Hollywood strikes? A snapper’s delight
HOLLYWOOD’S FINEST have been turning out over the past few days to support the Writers’ Guild strike in Los Angeles. Among those stars of film and television spotted on the picket lines have been Ben Stiller, Seth Green, and a placard-waving Lisa Kudrow. I know these celebrities are 100 per cent behind the striking writers who are in dispute with film and TV companies over payments, but it can’t have passed their notice that it’s a great photo-opportunity nonetheless.
Still on the strike, and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin has introduced an interesting twist to the usual bagels and doughnuts handed out by celebs on the picket line. Attending a 3,000-strong rally in Los Angeles in support of the Writers’ Guild, Garlin proceeded to distribute pornographic videos to strikers. Should help pass the time until the dispute is resolved.
Scarlett Johannson seems to have found a friend in Alicia Keys. After playing best mates in The Nanny Diaries, Keys is happy to sing Johannson’s praises, telling me: “When we’re both in Los Angeles, we go out for dinner. Scarlett’s a great girl.”
Adam Sandler has been spotted strutting around the beach in Mexico in a pair of 007-style shorts while shooting his latest movie, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. He appears alongside ex- Happy Days hero Henry Winkler, who, as I reported last week, is all set to become a huge panto star in Woking. In his new movie, Sandler plays an Israeli secret-service agent who tires of spying and gives it up to become a hairdresser in New York. The film is expected to be huge at the box office. Sandler is one of Hollywood’s hottest properties at the moment after his last movie, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, made more than $180m worldwide, despite being slated by critics. Mazel Tov to Google’s co-founder Larry Page, who is planning to give up his position as Silicon Valley’s richest bachelor to marry girlfriend, Lucy Southworth next month. Sounds very much like a bash worth being invited to. Vanessa Feltz will be joining Konnie Huq on the former Blue Peter presenter’s first job since leaving the iconic children’s show. Called London’s Talking, the show will be an hour-long debate on a topical issue, ITV’s long-awaited answer to BBC1’s Question Time. Meanwhile, Huq’s agent, Jonathan Shalit, has confessed to keeping a rack of dresses in his office, although he wants to make it absolutely clear that they are not his. He says they belong to clients who have them at the ready to wear for red-carpet events. Huq borrowed a revealing number belonging to Myleene Klass for to the premiere of Spider-Man 3, fuelling rumours that she was sexing up her image ready to leave children’s TV. Truth was she was just borrowing a frock, as she did not have time to go home and put on one of her own. Notorious party girl Lindsay Lohan, who is reportedly a follower of Kabbalah, has come to the aid of Mineola Synagogue on Long Island after torrential rain destroyed its Torah scrolls. Lohan, along with comic Jackie Mason, are due to make pledges at next month’s Chabad Telethon, which will be raising money for the shul. Meanwhile, Mick Jagger was photographed this week wearing the Kabbalah Centre’s red string.
Natalie Portman seems in no hurry to get wed. “I’m not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and the fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it.” So if Portman’s man, fashion designer Nathan Bogle, was getting any ideas about popping the question, he had better hold his horses. Lara Lewington is the Five News showbusiness and weather presenter
So on strike: ex- Friends star Lisa Kudrow joins the Writers Guild picket line