Johnny Depp has signed on to play the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland. It’s due out in 2010–so excited! I just hope Johnny doesn’t use the same fake teeth he used as Willy Wonka. Eesh.
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By now we’ve all heard—if not quite accepted or really comprehended or fully dealt with—the news that Lauren Conrad has signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins. Her YA series, about a girl who moves to L.A. and ends up on a reality show [insert joke here, I am too beaten down to do so] will be called: L.A. Candy. The first book is due out in summer 2009.
Okay, so the title sucks and, as I’ve told several friends, I think they should have rushed the book to print; I predict that no one will care about The Hills by next summer. (Hello, does anyone remember The Truth About Diamonds?) Still, that doesn’t mean myself and other would-be writers didn’t quietly weep and that our souls didn’t die a little as HarperCollins declared that they’d never experienced such buzz around a project.
Anyway, it got me thinking: Do those Hills kids actually read? And if so, what? For the She-Pratt’s recent birthday, LC gifted her the coffee table book The Handbag: An Illustrated History. Then Stephanie gave Spencer The Secret History of the CIA (ha!) by Joseph J. Trento. Heidi, of course, reads the Bible. And way back in Season Two, Lauren read You Didn’t Hear It From Us, a how-to about meeting men written by two bartenders.
That’s all I’ve got. Until L.A. Candy appears, to rot our teeth as well as our hopes and dreams.
I’ve been watching VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy and it’s pretty entertaining. I’m sort of over Diddy himself but I’m totally into Laverne, the transgendered dancing queen contestant. And last Thursday she sat next to me on the N train! It was about 1:30 in the afternoon and I was coming from Queens. I think she got on around 59th Street in Manhattan. She was striking, totally decked out in a tight black pencil skirt, sky-high heels, and red lipstick. She had an oriental fan that she was waving around dramatically and her perfume smelled divine. A guy on the train came up to her and said he saw her on the show “with Puff Daddy” (hey, who can possibly keep all his names straight?) and wished her luck. She thanked him, and got off the train with me at 34th Street.
I’m not sure what this sighting means as far as whether Laverne succeeded on the show. Would Diddy’s assistant be on public transportation? I thought all his people rolled in Escalades…
“Whatever happened to class?” my father wondered today. This was after I told him a humiliating story about slipping down the stairs at a restaurant a few nights ago while my date, rather than um … helping me up, laughed at me. More on that in a bit. (more…)
The Finest Man on the Planet, Ryan Gosling, has started DJing Tuesday nights at the Green Door Lounge in Hollywood. (It’s jazz night. He loves jazz. I read that somewhere.) And guess who turned up to support him on the very first night of his new gig? His former girlfriend (ex sounds so final), the lovely and talented Rachel McAdams. Reports People.com: “They really looked like good pals. He seemed happy to see her.” Does that mean there’s hope for these two? Please tell me there’s hope! After the Matt and Shayne fiasco, I need to believe again…