By Bettina Zilkha
Posted 02/02/12 at 11:55 AM
It takes guts to go to couples therapy, publish the whole emotional roller coaster in the Observer, and then put it all together in a book. It takes brains to do it with humor. It takes heart to finally propose to your fiancee at your book party, in front of dozens of your friends, family and fans.
George Gurley has guts, brains and heart. He enjoyed every minute of the book party at Doubles for George & Hilly: The Anatomy of a Relationship. After humorous speeches given by Jim Windolf and Peter Stevenson, Gurley gave a speech of his own, then got down on his knees and proposed to his long time love, Hilary "Hilly" Heard—they've been together for ten years.
"It felt humiliating— I can't deal with crowds, audiences—but so sweet and touching," said Heard, with her characteristic sense of humor, a quality shared by Gurley. "I love George so much. The most wonderful thing was seeing George up there, especially after hearing his editors introduce him and talk about it, and feeling so proud that he got an ounce of the recognition he deserves. That was the winning moment for me."
By Bettina Zilkha
Posted 01/27/12 at 01:00 PM
Most everyone has heard about the new show Smash. There has been a pull-out all the stops marketing campaign. The question is, is it worth all the hype?
The answer, judging by the first episode, is a resounding yes. The show is compelling, funny, dramatic, and entertaining. Most of all, the cast is hugely talented and a joy to watch, whether performing the grueling dance numbers or weaving the story lines together.
The premiere, presented by NBC, Volvo and The Cinema Society, was held at the Metropolitan Museum, and much of the ensemble, including Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Katherine McPhee (in Donna Karan), Brian d'Arcy James, and Jack Davenport, joined notables such as Bebe Neuwirth (in Dolce & Gabbana), Sarah Jessica Parker (in Tory Burch) and Matthew Broderick, and Lauren Hutton, to watch the engaging tale of the creation of a new musical about Marilyn. Central to the story is the competition between two women, played by Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty, for the starring role.
"The dance portions of the show are very difficult," said cast member Savannah Wise, wearing an off white Supertrash dress. "The day of the shoot of any musical number--that's a long day. They make us do them in their entirety, a fully produced musical number. It's a blast--but you go home broken."
"We've been working really long hours and the schedule's tough, so we try to keep each other laughing and happy," added cast member Phillip Spaeth.
By Bettina Zilkha
Posted 01/20/12 at 03:10 PM
Man on a Ledge is a heart-pounding new thriller about, you guessed it, a man on a ledge.
Framed for a crime he swears he didn't commit, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) uses the ledge as a platform (if you'll excuse the double entendre) and a diversion to prove his innocence. The scenes were filmed on an actual ledge outside a room at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. No stranger to action movies, the Avatar star had to battle wind, cold and other distractions.
"I get to be a tough guy in the films, but in real life I'm a pussycat," Worthington revealed to FashionEtc at the January 19 Cinema Society screening. "I sit on the couch, do my washing, do normal stuff. It's only in the movies that I get to do the crazy stuff. That's the appeal. In real life I'm not going to battle monsters, kiss blue aliens, and stand two hundred feet in the air."
Co-star Elizabeth Banks, gorgeous in a black-and-gold studded, one-shouldered Versace, had a bit of a scare during one of the ledge scenes.
"A piece of scaffolding fell between Sam and I while we were shooting out on the ledge. We both looked at each other for a beat and we were so happy that it didn't fall on either of us," Banks told us.
"It wasn't a brick-size piece of scaffolding and it wasn't heavy, but if it would have fallen on us I'm sure it would have startled us to the point where I'm sure one of us would have fallen. It landed exactly in between our feet."
By Bettina Zilkha
Posted 01/19/12 at 03:00 PM
Gina Carano, the gorgeous 29-year old mixed martial arts superstar, is currently starring in Steven Soderbergh's latest movie, Haywire. Talk about accomplished.
At the Cinema Society screening in New York City, Carano spoke to FashionEtc about the challenge of transitioning from one medium to another.
"I'd never acted before," said the tall, buff and surprisingly soft-spoken champion, wearing Bebe, "but I think that my fighting background, and being in front of thousands of people in very intensive circumstances, helped me a lot."
The movie, an adrenaline-fueled thriller about a highly trained government operative betrayed by her colleagues, features Carano fighting with the likes of Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum—and they are all impressive fighters.
It seemed a little scary, but for Ewan McGregor, fighting was the best part of making the film.
"We had a big fight scene, me and Gina, and that was the most fun," the approachable and upbeat McGregor told us—180 degrees from the character he plays in the film.
"It's just fun learning fights, learning the choreography. When you've got something physical to do it's great fun, especially when you're doing it with such a professional, capable and attractive athlete. Gina doesn't break sweat. She's better than I could ever, ever be—so that was my main worry, keeping up with her."