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Mr. Blackwell Dies at 86

Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86. He died Sunday of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said.

Mr. Blackwell, whose first name was Richard, was a little-known dress designer when he issued his first tongue-in-cheek criticism of Hollywood fashion disasters for 1960 — long before Joan Rivers and others turned such ridicule into a daily affair.

Year after year, he would take Hollywood’s reigning stars and other celebrities to task for failing to dress in what he thought was the way they should. Continue reading


October 22, 2008 Posted by | Famous, Fashion, People | Leave a comment

Ryan O’Neal

Ryan O’Neal and his son, Redmond, were charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine. Both face felony drug possession charges, deputy district attorney James Garrison said. Redmond O’Neal, 23, also faces misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of pepper spray.

He and his 67-year-old actor father are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 13.

The father and son were arrested Sept. 17 after deputies searched their Malibu home, part of Redmond’s probation. Police said drugs were found on Redmond and in Ryan O’Neal’s living area. Continue reading

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | Leave a comment

Alexei Cherepanov died

New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov died during a game in his native Russia on Monday night. He was 19.

The Rangers did not reveal the circumstances of Cherepanov’s death when contacted by PA SportsTicker.

The New York Post reported that Cherepanov suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the bench during Avangard Omsk’s game against Vityav Chekhov.

TSN of Canada reported that medical officials attempted to get Cherepanov’s heart beating again. According to the web site, there was no ambulance present at the arena. The report stated that it took between “15 and 20 minutes” to transport Cherepanov from the arena to the hospital.

The Rangers observed a moment of silence in his honor prior to Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Continue reading

October 13, 2008 Posted by | People, Sports | | Leave a comment

Paulo Coelho on digital media

The promotional power of piracy and artistic merits of blogging are among the themes to be discussed by bestselling author Paulo Coelho in his opening address to the Frankfurt Book Fair this week.

The 61-year-old Brazilian writer behind titles such as “The Alchemist” and “Eleven Minutes” is gaining a reputation as a digital pioneer for his enthusiastic embrace of online media.

Coelho maintains a personal blog as well as profiles across several social networking sites. He uses the mobile blogging tool “Twitter’ and regularly uploads videos to YouTube under the heading Privacy Zero. A few years ago, he even started distributing digital versions of his books for free over the internet. Reuters Television correspondent for technology, Matt Cowan, spoke to the author at his Paris home. Continue reading

October 13, 2008 Posted by | People | Leave a comment

Le Clezio

Le Clezio — who’s he? This year’s Nobel laureate for literature is little-known in the States. Perhaps this is evidence of our bias. Or maybe it’s a product of the Swedish Academy’s willful dismissal of U.S. writers.

If the selection of French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio as the 2008 Nobel literature laureate has anything to tell us, it’s that Horace Engdahl means what he says.

Last week, Engdahl, the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary, called American literary culture “too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature” — comments widely seen in the United States as evidence of the insularity of the Nobel itself and proof that American writers would be shut out again.

The last American to win the prize was Toni Morrison in 1993; since then, recipients have included Poland’s Wislawa Szymborska, Italy’s Dario Fo, Chinese-born Gao Xingjian and Austria’s Elfriede Jelinek. That such authors are not household names has led to charges that the Nobel committee is willfully obscure, or worse, motivated by political considerations. Continue reading

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Famous, People | | Leave a comment

DiCaprio spy weekend box office victory

Director Ridley Scott’s Warner Bros. release should fetch up to $20 million during the three days beginning Friday. Also new in theaters is “The Express,” which will score in the mid-teen-millions. The Dennis Quaid football drama will vie for second place with last weekend’s champ, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” Continue reading

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Actor, Movies | | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin’s Problem

Sarah Palin’s SNL ProblemWith the TV world waiting to see if the Alaskan governor pops up on tonight’s Saturday Night Live special, one new study says that when Tina Fey does Palin, the Alaskan governor’s favorability rating drops.

The poll, conducted yesterday by a research company and a college-based public-opinion institute, asked 314 people how they felt about Palin after watching an SNL sketch spoofing the consonant-dropping vice presidential hopeful. Continue reading

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Famous, Politics | Leave a comment

Nicky Hilton

Nicky Hilton prefers a simpler life. While Paris Hilton for President is looking for her new BFF on MTV’s new reality show, younger sister Nicky recently was out on the town in Miami, hosting the second night of the re-launch of nightclub Karu & Y in downtown Miami.

How did you get involved in this event?

“I was invited to come down and host it, and I’m a big fan of Miami. Haven’t been here in a while so it was the perfect opportunity.”

What do you like to do when you’re in Miami?

“I love the restaurants. The nightlife’s great. Shopping’s great, the beaches and the hotels. I love it all.”

Any favorite restaurants? Continue reading

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Actor, Famous, People | | Leave a comment

Famous Nick Nolte’s home

The “Tropic Thunder” star suffered smoke inhalation and minor abrasions in the fire, which was caused by an electrical problem, Inspector Sam Padilla, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said.

The fire caused $3 million in damage to the structure and contents of the house but the home was not destroyed, Inspector James Barnes of the fire department said. The flames were confined to the living room.

“Nick Nolte was there apparently with a water hose trying to extinguish the fire himself and of course we came to help him out,” Barnes said.

Nolte’s spokesman, Arnold Robinson, said in a statement the actor was “grateful” to firefighters and police “for their quick response and assistance.” Continue reading

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Actor, Famous, People | Leave a comment

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick returns to Broadway next spring, The Roundabout Theatre Company production,

directed by David Grindley, will open April 26, 2009, at the American Airlines Theatre,

Todd Haimes, the Roundabout’s artistic director, announced Monday. It will begin preview performances April 10.

Broderick, in his first Broadway appearance since the 2005 revival of “The Odd Couple,” portrays Philip, an insular college professor.

Other casting will be announced.

“The Philanthropist” had a 64-performance run on Broadway in 1971 in a production that featured Alec McCowen, Jane Asher and Victor Spinetti. Continue reading

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Actor, Famous, People | Leave a comment