Hollywood went totally ga-ga this weekend, and it had nothing to do with wacky singers in meat dresses …
It’s a girl for Alec & Hilaria!
The 29-year-old yoga instructor gave birth at Mount Sinai hospital in New York on Friday.
Hilaria spread the happy news via Twitter: “We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter Carmen Gabriela. She is absolutely perfect. @ABFalecbaldwin @IrelandBBaldwin.”
And: “Thank you for all the sweet congratulations and wishes! We are so happy with our little Carmen…”
Later she added: “Welcome into the world, Carmen! The sunset on her birth 8/23/13 6:15pm.”
Meanwhile, Alec’s elated 17-year-old daughter Ireland Baldwin wrote: ‘Welcome to the world, Carmen! I’m a f***ing sister!” The best big sister!! Love you so much’ then added, ‘I was born October 23. Carmen was born Friday, August 23.’
Prior to the birth, Hilaria confessed: “Right now, I want to do it naturally. That’s not to say there’s something wrong with the epidural, but that’s the way I was raised – I’m a pretty natural person. But if it does get to the point where I am screaming for the epidural, I have no problems with that. We’ll see where it goes.”
Wonder if she got her wish?
The new Doctor will be “quite difficult”
While Scottish actor David Tennant shed his accent to become Doctor Who, it’s been revealed the latest Time Lord, Peter Capaldi will keep his.
Writer Steven Moffat has revealed he’s “pretty certain” that the 12th Doctor will be a Scot.
He also revealed that he will be “older, trickier and fiercer”. Which doesn’t bode well for his companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.
“Just as Clara’s learning to have a proper old crush on him, suddenly he’s Malcolm Tucker,’ says. “I think the fun story will be – and we have the opportunity here – is this is what regeneration can do to you. He can be very, very different.”
Meet baby North West!
So, how do you score the exclusive first media photo baby North West, the babe of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West? You pull the grandma card.
On her new talk Fox show, Kris, Kardashian’s mom, Kris Jenner, showed the audience a photo of her 2-month-old granddaughter today –- which was appropriate since Daddy was the guest. And guess what: She looks like him!
“The last thing I would want to happen to my daughter is some crazy drunk black guy in a leather shirt to come up and cut her off at an awards show,” he tells Jenner during the interview. “That’s the last thing I’d want. … I was just like a crazy rock star!”
West added that he won’t let the paparazzi or public scrutiny keep him away from his love, Kim.
“I could have people saying, you know ‘This is going to damage your credibility as an artist or as a designer,’” he tells Jenner. “And I say, you know, I don’t care, I love this woman.”
And what would we love? More adorable baby pictures!
Josh: I won’t let my baby be a brat
Josh Duhamel has confessed he was “a little sh#t” as a kid, but he won’t be letting his son be the same.
“It’s really important to us that we don’t raise an entitled little brat,” he says. “We want to raise a kid who’s confident, compassionate, and it’s really important that we do that, so it’s important that I set a good example for him.”
Josh has also revealed he’s on tenterhooks for the impending birth – “anxious isn’t even the word” but he’ll miss looking at wife Fergie’s baby bump. “She’s so damn cute,” he says.
But “we’re as ready as we can be. It’s a matter of just getting the baby here now and then realizing that we’re not even close to being prepared.”
He adorably adds: “The whole idea that I get to be a dad is something I’ve always dreamt about.”
Madonna’s a material grill
Earlier this month, Madonna had a birthday. She turned 55. That made a lot of us feel old — including, probably, Madonna, given that her latest fashion statement looks a little bit like a mid-life crisis.
In Rome on Wednesday, she showed off a big, shiny, flashy grill outlining several of her top teeth. But it wasn’t a debut: It’s an accessory she’s been rocking this summer. She snapped a toothy Instagram selfie a couple of months ago with the caption “Don’t hate me. Hate my #grilz.” She also wore her diamond-encrusted dental bling while out with her boyfriend in the south of France earlier this month.
Here’s the thing: We’ve always loved Madonna for her fearless personal style, and for her ability to do, pretty much, whatever the heck she wanted and get away with it. That’s because she owned all of her over-the-top style realness, even (or especially) when it came in the form of crazy cone-shaped bras and other out-there concepts.
But we gotta tell ya, Madge. We’re wondering about the grill. Is trying to do what 25-year-old Rihanna does really that original? And honestly: Are grills really that cool? (Um, that was rhetorical. Also, recall that not-so-culturally-relevant-anymore Nelly was rapping about them eight years ago.)
Having said all that, Madonna was rocking a gold tooth back in the ’90s — so maybe this is just a new twist on a look the Material Girl truly, authentically loves. She’s just, er, expressing herself in a different way.
Reality Bites is back!
Oh, Ben Stiller. How did you know I was longing for a TV revival of 1994’s hit movie, Reality Bites?
Okay, so I wasn’t really until I heard the news that he’s planning a TV version of my favourite Gen X love story. And while it’s slightly depressing to realise that none of the leads, who now range in age from 41 to 48, could possibly step back into their roles, it’s fun to fantasise about who could.
My counterparts at iVillage US have given their picks: “who to play the uber-cool, aspiring documentarian Lelaina Pierce, who (despite her smarts) can’t seem to catch a professional break? Krysten Ritter would nail the role! She’s already displayed some great wit and eye-rolling sarcasm in Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23. And she looks just like a young Winona Ryder!
“As for that slacker icon Troy Dyer, it won’t be easy to replicate Ethan Hawke’s angsty coffee house musician. But The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher, Jr. would certainly fit the role. He’s got the scrappy good looks, and the music background. (He’s already starred in a couple of rock musicals, including Spring Awakening and American Idiot.)
“For the role of Vickie Miner, Lelaina’s snide pal with a heart of gold, may we suggest Cecily Strong? Like Janeane Garofalo, who originated this role, Strong has Saturday Night Live on her resume. That’ll come in handy for the nonstop cracks Vickie makes throughout the movie.
“As for Stiller’s record exec nerd, Michael Grates, our No. 1 pick is Darren Criss, who’s already well-versed in playing an outsider on Glee. Criss resembles Stiller, and can’t you just picture his stylish self as a Los Angeles TV exec? (Just add hip glasses!)”
But I’ll show my age by saying I haven’t the slightest idea who any of those people are … Who do you think should step into the leads?
Petition to sack Ben as Batman
A new petition on Change.org is demanding that that Ben Affleck be sacked from the role of Batman in the upcoming sequel to the Superman film Man of Steel, only days after his hiring was announced.
The petition already has 10,000 signatures goal and here’s the justification provided:
“His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else.”
Despite the assertions that Ben’s not “built” enough for the role, US magazine reveals he’s been working out for two hours a day to get in shape.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder believes Ben IS the man for the job: “Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
PS It’s not the first time Ben has played Batman. The pic above is of Ben playing the tragic George Reeves, the star of the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman, in Hollywoodland.
Linda Ronstadt silenced by Parkinsons
Seventies rock icon Linda Ronstadt, who has won more than 11 Grammy awards during her career, has revealed she “can’t sing a note” due to Parkinson’s disease.
Linda, 67, received the diagnosis eight months ago, but admits she showed signs of the disease as long as eight years ago that she initially dismissed.
In an interview with aarp.org she says: “I couldn’t sing, and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.”
“When … he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she says.
She now needs to walk with poles on uneven ground and uses a wheelchair while travelling.
But she’ll never sing again.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Linda tragically revealed. “No matter how hard you try.”