Nathan Lane turns 54 today. Novelist Paul Auster is turning 63. Public relations heavyweight Howard Rubenstein is 78. Actress Isla Fisher is turning 34. Actress (and Gwyneth mom) Blythe Danner is turning 67. Actress Maura Tierney is 45. Director Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) turns 43. Real estate heiress Denise LeFrak is 68. Morgan Fairchild is turning 60. And Tallulah Belle Willis, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, celebrates her 16th birthday today.
Nathan Lane turns 53 today. Public relations maestro Howard Rubenstein is 77. Blythe Danner is turning 66. Author Paul Auster is turning 62. Real estate heiress Denise LeFrak Calicchio is 67. Actress (and Sacha Baron Cohen fiancée) Isla Fisher is 33. Morgan Fairchild is celebrating her 59th. Actress Maura Tierney is celebrating her 44th. Daddy Yankee is turning 32. And Tallulah Belle Willis, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, turns 15 today.
Guys and Dolls, the musical about two gambling addicts and the women they deceive into loving them, is coming back to Broadway. Ho hum, right? It's been done at every high school in the States and already had that movie with the fat guy from Island of Dr. Moreau. But! In fact, it's always hugely successful on the White Way. Why, it launched Nathan Lane's career in the 90's! So we have G&D to, um, thank (?) for that! Plus, semi-respected actor Ewan McGregor played Sky in London a few years back. So who will be in this new version? The Village Voice suggests Will & Grace annoyance Sean Hayes as Nathan Detroit and crooner and new Broadway favorite Harry Connick Jr. as Sky Masterson. I could see Connick doing it, but not Sean Hayes. Wouldn't that be a bit of a Nathan Lane retread anyway? Who do you think should be lucking and ladying around? What about the dolls?
Most of the time we agree that celebrities are self-involved assholes, , that they typically treat reporter-types like shit, that they want the media's attention when it helps them but then, hypocritically, bitch about that attention when it's no longer useful. But every now and then we read an account from the red carpet, and we — at least for a moment — feel the celebs' pain. Blogger The Reeler tells a tale from last night's premiere for the latest incarnation of The Producers:
· Details' list of "well-endowed men" includes Liam Neeson, Matt Dillon, Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Jason Priestley and Sean Penn. "One celebrity stylist claims to have heard (from gossipy ex-girlfriends he's worked with)" that Tobey Maguire, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell are also eligible for the list. [Page Six]
· Mayor Bloomberg, Heidi Klum and Kyle MacLachlan were spotted getting a sneak peak at John McDonald and Steve Hanson's new Dos Caminos Soho on West Broadway. (Oddly we were there as well, but at least one of us was paying too much attention to the margaritas to notice the mayor or Heidi Klum.) [Page Six]
· Actor Nathan Lane, responding to producer Cy Feuer's attack on the 1992 revival of "Guys and Dolls", saying Faith Prince was "too tough" and Nathan "incapable of playing a Jew" : "Faith won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and became an overnight star. I was nominated for my first Tony and won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards...and now if you'll excuse me, I'm late for Hebrew School." [Liz Smith]
· What Heidi Klum looks for in a man: "Good body odor. When they get really musky, it can be real good." [Liz Smith]
· John Kozero, a spokesman for Fireman's Fund (an insurance company that underwrites a number of reality shows) on the proliferation of reality-show lawsuits by participants claiming to be hurt or humiliated: "This is a litigious society, and there are a lot of underemployed attorneys out there who need to make money, [But] it's clear that producers seem desperate to top one another in terms of stunts and effects." [NY Daily News]