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Thursday, February 8, 2018

25 Rich Guys With Even Richer Wives

Money Magazine 25 Rich Guys With Even Richer Wives By SERGEI KLEBNIKOV July 11, 2017 Rich guys are a dime a dozen these days—according to Forbes, 87 of the 100 richest Americans are male. But in some instances, they rank a distant second behind their spouses. Using calculations from Celebritynetworth.com, MONEY selected well-known celebrity couples in which the wives out-earn their husbands. The site uses a variety of sources to come up with a celebrity’s total value of assets held, including film or TV salaries, business investments, sponsorships, real estate deals, as well as any liabilities that can be found, before taking out a final estimate for taxes. “Women as an entertainment force or getting involved in business is becoming less rare, and this trend will continue,” says Brian Warner, founder and CEO of Celebritynetworth.com. “As more stories come out, they spawn hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and actresses who are earning way more.” Take a look below at the breakdown of rich guys… who have even richer wives.  

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. Ron Galella—WireImage/Getty Images Year Married: 2009 Gisele Bündchen Net Worth: $360 Million Tom Brady Net Worth: $180 Million Brazilian supermodel and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Gisele Bündchen has walked catwalks and graced magazine covers across the globe over the span of her modeling career. Her non-apparel advertising campaigns include Nivea, Volkswagons do Brazil, and Apple Inc., among others. Also a successful businesswoman, she has launched her own line of designer sandals and also owns the Brazilian hotel Palladium Executive. Her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has netted total cash earnings of almost $200 million, and his current annual salary is approximately $20.5 million. He recently signed a $41 million contract extension with the Patriots last season, which included a $28 million signing bonus. Much of his wealth is thanks to a wide variety of endorsement deals with brands such as Under Armour, Tag Heuer, UGG, and most recently signed this year: Aston Martin.  

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images/Yeezy Season 4 Year Married: 2014 Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $175 Million Kanye West Net Worth: $160 Million After rising to prominence on the reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim has seen her fame skyrocket over the last decade. As one of the most famous celebrities on the planet today and a media mogul, much of her wealth derives from her reality television salary, profits from mobile phone games, and expanding retail empire, not to mention various endorsements and appearance fees. Earning $45.5 million before taxes in the last year alone, Kim’s income was bolstered by her Kimoji app – which she has expanded into a line of Kim-based merchandise, Instagram sponsorships, a lipstick collection with Kylie Cosmetics, and a new kids clothing line launched with husband Kanye West. Her massively popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood cellphone game with Glu Mobile also continues to make big bucks, and has generated nearly $200 million in revenue since June 2014. Kim recently announced the launch of her own makeup line, KKW Beauty. With well over 32 million albums sold and 21 Grammy awards to his name, Kanye West is one of the most influential names in the music industry. His most recent release last year, The Life of Pablo, became his eighth consecutive album to go platinum, and the first ever streaming-only record to do so. West is also a seasoned businessman – prior to joining forces with Adidas, Kanye created a successful line of Nike Air Yeezy sneakers. He has since designed his own fashion collection: Yeezy, which debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and his success as a fashion designer has earned him a new deal with Adidas in 2016, worth substantially more than the original endorsement signed for $10 million.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth

Actress Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, 89th Academy Awards, Oscars Vanity Fair Party, Beverly Hills, California, February 26, 2017. Actress Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, 89th Academy Awards, Oscars Vanity Fair Party, Beverly Hills, California, February 26, 2017. Danny Moloshok—Reuters Year Married: 2011 Reese Witherspoon Net Worth: $120 Million Jim Toth Net Worth: $4 Million Witherspoon has won audiences over with comedies like Election (1999) and Legally Blonde (2001), as well dramas like the Oscar-winning Walk the Line (2005), and more recently, Wild (2014). She has earned millions as the global brand ambassador for cosmetics company Avon. But it’s likely her production company Pacific Standard that has made her the most money — since 2012, it has produced hits such as Gone Girl (2014), Wild, Hot Pursuit (2015), and currently, HBO’s Big Little Lies. Witherspoon is married to Jim Toth, co-head of motion picture talent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles. Toth has built up his wealth by representing some of the leading actors and actresses in Hollywood like Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.

Sofia Vergara and Joe Mangianello

Actors Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Actors Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Year Married: 2015 Sofia Vergara Net Worth: $120 Million Joe Mangianello Net Worth: $16 Million Sofia Vergara has consistently been the highest-paid actress on television in recent years, and in 2016 alone, the Columbian-born actress, model, and spokeswoman brought in $43 million, according to Forbes. Most famous for her role as Gloria on ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family, she originally rose to prominence while co-hosting TV shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Vergara has signed lucrative licensing deals with SharkNinja Coffee, Head & Shoulders, and Rooms To Go, among other brands, and her two perfume lines are among the top-selling celebrity fragrances worldwide. Her husband, Joe Mangianello, is best known for his breakout role on the HBO series True Blood (2010-2014) and his recurring role in the two Magic Mike movies. Beyond making several other notable film and television appearances, he is a published author – his successful fitness book, Evolution, was released in 2013.

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied and actor Natalie Portman attend The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012 Choreographer Benjamin Millepied and actor Natalie Portman attend The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012 Christopher Polk—Getty Images for TNT Year Married: 2016 Natalie Portman Net Worth: $60 Million Benjamin Millepied Net Worth: $900, 000 Israeli-born American actress Natalie Portman has cashed in through a very successful film career in which she has starred in a myriad of popular movies, most notably George Lucas’s Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999, 2002, 2005) and psychological thriller Black Swan (2010), which she won an Academy Award for her performance. Beyond acting, Portman has earned millions through an endorsement contract with Dior perfume line and make-up. Millepied, whom she met on the set of Black Swan, is a French dancer and choreographer who has performed at and choreographed numerous pieces for several well-known ballet and theater companies.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

BetteBack June 21, 1995: Lisa Kudrow And Jennifer Anniston To Co-Host VH1 Honors

Daily News (Los Angeles, CA) June 21, 1995 | Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith download From the inside looking out: “Friends” co-star Lisa Kudrow, who recently wed French advertising executive Michel Stern, has ended up with more hiatus time to enjoy her new marriage than she expected. The actress – part of a series team that has exploded in popularity – had expected to co-star in an independent feature film this summer, but, she says, “It didn’t work out. … I’m being very careful, because, especially now – when the series’ success is new – people are watching us and what we do. Of course, you can’t be too careful or you end up doing nothing.” Lisa is doing a big something Thursday night, when she joins castmate Jennifer Aniston in hosting the “VH1 Honors.” “Jennifer called and said, `Let’s do it,’ and it seemed like something fun and different,” she said of the show that’s set to include the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Vince Gill and Bette Midler. Lisa said she looks forward to showing that “I have a more sarcastic and deadpan sense of humor” than her series character, ditsy Phoebe, does. “Truth be told, Phoebe is the kind of person I would normally make fun of.”
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Monday, September 7, 2015

The Top 20 Jewish Comedians of All-Time (There’s A Poll)

Mister D: There’s only 3 women in the poll out of 20 and they had the audacity to leave Joan Rivers out to dry! Mental Floss The Top 20 Jewish Comedians of All-Time David K. Israel 423246_228059017290559_446817121_n Picking only 20 was hard. Comedy is just something Jews do well. I once asked Jon Lovitz, one of many comedians left off the list, why the comedy circuit was dominated by Jews, a people who only make up 2% of the American population and 0.227% of the world’s population. He said, “To be funny, you have to suffer, suffer, suffer. Jews, blacks, we’ve suffered a lot in the past. That makes us funny, I guess.” N.B. This Top 20 is not in order. It was just too hard to decide who was no. 1, who was no. 4 or 14, etc. But it would be fun if you all wanted to vote on the number 1 of all-time. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve inserted a poll, so you can be the judges, and even nominate your own comedian. 1. JON STEWART Born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, America’s foremost political satirist is also a crossword puzzle enthusiast. He even proposed to his future wife, a shicksa (that’s Yiddish for a female non-Jew), through a personalized puzzle created with the help of the crossword editor at The New York Times. Who said being the host of a cable talk show doesn’t have its perks? Jon Stewart on how his wife’s Catholicism balances with his Judaism: “We’re raising the children to be sad.” 2. GROUCHO MARX Born Julius Henry Marx, the most famous Marx brother will always be known for his thick greasepaint mustache, which has been parodied in countless movies and TV shows. According to lore, the mustache originated during a vaudeville performance when the young performer did not have the time to paste on a fake one. He grew a real mustache prior to hosing You Bet Your Life, which he kept for the rest of his life. Groucho’s retort when his daughter was restricted access into a country club pool (Jews were not allowed in most country clubs at the time): “But my daughter’s only half-Jewish. Can she go in up to her waist?” 3. BILLY CRYSTAL A lifelong Yankees fan, Billy Crystal signed a one-day minor league contract with the club in March of 2008 and played in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Crystal struck out in his only at bat, but managed to foul off a couple of fastballs. You think his teammates gave him tsuris (Yiddish for trouble) for wearing a Mets cap in City Slickers? Billy Crystal on being Jewish: “I’m comfortable being old… being black… being Jewish.” 4. ADAM SANDLER The story of You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, about a former Israeli assassin who fakes his own death to pursue a career as a hairdresser, is one Adam Sandler knows well. The character was loosely based on a hairstylist and former Israeli soldier the actor once knew. (Want to hear Sandler sing in Hebrew? Check out our post here and listen to his version of “Hine Ma Tov.”) You no sé?: Although Adam Sandler is a vocal supporter of Israel, and although You Don’t Mess with the Zohan is supposed to be set in Israel, the production barely set foot in the Holy Land. Only one exterior shot was filmed in Tel Aviv. When Sandler was in the shot, it was filmed in Mexico. 5. JACKIE MASON This famously outspoken comedian, born Yacov Moshe Maza, never shied away from controversy. His most famous outburst occurred in 1964 when he was banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after allegedly giving the host the finger during a live broadcast. At the time, Sullivan’s weekly variety show was the most popular program on television and it took nearly a decade for Mason’s career to recover. Jackie Mason on being Jewish: “I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami.” 6. SARAH SILVERMAN Some call her the female Lenny Bruce. But to those who know her best, she’s just Sarah. Silverman was fired via fax after her first year as a writer/performer on Saturday Night Live and eventually moved on to stand-up. Her on-stage persona of a naïve yet bigoted Jewish girl gives her permission to go against the grain with jokes like: “Of course the best time to get pregnant is when you’re a black teenager.” Sarah Silverman on her religion: “I have no religion. But culturally I can’t escape it; I’m very Jewish.” 7. JERRY SEINFELD The creator of the most popular sitcom on America television is also an avid automobile enthusiast. He owns one of the most extensive Porsche collections in the world and even rented a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport to store some of the vehicles in collection. Money may not buy you happiness, but it could certainly help with rising gas prices. Jerry Seinfeld on what he would call himself if he changed his Jewish sounding name: “Well, I would keep my last name, so as not to offend my parents and I would have to go with Jesus.” 8. LARRY DAVID To Seinfeld aficionados he’s the voice of George Steinbrenner, but to fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he’s just Larry—neurotic, misanthropic and incredibly self-centered. The show’s popularity has even spawned the term “Larry David moment,” meaning one who inadvertently causes a socially awkward situation. Larry David on being a self-loathing Jew: “Hey, I may loathe myself, but it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m Jewish.” 9. SACHA BARON COHEN A graduate of Cambridge University, Sacha Baron Cohen wrote his thesis on Jewish involvement in the American Civil Rights movement and often juxtaposes his own Jewish lineage with his Borat character, an anti-Semitic reporter from Kazakhstan. For instance, throughout the Borat movie the character is not speaking Kazakh, as one might think, but Hebrew, which Cohen speaks fluently. If I were a rich man: He acted in a stage version of Fiddler on the Roof while attending Cambridge. 10. MEL BROOKS Like Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky, started out as a comedy writer for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows. He eventually moved on to film where he wrote, directed and starred in some of the most revered comedies of the last half-century, including 1981’s History of the World Part I, which spawned the unlikely dance hit, “It’s Good to Be King.” 3 Reichs and you’re out: His directorial debut, 1968’s The Producers, is about the staging of a play called “Springtime for Hitler”. 11. LENNY BRUCE The most obscene comic of his day covered a variety of themes, but mostly anything deemed inappropriate. Born Leonard Alfred Schneider, Lenny Bruce was never far from controversy and was arrested on obscenity charges several times throughout his career. By the time of his death of a drug overdose in 1966, nearly every nightclub in the country had blacklisted Bruce. He’s lately received somewhat of a resurgence and in 2003 was granted the first posthumous pardon in New York history. Lenny Bruce on being Jewish and living in New York: “If you live in New York, you’re Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you’re going to be goyish even if you’re Jewish.” 12. GEORGE BURNS At the spry young age of 79, George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum, enjoyed a career resurrection few performers ever experience. He won an Oscar in 1975 for Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, and followed that with Oh God! in 1977. Although Burns had not acted in a film since 1939, Neil Simon was adamant about having a Jewish comedian in the role. Clearly the gamble paid off. Shame, shame, shame: His 1926 marriage to Gracie Allen, who was Irish Catholic, was considered daring for those times and had to be done in secrecy. 13. GILDA RADNER The Detroit native became famous as one of the original “Not Ready for Prime Time Player,” on the first season of Saturday Night Live. Throughout her five-year run on the show, Radner created such memorable characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Baba Wawa, and Rhonda Weiss, the “Jewish American Princess.” Although few details were made public at the time, Radner had a brief fling with fellow SNL cast mate Bill Murray. Details of the failed relationship are recounted in her autobiography, It’s Always Something. Gilda Radner as Rhonda Weiss: “You don’t have to be Jewish to wear Jewess Jeans”¦ But it wouldn’t hurt.”

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Movie “Life Of Crime” Too Close To “Ruthless People”

Daily Post MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life of Crime’ would have worked better in the 80’s By Michael Clark As of Wednesday, August 27, 2014 kidnappedbykmart LIFE OF CRIME (R) #2.5 out of 4 stars #Saddled with a forgettable, generic title, “Life of Crime” is a film that might have worked better had it come out when originally intended (1986) and contained anywhere near the level of stinging and caustic wit of its source material. #Back in ’86, Diane Keaton was slated to play lead character Mickey in an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel “The Switch.” The plot was pretty simple: the unhappily married wife of a wealthy developer is kidnapped and held for ransom, but because the husband is also unhappy, he refuses to pay. It was so close in tone and structure to “Ruthless People” that it was permanently shelved and probably should have remained there. #In yet another attempt to jump-start her waning big-screen career, Jennifer Aniston stars as Mickey opposite Tim Robbins who plays her blowhard, cheating husband Frank. Staying faithful to Leonard’s early ’70s setting, adapter/director Daniel Schechter nails the gaudy dress and loud décor of the era but that’s about it. It wants to be “The Ice Storm” or “Fargo” but feels more like an extended, mostly unfunny episode of “That ’70s Show.” #After a too-long preamble, Mickey is kidnapped by recently released felons and former prison bunkmates Louis (John Hawkes) and Ordell (Mos Def). While not nearly as violent as the one that went down in “Fargo,” the nabbing is as equally fumbling and chaotic. Not exactly inept and far from vicious, Louis and Ordell are just lazy, unimaginative and disorganized. On the way out they must think fast after receiving a surprise visit from Marshall (Will Forte), a friend of the family who has his eyes on Mickey. #Shortly thereafter Mickey is plopped down in the home of third accomplice Richard (Mark Boone Junior), a neo-Nazi whose home is adorned with Third Reich memorabilia. Looking like Grizzly Adams on acid, Richard is also a Peeping Tom but gets more than he bargained for after Mickey discovers his hiding place. #What Mickey and her captors don’t know is that before Frank headed off to an Island resort with his mistress Melanie (Isla Fisher), he filed divorce papers so the trio of would-be extortionists is actually doing him a favor. The more they plead for the $1 million ransom, the more Frank — speaking through Melanie — ignores them. As with Bette Midler’s character in “Ruthless,” Mickey is more than a bit bummed and saddened that her husband — despite their differences and worth far more than what is being asked for her hide — doesn’t think she’s worth it and in turn something resembling Stockholm Syndrome kicks in. #Robbins is no Danny DeVito, Aniston is certainly no Midler and while otherwise good at what they do, Hawkes and Def seem indifferent to parts and their character’s plights. What they need is a little of the spastic paranoia of Judge Reinhold from “Ruthless” or maybe even a touch of the sadistic calculation of the “Fargo” guys; they’re just not very interesting or dangerous criminals. #The only things the movie has going in its favor are a short running time (94 minutes) and a beyond-surprising plot twist taking place in the final scene. In mere seconds the film goes from “skip it” status to “wait for the video,” which will likely be sometime before the first fall frost.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dirt Dishers Dish Dirt (Bette Midler Mention)

Mister D: There’s a small Bette mention in this article, but I just found this all very interesting. Thought maybe some of you would too! New York Times Oh, How They Like to Dish A Conversation With Liz Smith, Gossip Columnist and Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of People Magazine By PHILIP GALANESAPRIL 25, 2014 Vanity Fair Shoot i If you’ve ever found yourself intrigued by the meltdowns of Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, puzzled by Jennifer Aniston’s seemingly endless difficulty in finding romantic bliss, fascinated by the endless woes of the even more endless “Real Housewives,” or hungry for any scrap of news about Brangelina, Kimye or TomKat, chances are you are deeply familiar with the work of Liz Smith and Jess Cagle, who have 90 years of gossip columns and entertainment news between them. Ms. Smith, the oft-dubbed “Doyenne of Dish,” began ghostwriting the Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column for Hearst newspapers in the 1950s, and in 1976 began writing a string of self-titled gossip columns for The New York Daily News, Newsday and The New York Post, many of which were syndicated. Mr. Cagle is the editorial director of People magazine and Entertainment Weekly, and has worked in entertainment news for Time Inc. magazines for 27 years. He also is a host of ABC’s Academy Awards red-carpet show. The two met recently for lunch at a coveted corner banquette in the Grill Room of the Four Seasons restaurant. Ms. Smith arrived first, heads turning at her signature blonde bob. (“I don’t get older, I just get blonder.”) Mr. Cagle walked in moments later, natty in a trim gray suit. Over lamb chops and French fries (for Ms. Smith) and filet mignon (for Mr. Cagle), they spoke about the enduring appeal of stars, the evolution of entertainment news and some of their best (and worst) dish. ‘Mia is so manipulative. My God! She called me months ago and said: “Liz, will you print that Ronan Farrow is actually Frank Sinatra’s son?” I said: “No, what proof do you have?” Philip Galanes: So, what pushes two Southern Baptists from Texas straight to the top of the gossip game? Liz Smith: Dying to get out of Texas mostly. When I was 6 or 7, my babysitter started taking me to the movies — only ones that were beyond my years, mind you. Garbo and John Gielgud. I never wanted to do anything else. Jess Cagle: Same here. I was this kid in Texas, kind of a sissy, without many friends. I’m making it sound sadder than it was. But movies and TV were such an escape. And once I started writing about entertainment, I became fascinated by the business, and what stars represent to us. PG: Why do we care so much about them? Who cares if Jennifer Aniston ever marries Justin Theroux? I’m embarrassed to admit that I sort of do, even though I have no idea why. LS: Remember “Camelot”? The song: “I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight?” We make stars into something exquisite, and we want to know what they’re doing and thinking because our lives are desperately boring. JC: Particularly mine. I live vicariously through Jennifer Aniston every day. It’s just human nature. It goes back to the Greeks who gossiped about the gods on Mount Olympus. PG: And it carries down to items like: “Bette Midler spotted at ‘Kinky Boots’ last night”? JC: Sure. We may not know her, but these people entertain us. We have a soft spot for them. Hearing about them is like catching up with a friend. LS: Bette’s a good example. I had lunch with her a few years ago, and she was very depressed that people didn’t know who she was anymore. She said: “I was discovered when people were just trying to get me to take my clothes off.” And now look at her. She’s bigger than ever. PG: See what I mean? Stories with celebrities in them are simply more fun. I hear you have a great one about Jackie O. and Philip Roth. LS: Oh, I love this one. Jackie is having a walkabout with Philip Roth, and he is notoriously not nice to women. So everybody is whispering that she’s seeing him, and one day, she was looking out her window onto Central Park, and he came up to her and put his arm around her and kissed gently on the cheek. And she says: “Now what did you have to go and do that for?” And she never saw him again. Bill Styron told me that story, or I wouldn’t believe it. He said Philip didn’t know what happened to him. PG: It’s like a cautionary tale: Don’t kiss Jackie O. JC: We identify with stars. We project our own lives and feelings onto them, and what makes a great star is having this tremendous ability to be projected onto. PG: It’s a tightrope, no? You have to be nice enough for stars to talk with you, but not so nice that Gawker crucifies you as a bootlicker. Not to mention the explosion of celebrity websites and blogs and TMZ. LS: I don’t pay attention to any of them. I never know whether the stories are true. JC: They’re not all the same. TMZ actually tries to get it right. But a whole lot of others don’t. And there’s very little fact-checking. PG: But isn’t that the $64,000 question? Would people rather read a lurid story about Kim Kardashian that may not be true or a tame one that’s 100 percent accurate? LS: I wouldn’t pay any attention to anything with the Kardashians. I mean, they’re pretty, but they’re idiots. JC: Some people would rather read the lurid story, and there are publications that exist for them. But there’s also an audience for celebrity journalism that’s careful to give you the truth, and isn’t just going to feed you gossip. PG: Did you ever pay for stories? LS: I could have. But that would have been against my principles. The only thing I ever negotiated for money was covering Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding to Larry Fortensky at Neverland Ranch. They said: No press. And I said: I’ll give all the money to AIDS charities. So they let me come, and boy, that was an experience. PG: How about all those baby pictures? Don’t you pay for those? JC: Like everyone, we pay for photos. And if they’re exclusive, we’ll buy them. But we never pay for interviews. I remember one point when People bought some exclusive baby pictures from Angelina, and all the money went to charity. She’s smart about raising money for causes that way. LS: Did you know that when Brad and Angelina went to Davos, the big financial summit, the Davos people asked them not to come back? They said: “Your presence is too distracting.” PG: The growth of reality TV has created another weird phenomenon. When I look at celebrity magazines these days, even People, I don’t recognize half the people in them. Photo ‘There have been a couple of stories over the years that I disagreed with, but your bosses want to do them. So, you work to make them as fair as possible.’ JESS CAGLE Credit Robert Caplin for The New York Times LS: That’s probably true for all of us. JC: There are too many celebrities now. PG: Do you think your audience really wants to know about all those Biggest Losers and Bachelors, even after their season in the sun is over? JC: I do. Reality stars do very well on People.com. And our audience has grown because we have the magazine and a website that’s getting millions of page views a month. Magazines aren’t going away. But digital is now a huge, huge part of our business. LS: And your cover with the “Biggest Loser” scandal got a great headline. JC: Yeah: “Too Thin Too Fast.” What woman is not going to read that? PG: Speaking of losers, I read an article by an evolutionary biologist that said gossip is great for preventing bad behavior. By watching Justin Bieber’s wheels fall off, do the rest of us really learn to stay in line? LS: I think that’s right. JC: But is that gossip? I don’t know how you’re defining gossip. PG: Let’s use Liz’s definition. “Gossip is…” LS: Gossip is news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress. JC: I have no interest in repeating gossip. I want to know what’s really happening. LS: Yeah, but gossip captures people’s attention. It gives them detail and color. PG: The red satin dress. LS: Maybe the red satin dress means something, and maybe it doesn’t. JC: That’s the thrill of it. We get to talk to people and get the truth from them. LS: Or their truth. JC: I always want to hear what someone has to say for themselves. But I’m more excited by: Here’s the rumor. What did he say, and what did she say? That’s why I’ve been so fascinated by the Woody and Mia story. By hearing the two sides and trying to figure out where the truth is. LS: Well, Mia is so manipulative. My God! She called me months ago and said: “Liz, will you print that Ronan Farrow is actually Frank Sinatra’s son?” I said: “No, what proof do you have?” Woody could sue me, and I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. And she said: “Well, I think he is. He looks like him.” If I were Woody, I would have had a DNA test right then to prove yes or no. PG: So, when does gossip become news? JC: Once you go to the source and ask: What’s the truth here? Then it’s news. A monkey can repeat gossip. PG: But that’s what I love about the Woody/Mia story. No matter whose side of the story I’m reading, in that moment, I believe them … JC: The truth is there was a lot of dysfunction in that household. Woody’s disadvantage is that he married Mia’s [adopted] daughter, so people are reluctant to defend him. And it’s easier to believe anything you hear about him. LS: And a lot of people don’t give a damn whether he did or not. They just want him to put them in a movie. ‘There was a story that Mrs. Nixon was drinking a lot. I asked insiders, and they confirmed it, so I printed it. But I’ve always been sorry about that.’ LIZ SMITH ‘When you’re starting out, you get to hang out with famous people, and it’s very seductive. But you realize, these people are not your friends.’ JESS CAGLE Credit Robert Caplin for The New York Times JC: And others just want him punished. PG: Speaking of punishment, have you ever broken a story that you wish you hadn’t? LS: When Woodward and Bernstein wrote their second book about Nixon leaving the White House, there was a story that Mrs. Nixon was drinking a lot. I asked insiders, and they confirmed it, so I printed it. But I’ve always been sorry about that. JC: Did you ever hear from her? LS: No, but once I got drunk with Mrs. Reagan, and I wrote her a letter and apologized. PG: Was she drunk, too? LS: No! PG: Details, please. LS: We were out with some people, and I said to her: “Why don’t you make something of your life, like Hillary Clinton?” And she said: “I thought I was. I’m taking care of the President.” Of course, that was rude and stupid of me. So I apologized, and she wrote back: “Liz, you’re the only person who’s ever admitted she was drunk. I love you, even though I know you never voted for Ronald.” JC: There have been a couple of stories over the years that I disagreed with, but your bosses want to do them. So, you work to make them as fair as possible. PG: Speaking of bosses, when you were at The Post, you broke the story on Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from Anna Murdoch. Did you get his permission for that? LS: I’m sitting there minding my own business, and the phone rings: “Mr. Murdoch wants to speak to you.” I’d always been friendly with him, and I was glad I had a job — even though Col Allan [the New York Post editor at the time] hated me. And Rupert said: “Liz, I want to give you a story. Anna and I are divorcing, and we want you to write it.” Well, I was his slave, but it was also a great story. PG: And it came to you like a box of chocolates. LS: So, I asked, “Do you want me to call you back after I write it?” And he said, “No, just do it the way you normally would.” But The Post didn’t want to print it, and 500 executives called me to say, “How dare you?” And I said: “How dare I? Mr. Murdoch called me, so why don’t you ask him about it?” PG: Did your bosses try to talk you out of that gutsy editor’s letter you wrote about Phil Robertson and that whole “Duck Dynasty” brouhaha, Jess? They must be trying to sell magazines to “Duck” lovers, too. JC: No. The Entertainment Weekly audience is so in step with me on that issue. I thought I’d get a lot of hate mail because I criticized Phil Robertson for being so antigay. But I got an overwhelmingly positive response from readers and advertisers. And I never heard boo from the “Duck Dynasty” people. PG: How about friendships with people you cover? I remember a cover of The Daily News, where Liz was arm in arm with Ivana Trump at the height of her divorce from The Donald, storming out of La Grenouille like you’re storming the Bastille. Did you take heat for that? Or just sell a lot of papers? LS: Oh, we sold a lot of papers. But that just happened. I wasn’t trying to make it happen. The Daily News photographer was there in a crowd of photographers, and he leapt out and got it. I was concerned about Ivana. Barbara Walters was on one side of her, and I was on the other. PG: I don’t remember Barbara Walters. LS: They cropped her out of the picture. JC: The Daily News cropped her out and just had the two of you? LS: And there I was looking like… Oh, well, I took her side because I thought he was a jerk. JC: But you were right. LS: But I shouldn’t have done that. It looked so self-aggrandizing — like I was trying to make myself better known. I still remember Trump saying he would buy The Daily News just so he could fire me. PG: How about you, Jess? Are celebrity friendships dangerous? JC: When you’re young and starting out, all of a sudden you get to hang out with famous people, and it’s very seductive. But pretty quickly you realize, these people are not your friends. We’re professional acquaintances. We can help each other, and we may be fond of each other, but it’s better if you keep a distance. Table For Three: A Conversation With Liz Smith, Gossip Columnist and Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of People Magazine Bette Midler’s “I’ll Eat You Last” Breaks Records, Attracts Crowds Bette Midler Part Of Smart Talk Series In Des Moines, Iowa Monday April 28

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tracey Cunningham: Colorist To The Stars

Vogue The Insider: Who is Hollywood’s Most Sought After Colorist? by Rachel Marlowe Sept 26, 2012 Tracey Cunningham, colorist to the stars, is nervous. She has just come from a full day styling Kate Beckinsale’s hair for a press junket, and she is wearing a bohemian Indian smock dress with a rather large hole in it, albeit with a pair of Isabel Marant ankle boots. “I didn’t have time to go home and change, so we decided to say this dress once belonged to Janis Joplin,” she jokes. Not that this would be especially far-­fetched. After all, this is the woman whom Bette Midler put through beauty school, whom L’Wren Scott dressed for her first day on the floor at the Art Luna Salon in Santa Monica, and who has the likes of Jennifer Lopez e-­mailing me to declare Tracey her “go-­to,” while Charlize Theron confides that she trusts her “completely.” Since landing in Los Angeles 20-­odd years ago, the Seattle native has managed to rack up a client list that includes Hollywood heavyweights Gwyneth Paltrow (yes, she’s responsible for that blonde), Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone (whom she turned into a redhead), brunettes Jessica Biel and Emily Blunt, plus a new generation of models (Lily Aldridge’s ombré has sparked a Jennifer Aniston circa Friends–­scale obsession). Therefore, the news that Cunningham was leaving the Byron & Tracey salon she helped found to open a 3,000-­square-­foot space in Beverly Hills this fall with Neil Weisberg (of the similarly buzzy Neil George Salon) has been causing angst akin to the news that one’s best friends are getting a divorce: Who will get the Olsen twins? Where will Reese Witherspoon be going now? At Mèche—­French for “highlight”—­the pair is aiming to create something very different from their previous ventures. “I want the place to be eclectic, to have a neighborhood feel and be a hothouse for up-­and-­coming talent,” says Cunningham. And while they plan to have the obligatory in-­house makeup artist for red-­carpet prep, brow-­shaping guru, and manicurist, expect to see Cunningham’s bohemian footprint, too. “I am going to bring in a great foot masseuse,” she says, “maybe a baby grand for some mood music—
and I’m pushing for a salon cat.” Mèche Salon. Color with Cunningham, from $175; 8822 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. 
Opening late fall.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Jennifer Aniston To Make Her Own “Beaches” To Resuscitate Her Career

MSN Entertainment Jennifer Aniston Set to Star in Friendship Drama ‘Miss You Already’ Described as a tearjerker in the vein of ‘Beaches’ Posted by Kate Erbland Sunday, February 12, 2012 Jennifer Aniston has just signed on to star in a film that Deadline is already deeming her take on the classic friendship drama “Beaches” (remember that one? the Bette Midler– and Barbara Hershey-starring sobfest?). The film is called “Miss You Already” and it centers on “a pair of lifelong best friends whose relationship gets torn to bits when one becomes pregnant and the other sick.” It’s not known yet which friend Aniston will play (the new mom or the sick one), and casting is still underway for the other role. The film is set in London, and producer Samantha Horley has said that the other character will be British, though “it’s not yet sure if the actress will be.” Horley also said that “the idea is that it’s Beaches set in a glossy London, it’s a real old-fashioned tearjerker.” Get your tissues ready now. Paul Andrew Williams (a British director known for horror films like “The Cottage” and “Cherry Tree Lane,” who is now directing “Song for Marion,” another drama that finds its conflicts in illness) is directing. He co-wrote the script with Morwenna Banks (an actress who has written for TV in the past). The film is set to start filming this summer in London. Aniston is desperately in need of such a role to define her as as a true actress and not just a marquee name and tabloid fodder. Moreover, her last few roles show an apparent indecision when it comes to the type of work she wants to do. Does she want to be raunchy like in “Horrible Bosses”? Or does she want to make certifiably terrible Adam Sandler comedies like “Just Go With It”? Or perhaps she’s into more dark comedies, like “The Switch” or “Friends With Money“? Or stuff nobody sees like “Management” or “Love Happens”? Aniston has never blown me away as an actress, but her earlier work, in stuff like “She’s the One” and “The Good Girl” showed, at the very least, a likeable vulnerability. And despite attempts to make her a rom-com queen, she has never met the promise of films like “Picture Perfect” or “The Object of My Affection.”
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Ladies Love Don Rickles – Bette Goes Out On The Town With Nicole Kidman and Demi Moore

NEW YORK POST Kisses for Rickles January 24, 2012 Comedy icon Don Rickles was in top form at the Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Friday, dishing out jokes and flirting with some of Hollywood’s most alluring stars. He went over to Jennifer Aniston, then worked his way to Nicole Kidman’s table, where she was seated with Bette Midler, Donna Karan and Demi Moore. A spy said, “Rickles was really charming all the ladies . . . At the end of each conversation at each table he would get a little kiss.” Sean Penn and Al Pacino were also there, watching with admiration.
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Celebrities And Greed

The Wrap Greedy Celebs Could Impact the Entire Entertainment Business Published: May 28, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In that rather grim concept comedy of 1986 “Ruthless People.” Bette Midler is abducted and held to ransom to the delight of her husband, Danny DeVito, who, hardly believing his luck, refuses to pay as the abductors discount Midler until she has the only funny line: “I’ve been kidnapped by K-Mart!” What a prophetic line that turned out to be. As most forms of popular entertainment flop or underperform, the celebrity has had to find alternative sources of income. What is so extraordinary is the number of celebrities pushing products, often several simultaneously, like Scarlett Johansson who sells everything but cinema tickets. Advertisements like these were once confined to the Japanese market and contractually quarantined from our prying eyes. It can’t be a coincidence that Julia Roberts has opted for the easy money of Lancôme just as her films tank. Kate Winslet has joined her, a very fine actress but who has not had a hit since “Titanic.” Lancôme always had a fairly prominent advertising but not Hollywood on this scale. But isn’t there a glaring contradiction in actresses complaining about the lack of good roles or the abundance of stereotypical scripts, then peddling face cream? Isn’t that a step backwards? There’s also the hilarious case of Charlize Theron, who managed to get herself sued [1] for confusing her endorsements. But the grand prize for hypocrisy must go to George Clooney, who has got himself an awful lot of column inches through his “commitment” to development and human right issues while promoting Nespresso from Nestle — a company that has been the target of one of the longest and most impassioned boycotts [2] for decades. More recently Jennifer Aniston plugged SmartWater, which I had noticed she often carried when being photographed. Ah, silly me — she’s an investor! Incidentally Aniston is selling her house; I know this because she is participating in another celebrity ploy that has gone viral — the manufactured property scoop. Where once a financial transaction like a house sale was completed as discreetly as possible, now an increasing number of celebrity sellers are happy to play along with the celebrity chroniclers to flush out a starstruck buyer. The money, apparently, is greater than any risk of stalkers, crazy fans, burglars or even basic issues of privacy (the houses may be empty, but the principle remains). If you want to us tell us what you’re selling and for how much, don’t whine when we want to know what you bought, where, and for how much. And if you can keep a guestbook for overnight guests it would save us have to trawl websites for details of liaisons at said properties. We, the public, don’t come with a remote control. Of course sometimes unemployed celebrities use their time to maintain their profile by selling their moral superiority. I recall seeing Demi Moore nailing her colors to the pink ribbon breast cancer charity some time before appearing on the cover [3] of Cigar Aficionado! Breast cancer bad, lung cancer good on Planet Demi. And Ewan McGregor took part in a charity motorbike ride lavishly featured on the BBC [4] — then appeared in fragrance ads that mimicked the charity venture [5] without any mention of a charitable contribution. All, or most, celebrities are now available for rent. On a trip last year to Istanbul, I was surprised to discover that Kevin Costner was turning tricks for Turkish Airlines [6]. Costner’s explanation is a classic: “This was a very important step in my life. That is why I have accepted this commercial proposal and I think my other friends have had the same idea.” An important step? A thrilling chapter for the memoirs, Kevin. Of course, when our dear darling celebrities aren’t flogging things to the public, they are taking their buttocks to hotels to perform guest appearances in private for tycoons and the like, a highly profitable little sideline until events shine a light under that murky bushel. Who would have thought Colonel Gaddafi’s blood-stained ATM in the desert would have so many celebrity devotees? Gaddaffi Jr. was so stressed by a Christmas spent battering his wife in a London hotel suite [7]he had to usher in the New Year in St. Barts with Beyoncé to soothe his jangled nerves. Miss Knowles has since told us, albeit with a bit of coaxing, she gave her alleged $2 million fee to the Clinton Foundation, though there’s nothing on their website. Wouldn’t it have a boosted the Haitian fundraising efforts if Beyoncé’s grand gesture was publicized at the time? And wait a minute — why is she annoyed about the promoter’s links to the Gaddafi’s when it was the Gaddafis she singing for? I suppose the reticence from shy, retiring Beyoncé says it all. Let’s not overlook Susan Sarandon, that internationally esteemed overseer of state morals, whose daughter Eva Amurri has been enjoying the largesse of the film production wing of Gaddafi, Inc. [8] (We can save the nepotism for another day.) There is a danger that with greedy stars and product placement, popular entertainment will go the way of professional sports, where the vast endorsement and commercial deals are vital to the preposterous economics, despite the generally high ticket prices. As Tiger Woods has discovered, no matter how acclaimed your talent, or vocation, when it is subservient to the commercial imperative, the consequences and recriminations are grave when the public feels diddled by the persona a celebrity sells. The moral problem I’ve always had with celebrity advertising is that it employs the celebrity persona to persuade us to do what the celebrity wishes us to do, namely buy the product they happen to be flogging. It is a form of manipulation that abdicates all responsibility for a fee. Of course, should any of us take a gun and re-create a violent scene in a celebrity’s movie, the celebrity is in no way to blame. That was art, fiction, even though the celebrity may have employed the same persona used to peddle a product. It is almost certain that the law courts would not find a celebrity culpable but acquittal in the court of public opinion may be less forthcoming. Yes, we live an era of the “democratization” of celebrity is irreversible, but it also leads to over-familiarity, which I think will be discomforting, and possibly dangerous, as celebrity reality replaces celebrity endeavor.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Where Does Bette Keep Her Emmy’s?

Signature of Johnny Carson.Image via Wikipedia Where’s Emmy? Past winners reveal hardware’s home By Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer | August 25, 2010 LOS ANGELES –Jon Stewart once joked that he would use his Emmy statuette to prop up the sinking foundation of his house. Most Emmy winners, though, tend to keep their trophies in a special place indoors. As nominees gear up for Sunday’s 62nd annual ceremony, a look at where past winners keep their coveted hardware: — Four-time winner Helen Mirren (“Prime Suspect” in 1995 and 2006; “The Passion of Ayn Rand” in 1999 and “Elizabeth I” in 2005): “I’ve got one in England and I’ve got one here (in the United States), and I guess … I don’t know where it is. “The one that I have here is, actually, in my office in New York. But the one in England — I think it’s in my living room. I can’t remember.” — Jennifer Aniston, who won in 2002 for “Friends”: She had kept that Emmy and another award on a shelf in her office. “I thought, ‘How do I make good use of them?’ So, they’re bookends.” — Bette Midler, whose Emmys include a 1992 trophy for outstanding individual performance on the penultimate airing of “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson: “My three Emmys are in the city, in New York, in my home. I don’t display them. I just have them in a cupboard somewhere. I’m very proud of them. But the thing that I’m most proud of is my Johnny Carson. I have a photograph of me and Johnny Carson, the last night. And that’s the only thing I display.” — Wayne Brady, who won an Emmy in 2003 for “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”: “I keep it downstairs in my library. And I keep it there because I visit my books all the time, because I’m an avid reader. … I know that some people will give you the modest, ‘I use it as a doorstop.’ No, I earned that!” — Holland Taylor, who won in 1999 as outstanding supporting actress on “The Practice”: “Well, at one time, I, with great arrogance, actually did use it as a doorstop. And somebody said, ‘Holland, that’s disgusting.’ And I suddenly saw that it was. … So, it now is on a little shelf with family pictures in my bedroom.” — Shohreh Aghdashloo, who won for supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for “House of Saddam” in 2008: “My Emmy keeps moving. At first it was in my studio, where I work. Then people told me, ‘You should bring it to the living room, where people can come and see it and touch it and hug it. Don’t be so selfish.’ So I took it there. Then a friend of mine came and said, ‘No. No. No. Keep it in your bedroom, so when you wake up, you’ll see it and realize how much you have achieved. So, the Emmy keeps moving all the time, and I let people touch it, hug it and feel it.” — Matthew Weiner, who has won four Emmys as executive producer and writer of “Mad Men” (in 2008 and 2009) and two for “The Sopranos”: “I keep them on top of the piano in the living room, and then, if we have a party, I hide them.” Why? “I don’t know. It’s kind of ostentatious at a certain point.” But he adds, “I don’t hide them out of shame.” — Janie Bryant, who won an outstanding costume design Emmy in 2009 for “Mad Men”: “Well, it’s very high on a shelf in my living room. And it has a few cobwebs, I’m sure. I guess I need to dust it off once in a while.”
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