Faces & Names: Fey expecting her second child
Fey expecting her second child
Tina Fey is expecting her second child.
Her publicist confirms that the "30 Rock" star announced while taping an appearance of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Wednesday. Fey is about five months pregnant. Her "Oprah" appearance is scheduled to air next week.
Fey and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, are also parents of a 5-year-old daughter, Alice.
The 40-year-old actress-writer is currently promoting a new memoir, "Bossypants."
Crystal video updates 'Harry/Sally'
Billy Crystal's "When Harry Met Sally..." has finally gotten a sequel in a new Web video that mixes in a bit of "Twilight."
Crystal debuted his first video for the comedy website FunnyOrDie.com. In it, he and director Rob Reiner pitch a sequel to the 1989 film.
A studio executive, played by Adam Scott, requests one tweak to Crystal's plans: vampires. A trailer for the mock results follows, with Crystal falling for another woman, Sharon -- played by Helen Mirren -- in a retirement community.
Sharon, though, turns out to be a bloodsucking vampire. The film is dubbed "Grampires: When Sharon Bit Harry."
The 4½-minute video gives Crystal wide room to spoof the recent vampire resurgence in pop culture -- and a Hollywood desperate to follow the trend -- by marrying ghoulish maulings with old-age romance. A number of stars make cameos including Maya Rudolph, Rob Riggle and even Mike Tyson.
Crystal said the idea came to him at his grandson's first birthday party, where he was dressed in a little Halloween vampire outfit.
"I said, 'Oh, that makes me a grampire!' " said the 63-year-old comedian.
Mad about art at the Rad
The Duluth Art Institute's fundraiser Goin' Mad at the Rad played on the hit TV series "Mad Men" at the Radisson Downtown Duluth Saturday, giving a couple of hundred guests decked out in early 1960s Madison Avenue chic the chance to walk away with a 5-by-7-inch mini-masterpiece. Missed it but want one? Check out the remaining images at www.facebook.com/
Fight against bligh
Sharra "Rusty" Brown, assistant program officer at Duluth LISC, expressed her surprise at being chosen as a recipient of the 2011 Duluth LISC's Building Healthy Communities Award at the organization's annual luncheon at Clyde Iron Works Wednesday.
The award was presented to several Duluthians who work to revitalize blighted communities.
Sheen moves to trademark 22 catchphrases
Not everyone may have Charlie Sheen's "Adonis DNA" but people may soon be able to wear it, chew on it, drink it and experience it in a video game.
Within two weeks of Sheen's firing from "Two and a Half Men," a company with ties to the actor applied to trademark 22 of his catchphrases, including "Duh, Winning," "Vatican Assassin," "Tiger Blood" and "Rock Star From Mars."
The former "Two and a Half Men" star introduced the world to many of the phrases during a media blitz in February and early March that Sheen dubbed a "Media Tsunami."
Palin earns $262K for teen pregnancy work
Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, earned more than $262,000 for her role helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009 for the Candie's Foundation.
Bristol Palin, now 20, was 18 when she was appointed as a teen ambassador for the New York-based foundation in 2009, months after giving birth to her son, Tripp. She and the 2-year-old boy's father are no longer together.
Palin family attorney John Tiemessen and foundation officials did not immediately return calls for comment.
A jolly good fellow
There's no law dictating it, but generally the only people who get fellowships named after them are those who've gone on to meet their maker or who have given away a million dollars. Or both.
Duluth nature and wildlife photographer Dudley Edmondson didn't get that memo.
"Nope, I'm still kickin' and I sure don't have a bunch of giveaway bucks," he told Faces & Names last week after the announcement of the Dudley Edmondson Fellowship in Youth Development and International Education in South Africa, sponsored by the Metrocenter YMCA of Seattle.
The Seattle Y connection comes from Edmondson's volunteering for its outdoors programs. His book, "Black and Brown Faces in America's Wild Places," also made an impression on the Y. The 27-month fellowship, which includes travel to South Africa, is geared toward African-American young adults and "requires a high tolerance for uncertainty and adversity," the program brochure states.
"I just wanted to say thanks for all the work (Edmondson has done) and I thought it was fitting," the Y's Andrew Jay said of why he chose to honor Edmondson.
Sheen's Detroit show another Edsel
Charlie Sheen was heckled, booed and eventually abandoned by the crowd at his inaugural stage show, with many of the audience members chanting "refund" and heading for the exits even before the show abruptly ended.
The first stop on Sheen's "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option" 20-city variety show tour started Saturday night in Detroit with thunderous applause but ended 70 minutes later. In between, Sheen tried to appease his audience with rants, a rapper and a question-and-answer session, ultimately concluding the first show was "an experiment."
The former "Two and a Half Men" star learned firsthand at Detroit's 5,100-seat Fox Theatre that show business still requires a show. The debacle called into question the fate of the nascent tour. Some fans already predicted a premature end for the month-long trek.
It wasn't clear when Sheen lost the audience, but there were many awkward moments.
Sheen, known for his wild partying and rampant drug use, said he thought Detroit would be a good place to tell some stories about crack cocaine. The remark prompted loud, immediate boos.
At another point, Sheen showed a short film he wrote, directed and produced years ago called "RPG." He sat in the front row to watch the flick, which starred a much younger Johnny Depp. Again, more boos.
Fans who arrived at the theater -- some flying in for the show -- said they were hoping to see the increasingly eccentric actor deliver some of the colorful rants that have made him an Internet star since his ugly falling out with CBS and the producers of "Two and a Half Men."
They got the ranting. It just wasn't funny.
Sheen took the stage in Chicago less than 24 hours later, receiving a standing ovation Sunday night. The crowd cheered when the curtain opened and revealed a smoking Sheen. Some in the crowd chanted "Detroit sucks."
People who lined up outside the historic 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre before the show said they had low expectations after what they heard about Sheen's performance Saturday night.
Marsden kids don't like screen versio
One of the reasons James Marsden took on the starring role in the family film "Hop" was so that his two children could see his work.
But Marsden says that 10-year-old Jack and 5-year-old Mary don't really like seeing their dad on screen.
His son watched "X-Men," but preferred Wolverine over Marsden's Cyclops character. When Marsden's daughter saw "Enchanted," she wanted to "fast-forward past dad's stuff and watch the dragon."
The 37-year-old actor says that children think movies are real, so it must be unsettling to see their father shooting lasers out of his eyes, as in "X-Men," or waving a sword while singing and dancing, as in "Enchanted."
Perrette makes music with Navy veteran
"NCIS" star Pauley Perrette met a new music partner on the show's set, but it took a church visit for the pair to see their potential.
The result is "Fire in Your Eyes," an R&B-pop duet with Perrette and B. Taylor, a Navy veteran with a fledgling recording career. The single is set for iTunes release May 3 by Universal Music Group's Bungalo Records.
Perrette and Taylor were introduced when he paid a visit to CBS' legal drama about Naval investigators, invited by a friend who's an adviser to the series.
The two hit it off and she invited him to attend her church, Hollywood United Methodist. Their time together inspired Taylor to write "Fire in Your Eyes." A music video is planned.
Music has long been important to Perrette, who plays a forensic specialist on "NCIS." She describes herself as "in and out of bands" as she balanced singing and songwriting with her acting career.
Cruz gets Hollywood star, wants Depp
Penelope Cruz has been enshrined in concrete.
The Oscar-winning actress unveiled her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star Friday, flanked by leading men Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp.
The event is timed ahead of next month's release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," in which she stars with Depp.
The Spanish star says that when she came to the United States in 1994, she only knew how to say "How are you?" and "I want to work with Johnny Depp" in English.
She jokes that now, she knows how to say "I want to work with Johnny Depp again."
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