Alec Baldwin turned to American political royalty Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for advice following his split from actress Kim Basinger, according to a new diary expose. The 30 Rock star separated from the Hollywood beauty in 2000 after seven years of marriage, and the actor decided to call on his pal Kennedy, Jr. to talk through his relationship problems and his concerns for their daughter Ireland, who was five at the time.
In a secret diary purportedly belonging to the nephew of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, he writes, "He is directing his first movie when she presented him with divorce (sic)... and moved to LA, a town he hates."
Kennedy reportedly goes on to add that he gave Baldwin "encouragement" based on his own divorce from his first wife, Emily, in 1994.
The diary, obtained by the New York Post, also reveals details about Kennedy, Jr.'s friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio, who picked the lawyer/activist's brains about "environmental stuff" back in 2001, not long after launching his own environmental charity.
In a diary entry dated 21 May, 2001, Kennedy, Jr. adds, "He wants to spend his life and resources on a clean environment."
He also recalls how his then-three-year-old son, Finn, mistook the Titanic star for a girl during a dinner party at their family home.
He writes, "Finn, looking at Leo's ponytail, asked him, 'Are you a girl?' and was emphatic that he did not want such a haircut... Leo was very sweet."
Congratulations, Emily Blunt! The British actress and her husband, John Krasinski, are expecting their first child. The happy news was confirmed Wednesday and the adorable couple — who wed in 2010 in Italy — have often talked about their desire to have children. In 2012, Blunt told Manhattan magazine, "We want to have children; I just don't know when yet. I'm just not sure about the timing of all of that. We're both from big families, so I think it's something we want."
Blunt is next slated to appear as the Baker's Wife in Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, while Krasinski has just finished a long run as Jim Halpert on The Office. His next project is the upcoming film Prophet, which has a projected 2014 release date.
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British actress Emily Blunt is expecting her first child with her husband John Krasinski. A representative for The Devil Wears Prada star confirmed the couple's happy news to Usmagazine.com.
The stars married in Italy in 2010, and Blunt, 30, has long been open about her desire to start a family.
She recently said of her plans to have kids, "We want to have children; I just don't know when yet. I'm just not sure about the timing of all of that. We're both from big families, so I think it's something we want."
Singer Robin Thicke was inspired to make his raunchy Blurred Lines video after he was asked to pose with a group of naked models for a saucy magazine photoshoot. The star kept his clothes on while the girls around him stripped off in the spread for the September (13) issue of Treats! magazine.
Thicke admits he was so impressed with the shoot, he based his popular music video on the concept, following encouragement from his actress wife Paula Patton.
He says, "I've done some topless photo shoots before but never completely nude. It (the magazine shoot) was very sexy and I like that. At first I thought, 'Okay, let's just do topless'... but, again, my wife and her friends were like, 'No way... go all the way.' I think we definitely pushed the envelope... When I was talking to my wife and her friends about the video they said, 'Do something like Treats! because you love it so much.' And her friends were like, 'Yes!'"
Thicke also picked out one of his video's stars from Treats!, adding, "We showed Treats! issue 3 with Emily Ratajkowski on the cover to the director (Diane Martel) and she said, 'That's our girl!' And she was cast. I wanted to give homage where homage was due. We wanted to pay it all forward about our inspiration from Treats! for the Blurred Lines video."
Last week was a big deal for singer-songwriter Neko Case: she released her sixth album, the yearningly-titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti- Records), to the best reviews of her career. She had a busy week's worth of promotion, ranging from a terrific appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to her debut as a panelist on the NPR quiz show Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me (where she tanked on the final lightning round, unfortunately). She also started a nationwide tour that will run through November. Plus, Sunday was her 43rd birthday, so hopefully she got a nice cake or something. So here's five things you may not have known about the copper-haired siren.
She Started Out DIY
Neko Case first gained notice for a string of powerful alt-country albums in the late 1990s, but she actually got her start as the drummer for an all-female punk trio from Vancouver, British Columbia called Cub. She played drums on their 1993 debut album Betti-Cola, which included their best-known song, the adorably twee "My Chinchilla." (That's her replacement Valeria Fellini in the video, however.)
She's Not Actually Canadian
Although Case got her start on Vancouver's DIY scene and has since 2000 been a key member of the Canadian power pop collective The New Pornographers (singing lead on many of their best-known songs, including their debut single "Letter From An Occupant"), she was born in Virginia and grew up in Tacoma, WA. She'd moved to Vancouver to study at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, from which she graduated in 1998, and music writers have mistakenly called her a Canadian artist ever since.
She's Finally Settled Down
After losing her student visa, Case left Canada, living in Seattle, Chicago, Tucson and other cities before buying a large, isolated farm in Vermont. Much of her previous album, 2009's Middle Cyclone, was recorded on the farm, with some tracks featuring a chorus of old out-of-tune pianos she had picked up for free on Craigslist and stowed in her barn. The album ends with a thirty-minute track called "Marais la Nuit," a field recording of a frog-filled pond on her property.
She Respects Other Songwriters
The Worse Things Get is unique among Case's albums for being entirely self-written. A student of songwriting, Case has recorded masterful versions of songs by everyone from Hank Williams to the cult-hero art rock duo Sparks, whose "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth" is a highlight of Middle Cyclone. Although even now, she enjoys tipping a cap to her influences: the two-LP vinyl version of The Worse Things Get includes three bonus tracks, kicking off with a spirited take on Robyn Hitchcock's 1989 college radio hit "Madonna of the Wasps."
She's Had A Rough Four Years
In the four and a half years since Middle Cyclone's release, Case lost both her parents and a grandmother. As a result, The Worse Things Get is a somber, poignant album with an uncharacteristically naked autobiographical edge to its lyrics. And yet it isn't merely dark and is only rarely depressing: there's a sense of peace and even hopefulness to many of the songs. It's one of the year's strongest albums, and certainly one of its most emotionally resonant.
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One of tragic star Cory Monteith's final movies, All The Wrong Reasons, has landed its director a top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. Gia Milani picked up the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award for her directorial debut and was handed a $10,000 (£6,600) cash prize on Monday (09Sep13).
In the film, Monteith plays a married store manager who falls for a clerk played by Emily Hampshire.
The Glee star died following a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13).
U2 frontman Bono performed at the wedding of U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett's granddaughter on Friday (06Sep13) in Omaha, Nebraska. The One hitmaker sang a rendition of Ben E. King's Stand be Me in front of 285 guests at Emily Greenberg and Thomas Threlkeld's nuptials.
The singer has had close ties with the Buffett's for over a decade - the billionaire's daughter Susie serves as a board member of the DATA charity, which Bono co-founded in 2002.
"When you're doing a romantic scene, it's kind of awkward. And it's all very choreographed. So we were just laughing because this was Gia's first movie. She'd never directed two actors in a love scene. I remember her being shy about telling us to... 'Can you put a hand here, and is that OK?'" Actress Emily Hampshire on filming a love scene with the late Cory Monteith in director Gia Milani's debut feature All the Wrong Reasons.
Benedict Cumberbatch is to be honoured with the Britannia Award for British Actor of the Year at the upcoming BAFTA L.A. annual awards gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 9 November (13). Previous recipients of the accolade include Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt and Rachel Weisz.
On Oct. 9 Arrow, and hooded justice, returns to the CW. Stephen Amell is back as Oliver Queen, Starling City's billionaire playboy turned nocturnal quiver-wielding vigilante, the Green Arrow. And judging by this new teaser, Oliver's going to be in for a quite a Season 2. There are shots of sharp weapons and sharper abs, all leading to that immortal slogan "When the hood goes up..." Unfortunately, there's no sign of The Flash, who's been confirmed to be a part of the new episodes, but there's more than enough to get you excited. Check it out.
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