|The Anthem for One Billion Rising.|
by Liz Smith
Friday, December 7, 2012
"AT THIS stage in my life — and this moment will not last forever — me walking my dog is news ... I don't fall out of nightclubs. I don't have photographers catching me spending untold amounts on a handbag. Of course, in the court of celebrity, if you try to be serious, you may look like a fool."
That's Anne Hathaway in Glamour, explaining how serious she is about representing One Billion Rising. (This is a global awareness action in which one billion people — women who have been raped or beaten worldwide — are encouraged to walk out of their jobs for a day, Feb 14, 2013 V-Day, and dance.) Serious stuff, and although it is unlikely all abused women can partake in this event, it raises awareness of the issue.
Without the long locks that came to define her onscreen, Hathaway says, "People are warmer to me." Being so shy, there were days she would pull on a hat and sort of hide behind her hair. "I can't do that anymore, because I am all face. I have to be me all the time!" (Everybody certainly seemed quite warm to Hathaway at the special NYC screening of "Les Miserables" last weekend. She was beaming for hours. Shy or not, she knows how to work a room and charm strangers.)
P.S. Speaking of "Les Miserables," the current New York magazine — the Culture issue — presents its picks and predictions for Oscar. They cite "standing ovations" at early screenings of "Les Miz" and confidently assert it will take Best Picture. Unless "Lincoln" does. (I say watch out for Ben Affleck's "Argo" in the Best Picture category. Hollywood loves a comeback, and Affleck has come back with a vengeance.)
As for Anne Hathaway, New York mag opines: "Pack up this category and put it away, because Hathaway has it in the bag." Of course, there's also Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook" and Rachel Weisz in "The Deep Blue Sea."
|THE TRAILERS for the Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogan comedy "The Guilt Trip" don't look very appetizing, but La Babs has more than that bit of fluff up her sleeve.
Streisand continues apace with her plans for a movie remake of "Gypsy." According to Time magazine, she has her eye on Lady Gaga to play the fabled ecdysiast, Gypsy Rose Lee. (Barbra will interpret the Medusa of all stage mothers, Mama Rose.) Conventional Hollywood wisdom continues to say "don't dress" for this event. Oh, please, conventional Hollywood wisdom insisted Streisand herself could never become a movie star.
Of course she did become a movie star, and in doing so, transformed what show biz thought of as a "leading lady." So many beautifully unusual-looking actresses owe their careers to Streisand; you don't have to look like an eight by ten glossy to be "The greatest star." So, don't count out "Gypsy." Barbra gets what she wants.
|MAYBE THE new head guy at CNN will help that floundering network? Can it ever be what it was under Ted Turner? Probably not, back then CNN was the only game in town. But for sure Jeff Zucker can do something? I liked him at NBC.
What was worse was cutting back to the anchors, who continued to joke about Kate's situation. You'd think the young female anchor might have been less jolly, but she went right along. Would everybody think it was so amusing if Kate miscarried?
This sort of "levity" has played a part in ruining CNN's reputation.
Good luck, Mr. Zucker.
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