April 23, 2014

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Joaquin Phoenix about the Oscars: “I didn’t know I had a choice”

Twas the night before Oscars and all through the town, everyone was stirring and no one was down. Indeed, Hollywood seemed ebullient on Saturday night as limos careened back and forth up and down Sunset Blvd. from the Chateau Marmont to Soho House and up to the Beverly Hills Hotel carrying actors, actresses, and celebrities. Meanwhile, at the Dolby Theater, in rehearsal, you could hear the cast of “Les Miserables” and a 48 person strong chorus belting out show tunes, and Dame Shirley Bassey polishing up her “Goldfinger” for the big event.
At Madeo’s on Beverly Boulevard, Charles Finch held his annual pre Oscar dinner, sponsored by Chanel, and featuring Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. Finch, the British impresario, is also the son of late great actor Peter Finch, and he knows a thing or two about theater. The result is that his parties are like little presentations, cozily lit, super-salons.
And who did we see? Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane, Ioann Grufudd and Alice Ryan, producer Ed Pressman and wife Annie with producer Laura Bickford, Jared Harris and producer Cassian Elwes and so on, sprinkled in among fashionistas. Livia Firth, Colin’s wife, explained her Oscar winning husband was abroad shooting his second film in a row with Nicole Kidman. Cool.
And all through the low ceilinged room of Madeo’s you could hear the word “Argo” burbling along. Chastain, a pragmatist, told me: “I’m not going to win, and it’s fine.” She and her Italian boyfriend — Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo– are headed to Milan next week for a break before Jessica begins work on her next film. Between “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Heiress” on Broadway, Chastain has had an extraordinary run this year.
Some other guests included writer Brett Easton Ellis, and married actors Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer.
Meantime, back at the newly refreshed and just reopened Polo Lounge, Warren Beatty caused a stir when he walked in– and headed straight over to a table hosted by producer Brian Grazer. Soon it was clear that Ron Burkle and Steve Bing were also there, and some attractive young ladies filled in the extra seats. But the Polo was buzzing. Brett Ratner arrived in a wool cap.
“Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan had the table for eight right next to the Beatty-Bing-Grazer, while Alanna Stewart got her own table., Phillippe Dauman, the man who runs Viacom, was fully ensonced in a banquette. And the in [...]

Antonio “L.A.” Reid to receive the President’s Merit Award by the Recording Academy

Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ( www.grammy.com ).
Sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide, this exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances and will be attended by the world’s most renowned artists and top industry VIPs in music, film, television and new media. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .
As part of the evening’s celebration, the 2013 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® will honor Epic Records’ Chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The Recording Academy will present Reid with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, and Mo Ostin.
“We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Clive Davis on this legendary gala filled with unique performances and stories,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “With his keen ability to foster and guide young artists, Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid has brought to the world some of the most accomplished and beloved musicians. We are delighted and excited to pay tribute to this luminary who has shaped the contemporary music landscape with his passion, diversity, dedication, and musical judgement.”
Before becoming the consummate executive, Reid was a recording artist, drummer, songwriter, and producer. In 1989 he co-founded LaFace Records with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, in partnership with Clive Davis and Arista Records and introduced a string of multi-platinum artists, including Toni Braxton, OutKast, TLC, and Usher. The label, which reshaped R&B and hip-hop, became one of the premier record companies of its time
In 2000 Reid was named president and CEO of Arista Records and brought successes to the label by signing such multi-platinum artists as P!nk, Ciara and Avril Lavigne. Additionally, during his tenure at Arista he oversaw OutKast’s GRAMMY-winning album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and executive produced Usher’s Confessions, which went on to win a GRAMMY and sell more than 10 million copies in the United States.
As chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, reins he took in 2004, Reid supervised the revitalization of [...]

‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star allegedly considering leaving show

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Taylor Armstrong has had a rocky run on the show, and it seems that she might now be considering leaving the show.
It is rumored that Armstrong is considering leaving in order to move to Colorado where her boyfriend is living, states RadarOnline. Armstrong is reportedly selling her house and plans to move closer to John Bluher after that is done.
However, she is allegedly keeping things quiet from Bravo as she wants to be able to see how things go in the next few months.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star talks drama between castmates

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Camille Grammer is no longer a full-time cast member, and it seems that is just fine with her as she is able to avoid all the drama.
Grammer recently opened up about being relieved to be on the sidelines of all the fighting, states RadarOnline. “All of us have gone through so much in our personal lives that it would be so wonderful if we could all just get along, sans the drama,” Grammer commented.
And as she has been able to move forward from her Season 1 feud with Kyle Richards, she hopes the same for others: “I’m hoping that Adrienne and Lisa can get to that place.”
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Camille Grammer goes after Kelsey over childcare

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Camille Grammer had a nasty divorce with Kelsey Grammer, and it seems the hard feelings are not gone.
Camille recently commented on Kelsey allegedly traveling with his newborn baby in a car without a carseat, states TMZ. “I don’t think it’s good to have a 4-month-old in a car without a car seat … it’s so irresponsible,” Camille said about the matter.
However, Kelsey’s rep is still trying to diffuse the situation: “Kelsey went back in and got the car seat and met them at the car. Did the car drive a few yards without the car seat? Yes. At no time does the video show them leaving the airport with the baby not in the car seat.”
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star trying to get emergency order against ex

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Camille Grammer is trying to keep her ex, Kelsey Grammer, as far away from her as possible.
Camille is reportedly seeking an emergency order against her ex in order to keep him from coming to the house they once shared, states TMZ. It is rumored that he has made plans to move back in despite having recently purchased another home in the area.
Considering he has another wife and child with her, it might be a bit difficult for them all to live in one home.
A judge has not yet granted Camille’s request but rather set a court date for next month.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star apparently drunk at dinner party

HollywoodNews.com: The latest episode of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ airs tonights and features Taylor Armstrong looking a bit out of control at a dinner party.
Armstrong joins the other cast members at a dinner party where Brandi Glanville isn’t in attendance, and really lets loose during it, states RadarOnline. “We’ve got a good table…thank God my arch nemesis isn’t here…or she’d be going down. She has slept with every man in Beverly Hills. She travels to find someone to sleep with…some sort of flight plan!” Armstrong says to another guest at the dinner party.
“She has slept with every man in Beverly Hills. There’s close to 16,000 men in Beverly Hills. And she’s only been divorced a couple of years,” Armstrong continues as other guests at the table look uncomfortable.
New cast member Yolanda Foster then goes on to comment on how it appears that Armstrong had a bit too much to drink and has lost control of herself.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star talks castmate being drunk at kids’ party

HollywoodNews.com: The women on ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ don’t always behave at parties, but one cast member is claiming another one was out of line at a childrens’ party.
Brandi Glanville recently opened up in her blog that castmate Taylor Armstrong was apparently drunk at Kyle Richard’s birthday party for her daughter, states RadarOnline. “[W]hen Taylor arrived seemingly drunk to … [the] birthday party, I had a good idea that s— was gonna go down,” Glanville said about why she eventually decided to leave.
Glanville also revealed that she left because, while she wanted to confront Armstrong, she knows better: “When kids are involved us [grown-ups] that sometimes act like children need to stick to acting grown up.”
Do you think she handled the situation well?
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star wants everyone to stay out of fight

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ stars Lisa Vanderpump and Adrienne Maloof are in a full-on fight this season, and one of them wants it to stay between them.
As other women, like Kyle Richards, are pushing to get everyone together to settle things, Vanderpump is having none of it, states RadarOnline. “I have witnessed the altercations when we are en mass and didn’t think a child’s birthday party was the right setting for this situation,” Vanderpump wrote in a blog.
And it sounds like she won’t be taking anyone up on any offers to settle the drama: “I don’t need anybody to fight my battles for me.”
Do you think she’s handling this the right way?
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star gives divorce advice to castmate

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof is in the middle of her divorce from Paul Nassif, but she doesn’t have to get through it alone.
Her reality TV show castmate, Camille Grammer, is happy to offer her a little divorce advice as she recently went through her own public split from Kelsey Grammer, states People. “She’ll get by. It just takes a while,” Grammer admitted.
But there is one thing that Grammer thinks can ease the divorce a little: “A man helps, you know. Sexual healing helps.”
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