Archive for October 17th, 2008

Celebs Support ‘NO on Prop 8’…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

California gay marriage fundraiser reaches for stars


Thu Oct 16, 2008
By Alex Dobuzinskis


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Battling to save the right to same-sex marriage in what is expected to be a close state vote next month, California gay rights backers are turning to Hollywood celebrities for help at a major fundraiser.


Actress and singer Barbra Streisand is expected at the event on Tuesday and singers Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige will perform, organizers said on Thursday.


Supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle will host the event at his Beverly Hills home (Green Acres), with a private $25,000-a-plate dinner. Among other entertainment figures planning to attend are actor/director Rob Reiner.


In recent weeks, director Steven Spielberg and actor Brad Pitt each donated $100,000 in support of the campaign to preserve the right to gay marriage.


The fundraiser comes as backers of same-sex marriage fight to stem a tide of support for Proposition 8, a November 4 ballot measure that seeks to define marriage under the California Constitution as only between a man and a woman.


A poll released last week by Survey USA showed 47 percent of Californians supported the measure, while 42 percent opposed it.


“We’re feeling very good about the surge in the campaign,” said Sonja Eddings Brown, a spokeswoman for Protect Marriage, the group advocating for a “Yes” vote on Proposition 8.


The “Yes” campaign has raised $25.4 million, compared with $15.8 million for those who wish to maintain the right to gay marriage.


In recent weeks, advocates of same-sex marriage have chided the Hollywood community for failing to contribute cash to the campaign to defeat Proposition 8.


But Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, said the fundraiser would show Hollywood’s support for same-sex marriage rights.


“Having support from Hollywood leaders who are visible, who reach a wide audience, is critical to our success,” Kors said.


“It’s always really scary when you’re being outspent 2 to 1 in an election, and when your rights are at stake and someone’s trying to take your rights away,” he added.


In recent days, opponents of same-sex marriage have stepped up their television advertising and warned voters that if Proposition 8 is defeated, children will be taught about gay marriage in elementary schools.


Gay-marriage supporters call that argument misleading.


In California, an estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married since the state’s highest court in May overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.


Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi wed in August in one the most high-profile same-sex unions. Etheridge has said she plans to marry girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels before November 4.


DeGeneres released an online video message this week urging California voters to strike down Proposition 8.


Gay and lesbian marriage was legalized last week in Connecticut, bringing to three the number of U.S. states that allow it. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant and Peter Cooney)



Hollywood at Home…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

 Architectural Digest





Everyone knows the best distraction for the real problems of the world is celebrity culture, and rather than go check to see how the stock market is doing, let’s thumb through Architectural Digest, which has just published its Hollywood At Home issue. A shot of the still-on the market Cecil DeMille estate (chopped and now listed at $23.95 million) is available, while here’s the backstory on Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s old Benedict Canyon home:


“Previously owned by Hedy Lamarr, it consisted of eight rooms, stood on six and a half acres, and had a pool, a picket fence and eight coops, where the Bogarts kept an ever-expanding population of chickens, roosters and ducks. With the help of decorator Bill Yates, Bacall did most of what Movieland called the “interior planning” in a mixture of Dutch, Early American and French provincial furniture.”



Tony Curtis’ Autobiography…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Tony Curtis didn’t get no respect from Hollywood

By Elizabeth Snead
Los Angeles Times


Tony Curtis, 84, has written his autobiography, “American Prince,” in which he details his impoverished childhood, a physically abusive mother and cold father, his five marriages, alienation from his children, the deaths of his younger brother and his youngest son, the decline of his acting career, and his past cocaine and sex addictions.


25785477 Wow. It’s a miracle he had the time or energy to star in such classics as Some Like It Hot, The Outsider, Sweet Smell of Success, Spartacus and The Defiant Ones, which earned him an Oscar nomination for lead actor. 


But the veteran actor blames Hollywood for not giving him better roles. He says they gave him the lightweight roles and offered the meaty roles to actors such as Paul Newman and Marlon Brando.


He has some choice words for other actors too, calling Jerry Lewis “cruel,” Shelley Winters “very obnoxious” and Danny Kaye “a vicious man.”


Curtis also slams the actors union, accusing the members of not taking his acting abilities seriously.


He told USA Today: “I don’t feel like I got the movies I should’ve gotten. I felt I deserved more than that the industry had given me. I felt I should have been considered more, with a little more respect from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.”


Kinda sounds like he’s ready to star in a remake of Grumpy Old Men. Bitter, much, Tony?



The Donner’s Get a Star…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

‘Lethal Weapon’ director, wife get Hollywood stars


The Associated Press


LOS ANGELESLethal Weapon director-producer Richard Donner and his producer wife Lauren shared a rare romantic honor Thursday: the unveiling of their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Guests at the ceremony included Dakota Fanning, who appears in the new film The Secret Life of Bees, which Lauren Donner produced.


“I was in Hollywood yesterday going to a screening, and I said, ‘Let’s go drive by my star.’ I was so excited about it we drove by twice,” said Lauren Donner. “I wanted to stop the passers-by and say, ‘I’m getting one of these tomorrow!'”


She praised her husband, calling him “the light of my life.”


Richard Donner, in turn, gushed, “I thank Hollywood for Lauren.”


The pair met during production of 1985’s Ladyhawke, which Richard Donner directed and produced, and Lauren Donner co-produced.



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