Friday, January 18, 2013

LIZ SMITH: Last of The Golden Globes Items ...

In conjunction with the Golden Globes presentation, the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association held its first gala social event in 1945 with a formal banquet at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ingrid Bergman was named Best Actress for her performance in "The Bells of St. Mary."
Last of The Golden Globes Items (We Think!) .... A "First Wives Club" Sequel? .... How Jennifer Lawrence Got her "Silver Lining" .... Stars Gather at Hollywood's Cafe 50's .... Taylor Swift — No More Break-Up Songs, Please!
Remembering "The Singing Rage" — Patti Page.

by Liz Smith
Friday, January 18th, 2013

“NO, NO! Don’t take them off! If you do your feet will swell. The blood is going to rush to your feet!”

That was actress Hayden Panettiere’s advice to a pained woman in the ladies room at the HBO Golden Globes party. The woman wanted to remove her spike heels “for a bit.” But in the end, she took Miss Panettiere’s warning to heart. Or to feet. She hobbled, but kept the shoes on.
Hayden in a pair of her 5.5 size shoes.
THE BIGGEST star at the HBO soirée — literally — was basketball’s Kobe Bryant, who arrived with his newly reconciled wife, Vanessa. Sports-loving partygoers stood on chairs to get a really good look at Kobe. Although, given his height, the chair-standing didn’t seem really necessary. I think some of these people just wanted to be noticed themselves. So — stand on a chair.
THE HUGE diamond band on the right hand of George Clooney’s current lady, Stacy Keibler, caused a lot of party chatter. The pair just returned from two weeks in Cabo. Relax, folks. Marriage for Mr. Clooney is as far off as the Mayan apocalypse turned out to be.
RUMORVILLE: That Paul Rudnick is working on a sequel to his “The First Wives Club,” which was such a big hit for Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn back in 1996.

Tis’ said the new script will update the lives of the three women who liberated themselves from unhappy or confining marriages. Could be fun. And none of the star ladies look significantly different than they did 17 years ago. (Miss Midler, whose energy knows no limits, is even returning to Broadway in a one-woman play called “Skyfall” — about the famous Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.)

As for a “First Wives Club” sequel, there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the divorce decree.
OUR FRIEND Harvey Weinstein says we need to reconsider his “Silver Linings Playbook” movie as Best Picture. (Our choice is “Argo.”) Okay, Harvey. We’ll see it again, but can’t promise anything.

Speaking of “Silver Linings Playbook” have you wondered how Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for her role in that film? She did it via Skype, from her apartment, to director David O. Russell. She thought her approach was maybe “too techy,” but Russell was impressed and she won the part. And prior to meeting Bradley Cooper she got to know him during a series of long, funny and intense phone calls. By the time filming began, they were old friends, giving their scenes together a more seamless quality.
IN WEST Hollywood, five guys often lunch or dine together at Café 50's. The famous are Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow. This quintet spends several hours tossing around ideas for movies, cracking jokes (hopefully to be included in a movie), and generally acting like the young fellows in the movie “Diner.” Except this group is older and more on track about their lives. (Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner are also regulars at Cafe 50's. Though they don’t join the fellows.)

One funny thing. Adam Sandler invariably brings his own salad from home, citing a healthier lifestyle. Then he orders a Rocky Road Shake after.
MAYBE Taylor Swift was just kidding when a recent tweet from her suggested she had already written five songs about her breakup with One Direction band-boy Harry Styles. (The pair had an epic one-month relationship.) This is getting to be a joke, even for Taylor’s devoted fans — all these “my-man-went-off-and-left me” dirges in the wake of her inevitably unsatisfying romances.

Perhaps her next song should be titled, “It’s Not Them, It’s Me.” Even if she doesn’t believe it, it would be original.

Suggestion — Taylor should just cool off on love and romance for a while. Read a book. But skip “Anna Karenina” or “Madame Bovary.”
SOMETIMES when we write about stars who have recently departed, we get mail to the effect of “Stop writing about dead people!” But if we fail to mention the passing of certain celebs, we are chided by fans — “Oh, is so-and-so not good enough for mention in your column?”

So forgive me, if I didn’t rush to mention the death of singer Patti Page at age 85. She was known as “The Singing Rage” and for good reason. Patti had 14 million-selling singles between 1950 and 1965. In all, she sold 100 million records. And this was back when selling millions of records really meant something!

Her mellow, velvety voice caressed such classics as “With My Eyes Wide Open”…”I Went to Your Wedding”…”Confess”… and that “beautiful ‘Tennessee Waltz.’” And, like many singers of the era, she also lent herself to nonsense songs that sometimes achieved incredible popularity.

Page’s offering was “How Much is That Doggie In The Window,” which stayed on the charts for an astonishing five months. She was on The Hit Parade for what seemed liked 1,000s of years. (Some singers might have objected to being so well-remembered for such a silly jingle — which included the sound of a dog barking — but not Patti. She dutifully and happily sang it in concert after concert.)

Paige worked steadily for many years, and maintained the famous tones that had made her “The Singing Rage.” In later years, through her concerts, she helped raise more than $100,000 for people afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

Patti Page died on January 1st in California. But her voice remains very much alive.

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