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Monday, July 23, 2018

West Hollywood report, with Gavin Wood

Hi ,Severyone, from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites comes this week’s news.

Celebrating Aussie nominees
The Australian Consul General for Los Angeles, Chelsea Martin, hosted an ‘Australian Emmy Nomination Party’ at the residence in Brentwood, Los Angeles.  The party was sponsored by ‘Australians in Film’, ‘Screen Australia’ to celebrate Australia’s nominees for the Emmy Awards.  Geoffrey Rush: who already has received an Oscar, Emmy, two Golden Globes, four Screen Actors Guild and three BAFTAs awards, three AFI’s and numerous other awards. It seems that the trophy cupboard is too full for another Emmy this year.  Nicole Kidman: Emmys this year for acting and producing Big Little Lies. The movie was a runaway success at this year’s event.  Judy Davis: Nominated for  Feud – Bette & Joan.  Kate Dennis: Director –  The Hand Maids Tale.   Bruna Papandrea:  Producer –  Big Little Lies.   Perry Meek:  Costume Design,  Ru Pauls Drag Race   It is so wonderful to see the Aussies making their mark in Hollywood.  Pictured  at the Emmy event was the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop, with the Managing Director of the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, Alan Johnson.

Spicer’s sense of humour
Asked following the Emmy Awards if he had considered the negative reactions that might follow his cameo appearance during Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue, Sean Spicer replied, “Not so much.”    The former White House press secretary told The Hollywood Reporter: “I was more worried about the logistical reactions,” he said.   “I’ve never wheeled a podium before. The one I’m used to is pretty stationary.”   Calling the chance to appear on the Emmys stage “an honour,” Spicer said Colbert “came up with a concept” and he “thought it was kinda funny” so he decided to do it.   Spicer was spotted snapping selfies with celebrities at the Governors Ball after party later that Sunday night.

Porsche and ditch
Actress Heather Locklear was hospitalised after driving her Porsche into a ditch in California. The 55-year-old former  T.J. Hooker star had the single-car wreck  in Thousand Oaks on Country Valley Road. “Her vehicle left the road and went down into an embankment,” Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. Locklear was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, according to police. No drugs or alcohol are believed to have been involved in the crash, police said. “She was alert and cooperative with deputies” after the incident, according to Buschow. The actress has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years.

Different Sheriff
There’s a new sheriff in Tinseltown. Sources say that Steve Bannon is getting back into the movie business and that the gun-slinging conservative is particularly interested in making Westerns. Sources say that since leaving the White House in August, the former chief strategist to the President has been taking meetings with movie companies. We’re told the appearance of Bannon, who has already returned to the media after his stint in DC, resuming as executive chairman of Breitbart News, in liberal Hollywood circles has left some feeling queasy.

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Meatless Mondays
Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16 per cent faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first three hours after meals. A number of researchers argue that while the human body is capable of digesting meat, our bodies are actually designed to be herbivores. For example, the human molars are similar to those of an herbivore, flat and blunt, which make them good for grinding, not gnashing and tearing. The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people that it is possible to be healthy without eating meat. In 2012, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a resolution that all Mondays in the City of Angels will be meatless. The measure is part of an international campaign to reduce the consumption of meat for health and environmental reason. Americans consume more meat than almost anyone else in the world. The average American eats approximately 222 pounds of meat per year. This does not include seafood.

Hackers should be hacked
Hackers demanding millions of dollars in ransom have released more stolen HBO files, just a week after threatening the pay-TV channel with a drop of multiple unreleased shows and scripts online. The latest dump includes scripts for this season’s first four episodes of Game of Thrones, as well as the script for the unreleased fifth episode. Accompanying the data dump is a ransom demand for $6 million in Bitcoins and the message “HBO is falling.” The hackers, identifying themselves only as ‘Mr Smith’, have also released internal documents, including financial balance sheets, employment agreements, and what they say is a month’s worth of emails from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO’s Vice-President for film programming. HBO has previously acknowledged the theft of “proprietary information” and said it is working with police and security experts to investigate the matter.

Out and About
Diane Lane and her ex-husband Christopher Lambert held a lavish birthday bash for their daughter Eleanor at Bagatelle in NYC. Bill O’Reilly was at the Pat Benatar concert  at the Beacon in NYC.  Kiss rocker Gene Simmons was at the London Hotel in Midtown having breakfast solo and wearing sunglasses.Benedict Cumberbatch was at Cut by Wolfgang Puck at the Four Seasons Hotel ,New York Downtown in NYC.   Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard saw rockers the national play at the Bowery Ballroom for a surprise SiriusXM show in NYC.Bruno Mars said last week that he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. The Grammy-winning star told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, about 30 miles (48 kms) from Detroit, that he and tour promoter Live Nation are redirecting funds from the show to the charity, The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.Bill Murray was spotted at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in Midtown NYC eating a seafood tower at the bar. He couldn’t finish it, so he offered some of the shrimp, crab and lobster to other strangers sitting at the bar before he walked across the street to see Groundhog Day.   The stars were out in full force on David Geffen’s $300 million yacht last week, which played host to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and Gayle King. Geffen’s boat was anchored off the luxurious Verdura Resort in Sicily, where Google’s exclusive three-day summer camp is held every year.  The annual event is held at the $1 770-a-night resort, but it was Geffen’s 454-foot boat where a slew of celebrities decided to play instead where he was also joined by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, actress Julianna Margulies, and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Linda Hamilton returns
Director James Cameron announced last week that Linda Hamilton, the actress who starred as heroine Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise (and Cameron’s ex-wife), would return for the next instalment of the blockbuster sci-fi classic series.

  • Gavin Wood

One Response “West Hollywood report, with Gavin Wood”

  1. ,Robyn Stewart
    Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    So glad all is well with you.
    Thoughts & wishes

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