Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Oscars: Alec Baldwin at The Polo Lounge; Stephen Fry was there!

Just a follow-up to the blog post "The Oscars: Alec Baldwin at The Polo Lounge, The Beverly Hills Hotel's power outages." In it, this blogger reported on his brunch at The Polo Lounge..

Just about five minutes after I was seated at a prime table for seeing people or just being left alone, I saw a great pair of athletic female legs in a killer backless black dress walk elegantly but briskly by me, followed by a man in a dark grey suit with an upright walk and very tightly combed and moused hair. The man turned out to be the legendary actor and author George Hamilton, who I'm told is a regular at The Polo Lounge.

Then Hamilton and his lovely, leggy blonde female companion were seated at a round booth already occupied by a man who looked very much like Stephen Fry, who was also with a female companion. I'd never seen Fry in person before. It just so happens that Fry and I follow each other on Twitter, so I messaged him to confirm this. An update soon, assuming he answers back.

Well Stephen Fry was kind enough to send a message that it was indeed, him. He was with the British composer Leslie Bricusse and his wife and...Mr. Kirk Douglas was in the corner.

Stephen Fry at The Apple iPad Introduction

My view was obstructed by another group at a table more in the foreground from Mr. Fry and such that I missed Mr. Douglas. Moreover, I was consumed in The Sunday New York Times' article on the growing Internet culture in New York. Ignorance is bliss.

What's Stephen Fry up to? That wasn't the focus of our Twitter messaging, but Mr. Fry does have a rather interesting social network at The New Adventures of Stephen Fry, and of course he recently finished his 50-state tour of America.

 Even more recently, Fry was a special guest at the introduction of the Apple iPad.

With all that, the title "Actor and Presenter" is too limiting for Stephen Fry; renaissance man is more appropriate.

Stay tuned.

Stephen Collins from Star Trek TMP talks Star Trek and The Hurt Locker

Hard core Star Trek fans like this blogger will certainly remember the first Star Trek Movie. Called Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Produced by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, it was released in 1979 and directed by the legendary Robert Wise. It starred Stephen Collins who played Star Fleet Officer Captain Willard Decker, who was set to command the new U.S.S. Enterprise, until Captain James T. Kirk, who was raised to the rank of Admiral, decided he wanted more than his five year mission.

Here's a clip from Star Trek TMP:

31 years later (!) I met Stephen Collins at The Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala and he was tickled that of all his roles and work, someone remembered that he played Willard Decker. I asked him what he thought of J.J. Abrams' version of Star Trek, which was released 30 years later. "I loved it. This is weird, but I'm not really a Star Trek afficianado, and so I haven't seen a lot of the movies. But the new one, I think is just a terrific movie in every way. It's just a good movie on its own right. You don't have to have ever seen Star Trek to love (this one). I think Chris Pine is a huge find. J.J. Abrams just did an incredible job.

Stephen Collins is an Acedemy Member and shared with me that the email writing micro-campaign that The Hurt Locker Producer Nicolas Chartier launched didn't make a difference to him as a voter and doubted that it made a difference to many of the Academy voters. He was right. The Hurt Locker scored The Best Picture Oscar at the 2010 Academy Awards.

Corey Haim - Corey Feldman issues a statement on Haim's death

Actor Corey Feldman and Corey Haim were good friends over the years and were together as recently as February 18th, according to Corey Feldman issued this statement on his blog The Feldman Journal:

R.I.P. COREY IAN HAIM 1971-2009

I was awakened at 8:30 this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door. They informed me of the loss of my brother Corey Haim. My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face. I am so sorry for Corey, his mother Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school. This is a tragic loss of a wonderful,beautiful,tormented soul, who will always be my brother,family, and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time. I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived. ~ Corey

Corey Haim died of an alleged drug overdose Wednesday morning. It took 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and by the time it did, it was "too late" according to Haim's agent, Mark Heaslip through

Reportedly, Haim had a fever and had trouble breathing. He reports that Haim was at his mother, Judy Haim's home. At some point, she fell asleep then woke up around midnight. Corey Haim was standing over her and then reportedly collapsed. reports that Corey Feldman's estranged wife Susie Feldman said he's pretty torn up and he’s at home and it’s really sad. It's the second close friend he's lost in eight months or something like that."

Howard Stern's slam of Gabourey Sidibe shows Stern's stupidity

There's no doubt that Howard Stern earns his salary by making outrageous statements. But Howard Stern's slam of Gabourey Sidibe from Precious shows Stern's stupidity. On Monday, on The Howard Stern Show, said this:

"There's the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen. She is enormous. Everyone's pretending she's a part of show business and she's never going to be in another movie"

Now it can be said that Howard Stern's the dumbest man on the planet. First, Howard Stern's comment was made in the context of Gabourey Sidibe already having starred in a movie, that being Precious.

Second, because Howard was so busy being prejudiced against fat women, especially "fat black chicks", he turned his brain off and forgot that the role for Gabourey was already created and she played in an independent film that became a major motion picture, and won a ton of awards.

But Howard was so intent on being nasty, all of that escaped him. Howard Stern proved people who discriminate are not smart, they're stupid.

What's really awful about Stern's blast is that no one accuses him of "playing the race card" in using the term "fat black chick"; but there are those, particularly White Supremacists, who would say this blogger's playing the race card in accusing Stern of being racist.

Howard Stern was being racist.

That one of Stern's sidekicks is a black woman is of no matter.   That will not stop Howard from making a racist comment and he did so in this case. What does Gabourey Sidibe's race have to do with her weight? Why did he feel the need to say "fat black chick."

According to The New York Daily News, Sidibe has already landed another role.

In The Big C, Gabourey plays "a smart-alecky student".

It's right to hope that the writers of The Big C write an episode where Gabourey Sidibe's character tells off Howard Stern. Stern can play a role he's very familiar with: loudmouthed, stupid radio talk show host.

Stay tuned.

Academy Awards' Oscars Farrah Fawcett snub still an issue

Perhaps because of the initial and shocking explanation, the Academy Awards' Oscars Farrah Fawcett snub - now called "Farrahgate" - is still an issue today, Wednesday. On The View, the hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Barbara Walters all expressed surprise and outrage that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) left Farrah Fawcett out of the Memorial tribute part of the Oscars.

And AMPAS Executive Director stepped in to clean up the public relations mess caused when AMPAS' communications head Leslie Unger used the unfortunate words "there are people who just can't be" on Monday.

Davis used words that were easier to digest than those uttered by Unger, but the damage, and the ill-feelings, are apparent and active. While Bruce Davis stands by the decision made to not include Farrah Fawcett, his words were apologetic in tone:

"There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."

AMPAS is also feeling the heat for leaving out legendary actors Gene Barry, Ricardo Montalban, Bea Arthur, and Ed McMahon. But the omission of Farrah Fawcett, reportedly a 40-year Academy member, is causing the biggest stir. Because of Twitter, the media chatter's amplified. Here's three of thousands of tweets on the matter..

miszjazzy90 so the academy issued the most backhanded apology for not including farrah fawcett in the memorium. shut up academy you kno you screwed up!
11 minutes ago from web

CamilaSolivier Sentimos falta: Academia se desculpa por ausĂȘncia de Farrah Fawcett em homenagem do Oscar #folhaonline
12 minutes ago from web

ElleQCasting Academy Director Explains Farrah Fawcett 'In Memoriam' Omission: The Academy explains why Farrah Fawcett was snub...
12 minutes ago from web

Perhaps Bruce Davis' words will cause Farrahgate to die down.

Stay tuned.

Corey Haim follows Michael Bryan and Andrew Koenig in tragic death

Corey Haim of the 1987 vampire flick The Lost Boys, follows Michael Bryan and Andrew Koenig in tragic deaths. Haim, now 38, was found dead in Loa Angeles Wednesday morning and police think it may have been due to a drug overdose. TMZ reports:

Corey Haim collapsed in the bedroom of his mother's apartment and four prescription bottles were found nearby ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We've learned Corey had been sick the last couple of days with flu-like symptoms. The medications recovered, however, were not related to his illness, sources tell TMZ.

We're told no illicit drugs were found in the apartment.

Where other celebrity young men Michael Bryan and Andrew Koenig were suffering from depression, TMZ reported Corey Haim was "doing well" and was hanging out with his long-time friend Corey Feldman.

But whatever happened, his Mom discovered him in his LA apartment and called 911. The matter is in the hands of the LA County Corner's Office.

Sad to have to many deaths in so little time in 2010. Real sad.

Terrell Owens to join Chad Ochocinco and Cincinnati Bengals?

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The news that Terrell Owens may join Chad Ochocinco Johnson and Cincinnati Bengals is enough to sell Bengals season tickets. Terrell Owens still has it, and someone at ESPN and The Associated Press can't read stats, because they reported Owens production went down. It did not.

Terrell Owens had almost exactly the same average receiving yards with the Buffalo Bills as he did with the Dallas Cowboys at 15 yards per catch. While the Buffalo Bills threw to Terrell Owens less, at 55 catches versus 69 with the Cowboys, he had his longest gain with the Bills, a 98-yard touchdown catch and run. T.O. still has it at 36 years old and it looks like the Cincinnati Bengals are set to sign him.

According Terrell Owens' Twitter account, he's making the meetings with the Bengals that someone who's about to be signed would make. Witness these Tweets:

@OGOchoCinco Holy macadamian nuts Robin or Roker!! I got a meet & greet 2morr w/the owner, wr coach & OC. My days starts @ 745am Roker!
about 11 hours ago via web in reply to OGOchoCinco

@OGOchoCinco yo 85! just finished dinner w/coach lewis about an hr ago, ate @ jeff ruby's, coach had a steak & i had sea bass. :-)
about 11 hours ago via web

And this latest one:

@OGOchoCinco Holy dancing shoes Robin/Roker!! How's the rehearsals goin out there? Should i call u Robin, Roker or Ochocinco?
about 11 hours ago via web in reply to OGOchoCinco

Stay tuned.