- Amagansett mom Brooke Shields
has an early Father's Day present for her husband Chris Henchy
. The multi-talented Brooke just penned her second children's book - a follow-up to her first book "Welcome to Your World, Baby." This new book, a veritable Valentine to her husband and the daddy to their adorable girls Rowan
, almost six and Grier
, three, is titled "It's the Best Day Ever, Dad!"
The delightful book for which Brooke paired with Cori Doerffeld
, chronicles a day in the lives of two sisters Franki and Violet who get the best gift in the world - a whole day with Dad. From pancakes at breakfast to playtime with a puppy to a super-duper surprise that Dad has for his precious little girls, "It's the Best Day Ever, Dad!" is a wonderful tribute to the special love between dads and their daughters.
Rachel Ray with husband John Cusimano.
Now more role model than super model, Brooke contends her greatest achievement is her children, thanks to all the help from her husband Chris. The relationship with the girls and their dad borders on idol worship. Brooke says "they treat him like a rock star. When he comes home after a trip of three days or four days they act as if he'd been gone a month and just mother him with kisses". But of course, she acknowledges they "have him wrapped around their little fingers."
No surprise to any of Brooke's friends is her absolute delight over her marriage and the way in which she and Chris partner in the care of their children. The incredibly down-to-earth Brooke is very modest about her role with the kids and gives full credit to Chris.
Since the demise of "Lipstick Jungle," Brooke continues to keep herself busy and is currently working on a new kid's movie for Nickelodeon, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" but her daughters, like little girls everywhere, are more excited about her role on "Hannah Montana" in which she plays Miley Cyrus'
Last week I told you about "Royal Pains" the new USA Network series that will soon be shooting in our neck of the woods. Now I have info on an opportunity for you to tap into your inner Brooke Shields or your Alan Alda
. Grant Wilfley
Casting is seeking Hampton locals to appear as extras on the new USA Network television show. The agency is searching for upscale Hampton types of all ages and ethnicities. An open casting call will be held on Sunday, May 3, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Southampton High School Auditorium, 70 Leland Lane, Southampton. Be prepared to have a digital photo taken. AFTRA members are welcome to attend. No experience necessary. This could be your big break!
Sir Elton John with partner David Furnish.
The theater awards season is getting off to a great start with the announcement of the first awards nominations of the year, the prestigious Drama League Awards. As I predicted, "West Side Story" is right up at the top of everyone's list with several nominations for performance and a special nod to its writer and director Arthur Laurents
Broadway stars Cheyenne Jackson
, Rosie Perez
and Bobby Cannavale
got up early (by Broadway standards) last Tuesday - at 10 a.m. to present the nominations for the Drama League at a breakfast at Sardi's in the theater district.
The awards take place on Friday, May 15, in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The event will be co-hosted by Jeremy Irons
now starring in "Impressionism" and Hamptonite Cynthia Nixon
of "Sex in the City" fame, and who is currently drawing raves in the smash hit "Distracted."
The Drama League, with 3,000 plus members, is an association made up of theater patrons and theater professionals is one of the most democratic organizations on Broadway. In contrast, the Drama Desk Awards are voted on by a six member committee and the Tony Awards has 750 eligible voters.
This year's special recognitions go to Sir Elton John
who will be flying in for the luncheon, Arthur Laurents
, Angela Lansbury
and Broadway producer Herb Blodgett
. With Sir Elton's appearance, this is one hot ticket!
Another Broadway vet from the East End, Mel Brooks
, will finally get to see his award winning "The Producers." The funnyman's Hitler mocking musical makes its debut in The Fatherland. The show opens at Berlin's historic Admiralspalast Theater on May 15 and will be performed in German.
Deborah Harry with Miss Guy.
The Tribeca Film Festival is moving along at its usual frantic pace and not surprisingly there are more than a few Hamptonites involved. East Enders Nina Rosenblum
and Dennis Watlington
who made a splash at last year's Hamptons International Film Festival with their documentary "Twin Lenses" screened the film at a special New York Women in Film and Theater presentation at the Tribeca Film Center last week. Needless to say, the audience response was over the top for this work that explores the work of remarkable twins Kathryn Abbe
and Frances McLaughlin
- pioneering fashion and editorial photographers whose work paved the way for women in the world of fashion and magazine illustration. The film pays tribute to the richness of their work and their commitment to each other, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and their subjects.
Nina Rosenblum is an Academy Award-nominated, two-time International Documentary Association award-winning producer, director, and writer of documentaries. Her previous films include among others the Oscar-nominated PBS doc, "Liberators: Fighting On Two Fronts In World War II;" the Emmy-award winning TBS show "The Untold West: The Black West;" the PBS/POV feature documentary "Through The Wire" and the HBO documentary "Lock-Up: The Prisoners Of Rikers Island."
Sag Harbor's Dennis Watlington
, an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer, is the screenwriter of "Twin Lenses." Watlington has written numerous television movies, features, soaps, sitcoms and articles for Vanity Fair
, the New York Times
and other journals. His book, "Chasing America," was published by St. Martin's Press in the U.S. in 2006 and will be published in France this fall.
, daughter of Sire Records founder Seymour Stein
and rock star realtor Linda Stein
who was savagely murdered last year, debuted her movie "Burning Down the House: The Rise and Fall of CBGB." The film wasn't simply honoring the now shuttered club's most famous band, The Ramones, but her late mother, Linda, as well. Linda was the band's manager and a punk rock scenester before she became uptown's real estate broker to the stars. She would have celebrated her 64th birthday the same day, had she not been tragically murdered. "The film is dedicated to Linda, who would lead the celebration of her daughter's film," said a spokesperson for the flick.
A number of CBGB regulars turned out to remember Linda including Deborah Harry
, photog Bob Gruen
, Bebe Buell
, Mary-Louise Parker
, film maker Jim Jarmusch
and Marky Ramone
The annual kick-off party for the film festival hosted by Graydon Carter at the Supreme Courthouse pulled in a glittering list of New York and Hamptons film and media types including Robert De Niro
, Ronald Perelman
, Larry David
, Edie Falco
, Harvey Keitel
, John McEnroe
, Debra Messing
, Les Moonves
and Julie Chen
, Taki Theodoracopulos
, Lee Radziwill
, Diane von Furstenberg
and Christopher Walken
Also at Tribeca, Chris Connelly
hosted a panel with Hamptons directors Dan Klores
, Barbara Kopple
and Albert Maysles
along with Barry Levinson
focusing on ESPN's new "30 for 30" series.
Director Albert Maysles.
CBGB is the club that won't die. Last year John Varvatos
took the venerable rock hangout and turned it into a showcase for his rocker wear line of mens clothing. Now the designer has inked a deal with Sirius Radio to host "Born In Detroit," an exclusive monthly show on SIRIUS XM's Faction channel.
"Born In Detroit" will launch on May 5 with a special live performance by the punk rock pioneers, the New York Dolls, from their official record release party for their latest album "Cause I Sez So." The performance will be broadcast live from John Varvatos 315 Bowery, the boutique in the space that formerly housed the seminal underground music club. On "Born In Detroit," Varvatos, a motor city native, will bring his broad expertise and his deep passion for music to SIRIUS XM listeners as he shares songs from various artists who have influenced him throughout his career in fashion
Hamptonite Renee Zellweger
turned 40 last week and celebrated with a little bash at New York's Core Club with a passel of her East End friends like Dorothea
and Jon Bon Jovi
, Mark Consuelos
and Kelly Ripa
, Tory Burch
and Lyor Cohen
and ex-beau - yes, ex- Dan Abrams
and a still healing Madonna
and her Brazilian boy Jesus Luz
. And if that's not special enough for you, Harry Connick, Jr.
crooned to the Bridget Jones star!
Also toasted last week were two of our fave chefs - Southampton's very own Rachael Ray
(who with hubby John Cusimano
gutted her new digs and is hoping the construction will be finished early this summer) and Eric Ripert
who charmed everyone at Hayground School's Great Chefs Dinner last summer. The pair was honored at "An Evening of Practical Magic" at Cipriani 42nd Street hosted David Arquette
. Fellow Hamptonites Drew Nieporent
, Kelly Killoren Bensimon
, Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff
(who is at every major food event yet stays so thin - How does she do it?) , the beautiful Inge Rennert
of the biggest house in the Hamptons Rennerts and her equally gorgeous daughter Nina Davidson Rennert
and Heather Mnuchin. Rob Thomas
of Matchbox 20 performed as did musical theater whiz Marc Shaiman.
The evening traditionally pays tribute to the "efforts of individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in their commitment to help City Harvest feed New York's hungry." City Harvest's efforts to feed hungry individuals and families by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste has been referred to as Practical Magic. In today's economy increasing numbers of the city's most vulnerable are now in need of emergency food; many for the first time. Their fete raised over $1 million - Yeah, City Harvest!