Saturday, October 23, 2010




Michael Douglas has reportedly finished his prescribed course of treatment for throat cancer.

The Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps actor was pictured looking "frail and gaunt" as he walked his daughter Carys to school in New York following significant weight loss as a result of the chemotherapy sessions, The Mirror reports.

Earlier this month, Douglas's spokesperson said that doctors, who have previously given Douglas an 80% chance of surviving the disease, were 'very pleased' with how the 66-year-old had responded to medication.

They added that Douglas was unlikely to face further treatment sessions based on his current progress.

Recent rumours that Douglas had changed his will following his illness were denied last week.





Ricky Martin offers fans a short preview of his upcoming single "The Best Thing About Me Is You" as well as the cover art for the song.

Martin has recorded an English-language version with British singer Joss Stone, while the Spanish version features ex-Quinta EstaciĆ³n vocalist Natalia Jimenez.

Martin recently revealed to Black Book magazine that his creativity "has exploded" since coming out in March. His next album is expected to be released in early 2011.

Listen to a preview of the single by clicking here.





The 2010 Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala, themed “Experience the Mystery,” will take place on Tuesday, October 26 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City to raise funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Vibrant colours, seductive sounds and exotic tastes all speak to the allure of Eastern culture on display at this exciting event.

The evening is a time to shine a light on the ongoing mystery of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.


The gala is lead by founder and General Chair Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, the daughter of the late Rita Hayworth, who passed away in 1987 from Alzheimer’s disease.

Suspected of severe alcoholism and prone to erratic behaviour, Rita’s career dwindled in the 1950s and failed in the 1960s. She was, in fact, suffering the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, which went undiagnosed until 1980.


Princess Yasmin recently wrote an essay on Alzheimer’s disease in which she said:

My own experience with the disease began when I was young girl. On visits home from boarding school, I would notice my mother's odd behaviour. She would move her personal items from her bedroom to other closets around the house, including mine. She would throw all the food out of cupboards. She imagined that someone was trying to break into her home.

As the disease progressed, her confusion, disorientation and fear worsened. As her panic increased, my own helplessness and guilt became overwhelming. It was a terrible day when we stood together in front of a mirror, and she turned to me and asked, "Who are you?"

Of the New York City Rita Hayworth Gala, she said “This is my way of honouring my mother. This is my way of creating a dialogue.”

You can read the full essay here: Waking up to the Realities of Alzheimer's Disease.




“Googled” – The transitive verb to google refers to using the Google search engine to obtain information on the Web. The American Dialect Society chose it as the “most useful word of 2002.” Check out which celebrities got “Googled” the most in 2010!

10. Brad Pitt – 5,000,000
9. Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba – 6,120,000
8. Kelly Clarkson, Lindsay Lohan – 9,140,000
7. Angelina Jolie, Adam Lambert, Paris Hilton – 11,100,000
6. Kanye West – 20,400,000
5. Madonna, Chris Brown – 30,400,000
4. Britney Spears – 37,200,000
3. Taylor Swift – 45,500,000
2. Beyonce, Miley Cyrus – 68,000,000
1. Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga – 151,000,000



Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is officially on board to helm Wolverine 2 , according to Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman. The two had previously collaborated on The Fountain and are apparently jazzed to be working together again.

As Jackman told Vulture, he's already preparing for the role: "I'm starting; I'm having my six meals a day."

"This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope," he continued, "Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different."



THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (back row, l-r) Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, (front row, l-r) Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank The Huxtables, The Cosby Show

From that very first episode, Cliff Huxtable took a refreshingly no-nonsense approach to parenting. Remember when Theo announced he didn't need good grades because he didn't need to go to college? Remember what his dad said? "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life! No wonder you get Ds in everything... I'm your father. I brought you in this world and I can take you out."

THE SIMPSONS: (L-R) Marge, Bart, Maggie, Homer and Lisa return for the 22nd season premiere airing Sunday, Sept. 26 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on THE SIMPSONS on FOX.  THE SIMPSONS ™ and © 2010 TTCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The Simpsons, The Simpsons

The fact that this family has been on the air longer than any other in history says something, doesn't it? No matter how many dumb mistakes Homer makes, or how many problems Bart causes at school, each and every week, America's favorite yellow family always ends up back on the couch together.


The Tanners, Full House

At the height of ABC's TGIF comedy block, the Tanners ruled. Full House, a tooth-achingly sweet series, revolved around single dad Danny Tanner, his best friend Joey, his musician brother-in-law Jesse and Danny's three daughters, DJ, Stephanie and Michelle. Immortalized forever: Jesse's hair care and Michelle's catchphrase, "You got it, dude!"

THE SOPRANOS The Sopranos, The Sopranos

The Sopranos showcased two families: Dad Tony's organized crime compadres and his own domestic unit. Under the watchful eye of bored housewife Carmela, Tony's kids Meadow and A.J. had a relatively normal, privileged upbringing — including homework, chores, groundings and regular funerals for their dad's slain co-workers. Oh wait, that last part probably wasn’t so normal.


The Partridges, The Partridge Family

They were long overshadowed by the Bradys, but it's anyone's guess why — the Partridges were way cooler. The family band toured together, turned out pop hits together and, let's be honest, David "I Think I Love You" Cassidy was way dreamier than Greg Brady.

THE FISHERS The Fishers, Six Feet Under

For a show that began each episode with a usually gruesome death, Six Feet Under showed us a family that, despite their various emotional handicaps, actually embraced life. Ruth, the widowed matriarch, struggled to find herself, Brothers Nate and David squabbled over the family mortuary while their angsty sister Claire navigated the cruelty of art school. Their relationships were similarly tortured.

the bluths The Bluths, Arrested Development

Somehow, TV's most selfish, dark and dysfunctional funny family managed to last three full seasons on network TV. Why? The backbiting antics of The Bluths were beloved by a small-but-rabid fanbase. Even now, years after its cancellation, many persist in asking creator Mitch Hurwitz about the possibility of bringing the Bluths to the big screen.

FAMILY TIES -- Pictured: (l-r) Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton, Tina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton, Meredith Baxter Birney as Elyse Keaton, Michael Gross as Steven Keaton, Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank .

The Keatons, Family Ties

Did President Reagan have a mouthpiece in Alex P. Keaton? Not really, but Family Ties' eager young Republican (Michael J. Fox) and his former-hippie parents milked their soft political divide for smart, family-friendly laughs.


The Bunkers, All in the Family

Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom introduced us to the "lovable bigot" that is Archie Bunker, his "dingbat" wife, Edith, and their liberal daughter and son-in-law as it explored a litany of hot-button issues, including homosexuality and racial prejudice. Fun fact: The series, which spawned Maude, The Jeffersons and Archie Bunker's Place, was the first show in which all of its lead actors won Emmys. (The Golden Girls and Will & Grace are the others.)


The Bradys, The Brady Bunch

The story of a lady, a Brady and their bunch was not the first show to focus on a blended family, but it arrived at a time when divorces and remarriages were on the rise in the United States. The classic sitcom lasted only five seasons, but a plethora of spin-offs, films, sequels and specials followed, featuring many original cast members. Just don’t mention Cousin Oliver.


The Conners, Roseanne

The Conners were a fully realized — and not idealized — working-class family. The Peabody Award-winning series tackled taboo topics, from teenage pregnancy to domestic violence, and at the centre of it all was star Roseanne Barr's cutting, often hilarious commentary on the real problems of real people.


The Seavers, Growing Pains

In a reflection of the times, this '80s sitcom featured a reversal of roles for the Seaver parents, with mom Maggie returning to work as a reporter &mdash using her maiden name, natch — and psychiatrist dad Jason staying at home to look after their children, mischievous Mike, brainiac Carol and little brother Ben. In its later years, the series introduced a fourth child, Chrissy, whose age was advanced to 6 after two seasons, and Luke Brower, a homeless teen taken in by the Seavers and played by future A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio.


The Waltons, The Waltons

John and Olivia Walton, their seven children, and John's parents live together in Depression-era rural Virginia. Their close-knit family weathered financial hardship, illness, and World War II. Eldest son "John Boy," an aspiring journalist and novelist, served as the story’s narrator.


The Walkers, Brothers & Sisters

How does a family survive after learning the patriarch was a lifelong philanderer whose affair even produced an illegitimate child? By drinking lots of wine, of course! Yes, the drama in the Walker household does lean toward the soapy now and again, but those family dinners and hilariously complex conference calls always remind us the love this clan has for one another.


The Cleavers, Leave It to Beaver

The Cleavers set the standard for the idealized American suburban family. Because the show was told from The Beaver's point of view, it provided an interesting look at parenting as June and Ward often debated the best way to handle Wally and the Beav's screw-ups.


The Jacksons/Drummonds, Diff'rent Strokes

Breaking racial barriers, the NBC sitcom starred the late Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as orphaned African-American siblings who are adopted by Mr. Drummond, a wealthy white widower. Though Coleman's catchphrase “What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?” became the series' most enduring pop culture legacy, Strokes epitomized the '80s trend of "very special episodes," examining such issues as drug use, racism and child molestation.


The Ewings, Dallas

Poor Miss Ellie. She was such a sweet Texan matriarch, who had little more to do than sit around and watch as her two sons, J.R. and Bobby, tangled with the orneriest characters of the oil business, including their own wives. J.R.’s alcoholic wife Sue Ellen never met a scheme in which she didn’t partake and Bobby's wife, Pam, despite her innate sweetness, would do anything to protect her family.


The Barones, Everybody Loves Raymond

This family's special brand of dysfunction turned comedy gold into Emmy gold, twice winning best comedy series. From brother Robert's jealousy over Ray's perfect life to Marie's constant henpecking of Debra to Frank's loudmouthed disdain for just about everything, the Barones made it OK to laugh at your own loved ones.


The Pritchetts, Modern Family

Playing the patriarch of one iconic TV family is never enough. Married... with Children alum Ed O'Neill is now back on our screens as Jay Pritchett, the head of the Pritchett clan, which features his May-December marriage, daughter Claire's typical American family and son Mitchell, who adopted a Vietnamese baby with his partner. Shot mockumentary-style, the breakout hit gave ABC its first Emmy in the comedy series race in 22 years and has us saying "LOL," not "WTF" (Why the face?).


The Jeffersons, The Jeffersons

A spin-off of All in the Family, the sitcom focused on George and Louise Jefferson, who left working-class Queens to "move on up to the East Side" of Manhattan. Dry-cleaning mogul George was essentially a black Archie Bunker who was never afraid to tell it like it is. The series lasted 11 seasons, becoming the longest-running U.S. show of any genre to feature a predominantly African-American cast.




A person afflicted with hexadectylism has six fingers or six toes on one or both hands and feet.





Do not place shoes upon a table, for this will bring bad luck for the day, cause trouble with your mate and you might even lose your job as a result.

It's bad luck to leave shoes upside down.




The screen rights for The Day of the Triffids recently went on sale and sparked a bidding war.  Warner Bros. was among the interested parties, hoping to land it for their resident Harry Potter director David Yates.  But Mandate Pictures triumphed, nabbing the property in a seven-figure deal at the behest of Sam Raimi.

An adolescent Raimi ranked the 1962 film among his favourites, and called upon his partnership with Mandate to acquire Triffids as a directing vehicle.  The post-apocalyptic tale of Triffids originated in a 1951 science fiction novel by John Wyndham.


Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.

But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind.the_day_of_the_triffids_poster-395x600




The first you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis




Bruce Willis doesn’t plan on walking away from the “Die Hard” series just yet. The star of one of the ’80s best action thrillers believes, should he walk from the franchise that gave him a career post-”Moonlighting”, he’d be replaced.

Willis has said in recent weeks that “Die Hard 5″ will likely start filming next year Skip Woods is currently writing the script – but it won’t be a John McClane swansong.

“In the next few years they could easily find a replacement for me or call the character someone else,” Willis tells Showbiz Spy.

“But for me, I want to do Die Hard 5, then one final Die Hard movie — Die Hard 6 — before finally hanging that white vest up for good.

“At the moment, I can run and I can fight on screen. But there will come a time when I no longer want to do that. That’s when I’ll step away from the Die Hard films.”

Friday, October 22, 2010




Hollywood screen siren Kim Novak has been diagnosed with breast cancer, her manager tells The Hollywood Reporter


The 77-year-old was reportedly diagnosed after a routine yearly mammogram and is currently undergoing treatment.

"All her doctors say she is in fantastic physical shape and should recover very well," manager Sue Cameron said.

Novak, who is best known for her starring role in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock movie "Vertigo," has also had notable roles in "Picnic," "Pal Joey" and "Bell, Book and Candle."

Novak retired from acting in 1991, but made a rare appearance in July to tape interviews promoting a DVD box-set of five films she did with Columbia Pictures.

She currently resides with her veterinarian husband, Dr. Robert Mallo, in Oregon.




Ona Munson was a pale, fragile, blonde beauty; on screen, she's forever immortalized as the lusty, extravagantly auburn-tressed Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind (1939). If her role as Atlanta's madam-with-a-heart-of-gold secured Munson a place in film history, it unfortunately didn't guarantee her lasting success or stardom. She had actually begun her career on the stage, scoring her first hit as the ingenue in the original production of No, No, Nanette (1925). Two years later, she introduced the song "You're the Cream in My Coffee" in the show Hold Everything. Hollywood soon beckoned, but Munson's first starring role was in the poorly-received Joe E. Brown vehicle, Going Wild (1930) -- originally filmed as musical, which would have better shown off her talents, but then edited with all the musical numbers deleted.


Munson retired from the screen following a handful of other, inconsequential films, but came back to Hollywood in 1938, second-billed in the Columbia quickie Scandal Sheet, and far further down the cast list in Universal's male-driven B flick, Legion of Lost Flyers. She won the role of Belle Watling following publicity stunts announcing such outlandish choices as Mae West and Tallulah Bankhead for the part; despite Munson's physical dissimilarity to Watling as described by author Margaret Mitchell, her whiskey-voiced sexiness, acting skills, and the film's skillful hair, makeup and costuming made her the perfect Belle.

Ona5From there, it was back to the B's -- often in low-budget westerns like Lady from Louisiana (1941) with a young John Wayne, and Roy Rogers' Idaho (1943). One interesting, if not exactly A-list, departure from type was Drums of the Congo (1942), which cast Munson as Dr. Ann Montgomery, leading a safari which is seeking a meteorite which has landed in Africa. (No, really.) There, they meet, among assorted natives, Dorothy Dandridge as "Princess Malimi"


One potentially prestigious boost to Munson's quickly fading career was to have been Josef von Sternberg's $1 million fever dream adaptation of the play The Shanghai Gesture (1941). If Belle Watling was a departure from the actress' actual appearance -- as they say, you ain't seen nothin' yet. As the evil Chinese madam "Mother" Gin Sling (originally named Mother Goddam in the play), a slant-eyed Munson was preposterously costumed and coiffured with such gleeful abandon to make Gale Sondergaard in The Letter (1940) look like a Back Bay matron.

Ona4Not surprisingly, The Shanghai Gesture has become a camp and cult classic, but at the time, it was a complete misfire. By the end of the 1940's, work had dried up for Munson; her last film was 1947's The Red House, in which she appeared haggard and worn, virtually unrecognizable from only a few years prior.


A stormy personal life including three failed marriages and ill health did little to help Munson's flagging career; she made two documented television appearances in 1952 and 1953, and played for five performances in New York in a revival of First Lady (1952) at City Center. On February 11, 1955, Ona Munson committed suicide, leaving behind a note which read, "This is the only way I know to be free again...Please don't follow me." She was 44 years old.





As previously announced, both Gwyneth Paltrow and Carol Burnett will appear on Fox's hit series GLEE this season, both with episodes airing this November. Paltrow will make her GLEE debut on November 16 in the U.S., in the 'The Substitute'. Carol Burnett will be featured the following week on November 23.

Gwyneth will star as a substitute teacher for Will Schuester's Spanish class and glee club when he gets sick.  Burnett won the other hand will play Sue Sylveser's Nazi-hunting mother.




Lisa Marie Presley is haunted by the death of her ex-husband Michael Jackson - because she believes she could have helped him turn his life around if she had known the King of Pop was so ill.

In her first in-depth interview since Jackson lost his life last summer, Presley, who was married to the pop superstar from 1994 to 1996, tells Oprah Winfrey in a TV special to air on Thursday, October 21 she feels she could have done more for the "Thriller" singer in the final months of his life.

She says, "I know that it's naive to think that I could have (saved him) but I wanted to. Had I made a call, had I stopped being so shut off from him, had I just said, 'How are you?' I really regret that I didn't."




The buzz that you hear when a bee approaches is the sound of its four wings moving at 11,400 strokes per minute. Bees fly an average of 15 miles per hour.



washing day

The average mother spends five months of her life doing laundry, says a study.

It takes her 26 minutes to go through pre and post-wash tasks every time she turns on the machine, an average of six times a week. On top of that she can expect to spend 55 minutes a week doing the ironing.

So before her child hits 18, she will have had 137 days or nearly five months of toil.

A spokesman for laundry and cleaning company www., which carried out the study of 4,400 mothers, said: “All moms will tell you they spend their entire life doing the laundry and they’re right, it is a staggering amount of time.”



John Larroquette

U.S. TV actor John Larroquette will make his Broadway debut as Daniel Radcliffe’s boss in the upcoming revival of musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying".

The "Boston Legal" star, who is a five-time Emmy Award winner, has only ever starred in off-Broadway productions, but will make his first appearance in the iconic New York theatre district as company mogul J.B. Biggley, who gives Radcliffe's window cleaner character his big break. The production's curtain will go up next February at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.




Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands.

Roger Moore



hutchence album

John Mayer, Rob Thomas and Ben Harper have teamed up with Aussie rockers INXS for a tribute album to the band's late front man Michael Hutchence. "Original Sin", which will hit stores and the internet in January 2011, features the tragic star's hits performed by a group of famous fans and his band mates.

Stand-out tracks include Harper's take on "Never Tear Us Apart" and a new version of "Beautiful Girl" by Train star Pat Monahan, who jumped at the chance to perform with one of his favourite groups. He tells USA Today, "When they asked what song I wanted, I pulled out a list of about 30. Some may have forgotten how great a band INXS is, but maybe this will remind them, and introduce younger fans."






The CW is probably inspired by the success of FOX's "Glee" that it has ordered for a development of a musical TV series. The network's target market is clear, teenagers who would enjoy some singing and dancing.

Assigned to be the writers are "Bandslam" writer slash director Todd Graff and the film's producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. The former is not only in charge of writing but also executive producing and possibly directing. The project is being developed under the title "Acting Out" and it is described by Deadline as a mix of "Glee" and "Bad Santa".

Generally, it would explore the relationships of counselors and staff of a "down-on-its-luck summer camp whose new owner is a young curmudgeon in the vein of Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa." Greff is familiar with the situation for he once directed a 2003 film titled "Camp" which is about a burnt-out Broadway songwriter who goes to work at a musical camp for young performers.




A 90-minute touring production based on the 2005 animated movie Madagascar is headed for more than 70 U.S. cities, produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Broadway Across America. Madagascar Live follows DreamWorks’ first foray into live theatre, the 2008 Broadway production of Shrek the Musical.

The family-friendly show, directed by Gip Hoppe (author of the play Jackie: An American Life), will play Radio City Music Hall April 15-24, 2011. Like the movie, which featured the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith, Madagascar Live centers on a quartet of animals who escape from Central Park Zoo and find themselves stranded in the wilds of Madagascar.

According to The New York Times, DreamWorks Theatricals is also planning arena-sized shows based on the hit films How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda.

Thursday, October 21, 2010



The most expensive Barbie doll ever made has been auctioned off for charity in New York on Wednesday night.

Sporting a pink diamond necklace and a diamond ring, she sold for $300,000.

Laura Trevelyan was at the sale in Manhattan.





Celebrations this weekend as London's The Phantom of the Opera celebrates a very special anniversary - as the curtain rises at the Saturday matinee on 23rd October 2010, the audience at Her Majesty's will witness the 10,000th performance of the show!




The winners of 2010 Scream Awards have all been revealed when the show was aired on Spike TV in the U.S. on Tuesday, October 19. Coming out as a big winner was "Inception", which snatched the coveted The Ultimate Scream and Best Sci-Fi Movie titles.

Full List of 2010 Scream Awards Movie Winners:

•    The Ultimate Scream: "Inception"
•    Best Sci-Fi Movie: "Inception"
•    Best Fantasy Movie: "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse"
•    Best Horror Movie: "Zombieland"
•    Best Director: James Cameron - "Avatar"
•    Best Scream-play: Laeta Kalogridis - "Shutter Island"
•    Best Fantasy Actor: Robert Pattinson - "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse"
•    Best Sci-Fi Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio - "Inception"
•    Best Supporting Actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "Inception"
•    Breakout Male Performance: Tom Hardy - "Inception"
•    Best Fantasy Actress: Kristen Stewart - "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse"
•    Best Sci-Fi Actress: Scarlett Johansson - "Iron Man 2"
•    Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway - "Alice in Wonderland"
•    Breakout Female Performance: Chloe Moretz - "Kick-Ass"
•    Top Anticipated Movie: "Green Lantern"
•    Best Cameo: Bill Murray - "Zombieland"
•    Best Villain: Mickey Rourke - "Iron Man 2"
•    Best Superhero: Robert Downey Jr. - "Iron Man 2"
•    Best Ensemble: "Zombieland"
•    Most Memorable Mutilation: "The Human Centipede"
•    Fight Scene of the Year: Anti-gravity hotel fight - "Inception"
•    3D Top Three: "Avatar"
•    Best F/X: "Avatar"
•    Best Comic Book Movie: "Kick-Ass"
•    Best Worst Movie: "Piranha 3-D"
•    Scream Heroine Award: Sigourney Weaver