And more from our Gossip Girl: “The Gray Zone” — a thriller with purpose … “Pirates” captures the world’s box office … Bette Midler’s annual picnic for New York
“I DON’T have a nanny or a housekeeper, and I only have a cleaner for one hour each week.”
That’s Victoria Beckham, soon to give birth to her fourth child with soccer’s David Beckham. Maybe Mrs. Beckham has the right idea. Housekeepers to the rich and famous are not held in high regard right this second, what with the tawdry tale of Arnold Schwarzenegger, his household “help” and what sprang up in between the dusting and ironing.
Honestly, “Rebecca’s” Mrs. Danvers is looking good compared to Mildred Baena.
And although no murders have been committed, the Schwarzenegger story is definitely going to be goosed up by our friends at “Law & Order.” (They’ll probably have a Maria Shriver-type character put a slug in her philandering hubby.) Not to mention the “ripped-from-the-headlines” scripting “L&O” will have with I.M.F managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Here, it seems a real crime has allegedly taken place. (Although Arnold is certainly a real culprit!)
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MICHAEL BUBLE not only sings like the stars of the good old days (when you could understand every lyric), he marries like the stars of the good old days. Big glamour.
Buble and his gorgeous actress bride, Luisana Lopilato, were wed in her home country of Argentina a few weeks back. It was reportedly a dream affair, with Buble and Luisana absolutely besotted with one another. Then they went off to Italy to honeymoon.
This weekend the pair will marry all over again, including the vows, in Canada, where Michael was born. It’ll be an intimate “do” for 500 of their closest friends.
Lopilato is ravishing, smart and, apparently, she is what Buble needed in order to settle down. (He has sown more than his share of wild oats.) Something’s working, because I’ve known Michael for years, ever since he sang “Happy Birthday” at my 80th birthday, and voila, he became a star. (He was already getting there, but I insist on taking credit for his success!) In any case, this charmer has never looked better. Even his voice seems richer. Love means never having to say, “I can’t hit that note tonight.”
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REVIEWS have been mixed, but Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” looks to be a smash. At least overseas. By Friday, the fourth installment of Johnny Depp’s adventures as Captain Jack Sparrow had taken in a whopping $44 million in just two days. The Russians seem to be especially fond of it.
We’ll see today how “Pirates” did here in the U.S. If we’re still here that is. There are those who said the world would end on May 21, Saturday. (They jumped the gun on the Mayan calendar which gives us until Dec 21 2012.)
Oh, well, if the end came, a good deal of the world was be watching “Pirates” with their 3-D glasses on. I guess there are worse ways to go.
Anyway, if this “Pirates” does as well as expected, Johnny might have to get into that eyeliner and that scraggly wig again, a year or so from now.
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SPEAKING OF sequels, David Arquette doesn’t think there will be a “Scream 5.” The last one didn’t break any records, and although Arquette says he “has fun” making the films, he thinks the whole guy-in-the-mask-with-a-knife thing has palled.
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THE MOST feted book of the year so far has to be Daphna Edwards Ziman’s thriller about the trafficking of foster children for prostitution. It is titled “The Gray Zone.” The subject matter has long-interested Daphna, but she feels there has never been enough American exposure. So she decided to take the facts and meld them into an exciting novel.
Apparently, this worked. Next Tuesday, HBO’s former honcho Michael Fuchs puts on the dog for Ziman at his apartment in New York City. The next day, Patricia Duff celebrates “The Gray Zone” at Michael’s restaurant, the Manhattan eatery where the elite literati meet.
Then it’s on to Washington D.C. Timmy Shriver, son of Sargent and Eunice, will open his Georgetown home to Daphna on the 22nd of June. Most of the city’s movers and shakers have been invited by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
The author founded the Children Uniting Nations program and is the country’s central activist protecting America’s most at-risk children.
Asked why she chose to write a novel rather than a more scholarly, strictly factual work, said, “I’ve read several of those, and good as they were, they received very little notice; no traction on the subject. I figured I’d go for broke with a fictional take. If it does well, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to talk seriously about this issue — the criminality and exploitation of children, children turned into slaves by the very system supposedly founded for their protection. If I had to dress it up a bit to make it more palatable, that’s fine.
“It’s imperative that people know and care and act on their knowledge.”
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ON WEDNESDAY Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project celebrates their 10th annual Spring Picnic at Gracie Mansion. Among the throng who want to help Bette beautify NYC will be Jann Wenner … Mica Ertegun … Enid Nemy … Mario Buatta … Margo and Jimmy Nederlander … Judy Gold and but of course Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Since 2007, Bloomberg and Bette’s MilliontreesNYC project have planted close to 470,000 new greeneries in and around Manhattan.