Archive for the ‘Hollywood and Nashville’ Category
The stars of the Warner Bros.’ comedy, “The Campaign,” will be at Kiener Plaza for “Will & Zach Day” to receive medals of honor from St. Louis City Hall that will be presented by members of the Cardinals, Blues and Rams. The stars are booked to tub-thump their new movie.
President Obama’s Hollywood campaign fundraisers are drawing a backlash from left and right that he’s relying too much on stars and celeb contests. One of his advocates huffed that it might effect swing votes and mobilize the right. There was the June 14 $40k dinner at the NYC home of Sarah Jessica Parker, that drew much criticism. . .Claritin IS NOT CANDY! Public health officials charge Merck’s entertainment tie-in campaign for children’s Claritin with the movie, “Madagascar 3,” as being “deceptive and dangerous and can confuse children”. . .Look for Ann Curry to leave NBC’s “Today Show” before the network’s coverage of the Olympics. . .
For almost $49 million, “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest will close on the purchase of Ellen DeGeneres’ Bev Hills, 9,200 square-foot house with a separate 3-bedroom house.
DeGeneres’ property also comes with two guest houses. The transaction is reportedly taking place this week.
Dead at 74, a living legend has gone to join the immortals. Benefactor to many charities and a successful businessman, Jerry Clinton was wise, witty and wonderful – and all the other glowing adjectives in the lexicon. Most of all, he had humor. During an interview with him, the columnist recalled one of his anecdotes. He said that during a hunting trip with August Busch, III., he had tremendous success outscoring Busch. The brewer asked Clinton, “Where did you learn to shoot so well?” Clinton shot back, “In the projects, August, where I was raised.” He often spoke of his humble childhood. I knew Jerry throughout his years of joy and despair, hope and tragedy with the untimely death of a son. His days in car racing brought him close to the late actor Paul Newman. Clinton enjoyed introducing Newman to all within sight including the columnist. (Newman was never pleased to have interaction with strangers.) As is too often the case, the true stature of a person emerges when it’s too late in the outpouring of feeling. Our town is truly diminished by the death of Jerry Clinton, who epitomized what they call “a generous guy.” St. Peter is due a fat tip.
Some of our town’s fashionistas are agog at the new, pink-hair craze. . .A few of our town’s Marilyn Monroe aficionados might like to know that her shmattas from “Bus Stop”, “Niagara,” “Let’s Make Love” and “Seven Year Itch” will be auctioned Dec. 3 at BevHills’ Paley Center. . .”American Idol” idol Randy Jackson is revving a new reality show, “Aptitude Test,” charted to see how stars would’ve fared if they hadn’t found fame. . .
Through its terminal, Bloomberg. LP, has taught people to make money and now it’s turning to how to spend it via its monthly luxe magazine, “Bloomberg Pursuits”. . .”Sunday Night Football” with the Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers in which the Packers won, topped the ratings for the fifth straight week – up 20 percent over 2010. . .AA to LA’s power synagogues: On the Jewish High Holidays, stars came out on the left coast to atone. Barbra Streisand to Leo Baeck Temple; Adam Sandler at Khillat Israel; Jeremy Piven at Temple Israel of Hollywood; and Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to Kabbalah Centre of L.A.. . .Former Beatles singer Paul McCartney, while just married for the third time, took out time to announce an 11-city tour – sans U.S.. . .Eva Longoria will headline another L.A. fundraiser for President Obama topping the premium St. Louis ticket at $25k. In L.A., ducats are pegged at a top price of $35k per.
The columnist was reminded about Bob Hope‘s visit to our town many years ago to appear at a benefit for Childrens Hospital.
Through his late pal, Dr. Jack Probstein, an interview was arranged in Hope’s hotel suite. He and Delores greeted the columnist with open arms and the interview began. Hope regaled the columnist with tales of his vaudeville days. During the chat, his wife, Delores, bopped into the room. She enthused over her recent comeback stint as a singer in a Vegas nightclub and held high the socko reviews she garnered. At that point, Hope bellowed, “Berger’s here to interview me and not you!” She begged off and scurried to her bedroom. . .FOX’s airing of the Emmy Awards limped among with 12 million gawkers – down 8 percent from 2010. . .”The Lion King (3D) racked up an impressive $30 million over last weekend.
Remember the old Coco’s restaurant on Lindbergh Boulevard in our mythical faubourg, that has remained vacant for a few years? Well, now there’s a sign in front touting “Old Blues Eyes Restaurant” with a likeness of the late crooner. Wonder if the owner is paying royalties to Sinatra’s estate. ‘Meantime, Sinatra’s house, that he and his family occupied in the 1940s in L.A.’s Holmby Hills, is on the sale block for $23.5 million. The Sinatras paid $250k for the four-bedroom palazzo. . .Heavy hitting Demos in Hollywood are reportedly disenchanted with President Obama, while stellar figures such as George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Steven Spielberg have each donated $35,000 to the Obama Victory Fund. . .Hey, advertising geniuses, the Jack-In-The-Box account is up for grabs. The company’s ad budget last year rose to almost $100 million. . .
Michael Douglas has canceled his appearance and keynote speech at the National Children’s Cancer benefit, that was slated for Sept. 17 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, in favor of his gay lover. The lover in this case is fellow-actor Matt Damon, who will star with Douglas in Steven Soderbergh’s “Liberace,” a Jerry Weintraub production. Douglas will star in the title role. Asked if he did any intimate scenes with Douglas, Damon jokingly asked a reporter, “We just get together on weekends and make out?” The movie is slated for release in 2013. Douglas, a cancer survivor, was to be presented the organization’s International Humanitarian Award. Donna Wilkinson, chairperson of the event, said no replacement could be found on such short notice
Yesteryear OB-GYN Dr. Kathy Maupin is poised to launch an anti-aging symposium in January for patients, said the “innovative medic” at Il Bel Lago this week. Her BioBalance Health firm has hung up a shingle in a free-standing building at Spoede and Olive Boulevard. On hand for a take in her company’s PR campaign were operatives Glen Jamboretz and Priscilla Visintine and Drs. Rober Hagan, David Crane, Kristin Tate, Ricardo Rao and Patricia McGuire. . .Molly Kodner, an intern 10 years ago at the Missouri Historical Museum, was to archive a set of letters from a Union soldier to his fiancee, Molly. Now, they are being published on a website 150 years to the day since they had been written. . . The David Bruno Gallery will host the exhibit of iconic artist Leslie Laskey’s work beginning Friday. . .ESPN has extended the contract for “Monday Night Football” through the 2021 season. . .The 28-acre estate in Massachusetts, Blue Heron Farm, where the Obama family R&Rs, is on the sale block for $24 m.. . .County Assessor Jake Zimmerman celebrated his marriage to Megan at Araka with the usual pols on hand including Chas Dooley and Barbara Fraser as well as Thompson Coburn mouthpieces. . .Parkway West grad Scott McGuire, son of Drs. Kathy and Mitch Botney, will do a cameo here in early October to premiere his first Hollywood release, “The Road to Freedom,” tracking the life of actor Errol Flynn and his lusty experiences in Cambodia.