about making lampshades from old t-shirts for at least five! What is it that Fran thinks isn’t getting enough airtime?
September 27, 2010 10:30am EST
The 90210 star fooled fans into thinking she had chopped off her long blonde locks when she appeared on Wendy Williams' daytime chat show.
She explained: "This is one of my alter-egos, her name is Pixie. She's cute and sweet, unlike me."
But McCord was quick to assure fans her new hairstyle was just a joke - and she pulled off the wig in the middle of the chat to prove she was kidding.
Uncovering her long hair, she laughed: "It's a wig! ...I'm actually a blonde."
September 21, 2010 10:15am EST
The former Blossom star was expected to join the outlandish Williams to promote his latest TV series Melissa and Joey but the 34 year old had to call in sick after catching a nasty cold from his eldest daughter Charleston.
But he delighted the studio audience by calling in from his sick bed to apologise for his absence.
He told Williams over the phone, "I got it bad. I have two children and my four-year-old girl got it (the flu). I had to take her to school because my wife - we have a six month old girl - she had to be quarantined so she didn't get sick, so of course I took her (Charleston, to school) and I got it! Four year old cooties are the worst, man!
"It's horribly bad so I apologise for not being there."
January 21, 2010 11:27am EST
I’ve always been an unabashed fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson a magnetic screen presence whose charm and charisma more than make up for his shortcomings as an actor. That said even I’m finding it harder to defend his choices of roles over the past few years including his most recent turn in the family comedy The Tooth Fairy. Striving to produce quality family-friendly entertainment is certainly a commendable goal Rock but could you do us a favor and throw in the occasional R-rated (or at least PG-13) action flick every once in a while? Please?
The plot of The Tooth Fairy is standard kids-movie stuff: Johnson plays a gruff self-centered minor-league hockey player who after crushing the dreams of a few wide-eyed youngsters is sentenced to two weeks of community service as a tooth fairy. Handed wings a magic wand invisibility spray and other standard fairy accoutrements he’s sent to various children’s houses where he must brave all matter of domestic hazards to fulfill his tooth fairy obligations.
The Rock is usually the best part of otherwise underwhelming movies like this but he actually stumbles out of the gate in The Tooth Fairy overdosing on cheese and ham in an awkward first act. What ultimately makes the movie work is British comic Stephen Merchant recognizable to some as the hapless agent of Ricky Gervais’ chronically underemployed actor in HBO’s Extras who plays The Rock’s beleaguered fairy case worker. With his thin frame and his subtle sharp wit he provides the perfect foil for The Rock’s oversized personality creating just enough of a comedic spark to make The Tooth Fairy a relatively enjoyable if altogether unspectacular experience for both the kids and their babysitters.
November 11, 2009 4:00am EST
Shanna Moakler was talking about Kardashian's recent wedding to basketball star Lamar Odom on the Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (10Nov09) when she let rip with her thoughts about the newlywed fellow reality TV star.
But after Kardashian responded to the former beauty queen via Twitter.com, admitting she had no idea "who this girl is" Moakler took to her Twitter.com to say sorry.
She wrote, "You are right. We don't know each other personally and I apologize for my comment this morning."
October 20, 2009 5:00am EST
Kutcher is among an ensemble of actors, writers and directors who will produce six short plays for the ninth annual event.
The production will raise money for actress Rosie Perez' Urban Arts Partnership, an organisation that brings arts education programs into New York City public schools.
Perez, who will also star in the series, risked upsetting show producers by revealing Kutcher's involvement on Monday (19Oct09), while chatting with U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams.
She said, "I'm going to break the news here. I know the producer's going to be p**sed off at me. We are going to have a wonderful actor making his Broadway debut November 9th - and that's Ashton Kutcher."
August 11, 2009 1:00pm EST
The Wild Wild West star was chatting with talk show host Wendy Williams on U.S. TV when she let it slip that her The Jamie Foxx Show pal was a dad again.
Revealing she's still close to the Oscar winner, Beauvais-Nilon told Williams, "We're very cool, we saw each other on Easter Sunday... and he told me that he had a new baby and I said, 'Jamie, wow! Do I know the babymama?' and he goes, 'No.' And I go, 'Do you know the babymama?'.
Shocked by the revelation, Williams asked her studio audience if they knew Foxx was a new dad, adding, "Thank you for the hot topic titbit.
Realising she may have given too much away, a red-faced Beauvais-Nilon looked into the camera and said, "J, I'm sorry!.
The show then cut to a commercial break.
Foxx's representatives have yet to address the rumour the Ray star is a dad again.
The never married funnyman/singer has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship.
February 23, 2009 5:42am EST
The Independent Spirit Awards kicked off the night with prizes going out to James Franco and Penelope Cruz for their supporting roles in Milk and Vicky Cristina Barcelona respectively.
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The night ended with The Wrestler and Mickey Rourke taking took top honors for best film and lead actor. Melissa Leo, who some may have seen as the under dog, rounded out the night winning best female lead for her performance in Frozen River.
The complete list of nominations & winners:
Rachel Getting Married
Wendy and Lucy
The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Ramin Bahrani, Chop Shop
Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor -- WINNER!
Best First Feature
Medicine for Melancholy
Sangre de Mi Sangre
Synecdoche, New York -- WINNER!
John Cassavetes Award
In Search of a Midnight Kiss -- WINNER!
Prince of Broadway
Turn the River
Best First Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk -- WINNER!
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Jonathan Levine, The Wackness
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Woody Allen, Vicky Christina Barcelona -- WINNER!
Anna Fleck and Ryan Boden, Sugar
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York
Howard A. Rodman, Savage Grace
Christopher Zalla, Sangre de Mi Sangre
Best Female Lead
Summer Bishil, Towelhead
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Melissa Leo, Frozen River -- WINNER!
Tarra Riggs, Ballast
Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
Best Male Lead
Javier Bardem, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Sean Penn, Milk
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Best Supporting Female
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona -- WINNER!
Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Rosie Perez, The Take
Misty Upham, Frozen River
Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Male
James Franco, Milk -- WINNER!
Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Charlie McDermott, Frozen River
JimMyron Ross, Ballast
Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor
Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Lol Crowley, Ballast
James Laxton, Medicine for Melancholy
Harris Savides, Milk
Michael Simmonds, Chop Shop
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
Man on Wire -- WINNER!
The Order of Myths
Up the Yangtze
Best Foreign Film
The Class (France) -- WINNER!
Secret of the Grain (France)
Silent Light (Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)
Robert Altman Award: (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Williams
Someone to Watch Award
Barry Jenkins, Medicine for Melancholy
Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues
Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance -- WINNER!
Truer Than Fiction Award
Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths -- The WINNER!
Sacha Gervasi, Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Darius Marder, Loot
Lars Knudsen and Joy Van Hoy, Tireless Mountain and I'll Come Running
Jason Orans, Goodbye Solo and Year of the Fish
Heather Rae, Frozen River and Ibid -- WINNER!
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