September 21st, 2010
05:26 PM ET
Michael Douglas made a return to the red-carpet last night for the premiere of his new film, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."
Since announcing that doctors found a tumor in his throat earlier this year, the actor has made few appearances, aside from a pre-taped appearance on the "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon on September 10.
So of course, the extra long press line at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City had been forewarned by publicists that Douglas wasn’t going to be answering any questions, but that didn’t stop a bunch of cameramen from mobbing Douglas while he gamely posed for pictures with the cast.
Although the 66-year-old stayed mum on the red carpet when CNN asked how he was feeling, he give an encouraging encouraging wink and a nod topped off with a quiet "good," although admittedly, his response was less spoken and more the result of reading his lips.
September 18th, 2009
04:14 PM ET
As New York's Fashion Week came to a close last night several of us were reminded that "The Devil Wears Prada" and she doesn't care what I wear.
Last night, I was interviewing actress Emily Blunt outside of the new Tommy Hilfiger store on 5th Avenue. Blunt played one of Meryl Streep's assistants in "The Devil Wears Prada." We were chatting and I asked her if she had seen "The September Issue". That's the documentary about uber powerful "Vogue" editrix Anna Wintour that just came out. Wintour, of course, was the inspiration for Streep's character in "The Devil Wears Prada".
Blunt was in the middle of telling me how she loved the movie, and how surprised she was that the offices in the documentary looked like the sets from the film she was in. Then, a blur in sunglasses flew by her. It was Anna Wintour. She strode down the red (technically it was grey) carpet about two feet from us, ignoring the anguished cries of the still photographers to stop and pose.
I said to Blunt, "speak of the....." and she turned to see Wintour disappear into the store. She turned back to me and we both started to laugh and chatter about the close encounter. Then in a mock serious tone, she leaned in and said, "you know, if you had said 'devil,' she'd have shot you a look."
I'm not at all sure if Wintour was wearing Prada, or Lagerfeld, or Hilfiger, even, but Blunt and I emerged not only unscathed by the episode, but sadly, unnoticed.
September 18th, 2009
11:58 AM ET
Oprah Winfrey had a live show this morning in New York City, and we were there and allowed to shoot the first five minutes of the show.
The big news is that Oprah's new book club selection is Uwem Akpan's "Say You're One of Them," a collection of five long stories about war-torn Africa.
The crowd was full of tourists and New Yorkers, including four guys from Missouri who were such big fans of Mariah Carey that Oprah brought them into the show to see her perform, and even let them introduce the singer. But what you didn't see was the four of them performing on stage for the full crowd before the cameras started rolling. They got to do a little karaoke for the assembled audience, which may have enjoyed their energy, but I don't think Simon Cowell would have approved.
The other thing that happened, and I don't know whether it will make air when you see the show, but there was a glitch with a live shot featuring Regis and Kelly. They clearly couldn't hear Oprah talking to them, and as someone who works in live television, I can sympathize.
But the crowd was eating up their Queen, and had a lot of energy considering that they had been waiting to get in since four or five in the morning.
August 31st, 2009
04:57 PM ET
Jay-Z announced this morning that he will be holding a benefit concert on September 11th to raise money for the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's benefit fund.
But he took a moment after the press conference to talk to us about the passing of DJ AM. And this is how he remembered Adam Goldstein.
"It’s very tragic, especially when you survive that type of tragedy like a plane crash," he said.
"What I remember about DJ AM - and this was my memory and I’ll take this with me forever - I had met with him maybe a couple of days or maybe even the day before he flew away. And we were talking about doing this concert together and he was going to DJ for me. And he was like I’ve just have to make this run and I’ll be right back and the accident happened and you know I’m thinking OK we'll get up next year, whenever he gets back on his feet. But he called, 'like man don’t count me out for the concert.' I'm like 'what?' And he came and he had a bandage on his head. It was just a small thing, but his passion and love for what he did that’s what is always going to stick with me."
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