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Posts Tagged ‘Ted Danson’

Newsweek Has a Winner with ‘My Favorite Mistake’

Dennis Quaid is making a lot of media waves today with his cocaine confessional in Newsweek. As he should – it’s an incredibly candid first-person recollection of how he fell down the white-powder rabbit hole in 1974 and came up gasping for air in the late ’80s.

But the bigger picture is the recurring feature for which he wrote the piece. Launched in the March 14th issue, “My Favorite Mistake” is quickly turning out to be a highlight of Tina Brown‘s revamped Newsweek.

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Tina Brown, Al Roker and Facebook’s Flummoxed Friends

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The holidays are over (finally!), so it was back to business for the moguls and mavens that trickled into Michael’s today. The telltale sign was last month’s run on red wine has been replaced by orders of Diet Coke (No more ducking out early ‘to go Christmas shopping’ for you!), and there was plenty of talk about New Year’s resolutions and diets of every description. “I hate January,” said one fashionista who hardly looked like she had anything to worry about. “Nothing fits! And going back to the gym is such an effort.” We feel your pain.

The other hot topic everyone was talking about was Facebook — but not in the way you might expect. While the news is full of reports about the cash infusion from Goldman Sachs and the $1.5 billion fund from private investors (helped, no doubt, by all our witty posts), the movers and shakers in the dining room were debating the finer points of what to post and who to  friend on the site.

“I’m using it to build my personal brand,” one diner told me. “And I’ll do it as soon as I figure out what I want that brand to be.”  Author Pamela Keogh told me she maintains two friends lists: one for her nearest and dearest and one for fans of her books. Her lunch date, James Curtis, who is new to the whole thing, is trying to build a friends list without committing any social faux pas. “It’s funny,” he noted. “You’re friends with people on Facebook that you don’t know that well, and then there are people you do know well that you don’t want to ‘friend.’ It’s like high school all over again.”

We understand completely. That mean girl who kept us out of the popular sorority keeps sending a friend request which we just keep ignoring. Sweet revenge!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The “Imber Gang” all present and accounted for: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield, Michael Kramer and Andy Bergman

2. New York Observer publisher (and Ivanka Trump‘s adoring hubby) Jared Kushner with a well-heeled fellow we didn’t recognize.

3. The Early Show: Public relations maven Lisa Linden with New York lobbyist Kevin Fullington.  (He’s a Republican, in case you were wondering) Take two: Today show weatherman Al Roker enjoying a romantic lunch with wife Deborah Roberts.  See, sometimes lunch is just lunch.

4. Leonard Lauder with two pals. The cosmetics industry legend recently received WWD‘s first-ever Visionary Award. Congrats!

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All in the Walk of Fame Family

When you’ve reached the point of dedicating the 2,419th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it becomes challenging PR-wise to come up with something that hasn’t been done before. But late this morning, in the shadow of The W Hotel and the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did just that with its first triple dedication of Stars to Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd and the couple’s daughter, Laura Dern.

“Citizens of Hollywood, I love Laura Dern!” exclaimed the actress’ Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Inland Empire director David Lynch (pictured), sounding very much like a 1930′s era newsman. On behalf of Laura’s dad, director Joe Dante suggested, “If there’s ever an actor who has paid his dues, it’s Bruce Dern.” Ladd meanwhile gave a typically rousing, firebrand speech, deeming Laura a “miracle child.”

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FBLA Gets The Stomach Flu From Carrie Fisher

wishfuldrinking.gifWe can’t be sure that the former Mrs. Paul Simon/Princess Leia is the culprit behind our involuntary Master Cleanse diet, but it’s a good bet. Seeing how the extremely witty and open-to-the-world Fisher was sniffling into her microphone and literally “leaking” (her word for the Tammy Faye effect her watery eyes were having on her mascara), it’s safe to presume that she got us violently ill.

Which means Ted Danson must be in a coma. During Fischer’s one-woman play, Wishful Drinking, at the Geffen, Fisher normally plucks a hapless man out of the audience and dances with him on stage. On Thursday, that man was Danson, who very good-naturedly donned a Princess Leia wig and allowed Fischer to grope his bottom.

Fisher quipped that, knowing her luck with men, by the end of the evening Danson would either be gay or besieged with intimacy issues.

Or drowning in his own sick.

Feel better, Ted.