Last night, Lifetime aired a sequel to its ridiculous adaptation of V.C. Andrews' pulp tale of incest and other parenting no-nos, Flowers in the Attic. Petals on the Wind felt exactly like the rush job it was—the sequel was announced in January a week before Flowers aired because that's how certain Lifetime was that it had a hit on its hands.
In case you missed it, Lifetime (television for women and their friends who love campy shit) aired a brand new version of V.C. Andrews' incest classic Flowers in the Attic on Saturday. Its ridiculous plot, which finds a group of four young siblings imprisoned in their grandparents' attic because their grandfather can't know about them because their mother married her half-uncle and their mother is trying to win back the love of her father so she can inherit his fortune, was delivered ridiculously. (Spoiler alert: The imprisoned brother and sister end up fucking, so that kind of thing runs in the family.)
Oprah Winfrey turns 56 today. Heather Graham is turning 40. Singer Adam Lambert is 28. Tom Selleck is turning 65. Actor/director Ed Burns is turning 42. Olympic diver Greg Louganis is 50. Actor Nicholas Turturro is 48. Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the Ramones, is 58. Actress Sara Gilbert of Roseanne fame is 35. Heart surgeon David Adams is 53. Heiress Athina Onassis Roussel is turning 25. And the "Spanish Oprah," Cristina Saralegui, turns 62 today. A few people celebrating birthdays this weekend are below.
Oprah Winfrey is turning 55 today. Writer/director Ed Burns is turning 41. Heather Graham is 39. Athina Roussel—the daughter of Christina Onassis and only living heir of Aristotle—is 24. Top cardiothoracic surgeon David Adams is 52. Tommy Ramone is 57. Actor Nicholas Turturro turns 47. Actress Sara Gilbert is turning 34. And Tom Selleck celebrates his 64th birthday today.
Jessica Szohr taking some of her hard-earned GG cash out of an ATM at a deli on the Upper East Side ... Barbara Walters walking down the street by herself ... Beth Ostrosky arriving at Fox for a TV appearance ... Jennifer Connelly leaving ABC studios after an appearance on Regis & Kelly ... Leighton Meester and Blake Lively filming scenes for Gossip Girl on the Upper East Side ... Michelle Williams reading a magazine while crossing the street ... Heather Graham standing on the sidewalk ... Amy Adams posing for pics outside Letterman ... Katie Holmes crossing the street with Suri in the East Village ... and Ivana Trump and Star Jones standing outside La Goulue on Madison Avenue.
- It's no fun living near Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Neighbors in the West Village say the two are "spoiled brats" since they have bodyguards posted outside their apartment on West 13th Street who make neighbors get off the stoop whenever the twins are arriving home, and the twins keep SUVs idling in front of the building for hours at a time. [P6]
It's usually a recipe for success: Simply take one star of a newly launched sitcom, add a gushy puff piece, throw in a goofy angle for garnish, shake, and serve a fizzy, goes-down-easy PR cocktail. But when long magazine lead times go to battle with short series shelf-lives, the results can turn sour. Case in point: In this Life cover story that came included with weekend newspapers across the country today, Heather Graham is touted as "TV's sexiest star...she's in almost every scene of her bubbly new ABC sitcom, Emily's Reasons Why Not," a series which we now know was unmercifully elimidated after a single episode. (We didn't watch it, but when the president of the network is going on record about how hard it blew, you tend to get the feeling that a beloved series for the ages, it was not.) The angle of the piece is, ironically enough, how the actress spends her time off, with Graham explaining "I can't wait to turn off on the weekends. I don't have to like anything for anyone, or be in a good mood, or fix my hair. If I want to be in bed for two whole days, I can." With her schedule clear, a foul-tempered, rat's nest-haired Graham is now free to loll around far longer than a mere two days in bed, unburdened of having to "like anything for anyone."
Not content to have his brain melted by Heather Graham's comments at ABC's pres tour event, LAT critic-blogger Paul Brownfield seeks out Graham at the network's "All Star" party, and in the process, seems to have discovered what blogging's really about: the stalking of hot actresses under the guise of "working":
Heather Graham was on hand to face the critics at the TCAs (the Television Critics Association press orgy) yesterday, promoting her midseason ABC show Emily's Reason's Why Not (odds that this unwieldy title will be hacked down to the simple Emily before it reaches the air: 60/40). The LAT's Paul Brownfield fights off the little reporter in his pants ("I am immediately a 14-year-old boy. She is wearing a dark lavender dress, Lycra, scooped out teasingly in the back and strategically in front, and flip-flops") to blog some of the words coming out of Graham's mouth: