Actor Kurt Russell is cooking up a very special treat for his longtime partner Goldie Hawn on Valentine's Day - he is planning to wine and dine her at his new New Mexico saloon. The Tombstone star will be celebrating his 31st anniversary as Hawn's lover on the most romantic day of the year (14Feb14) and he hopes to make the evening memorable.
He tells WENN, "I'm gonna go to this place called the 1880 Union Hotel in a little tiny town called Los Alamos where I'm opening up a wine saloon. We're opening up the wine saloon section of that hotel. I'm taking Goldie and they're having a big dinner there; it's an eight course meal and part of it will be beef from my ranch and my wines. I'm really heavily into my wines now.
"I really love making wine. I love making Pinot and Chardonnay and we have this great place now to showcase our wines."
Barbara Walters' reported retirement at 83 doesn't just mark the end of an illustrious, wildly successful career that spans 52 years. It marks the end of a dying breed: The larger-than-life woman TV journalist.
It's without an ounce of sentimentality or nostalgia that I say, no one will ever be able to replace Walters — because Walters' position no longer exists.
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Most famous for her incredible interviewing skills, Walters is often named on the list of the industry's best female journalists of all time, a list that sadly doesn't usually inch past 20 names. (The Atlantic's recent list makes it to 22 while top journalism school New York University stops short at 21, but both include Walters.) But her impact goes beyond the practice of TV journalism, in which she excelled by becoming the first ever female national nightly news co-anchor, followed by her newsworthy interview series The Barbara Walters Specials. Walters covered all angles of our culture, leading her to become a pop culture icon in addition to her success as a newswoman, even landing a spot on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time — a list that included Dick Van Dyke, Lassie, and Miss Piggy. In a way, Walters became the most famous face of women in journalism throughout her career. Now that she's stepping down, it's hard to imagine anyone, even the likes of Katie Couric or Christiane Amanpour, taking up her mantle.
Couric and Amanpour are important examples because they both represent different segments of Walters' legacy. Couric is forging the path as the "new Walters," coming up through the Today Show machine, being outsed as a nightly national news anchor (Walters was booted when viewers failed to accept her as a female nightly news anchor), and starting up her own series that makes headlines for its interviews. But Couric's career slides a little away from Walters' monumental example, with her daytime talk show Katie angling more towards Oprah than a Barbara Walters Special with episodes titled "Tina Fey & Paul Rudd’s College Confessions" and "How to De-Stress Your Life with Goldie Hawn and Deepak Chopra."
Amanpour, on the other hand, is all business. Known primarily for her reporting, Amanpour is more of an investigative journalist than Walters, but it's her nightly news interview series Amanpour (in addition to her position as CNN's chief international reporter) that could put her at an angle to take up mantle of Walters' long list of landmark interviews, including Fidel Castro, Indira Gandhi, and Hugo Chavez.
The issue, however, is that there is no singular woman in TV journalism who is primed and ready to take up Walters' post, effortlessly balancing the seriousness of hard-hitting journalism and the pop culture appeal of a host on The View. And there never will be. Amanpour, Rachel Maddow, and MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell may be some of the leading women in TV journalism, but they're not Walters, and it's not entirely clear that they even want to be.
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Part of that comes from the way in which online journalism is segmenting TV reporting. Because of the rise of online journalism and the ability to access it through mobile devices, TV news is slowly declining. A recent study from the Pew Research Center for People and the Press reports that the number of people under 30 who get their news from television has decreased from 49 percent in 2006 to 34 percent in 2012. Meanwhile the number of people who get their news online, through social media (which includes through journalists' own Twitter feeds) has increased from nine percent to 19, and it's growing.
At the same time, few serious women journalists on TV could even qualify for a gig like Walters' post on the view. It was about a year ago that Anne Curry was pushed out of the Today Show, a spot she'd more than earned, because her style was too austere and weighty, where the show was seeking light-heartedness and fluff. Now, the morning program is reportedly seeking Anderson Cooper as a potential savior — not because of his extensive experience as a reporter, but rather his ability to cuddle Grumpy Cat, field Kathy Griffin's sexual advances on live TV, and become a giggling mess at the mention of a Gerard Depardieu bathroom pun. At this rate, it seems more likely that we'll see Miss Grumpy Cat herself or Kid President take over Walters' yearly "10 Most Fascinating People" program, than a serious personality like Maddow or Amanpour.
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But this lack of a Walters' successor isn't necessarily something to mourn — Barbara, herself, will be missed, but her position won't be, necessarily. While women journalists still have a long way to go to match the numbers and fame of their male counterparts, her placement as a sort of catch-all persona for the plight of the woman reporter has done all it can. It proved that a journalist at the top of their field doesn't have to be a man; it proved that an interview with a political leader can be just an influential as one with a pop icon; it proved that a woman could become wildly famous for more than her beauty or her charm, but for the brain inside her head.
And as we move further and further into an age of famed Internet-based journalists and more specialized TV journalists like Amanpour — who has a lock on international news — and Maddow, who built her career on her outspokenness and honesty rather than her universal appeal, the echo of Walters' influence is everpresent. And in a way that's the highest compliment she could be paid: she's infinitely influential and completely irreplaceable.
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The X-Men star, who is a favourite to land an Oscars nod for his critically-acclaimed turn in Les Miserables, was feted for his movie and stage successes at the 27th annual Museum of the Moving Image black-tie salute at Cipriani Wall Street.
Jackman was surrounded by former colleagues and pals including his Les Miserables co-stars Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, as well as Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber.
The museum's Executive Director Carl Goodman said, "We are thrilled to be honouring one of the world's most beloved and talented performers."
The star joins former recipients of the Salute including Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Goldie Hawn, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg.
The Rosie Show was axed from Winfrey's OWN network in March (12) after just one season on air and the cancellation was rumoured to have caused a rift between the two stars.
But O'Donnell showed she had nothing but love for Winfrey by turning up to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls benefit at the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue this week.
Cindi Berger, O'Donnell's representative, tells the New York Daily News, "They have an excellent relationship. It was a very special night and a wonderful time."
The event featured a performance by the first class of graduates from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg.
Other guests to show their support for Winfrey's cause included singer Mary J. Blige, actress Goldie Hawn, model Iman and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.
Winfrey opened the school in 2007 to provide education for disadvantaged females.
The Private Benjamin star began dating Russell in 1983 after they co-starred in Swing Shift, and they have become one of the few Hollywood couples whose romance has stood the test of time.
They welcomed son Wyatt in 1986 and Hawn reveals their second film project together, 1987's Overboard, was extra-special.
Speaking on Britain's The One Show, she says, "It was fun doing that together, but that was our second movie...
"This was after Wyatt was born and Wyatt was nine months old and took his first steps on that movie. It was pretty fun."
Relationships in Hollywood are notoriously short-lived, but one couple has managed to go the distance, despite the fact that they never tied the knot. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together since 1983 and raised four children together (they have one son together and three kids from previous relationships), yet Hawn says they have no intention of getting married.
So, why has their relationship lasted nearly three decades? Hawn tells Radio 4's Woman's Hour, "There's a trick. You have to like the way each other smell." She isn't talking about maintaining a certain standard of cleanliness. She explains, "I think it's that the pheromones haven't gone away. The chemicals are still popping."
That isn't to say that their relationship has always been rosy. "You don't aways agree with your mate. You don't even like them sometimes. But there is something there that sparks you. You have to focus on that as you move on," says Hawn, adding, "I think Kurt's an extraordinary person. I love being with him and I love our family and I love our family life."
In recent years a few notoriously unwed couples called it quits, including Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, who were together for 23 years, and Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend, who dated for 9 years. However, there are still quite a few couples who share Hawn and Russell's belief that marriage isn't a requirement for a long and happy relationship:
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Don't expect to see another Kardashian wedding special on E! anytime soon. Though Kourtney and Scott have been together since 2007 and are expecting their second child, she declared on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, "I definitely don't want to get married just for the sake of getting married. This is my life. I don't need a piece of paper to make it a family unit."
Jon Hamm and Jennifer WestfeldtThough Don seems to be headed into another ill-fated marriage on Mad Man, in real life Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt have been happily unmarried since 1997. In 2012 Hamm told Parade, "I don't have the marriage chip, and neither of us have the greatest examples of marriages in our families. But Jen is the love of my life, and we've already been together four times longer than my parents were married."
Liev Shreiber and Naomi WattsLike Hamm and Westfeldt, Liev Shreiber and Naomi Watts, who have been together since 2005 and have two sons, say their family history made them uninterested in marriage. “It’s not like I’ve grown up having this dream of a fairy-tale wedding,” Watts told Paradein 2009. “My mother married twice and had two divorces. And Liev comes from the same kind of background. Maybe one day we’ll just wake up and go, ‘Hey, let’s do this.’ And maybe not. He and I have a family. We’re very much together. We just don’t have that certificate, and that’s okay with both of us. He gave me a beautiful ring, although I’m not wearing it right now.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad PittThough we've been hearing rumors about their impending nuptials for the seven years that they've been together, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt famously declared that they won't even consider getting hitched until same-sex marriage is legalized. Though, recently Pitt told The Hollywood Reporter that they haven't ruled out the possibility.
He explained, "We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment."
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman GrahamOprah may be the most famously unmarried celebrity, but in May 2012 she told O, The Oprah Magazine that she and Stedman Graham were once set to marry -- she just didn't enjoy being engaged.
She said, "Actually, Stedman asked me to marry him, and at first I said 'Yes!' but it turned out that I wanted to be asked to be married more than I wanted to be married ... It just felt like the wrong thing for me. This was at the same time that I was supposed to have the book coming out. We were in Miami, in the back of a limousine, coming back from the party with the big shrimp, and Stedman asks, 'So when is the book coming out?' The book was coming out September 14 or something, and our wedding had been scheduled for September 8. We had a date and everything.
So Stedman says, 'Well, I don't want to have my wedding in competition with your book.' And I remember thinking, 'Yes! Really? Okay, great! I ended up canceling both, and we have not discussed it since that day."
Source: Press Association
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The Private Benjamin star agreed to audition for a part in one of Capp's TV shows after she was approached by a casting agent, who spotted her walking along a New York street - but her big break wasn't as exciting as she had hoped it would be.
Naive and starstruck, the actress met the cartoonist - and the experience made her think twice about whether or not she truly wanted to follow her showbusiness dreams.
During an interview on U.S. TV special Oprah Presents Master Class on Sunday (15Jan12) she recalled, "I go to this big Park Avenue apartment; I've never been in so much wealth... He (Caplin) thunders through the door... and he said, 'Well I'm going to slip into something more comfortable.' And something went off in my brain like, 'More comfortable? OK, well I guess that means he's going to go in and take off his raincoat...' So he comes in in a dressing gown and he sits down on the couch and I'm thinking, 'This isn't looking too good'."
The cartoonist then asked nervous Hawn to show off her legs and when she obliged him by lifting her skirt, Caplin went too far, according to Hawn, who added, "He opened up his dressing gown and I looked at it (penis)... It was scary. I said, 'Mr. Capp I will never get a job like this.' And he said to me, 'Oh, I've had them all.' And I said, 'Well it doesn't matter, but I'll never do this,' and he said, 'Well, you're never going to get anywhere in this business, you should go home and marry a Jewish dentist.' And I started to cry and I said, 'Well maybe I will.'"
But Hawn kept her integrity and got the last laugh: "Finally the show came out, years later, and I was able to send Mr. Capp a telegram. I was doing (TV series Rowan & Martin's) Laugh-In at the time, so I was pretty established... and I said, 'Well congratulations, I guess I didn't have to marry a Jewish dentist after all.'"
Capp, real name Alfred Caplin, died in 1979, aged 70.
The Overboard star made the big reveal during a royal wedding-themed edition of U.S. morning show The View, which she guest hosted on Friday (29Apr11).
She confessed she had a very special connection to newlywed Prince William and his late mum.
Hawn said, "Fergie (Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York) called me. This is in the early '90s... She said, 'My girlfriend is in need of a place to go where there's no paparazzi. Could she go to the ranch?' And we (partner Kurt Russell and I) said, 'Of course'.
"So they came to the ranch. We have 75-acres in Aspen (Colorado). She (Diana) called me, and she jumped on the bed, she picked up the phone, and she said, 'I'm having the most amazing time. There's so many pillows on your bed." The kids (Prince William and Prince Harry) were laughing. They had the time of their life. ATVing everywhere, no paparazzi. She said, 'Goldie, it was the best vacation of my life.'"
The event, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, honoured remarkable women for their "passion to change the world".
Grammy Award-winning singer Eve opened the ceremony with a song penned especially for the bash, while Paltrow was on hand to present Turlington with the Advocate Award.
The beauty was recognised for her work campaigning for maternal health around the world.
Meanwhile, late movie veteran Elizabeth Taylor was given a special tribute during the proceedings.
Other stars in attendance included Kelly Osbourne, Goldie Hawn and Ashley Tisdale, who watched as six other "visionary women" were rewarded for their activism and work to highlight female issues globally.
Morgan Freeman kicked off Saturday night's Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope telethon with tales of survival from the 26 December disaster in South-east Asia.
Freeman told the story of a 60-year-old man who had survived under a pile of rubble for two weeks, living only on rainwater, and of a woman who went into labor as the tsunami hit--and then named the child she gave birth to on a hilltop in India Tsunami.
The movie star ended his opening plea for American Red Cross funds by stating, "Miracles do happen."
The two-hour, commercial-free special also featured passionate pleas for help from Clint Eastwood, Halle Berry, Bruce Willis--who was joined in New York by daughters Rumer, Tallulah and Scout--Robert De Niro, Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Kevin Spacey, Tim Robbins, pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Goldie Hawn, Drew Barrymore, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, celebrity couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Renee Zellweger, and Hugh Grant, who confessed to writing a check even though he's "famously stingy."
Meanwhile, Madonna performed John Lennon's peace anthem "Imagine" via satellite from London and rocker Brian Wilson performed "Love & Mercy" as a tribute to pal Markus Sandlund, who was among the victims of the killer wave and is still missing. Photographs of the Swedish cellist, who performed on Wilson's Smile album and tour, were dotted around the studio as the former Beach Boys star sang.
The musical highlight of the telethon came as reclusive Pink Floyd star Roger Waters performed "Wish You Were Here" with Eric Clapton. Other musical performers included Maroon 5, Norah Jones, Mary J Blige, Gloria Estefan, Sarah Mclachlan, country star Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Nelly, Diana Ross, Annie Lennox, Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder, who duetted with India.Arie.
And stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Quincy Jones, Tom Selleck, Johnny Depp, James Caan, Quentin Tarantino, Hilary Swank, Nicolas Cage, Don Cheadle, Kate Hudson, Rob Lowe and George Clooney, who helped organize the telethon's celebrity effort while recovering from back surgery, were among those who answered telephones in the NBC/Universal studio in Los Angeles as viewers dialed in their donations. They also signed Red Cross mugs, scripts and telephones, which were given away to the most generous callers.
Almost 95 per cent of money raised by the telethon, which also featured footage of the tsunami disaster and the relief effort, will go directly to aiding the survivors of the tragedy. The remainder will help support groups acts swiftly and efficiently.
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