The always amusing Michael Musto of the Village Voice celebrates his 54th birthday today. Julianne Moore is turning 49. Daryl Hannah is turning 49, too. Actress Amanda Seyfried is 24. Ozzy Osbourne is turning 61. French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is 79. Actor Brendan Fraser is turning 41. Retired Olympic figure skater Katarina Witt is 44. Freaky televangelist Benny Hinn is 57. And infamous polygamist Warren Jeffs turns 54 today.
The eternally youthful Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto turns 53 today. Happy birthday, Michael. Julianne Moore is celebrating, too: She's 48. Actor Brendan Fraser is turning 40. Daryl Hannah is turning 48. Legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is 78. Last but not least, the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, is 60 today.
For every swan dress there is a fire engine red body-hugger worn by the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, or one of those golden sparkle-y things that just melts all over Halle Berry's body. To prove we're not just big meanies when it comes to discussing Oscar outfits of yesterday, we've put together our Top Ten picks for the most exclamatory, drop-dead dresses ever worn on an Oscar red carpet, and even redeemed one member of the Worst Club by placing her at the shiny top of our Best-Dressed cake.
Daryl Hannah's heroic treetop exploits on behalf of squatting farmers all over South Los Angeles have not yet been forgotten. On last night's Daily Show, the phrase "They are going to forcibly remove actress Daryl Hannah from the walnut tree" was deemed only slightly less surreal than hearing an agitated, airborne Samuel L. Jackson yelp, "Get these motherfucking Daryl Hannahs off the motherfucking plane!" In a follow-up story on the protest, today's LAT offhandedly described Hannah as "plucked" from her perch during the tree-viction, a verb choice that makes it sound as if Hannah were an accidental catch in a giant arcade claw machine, retrieved by a police officer who was hoping to snare a Pamela Anderson or a Leonardo DiCaprio from the protester-filled branches to impress his girlfriend. Lastly, Page Six characterizes Hannah as laughing off her arrest and citation by the LAPD, a sunny insouciance she maintained even after some cruel cops taunted the vegetarian with a plate of bologna sandwiches.
The standoff ended not with a well-meaning celebrity's tragic tumble from a high branch, but in the safety of a fire truck's lift with fist extended in triumph, secure in the knowledge that her valiant act of civil disobedience raised awareness for the plight of urban farmers, or for the too-long-ignored atrocities perpetrated by unchecked arborists, we've already forgotten which. But no worries, for there will be other causes and other trees for Daryl Hannah, we can feel it.
In Los Angeles, even a story about the forcible eviction of squatting farmers in South Central can have—nay, must have—a celebrity angle. The LAT reports that Splash/Clan of the Cave Bear star Daryl Hannah this morning demonstrated her solidarity with the squatters by scaling a tree during the raid and refusing to come down until she finished her tree-top interview alerting the world to her presence at the protest: