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Barbara Walters is that annoying person in the movie theater who needs the plot explained to her during the movie. Also, she brought 4 assistants with her to the premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (The Daily News)
Around the town
Newsweek’s new post-Tina Brown IBT-mandated dress code sounds pretty rough. According to the new guide, “Denim jeans, sweat suits, low-rise pants, sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, halter tops, camisoles, baseball caps, sweat suits, T-shirts, tank tops, micro mini-skirts [and] shorts” are all banned, and “inappropriately dressed employees will be asked to return home to change into suitable clothing.” (Politico)
The stupidest question I ever asked was at a dinner party at a rambling summerhouse in East Hampton.
We were seated at a long, white-washed barnwood table with matching Louis XV salon chairs—an expensive take on “shabby chic” that was underscored by the jacketed household staff who could be glimpsed through the kitchen door. Surrounding me Read More
Movies and Government
On a stormy June evening, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood inside a tent on the edge of Gracie Mansion. Despite the thunder and lightning, the mayor was all smiles as he shared the stage with such luminaries as Barbara Walters, Spike Lee and the Weinstein brothers. It was the eighth annual Made in NY Awards, presented by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, or MOME (rhymes with “home”), and the event was ostensibly a time to celebrate those in the entertainment industry.
Apparently, that included Mayor Bloomberg.
“About four years ago, we had a little bump in the road, and I called our mayor,” Harvey Weinstein said, stepping up to the mic. “I said, ‘Things are a little topsy-turvy right now. People need jobs in California, but we don’t want to leave New York City.’ And the mayor, extremely busy as he was … got it done for us.”
As if a government official pulling strings for a high-powered movie executive somehow constituted a win for the little guy, Mr. Weinstein continued his anecdote, thundering: “The mayor’s there in a big way, and the mayor’s there in a visual way!”
It’s official. Jenny McCarthy will be a new co-host on The View, Barbara Walters long-running daytime discussion forum on ABC, Ms. Walters announced on-air this morning.
The news did not come as a surprise–Ms. McCarthy, who had been a frequent guest on the program, was seen as the likely name to fill one of the spots left by comedian Joy Behar and conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s departures.
Earlier today, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva learned that Barbara Walters, the 83-year-old trailblazing TV journalist, would announce her retirement in May of next year.
Still, it wasn’t entirely clear if the news was definite. “Walters had been determined to leave on her own terms,” Ms. Andreeva wrote, “so it is unclear whether revealing the plans Read More
Don’t scratch, Barbara! Barbara Walters, who has been hospitalized since she fell and hit her head on January 19, is now recovering from a common childhood affliction: Chicken Pox. Ms. Walters was kept in the hospital for observation after her fall because of a high temperature, and it seems to have been a result of the pox.
“We want to give you an update on Barbara,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg announced today on The View. ”You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox.”
Barbara Walters announced on today’s episode of The View that she has bagged an exclusive interview with Lindsay Lohan–well, exclusive as these things go, given that Ms. Lohan dropped a political bombshell, her endorsement of Mitt Romney, to red-carpet reporters at a party for Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink and that she Read More
“Sarah Jessica invited me,” said television personality Amy Sedaris. “I’ve never even been to the ballet!” The actress, who played Sarah Jessica Parker’s publisher on Sex and the City, was standing alone in the midst of a crowded cocktail party before the New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala at Lincoln Center last Thursday. Ms. Parker, Read More
Barbara Walters has had a tough week: her letter of support to Columbia on behalf of a young female aide to Syrian despot Bashar el-Assad after interviewing him for ABC has been all over the dailies. You wouldn’t know it, though, from watching her daily appearances on her daily chat show, The View. Last Read More