Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Julian Ayrs Celebrity News...Lopez to flog cell phones for Latinos! Ryan Gosling flick outrages filmgoers at Cannes! (Author: Julian Ayrs)
Jennifer Lopez...has decided to reach out and touch her - um - people! Word out of the Pop Diva's camp is that Jen is launching a chain of cellphones outlets to cater to Latinos. The Viva Movil brand will flog Verizon phones and services. On June 15th, the new enterprise will kick-off in New York City. The stores will employ bilingual staff and "provide a culturally relevant shopping experience" Lopez promised in a press release fired off to the media.
Ryan Gosling...the sexy actor saved himself a lot of embarrassment when he elected to pass on jetting over to Europe to attend the premiere of his latest film "Only God Forgives". Although Gosling and the director - Nicholas Winding Refn - scored a hit with a prior collaboration ("Drive") this time out the buzz has not been good. In fact, filmgoers and reviewers allegedly got vocal in the screening room the other evening with raucous rounds of boos. Other disgusted ticket holders walked out in a huff, according to my sources. God may forgive, but it may be a while before fans of Gosling are able to do the same. "It's a sh** macho fantasy - hyper violent, ethically repulsive, sad, nonsensical, deathly dull, snail-paced, idiotic, possibly woman-hating, visually suffocating, and pretentious," fumed reviewer Jeffrey Wells from his perch at the Hollywood Reporter. In contrast, Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian gave the flick a five-star review, in which he raved about the project's subtlety and aesthetic brilliance. Did these two critics actually screen the same movie? News at 11!
And, how was your day?
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Julian Ayrs Celebrity News...Sharon Stone's cleavage steals spotlight at Cannes! Brad Pitt dishes Anniston! Pattinson makes exit! (author: Julian Ayrs)
Sharon Stone...I LOL when I read the headline: "Sharon Stone flashes major cleavage in plunging dress at Cannes". Well, 'ya know what they say! If you've you've got it flaunt it, eh? The mid-fifties star - who burst onto the International film circuit when she played opposite Michael Douglas in "Basic Instinct" - stole the show in a cobalt blue stunner - according to fashionistas jockeying for a look-see on the sidelines. The high-spirited beauty responded in kind by waving, blowing kisses in their direction, and posing for the frenzied paparazzi. Talk about star power!
Brad Pitt...there he goes again! On the heels of loving tributes to his finance - Angelina Jolie (in the wake of her decision to have a double-mastectomy) - the moody actor was inclined to take a swipe at former squeeze Jennifer Anniston. "That whole period of my life with Jen was a waste," he lamented to a reporter (who was all ears) in a recent in-depth interview. Ouch! In one spontaneous moment, the handsome hunk fessed up that his days (daze?) were spent sprawled out on the couch getting high on a fat doobie or two. Shades of his role in Thelma & Louise? Apparently Brad is content these days, in spite of the fact, he doesn't (by his own admission) have many close friends. Mr. Pitt and I are similar in that regard, folks! I'd rather have one decent friend I could trust, than a handful of superficial relationships that suck!
Robert Pattinson...on Sunday morning I reported that the Twilight heartthrob was splitting up with cutie Kristen Stewart after a brief romantic reunion. My timing was impeccable, folks. Imagine that. Rob was spied tossing his personal belongings into the back of a pick-up truck in Los Feliz the following day. But, he wasn't crying the blues after-the-fact. Spies spotted the dishevelled Brit tossing down cocktails at a trendy watering hole on the lower level of the Roosevelt Hotel into the wee hours. Maybe he was hoping to communicate with Marilyn Monroe's "ghost" said to be haunting the historic halls?
Tourists may not always know where an attraction is located in Hollywood when they trot into town, but they're sure bent on tracking down the sites, historical landmarks - and what-have-you - even if it means a few headaches along the way.
On occasion, when I'm stopped on the street for directions, a query - or scenario - tickles my funny bone (and, as Clint would say, makes my day).
For example, yesterday afternoon I was strolling off to happy hour on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame" when an elderly (ancient?!) Japanese couple flagged me down for some assistance.
Without skipping-a-beat, the Asian woman uttered up just two words in a half-whisper.
A smile broke across my face.
If the travelers called upon another pedestrian, the sightseers may have ended up SOL.
A younger person probably would have jumped to the conclusion that the charming couple were on the look-out for a storefront that flogged CD's, albums, and-the-like (gifts for grandchildren at home in the far East?).
Of course, it dawned on me right away that they were anxious to locate the Capitol Records building - a big tourist attraction when it comes to picture-taking on holiday - which just happened to be about two blocks farther down Hollywood Boulevard at Vine (just above the bustling strip about a block).
For those of you who are in the dark, the architect's inspiration for the structural design was a "stack" of long-playing LP's (popular when the landmark building was originally conceived).
In seconds, the tourists were on their way, happy as clams.
Finding the historic Frank Lloyd Wright house - well - that is a trickier proposition folks!
Stay posted for all the news (and gossip) that's fit to print.