April 20, 2014

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Another great Hollywood Vanity Fair bash… Stars, Stars, Stars

Vanity Fair upped its Oscar game last night. They build a huge multi level tented building in the parking behind Sunset Plaza. Traffic snaked back and forth on Sunset Boulevard in both directions. There was a big security plan, with metal detectors at the check in. And then you arrived to find an avalanche of stars. Stars and stars. Two by two, or three by three, they came.
Inside the main room, just to the right, if you could find them through the fog of formally attired people, Jane Fonda and Anjelica Huston set up a beach head. Many stars, old and young, were crowded into this area including Jane’s beau, Richard Perry, and Sarah Paulson, plus Quincy Jones, who was busy looking for Petra Nemcova, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Rosaria Dawson and Gabrielle Union weren’t far away. Sitting on a couch in a section nearby, the fabulous oldies group– Mickey Rooney and Martin Landau. And they were hosting this year’s nominee June Squibb.
Praise god– Don Rickles and his wife were entertaining Don’s many fans. “Do you have any Oscar jokes? I asked Rickles. “If you’re paying me!” he said. I did get a photo.
Just at the entrance to this room I tripped over Bill Hader, who was reconnecting with Will Forte and Paul Rudd, with a big group of comics around them. Hader made a beeline to see Larry David. In time that group was joined by hit pop star Ed Sheeran, who’d just come over from playing at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation fundraiser. Only 23, Sheeran– who’d been hanging with Taylor Swift–is about to break out in a big way. His new single comes this week, with a new album in June.
From there I headed to the upper level party, where Bill Murray and a big group had come to occupy a huge round room with Art Deco-ish banquettes– a hold over from past VF parties. They store their sets! This is where a lot of guests were dining on In and Out Burgers. Here were lots of people carrying Oscars, from “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” crew to winner Lupita Nyong’o. Super model Karolina Kurklova and her husband Archie Drury were getting burgers. Amazing since it looks she only eats celery stalks!
And yes, chowing down, was our old pal Kerry Washington, a month away from giving birth, radiant and round.
The thing about Vanity Fair’s parties is [...]

Dame Shirley Bassey will make a special appearance on the Oscars®

Dame Shirley Bassey will make a special appearance on the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.
Bassey is this year celebrating her very own “Diamond Jubilee” with a career spanning over six decades. She has recorded over 44 albums, sold over 135 million records and has sold out concert halls across the world. In June 2012, she was one of a number of esteemed artists, including Elton John, Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox, who performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. In the United States, Bassey is best known for recording the theme songs for the James Bond films “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker.”
Bassey joins a stellar list of previously announced Oscar performers including Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand; and presenters including “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Ted; and, special guest appearances including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
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Hugh Jackman to be Co-Chair of Elton John’s Oscar Party

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party is turning 21! Can you believe it? Sir Elton and David Furnish just announced the arrival of their second child, Elijah Joseph Daniel, last week. Their older son is Zachary Jackson Levon. (You’ll notice the third name is familiar to Elton John fans.) Bravo! Mazel Tov!

But their actual “first child” is EJAF and the big annual Oscar dinner and show. This year’s event will be a big one since the co-chairs are a knock out list: they include Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra Lee Furness, Quincy Jones and his famous actress daughter Rashida, Sharon Stone,Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Heidi Klum, Katy Perry. director John Waters, “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten, Tyler Perry, Chris Colfer, Miley Cyrus, Eric McCormack and his wife Janet, Bill and Tani Austin of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, plus Elton’s great managers Johnny and Edwina “Eddie” Barbis, as well as Joseph Blount, John Demsey, Alec Gores, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Diana Jenkins, Fred Latsko, “first Lady of New York” Sandra Lee, “Great Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann and his wife costume designer Catherine Martin, Caroline Scheufele, and my pal from Pittsburgh and beyond, Ed Walson.

Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo, plus Audi, Grey Goose, and MAC Viva Glam are the sponsors. How do you attend? Tickets sell out pretty much as fast as I am typing. But you can also contact Matt Blinstrubas at 212.219.0670 or matt.blinstrubas@ejaf.org.
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Elton John, David Furnish allegedly having 2nd child

HollywoodNews.com: It is rumored that Elton John and David Furnish are going to be adding to their family as they are allegedly expecting a second child.
The two reportedly hired the same surrogate who carried their first child to carry their second child, states RadarOnline. The two are already parents to Zachary Furnish John who was born in December 2010.
Elton has previously opened up about wanting more children because they wanted to give their son a sibling.
Do you think they will have a boy or girl?
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Elton John hospitalized with respiratory infection

HollywoodNews.com: Elton John has been hospitalized in Los Angeles just recently with what is reportedly a serious respiratory infection.
It is reported that he saw doctors about his health concerns and was told he needs to be on complete rest and antibiotic treatments right now which means his upcoming concerts in Las Vegas have been canceled, states TMZ.
“It feels strange not to be able to perform these ‘Million Dollar Piano’ concerts at the Colosseum … I love performing the show and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts,” Elton commented.
He has reportedly since been released.
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Ashley Tisdale makes red carpet debut with new beau

HollywoodNews.com: Ashley Tisdale stepped out for the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party and definitely made a statement when she arrived.
Tisdale chose that event to make her red carpet debut with her new boyfriend, Boys Like Girls lead singer Martin Johnson, states UsMagazine.com. The two reportedly started dating this January although they had first met back in 2009.
Their relationship is allegedly pretty strong at this point as the two are enjoying their time together.
Do you think they’ll last very long?
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Elton John canceled Vegas shows due to food poisoning

HollywoodNews.com: Elton John had a bit of an unfortunate weekend, as did his fans, as he had to cancel two Las Vegas concerts due to a bit of food poisoning.
Elton was reportedly supposed to perform at Caesars Palace on Friday and Saturday, but was unable to do so because of food poisoning from something he had eaten, states TMZ.
However, the singer is doing much better now and will reportedly be all better for his show in Guadalajara, Mexico later this week.
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Elton John Does a Lot of Good – Donated $8.3 million last year

HollywoodNews.com: The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced over $3.2 million in new grants that will further its mission to assist the most marginalized populations vulnerable to HIV infection. These new awards brought EJAF’s final total grant-making commitments for calendar 2011 to a record $8,316,871, with disbursements totaling $7,006,871 last year.
These grants represent EJAF’s continuing commitment to fund demographics and geographic regions that are seriously impacted by HIV/AIDS and under-served by traditional funders. Grant expenditures totaling $3,221,622 were awarded for 19 new and 29 renewal grants, including:
* health services for Black women, one of the highest HIV-impacted populations in this country;
* innovative programs focused on the health and rights of gay and bisexual men throughout the U.S.;
* programs designed to help people with HIV who are leaving prison to access and stay on treatment and maintain their health as they reintegrate into society;
* small community grants supporting services for gay men throughout Latin America;
* clinical and mental health services for vulnerable populations in the Caribbean; and
* additional funding totaling $1.6 million over two years to support over 50 community organizations providing needle exchange and harm reduction services for injection drug users.
“Through the efforts of hundreds of privately-funded syringe access programs, HIV incidence due to injection drug use in the U.S. has declined from 25% of all infections in 2000 to 9% today,” said Executive Director Scott Campbell. “Scaled-up syringe access programming could bring injection-related HIV infections down to zero. Given Congress’ unfortunate reinstatement of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange programs, EJAF’s increased investments as one of the top three funders in this field are particularly crucial.”
“For twenty years, EJAF has remained consistent in our mission, even as we’ve increased the scope and reach of our grant-making,” added Chairman David Furnish. “Our most recent grants continue this historic focus, dedicating critical funding to the most urgent and under-resourced aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
About EJAF
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a nonprofit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $225 million for worthy programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is [...]

Oscars: Elton John hires Foster the People to perform at his Oscar party

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Now, that the Oscar nominations have been set, the parties officially are being planned. A mainstay of the awards season for the past 20 years has been Elton John’s Academy Awards Viewing Party, and details for the soiree have been revealed.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will celebrate its 20th annual party on Feb. 26, at the newly re-designed West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event sponsored by Chopard, Neuro and Wells Fargo.
This year celebrity chef Cat Cora will prepare a special menu to be served to guests seated to watch a live telecast of the 84th Academy Awards. Following dinner, Grammy nominated Foster the People will take the stage to perform.
According to a release, this year’s event co-chairs are:
Bill & Tani Austin, Johnny & Edwina Barbis, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi, John Demsey, Drs. Jeffrey & Nancy Gallups, Tim Hanlon & Anthony Klatt, David Geffen, Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, Hugh Jackman & Deborah-Lee Furness, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Sandra Lee, Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin, Eric & Janet McCormack, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne, Tyler Perry, Caroline Scheufele, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Steven Tyler, Edward Walson and John Waters.
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Elton John upset for loss to Madonna at Golden Globes?

HollywoodNews.com: Elton John and Madonna were competing last night for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes, and while she walked away the winner, Elton may be a little bitter.
Elton’s husband, David Furnish, ended up going off on the outcome on Facebook, states TMZ. “Madonna. Best song???? F**k off!!!” Furnish commented.
He then continued, “Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in it’s narcissism.”
Not only that, but Elton reportedly told a reporter on the red carpet that Madonna had no “f**kin’ chance” of winning.
What do you think about the rivalry?
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