“CASEY ANTHONY not guilty? I’m speechless!”
That’s what Kim Kardashian tweeted on Tuesday, when word came down that Anthony had beaten the rap on murdering her two year-old daughter, Caylee.
She’s speechless? Aside from the obvious blessing of that phenomenon, is Kardashian unaware of her own family history? Her father, Robert Kardashian, was a member of the O.J. Simpson “dream team” that got O.J. off for allegedly butchering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and young Ron Goldman. She should use discretion when commenting on murder trials and/or their outcome.
Then again, Kim and her sisters seem quite happy sharing one brain cell, so it is entirely possible she knows nothing of the Simpson case.
As for Casey? Reality TV looms. I don’t see her going back to live with her mother and stepfather — the stepfather whom Casey’s defense team tapped as a monster who molested Casey as a child. This was broached in the opening remarks, but never picked up on during the trial. The somber matter-of-fact manner in which Cindy and George Anthony took the verdict and the swiftness of their exit from the courtroom spoke volumes.
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DECEMBER IN New York will more glittery than usual. Competing with the Christmas lights and the tree in Rockefeller Center and the fabulous store windows will be The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth’s jewels, clothes, furs, art and furniture go up for auction at Christie’s.
The jewelry sale will probably attract the most attention. Who will come to own the fabulous La Peregrina pearl … the mammoth Krupp diamond, a little trinket from Richard … the fabled emeralds … the rubies from Mike Todd (not to mention the 29 carat diamond ring, also from Todd. At the time Elizabeth remarked, “Mike said 30 carats would be vulgar.”) There is a massive sapphire, the gorgeous Taj Mahal diamond, and mountains of other baubles. It should be quite a spectacle. Well, Elizabeth loved her jewels, but she always said “They are in my keep now, but someday others will appreciate their beauty, as I do.”
However, I expect the sale of the star’s massive wardrobe of couture to be pretty exciting too. Everything from Chanel to Versace. And all those wild and crazy accessories — turbans and scarves and ponchos and endless pairs of the spike heels Elizabeth adored.
Some of the money will go to her family. But the majority benefits The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Just as Elizabeth found a way to use her fame properly, she must have been rather wickedly delighted to know that all those filmy Halston caftans from her plump, unhappy Sen. John Warner period would be put to good use!
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A WRITER named Rose Prince has been busy selecting Great Britain’s “most embarrassing mother.” At first, this writer selected Elle Macpherson and then questioned whether she should have named the Duchess of York, Fergie?
Then she went on to name our own Gwyneth Paltrow — although I thought for sure Gwynnie was an American who merely lives in England. She says the Oscar winner for “Shakespeare in Love”-turned-country-western singer should be named because she wears hipster fishnets and baubles, appears coyly nude in Vanity Fair and has a “wacky, nurturing style. She is rapidly becoming a full-time poseur.
I wish I knew what all that means. My own impression is that Gwyneth is newly popular and loved — and whether she is or not, she is a full-fledged celebrity with some minor background to the credentials that go to make up a star. She’s not just one of those 15 minute wannabes.
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WHAT’S going on? Well, there’s always Monty Python even though many members of that sketch show are dead or have dropped out.
Now, in the first effort since “The Meaning of Life,” which bowed in 1983, the zany Monty Python gang is returning. We will get a 2D and 3D movie in the spring of 2012 to astound longtime fans and those who never heard of those wild and crazy guys.
The new film will be titled “A Liar’s Autobiography.” It is an animated production based on the memoir of the late Graham Chapman, who died in 1989 at age 48. The film will offer the historic Monty Python comic’s life in chapters that range from three to 12 minutes in length, each in a different style.
The late Chapman has already had his life analyzed through his stint in medical school, his alcoholism, his homosexuality and efforts in surreal comedy. John Cleese, who has suffered through recent tabloid headlines over his expensive divorce, has recorded new dialogue which will be matched with Chapman’s voice. Michael Palin will do the voice of Chapman’s mother. Terry Gilliam plays various roles and, asked if he is being accurate, says: “Nothing. It’s all a downright, absolute, blackguardly lie.”
Frankly, I don’t know if you want to wait for this revival of Monty Python or not. And I see that Eric Idle, the only Python I ever knew, has not signed off on appearing, although they are working on him.
“Monty Python” was first seen on the BBC in 1969 and ran for 45 famous episodes. We are “in” for more, it seems. Wait for it!