Category: The Hurt Locker


Meet And Greet With Jackie Collins: Part One

February 9th, 2010 — 7:25pm

Yesterday, I headed over to Bar Seine at NYC’s swanky Hotel Plaza Athenee for a blogger meet and greet with author Jackie Collins.

A True Star: Jackie Collins and me with her latest page turner

Celebrating her new novel, “Poor Little Bitch Girl” — in bookstores today — the intimate gathering of about 15 people offered the opportunity to dish with the bestselling author about her work past and present and, of course, her experiences in Hollywood.

I’m happy to report that Jackie is as sassy, charming and fabulous as you would expect from reading her books.

A Hollywood insider since her adolescent days, Jackie says the inspiration for “Poor Little Bitch Girl” came from the pampered and privileged celebrity offspring she has encountered.

“The new accessory in Hollywood is a baby,” she said. “What happens when the baby becomes a grown child, and you don’t want to deal with the kid that becomes an adult?”

Still smitten with the entertainment world, Jackie shared some favorite stories — from interviewing neighbor Al Pacino to receiving a handwritten note from Frank Sinatra after Kitty Kelly published an unauthorized biography about him.

“Kitty Kelly is fiction, yours is the truth,” he wrote of Jackie’s truthful take on life in the fast lane.

Though she’s a regular at A-list parties — Clive Davis’ legendary annual pre-Grammy soiree among them — Jackie admitted celebrity gossip sites are one of her guilty pleasures. A self-professed pop culture junkie, she raved about Paris Hilton’s album, “The Hurt Locker” and Neil Patrick Harris.

“I love Hollywood,” she said. “I’ve been there since I was a teenager and I still find it a fascinating place.”

Up next…Jackie shares her best dating advice for women and talks about whether sex really sells.

| Bar Seine, celebrity gossip, Hollywood insiders, Jackie Collins, NYC hotel bars, Plaza Athenee, Poor Little Bitch Girl, The Hurt Locker

Backstage At Today: Part Two

January 15th, 2010 — 10:10pm

Yesterday’s action-packed visit to NBC’s Today Show began in the crowded greenroom at 30 Rock.

Ben and me in the Today Show greenroom

I joined my Tourism Queensland client Shana Pereira, along with Best Job In The World winner (and one of the coolest guys on Planet Earth) Ben Southall. As we waited for Ben to be called up to the set, a show producer approached and quipped—

“Do you have Take Your Daughter To Work Day? Can I be your daughter?”

Ben’s highly-publicized six-month stint as Island Caretaker has everyone wishing they could be in his well-traveled shoes. As a tourism ambassador for Queensland, he’s visited 74 of the 600 Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Talk about dream gigs.

Speaking of dream gigs, that’s exactly what my job felt like when we were finally escorted upstairs. As Ben was getting miked up, I was excited to spot Jeremy Renner, one of my favorite actors, on set.

Jeremy’s been generating Oscar buzz for “The Hurt Locker,” but I first fell for his talent and charisma on ABC’s fantastic, short-lived cop series, “The Unusuals.” I told him so after his interview, and he graciously posed for this picture with me.

Actor Jeremy Renner — what a sweetheart!

Surprise #2 — anchor Meredith Vieira strolling by and introducing herself to me and Shana.

Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira and me

After Ben’s lively interview with Kathie Lee and Hoda (watch it here), he answered a few questions for Today correspondent Sara Haines. She was delightful.

Today correspondent Sara Haines and me

Follow Sara on Twitter for great behind-the-scenes tidbits from the show.

Coming up…a visit to my old stomping grounds at Fox News and the differences between dating and relationships.

| Ben Southall, Best Job In The World, Fox News Channel, Jeremy Renner, Meredith Vieira, Sara Haines, The Hurt Locker, Today Show, Tourism Queensland

Backstage At Today: Part Two

January 15th, 2010 — 5:10pm

Yesterday’s action-packed visit to NBC’s Today Show began in the crowded greenroom at 30 Rock.

Ben and me in the Today Show greenroom

I joined my Tourism Queensland client Shana Pereira, along with Best Job In The World winner (and one of the coolest guys on Planet Earth) Ben Southall. As we waited for Ben to be called up to the set, a show producer approached and quipped—

“Do you have Take Your Daughter To Work Day? Can I be your daughter?”

Ben’s highly-publicized six-month stint as Island Caretaker has everyone wishing they could be in his well-traveled shoes. As a tourism ambassador for Queensland, he’s visited 74 of the 600 Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Talk about dream gigs.

Speaking of dream gigs, that’s exactly what my job felt like when we were finally escorted upstairs. As Ben was getting miked up, I was excited to spot Jeremy Renner, one of my favorite actors, on set.

Jeremy’s been generating Oscar buzz for “The Hurt Locker,” but I first fell for his talent and charisma on ABC’s fantastic, short-lived cop series, “The Unusuals.” I told him so after his interview, and he graciously posed for this picture with me.

Actor Jeremy Renner — what a sweetheart!

Surprise #2 — anchor Meredith Vieira strolling by and introducing herself to me and Shana.

Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira and me

After Ben’s lively interview with Kathie Lee and Hoda (watch it here), he answered a few questions for Today correspondent Sara Haines. She was delightful.

Today correspondent Sara Haines and me

Follow Sara on Twitter for great behind-the-scenes tidbits from the show.

Coming up…a visit to my old stomping grounds at Fox News and the differences between dating and relationships.

| Ben Southall, Best Job In The World, Fox News Channel, Jeremy Renner, Meredith Vieira, Sara Haines, The Hurt Locker, Today Show, Tourism Queensland

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