Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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Published by Carolina on June 16th, 2008 (3 hours ago)

After fainting in London today, Amy Winehouse has been taken to the hospital.

Gotta get off that crack pipe girl!

The Back to Black singer was going to sign autographs for Canadian fans who had been waiting outside her house all day when she dropped to the ground.

Wino’s manager’s assistant was there “to stop her falling” and her father Mitch escorted her to hospital “as a precaution.”

Desperate For Attention, Takes Off Clothes Again

Published by Carolina

on June 16th, 2008 (3 hours ago)

Denise Richards is considering doing a spread for Playboy magazine once again.
She previously posed in 2004, and now tells AOL that she might return.

Richards admitted that she liked the attention she received after the first photo spread was published,

It’s still a possibility.
It’s so iconic and fun.

I think that my niche is as a sex symbol.

I’m never going to be the girl next door, so why not play up my niche?

Um no, her niche is annoying bitter @#$%^&.
Don’t think there’s much appeal in that one.

Published by Carolina on June 16th, 2008 (3 hours ago)

Who would have known that by June, Britney Spears and her father would be in Vegas living it up and celebrating life together?

We all remember that back in February, Britney could care less if daddy Jamie was still alive (or at least that’s how she acted).

Months later, thankfully, some type of normality seems to have returned to Britney’s life, and to celebrate, the duo spent Father’s Day in Vegas at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.

A source inside the hotel says that she spent her afternoon in Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage.

The insider says,

She swam side by side with the dolphins at the resort in a private pool,

Later she gushed over Siegfried & Roy’s six-week old tiger cubs in their special nursery at the Secret Garden taking pictures of the cubs with a female friend.

And she might be bringing home goodies for the boys!
She stopped by the habitat’s gift shop to pick up a plush tiger and plush lion.

A witness tells OK! that later, when Brit headed to the optional topless pool, that she “was all smiles.
Glowing and looking totally fresh and healthy.”
Photo is of an old school Brit, at the NRJ awards in 2004.
One of the best looks she’s ever had, minus the nipple attempting to catch some fresh air.

The Tony's & Whoopi
‘Gypsy’ Patti LuPone and ‘Boeing-Boeing’ Mark Rylance take honors

By Kate Brennan

NEW YORK, NY (Hollywood Today)
6/15/08 –

“They told me come in costume and said Disney,” said Whoopi Goldberg, the host the 62nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall.

“I came as the crab.”

Dressed to the nines as Sebastian the crab from Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’, it seemed no one told Whoopi the opening number would be from ‘The Lion King.’

But it wouldn’t be Broadway without a quick recovery.
The show went on with the first two awards.

Best Featured Actor (Play) went to Jim Norton for ‘The Seafarer’.

The award for Best Featured Actress (Play) went to Rondi Reed for ‘August: Osage County’.

In Reed’s acceptance speech she spoke of family, her own as well as the theater community “family”.

Family was an overriding theme throughout the evening and no more evident then when an emotional Adam Duritz of ‘Counting Crows’ introduced the performance of his good friend Daniel Breaker and fellow castmates of ‘Passing Strange.’

If Broadway is a family, Patti LuPone must be its godmother.
LuPone received a standing ovation for her rendition of ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from ‘Gypsy’ before winning the Tony for Best Actress (Musical).

It was her second win ever and her first since 1980.

“It’s been 29 years!” screamed LuPone as the orchestra attempted to stifle her speech.

The ‘Gypsy’ family was in full effect with wins for Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines winning Best Featured Actress (Musical) and Best Featured Actor (Musical).

While Mark Rylance of ‘Boeing-Boeing’ took home the award for Best Actor (Play) two other casts racked up big wins during the awards.
South Pacific won Best Direction (Musical) for Bartlett Sher, Best Actor (Musical) for Paulo Szot and Best Revival of a Musical.

August: Osage County continued to gather awards with wins for Best Direction (Play) going to Anna D. Shapiro, Best Actress (Play) to Deanna Dunagan and Best Play.

After winning Best Score for ‘In The Heights’, Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his speech staying true to the style of the musical.
Later members of the cast would salsa dance onto stage after winning the award for Best Musical. Together with a multi-media performance from ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ the two musicals proved that Broadway is ever changing and innovative.

Ever changing too was Goldberg who throughout the evening preformed as characters from ‘Monty Pythons Spamalot’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Spring Awakening’ and even donning a harness to fly in as Mary Poppins.

And all things change.
Possibly the most poignant moment during the ceremony was when the cast members of ‘Rent’, both present and original, sang in tribute to the late creator of the musical Jonathan Larson.

After 12 years ‘Rent’, the glorified Broadway musical, will close on Sunday September 7, 2008.

By Keith Williams
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
6/15/08 —

Green was everywhere this weekend with The Incredible Hulk grabbing an estimated $54.5 million dollars and The Happening $30.5 million.

Trust that pesky panda to bounce in between at $34.3M.

What this means in the long run for those two releases could be around $120 million for Hulk and $50/60 for Happening, especially with a small army of major releases peeking over the horizon.

Standard declines for other hanger-ons in the top ten were what you’d expect, though it’s nice to see The Strangers persisting steadily with another 4 million in the kitty.

Who said R-rated horror was dead?

Even that $30.5 for The Happening shows that the audience is there, particularly if the films happen to be any good.

Hulk’s figures could have been a complete disaster, given the ghost of Ang Lee’s over-serious version still lingering in the mind, but in all other ways they were solid if unremarkable.

Will its appeal extend beyond the fan base into mainstream family?

Or will they be ready to dump it the second something bigger comes along?

Next weekend’s Battle Royale is all about comedies.

It has Get Smart and The Love Guru entering the box-office ring together.

Something tells me the ticket difference between will be somewhat less polite than Hulk vs Happening, and could turn out to be quite a bloodbath.

Laffs may be few for all.

Katie Holmes Gets Broadway Advice

Published by Carolina on June 16th, 2008 (1 hour ago)
As she prepares to make her Broadway debut this fall in the Arthur Miller play All My Sons in New York, Katie Holmes has been given advice by some of the best people in the stage biz.
John Lithgow, who will co-star with Holmes in the play, tells People,

She’s a pro and I’d say to be herself.

She’s going to be wonderful

I’m looking forward to working with her.

We haven’t worked together yet but it’s going to be great.
Brooke Shields, who starred in Chicago as Roxie Hart in 2005, is pleased Holmes has switched from screen to stage.
She says,
She will be so happy about making that decision.
There is nothing like it.
It’s the Olympics.
It’s the college of theatre.

Broadway veteran Kristen Chenoweth advises Holmes to rest up,
I would recommend her just to stay (healthy) and get a lot of good sleep and drink lots of water.

It takes so much energy to be on stage seven days a week, so she needs a good night’s sleep everyday.

But I’m sure she will do just fine.

Tiger Woods won the US open Monday afternoon.

Most golf fans will agree, it was a historical and exciting showdown between Tiger and runner-up Rocco Mediate.

The two were TIED at the end of an 18-hole playoff.

Despite his bunk knee, Tiger won on the first sudden death hole.

Who knew there was sudden death in golf????

If Rocco won, he would've been the oldest winner of the US Open.

Tiger said in a post tourney interview with NBC Sports that he's taking a break for a bit.

Congrats, Tiger, and hope your knee gets back in tip top shape soon!!

Now go, enjoy your break, enjoy your millions hundreds of millions, and enjoy being a daddy!

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