Iron Man 3 co-star Gwyneth Paltrowwas crowned by People magazine as the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” just ahead of last night’s big splashy El Capitan Theatre premiere. In this red carpet photo, she is firmly in the clutches of the person we think owns the “Coolest Person on the Planet” honors.
This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:
Will this make Variety a more attractive acquisition target for the likes of Avenue Capital Group and Jay Penske?
Per an announcement this morning on the variety.com website, the trade publication has followed up its exclusive trade media partnership with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for Walk of Fame induction ceremonies with another curbside special-access arrangement. This time, it’s with Chinese Theatres:
Variety has inked a deal that makes it the exclusive trade media partner for the Hollywood icon’s famous hand-and-footprint ceremonies. “We are very excited to be working with the Chinese Theatres in this capacity,” Variety publisher Brian Gott said. “They have never had an exclusive trade media partner before, and we are honored to be their chosen partner.”
“When I go back and look at it, I find myself thinking, I don’t feel that way. I get how it came across, but I don’t feel that way, and I never have. Telling people how to live their lives? I saw how that came across and how pieces were edited.”
It’s been an absolutely insane seven days at TheWrap as a result of the site’s exclusive coverage of Mel Gibson’s December 2011 Costa Rica meltdown. First came the nine-page letter written by Joe Eszterhas, followed yesterday by some frightening audio corroboration, recorded by the screenwriter’s son Nick.
“It’s a phenomenal shift moment for the site,” confirms Sharon Waxman via telephone to FishbowlLA. “We’ve never seen traffic coming in the way it has in the past week.”
TheWrap has registered hundreds of thousands of page views for each Gibson story, while social media shares have been in the tens of thousands. The Gibson coverage has also buffeted TheWrap’s international profile, with lots of UK and German linkage. When we spoke to Waxman, there was a Russian TV station crew setting up at her offices for an interview.
TheWrap’s numbers would be even larger if the audio of a sober (and perhaps severely bi-polar) Gibson had remained exclusive to the site. But because the file was shared, The Drudge Report is linking today for example to a TMZ story (with full credit to TheWrap) about the audio.
Callahan’s article was published April 1, leading a number of observers to speculate that the piece is a joke. More precisely, that the interview did properly occur but was a vehicle for misinformation. Sure enough, after vetting the details given to her by this alleged 43-year-old wills and probate attorney, Callahan came to the following conclusion:
Nearly everything Enty says doesn’t check out… It all indicates that Hollywood and the media have been punked – duped by a soft-spoken probate lawyer with delusions of grandeur. And he’s only getting bolder, accusing aging and dead stars of a rape, murder, pedophilia.
The latest MSM outlet to chime in on the crazy story of “Himmmm,” an anonymous Hollywood website commenter who has claimed that he is one-part Robert Downey Jr., is the FoxNews.com 411 showbiz column.
In the article by Joe Piazza, the actor’s high-powered publicist Alan Nierob confirms that Downey Jr. has nothing to do with the salacious observations of Himmmm and hints that the actor’s reps may well want to pursue legal action. First to this story last week were Gawker and Jezebel.
One offshoot of the bizarre Internet firestorm is no doubt a major spike in traffic for Crazy Days and Nights, the murky Tinseltown website where Himmmm has long trolled. It’s almost enough to make FishbowlLA think the owner of the commenter account is also the owner of the website.
Only two LAFCA members also belong to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). One, Mike Goodridge, is an affiliate member, while the other, South Korean native H.J. Park (pictured), is part of the active roster.
Park has been writing since 1980 in LA for the Korea Times. He also reviews movies every Saturday for the paper’s sister company, Radio Seoul 1650. Internationally, his outlets include the Seoul Economic Daily, The Sportshankook and monthly People and the Books.