TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Hugh Grant’

What Was News of the World Up to In Hollywood?

Hollywood has been noticeably silent over the News of the World phone hacking scandal that has Rupert Murdoch‘s media empire backpedaling. Reuters says our town is “gloating silently” over the affair, due to the fact that Murdoch’s Fox Television network and 20th Century Fox film studio employ more than a few people ’round these parts.

But there are more than a few people in Hollywood who have every reason to cheer the paper’s demise. Media Matters compiled a nice roundup of Hollywood’s past clashes with NOTW. Included in the list is this fascinating little yarn. When actor Hugh Grant wore a wire during a discussion with a News of the World reporter a few months ago, this is what he was told:

So I was sent to do a feature on Moulin Rouge! at Cannes, which was a great send anyway. Basically my brief was to see who Nicole Kidman was shagging – what she was doing, poking through her bins and get some stuff on her. So Murdoch’s paying her five million quid to big up the French and at the same time paying me £5.50 to fuck her up . . . So all hail the master. We’re just pawns in his game. How perverse is that?

Kidman, incidentally, is reportedly the godmother to Murdoch’s two youngest daughters.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Starting August 18, learn how to manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Through a series of weeklong webcasts, you'll hear from freelancing experts who will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and securing new clients. Register now! 

The Daily Show Sums Up Murdoch News of the World Scandal

The Daily Show‘s John Oliver does a tremendous job summing up just how big a story the implosion of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World is in his home country: “Do you know how hard it is to disgrace a British tabloid?”

And how can you not love this line about Hugh Grant, who wore a wire to help expose News of the World‘s phone hacking: “The guy who got car head from an LA road prostitute is now the moral compass of my nation.”

Ashton Kutcher Replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Thursday evening that the void left by Charlie Sheen in the Two and a Half Men series will be filled by the younger, hotter, and considerably less violent Ashton Kutcher. From THR:

The deal came together quickly in the wake of Hugh Grant passing on the opportunity to join the show. Now sources say Men creator Chuck Lorre has crafted a storyline to introduce Kutcher in a way that satisfies the network and studio. “It’s really funny,” says one source. “People are going to love it.”

Kutcher has not confirmed the deal as of yet, but shortly after the story broke in the press he coyly tweeted: “what’s the square root of 6.25?” The answer, of course, is two and a half.

Hugh Grant Meets LA Media Funeral Maker

It’s been 15 years since actor Hugh Grant picked up prostitute Divine Brown in Hollywood. That sad chapter now has a hilarious, upside-down sequel thanks to some car trouble experienced by the actor outside London.

Per The Guardian, when Grant’s Ferrari California (ahem) broke down on the A256 Sandwich to Dover, the first person to come to his aid was former News of the World deputy features editor Paul McMullan (pictured). McMullan is now a pub landlord, but in 1995, it was his publication that paid Brown for the tell-all scandal details.

Read more

Lunch at Michael’s: A Kareem Dream

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgIt’s official — the holidays are over! It’s back to business, people! Now that the weather has finally turned cold (it is January, after all), things are heating up once again at Michael’s. The dining room was abuzz with the usual mix of movers and shakers, moguls and random celebrities (we understand Hugh Grant had a reservation but was stuck at the airport, darn it!) — and plenty of power suits. Even the most jaded regular craned their neck to catch a glimpse of basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he arrived shortly after 1:00. While we’re still awaiting the return of some of our favorite friends, there were plenty of boldface names to more than keep us interested.

Here’s the rundown on who was dining and dishing today:

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a group of unidentified handlers and executives. The NBA hall-of-famer cut a towering figure (he’s 7’2″ after all) as he made his way to his table stopping to shake Al Roker‘s hand en route. Sporting a Tonight Show bomber jacket and penny loafers, he arrived with a copy of his new book, On The Shoulders of Giants, due out at the end of this month from Simon & Schuster, tucked under his arm. The retired L.A. Laker, who has the reputation of being something of a gentle and generous giant himself, writes movingly of Harlem’s renaissance in the upcoming tome. Sounds interesting …

2. Gerry Byrne and guests.

3. MTV’s John Sykes, a hip looking dark-haired beauty and an unidentified gentleman.

4. Norman Pearlstine, and we’re told, Fairchild’s Ed Nardozza.

5. Stanley Jaffe.

6. Today‘s Al Roker, his producer Jackie Olensky and our good pal Today show flack Lauren Kapp. The glowing new mom of two-month-old Oliver Darcy Wraps managed to tear herself away from her bouncing baby boy for the afternoon to catch up with her pals. She showed Diane Clehane, today’s lunchtime chronicler, lots of adorable pics of her bundle of joy. (We’re so impressed you’re out and about already!) Lauren, still on maternity leave, is back at her Today perch on March 1.

7. Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley and Manolo Blahnik’s main man, George Malkemus. ALT caused quite a stir yesterday at 55th & Fifth when he arrived with newly-minted superstar (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) Jennifer Hudson. We guessing Ms. Hudson is in line to get the full Vogue treatment in an upcoming issue now that she’s arrived on the A list due to her shattering performance in Dreamgirls. We’re also thinking that Andre will step in and style the plus-size glamour gal for the red carpet as he did for Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) at last year’s Oscars.

Read more