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Meet The Filmmakers: SJP And Hugh Grant

December 17th, 2009 — 10:32pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to the Apple Store in SoHo for an evening about “Did You Hear About The Morgans?” featuring co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant and director Marc Lawrence.

Rom Com Dream Team: Director Marc Lawrence, SJP and Hugh Grant

Part of the store’s ongoing Meet The Filmmakers series, the Q&A session was moderated by USA Today entertainment reporter Donna Freydkin.

SJP said she’d longed to work with Grant on a romantic comedy after the two appeared together in “Extreme Measures,” a little-seen thriller 13 years ago. She raved about his approach to acting.

“He’s incredibly conscientious,” she said. “He takes rehearsal more seriously than most actors I’ve worked with and was always good. Always completed invested [in each take].”

Hugh reciprocated the praise, and had both his co-star and the audience laughing with his razor-sharp observations.

“She’s tiny and yet she eats more than any woman I’ve ever met,” he said of SJP. “I think she’s half woman, half locust.”

SJP and Hugh Grant: the co-stars bantered playfully with each other

Grant, with his acerbic, self-deprecating wit and charm, was the evening’s true star. SJP seemed spent from her earlier appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” while director Lawrence didn’t have that much to say.

When asked about shooting romantic comedies, all three agreed that they’re the hardest kind of movies to make.

“There’s only a handful of truly great ones,” Lawrence said.

“Comedy is harder,” agreed Grant. “It should get the [award] prizes before the deep, dark serious stuff.”

Favorite rom coms? Sounding very much like Carrie Bradshaw, SJP said “The Way We Were” should be viewed at least 2-3 times a year. Grant is now hooked on “Sex And The City,” having watched late-night reruns while filming “Did You Hear..” in New Mexico.

“I would email [Sarah Jessica] and say ‘Like your heels tonight, worried about Big.’ But I don’t like when they talk about stuff boys should be talking about.”

Grant also joked about the movie’s on-set diva – Bart the bear.

“He was the biggest prima donna I’ve ever worked with,” he quipped.

“Did You Hear About The Morgans?” opens nationwide tomorrow. A free podcast of the entire Q&A is available on the iTunes store. For more info about Apple’s Meet The Filmmakers series, click here.

2 comments » | Apple Store, Did You Hear About The Morgans, Hugh Grant, iTunes, Meet The Filmmakers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and The City, SoHo

Meet The Filmmakers: SJP And Hugh Grant

December 17th, 2009 — 5:32pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to the Apple Store in SoHo for an evening about “Did You Hear About The Morgans?” featuring co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant and director Marc Lawrence.

Rom Com Dream Team: Director Marc Lawrence, SJP and Hugh Grant

Part of the store’s ongoing Meet The Filmmakers series, the Q&A session was moderated by USA Today entertainment reporter Donna Freydkin.

SJP said she’d longed to work with Grant on a romantic comedy after the two appeared together in “Extreme Measures,” a little-seen thriller 13 years ago. She raved about his approach to acting.

“He’s incredibly conscientious,” she said. “He takes rehearsal more seriously than most actors I’ve worked with and was always good. Always completed invested [in each take].”

Hugh reciprocated the praise, and had both his co-star and the audience laughing with his razor-sharp observations.

“She’s tiny and yet she eats more than any woman I’ve ever met,” he said of SJP. “I think she’s half woman, half locust.”

SJP and Hugh Grant: the co-stars bantered playfully with each other

Grant, with his acerbic, self-deprecating wit and charm, was the evening’s true star. SJP seemed spent from her earlier appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” while director Lawrence didn’t have that much to say.

When asked about shooting romantic comedies, all three agreed that they’re the hardest kind of movies to make.

“There’s only a handful of truly great ones,” Lawrence said.

“Comedy is harder,” agreed Grant. “It should get the [award] prizes before the deep, dark serious stuff.”

Favorite rom coms? Sounding very much like Carrie Bradshaw, SJP said “The Way We Were” should be viewed at least 2-3 times a year. Grant is now hooked on “Sex And The City,” having watched late-night reruns while filming “Did You Hear..” in New Mexico.

“I would email [Sarah Jessica] and say ‘Like your heels tonight, worried about Big.’ But I don’t like when they talk about stuff boys should be talking about.”

Grant also joked about the movie’s on-set diva – Bart the bear.

“He was the biggest prima donna I’ve ever worked with,” he quipped.

“Did You Hear About The Morgans?” opens nationwide tomorrow. A free podcast of the entire Q&A is available on the iTunes store. For more info about Apple’s Meet The Filmmakers series, click here.

2 comments » | Apple Store, Did You Hear About The Morgans, Hugh Grant, iTunes, Meet The Filmmakers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and The City, SoHo

Meeting The Romantic Comedy King

December 17th, 2009 — 1:34am

Readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of celebrity encounters. I’m also a big fan of actor Hugh Grant — especially after having the pleasure of meeting him last night.

What A Charmer: Hugh Grant and me at Soho’s Apple Store

My photo opp with Hugh happened after a Q&A with him and co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, about their new romantic comedy, “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”

I’m happy to report that the British actor is just as charming and witty (and yes, adorable) in person as he is on screen.

Coming up…a full recap of the lively Q&A, including what made Hugh compare SJP to a locust and the dish about who was the movie’s biggest on-set diva.

I think my favorite Hugh Grant rom coms are “Love Actually” and “About A Boy.” What’s yours?

3 comments » | About A Boy, Apple Store, celeb sightings, Did You Hear About The Morgans, Hugh Grant, Love Actually, romantic comedies, Sarah Jessica Parker, SoHo

Meeting The Romantic Comedy King

December 16th, 2009 — 8:34pm

Readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of celebrity encounters. I’m also a big fan of actor Hugh Grant — especially after having the pleasure of meeting him last night.

What A Charmer: Hugh Grant and me at Soho’s Apple Store

My photo opp with Hugh happened after a Q&A with him and co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, about their new romantic comedy, “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”

I’m happy to report that the British actor is just as charming and witty (and yes, adorable) in person as he is on screen.

Coming up…a full recap of the lively Q&A, including what made Hugh compare SJP to a locust and the dish about who was the movie’s biggest on-set diva.

I think my favorite Hugh Grant rom coms are “Love Actually” and “About A Boy.” What’s yours?

3 comments » | About A Boy, Apple Store, celeb sightings, Did You Hear About The Morgans, Hugh Grant, Love Actually, romantic comedies, Sarah Jessica Parker, SoHo

A Double Dose of Charitable Fun

October 28th, 2009 — 1:05am

Last week, I enjoyed a double dose of socializing for two very worthy causes.

Tuesday, I attended a benefit at the W Hotel in Midtown for Women Of The Congo. Nearly 200 guests schmoozed and listened intently to sobering remarks from some high-profile speakers.

Whoopi Goldberg talked about the urgency of responding to what’s happening in Congo

According to New York Times East Africa bureau Chief Jeffrey Gettleman, despite U.N. and U.S. involvement, brutality toward women in Congo has escalated. Whoopi Goldberg put the conflict in a historical context.

“When I was growing up, women were second class citizens,” she said. “So it’s not unusual for this to go on in other countries where women aren’t seen as 100% human beings.”

Whoopi introduced activist and playwright Eve Ensler, who’s been working on behalf of the women in Congo for years.

Eve Ensler spoke of her first-hand experiences in Congo

Eve shared astonishing anecdotes and statistics — from a nine year old girl who was raped to the 500,000 women in Congo who have been brutalized, many with guns.

“When you allow human beings to be desecrated in this way, you license it everywhere,” she said.

A few days after Women Of The Congo’s powerful, standing room only event, I headed down to trendy SoHo nightspot Greenhouse for the Lighthouse International’s cocktail party fundraiser.

The crowd at Lighthouse Foundation’s party

I enjoyed some tasty hors d’oevures and signature green cocktails made with Veev, an eco-friendly Acai spirit that also supports the Brazilian Rainforest ($1 from each bottle goes to rainforest preservation). Sweet.

While Veeving it up, I chatted with cute Internet technology entrepreneur Robert, in town from Baltimore. Unfortunately, he lost his charm pretty quickly when he said that I’m nice — for a native New Yorker.

Speaking of open mouth-insert foot syndrome, I had a good laugh with spirits marketing exec Michelle about this frequent male tendency.

She filled me in about some of her memorable NYC dating experiences. Among them — a guy who claimed to “know a lot about women” after co-habitating as part of a threesome for years, and the player who insisted that a week was long enough to know someone before having sex.

No wonder Michelle is now happily reunited with her college sweetheart from elsewhere. I might consider that route myself, were it not for the fact that I went to a women’s college.

Coming up…speed dating at last and the small world of singles online.

Comment » | charitable events, eco-friendly cocktails, Eve Ensler, green drinks, Greenhouse, guy gaffes, Midtown NYC, SoHo, Veev, Whoopi Goldberg, Women In Congo

A Double Dose of Charitable Fun

October 27th, 2009 — 8:05pm

Last week, I enjoyed a double dose of socializing for two very worthy causes.

Tuesday, I attended a benefit at the W Hotel in Midtown for Women Of The Congo. Nearly 200 guests schmoozed and listened intently to sobering remarks from some high-profile speakers.

Whoopi Goldberg talked about the urgency of responding to what’s happening in Congo

According to New York Times East Africa bureau Chief Jeffrey Gettleman, despite U.N. and U.S. involvement, brutality toward women in Congo has escalated. Whoopi Goldberg put the conflict in a historical context.

“When I was growing up, women were second class citizens,” she said. “So it’s not unusual for this to go on in other countries where women aren’t seen as 100% human beings.”

Whoopi introduced activist and playwright Eve Ensler, who’s been working on behalf of the women in Congo for years.

Eve Ensler spoke of her first-hand experiences in Congo

Eve shared astonishing anecdotes and statistics — from a nine year old girl who was raped to the 500,000 women in Congo who have been brutalized, many with guns.

“When you allow human beings to be desecrated in this way, you license it everywhere,” she said.

A few days after Women Of The Congo’s powerful, standing room only event, I headed down to trendy SoHo nightspot Greenhouse for the Lighthouse International’s cocktail party fundraiser.

The crowd at Lighthouse Foundation’s party

I enjoyed some tasty hors d’oevures and signature green cocktails made with Veev, an eco-friendly Acai spirit that also supports the Brazilian Rainforest ($1 from each bottle goes to rainforest preservation). Sweet.

While Veeving it up, I chatted with cute Internet technology entrepreneur Robert, in town from Baltimore. Unfortunately, he lost his charm pretty quickly when he said that I’m nice — for a native New Yorker.

Speaking of open mouth-insert foot syndrome, I had a good laugh with spirits marketing exec Michelle about this frequent male tendency.

She filled me in about some of her memorable NYC dating experiences. Among them — a guy who claimed to “know a lot about women” after co-habitating as part of a threesome for years, and the player who insisted that a week was long enough to know someone before having sex.

No wonder Michelle is now happily reunited with her college sweetheart from elsewhere. I might consider that route myself, were it not for the fact that I went to a women’s college.

Coming up…speed dating at last and the small world of singles online.

Comment » | charitable events, eco-friendly cocktails, Eve Ensler, green drinks, Greenhouse, guy gaffes, Midtown NYC, SoHo, Veev, Whoopi Goldberg, Women In Congo

Happy Hour At Origin’s In Soho

October 15th, 2009 — 9:30pm

Last week, I headed down to the Origins store in SoHo for a festive “make-under” happy hour hosted by Gettington.com and CouponCraze.com.

Gettington.com general manager Paula Drum told me about the new retailer’s budget-friendly approach to online shopping, with multiple paying options and surprise “Goodie Bag” offers (freebies, discounts, etc.). WalletPop.com’s Beth Pinkser Gladstone said there’s plenty of deals to be found online thanks to coupons in just about every shopping category.

WalletPop.com’s Beth Pinkser Gladstone and me
After nibbling on a few appetizers, I settled in for a heavenly mini-facial with charming newbie New Yorker Wendell, who opened up my pores so much that I almost didn’t want to wear makeup ever again. Almost.
Origins’ Make A Difference mask lives up to its name. Heavenly.
From the event, I raced back to Midtown for dinner at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse with newlywedded friend Cindy.

While enjoying the five-star ambiance (along with perfectly cooked steak, sweet mashed potatoes and creamed spinach), we talked about the merits of summer flings when you’re single and the dubious characters on today’s reality shows.

Speaking of reality shows, the crew for a new one about bad bosses was shooting all around us. It’s scheduled to air on NBC in January, so maybe we’ll have a cameo in the background.

Coming up…men who don’t know how to make a graceful exit and flying solo at a swanky charity event.

Comment » | charitable events, CouponCraze.com, Gettington.com, NBC, Origin's, reality shows, SoHo, summer flings, Uncle Jack's Steakhouse, WalletPop.com

Happy Hour At Origin’s In Soho

October 15th, 2009 — 4:30pm

Last week, I headed down to the Origins store in SoHo for a festive “make-under” happy hour hosted by Gettington.com and CouponCraze.com.

Gettington.com general manager Paula Drum told me about the new retailer’s budget-friendly approach to online shopping, with multiple paying options and surprise “Goodie Bag” offers (freebies, discounts, etc.). WalletPop.com’s Beth Pinkser Gladstone said there’s plenty of deals to be found online thanks to coupons in just about every shopping category.

WalletPop.com’s Beth Pinkser Gladstone and me
After nibbling on a few appetizers, I settled in for a heavenly mini-facial with charming newbie New Yorker Wendell, who opened up my pores so much that I almost didn’t want to wear makeup ever again. Almost.
Origins’ Make A Difference mask lives up to its name. Heavenly.
From the event, I raced back to Midtown for dinner at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse with newlywedded friend Cindy.

While enjoying the five-star ambiance (along with perfectly cooked steak, sweet mashed potatoes and creamed spinach), we talked about the merits of summer flings when you’re single and the dubious characters on today’s reality shows.

Speaking of reality shows, the crew for a new one about bad bosses was shooting all around us. It’s scheduled to air on NBC in January, so maybe we’ll have a cameo in the background.

Coming up…men who don’t know how to make a graceful exit and flying solo at a swanky charity event.

Comment » | charitable events, CouponCraze.com, Gettington.com, NBC, Origin's, reality shows, SoHo, summer flings, Uncle Jack's Steakhouse, WalletPop.com

Weekend Event Pick: Unforgettable Fire Returns

May 5th, 2009 — 10:00pm

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite live music venues is NYC’s Canal Room in Soho. And one of the best cover bands I’ve ever seen there, Unforgettable Fire, is making another appearance on Saturday, May 9th.

Unforgettable Fire (UF) is one of the longest-running U2 cover bands

I had the pleasure of seeing the U2 tribute band last fall. Like the rest of the standing room only crowd, I got swept up by UF’s electrifying performance – and lead singer Tony Russo’s uncanny resemblance to Bono.

UF knows how to put on a slickly produced show, with video montages and a frenetic mix of both classic and current U2 hits. I can’t think of a better warm up for U2’s upcoming 360 tour – which I’ll be seeing twice at Giants Stadium in September!

Tickets to this Saturday’s UF show are $18 in advance ($20 at the door) and UF will be performing with Grammy-nominated Reggae singer Pato Banton. For more info, visit http://www.canalroom.com/.

Comment » | Canal Room, SoHo, U2, U2 cover band, Unforgettable Fire

Weekend Event Pick: Unforgettable Fire Returns

May 5th, 2009 — 5:00pm

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite live music venues is NYC’s Canal Room in Soho. And one of the best cover bands I’ve ever seen there, Unforgettable Fire, is making another appearance on Saturday, May 9th.

Unforgettable Fire (UF) is one of the longest-running U2 cover bands

I had the pleasure of seeing the U2 tribute band last fall. Like the rest of the standing room only crowd, I got swept up by UF’s electrifying performance – and lead singer Tony Russo’s uncanny resemblance to Bono.

UF knows how to put on a slickly produced show, with video montages and a frenetic mix of both classic and current U2 hits. I can’t think of a better warm up for U2’s upcoming 360 tour – which I’ll be seeing twice at Giants Stadium in September!

Tickets to this Saturday’s UF show are $18 in advance ($20 at the door) and UF will be performing with Grammy-nominated Reggae singer Pato Banton. For more info, visit http://www.canalroom.com/.

Comment » | Canal Room, SoHo, U2, U2 cover band, Unforgettable Fire

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