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More Stars Than Ever at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Shrek Dolly Parton Ashley Tisdale & Corbin Bleu
Shrek balloon
Dolly Parton floats
Ashley Tisdale & Corbin Bleu
Wynonna Judd Bindi & Teri Irwin Jordin Sparks
Wynonna Judd
Bindi & Terri Irwin
Jordin Sparks

New York, November 22, 2007 – While Shrek was the undisputable star at this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a bumper crop of celebrities joined the green ogre on his march down Broadway.  Fans of all ages and tastes cheered their heroes, from country music legends Dolly Parton and Wynonna Judd to Broadway leading light Sarah Brightman to R&B star Ne-Yo to Smallville band Lifehouse to 9-year-old queen of wildlife Bindi Irwin

High School Musical sensation Ashley Tisdale had the tweens atwitter, but screaming female fans really went crazy over her costar Corbin Bleu.  Bored teenagers bonded with Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden, who looked like they’d been up partying all night, and kept their sunglasses on.  (Joel’s pregnant girlfriend Nicole Richie must have been eating turkey for two; she was nowhere in sight at the parade.) 

Along the route, we also caught sight of Patti LaBelle, American Idol Jordin Sparks and even reconstituted boy band Menudo. 

 
Have a McDreamy Thanksgiving
Patrick Dempsey Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey in New York City Nov. 19
Patrick Dempsey in Hollywood Nov.17

November 17-19, 2007 – This week was like a Patrick Dempsey sandwich; we encountered McDreamy at 'Enchanted' premieres in both Hollywood and New York City.  We are thankful.

 
Carrie Underwood Rendered Speechless at American Music Awards
Carrie Underwood Chris Brown
Beyonce
Carrie Underwood, again
Chris Brown can't wait for it to end
Kid Rock Miley Cyrus
Kid Rock is always classy
Miley Cyrus takes a break from her goldmine tour
Beyonce Knowles

Los Angeles, November 18, 2007 – This short busy Thanksgiving holiday week kicked off not only the holiday shopping season, but also the awards season, with Sunday’s American Music Awards.  This year’s AMA bash took place in a new venue, the brand new Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A.  Like every other music award show of the past year, Carrie Underwood won in so many AMA categories that she actually ran out of thank you speeches; she just didn’t know what else to say or who else to thank.  (Seriously, isn’t anyone getting tired of Carrie yet?)  Fellow American Idol alum Chris Daughtry also won big, but at least that was new.  For now. 

There were a few other surprises, most notable Beyonce Knowles’ genius duet with country duo Sugarland.  Some folks panned it, (we loved it) but hey, at least they stepped out of the box.  Beyonce had just been in Asia in the days preceding the AMAs. 

Miley Cyrus took a few days off from raking in millions on her tour, she spent two days shooting a music video in L.A., and capped it off with a stop at the AMAs. 

Another surprise of the evening: Fergie was with her live-in love Josh Duhamel.  The two have been an item for a while, but are hardly ever seen together in public. 

 
Al Gore Receives Yet Another Award at International Emmys
Kristen Bell & Rob Morrow Al Gore & Robert DeNiro Eric Bogosian
Kristen Bell & Rob Morrow
Al Gore & Robert De Niro
Eric Bogosian
Alan Cumming Sam Waterston Carole Bouquet
Aan Cumming
Sam Waterston
Carole Bouquet

New York, November 19, 2007 – The 35th International Emmy Awards gala took place in New York on Monday, honoring television shows from everywhere in the world other than the United States.  People flew in from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America for the gala, and yet the awards show will not be televised in the U.S.  Interesting choice of locale, right?

Poland won it’s first international Emmy, and awards also went to productions from France, Thailand, The Netherlands and the U.K., which took several.  But never fear – like every other award during the past year, from the Oscars to the Nobel Peace Prize - Al Gore received one for Current TV, the network he founded.  And Robert De Niro presented it to him, reminding our foreign guests that the biggest stars are still American. 

Other presenters included the always funny Alan Cumming, Sam Waterston, 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden, HeroesKristen Bell and Broadway-strike refugee Drew Tyler Bell, who performed only six times in Spring Awakening before the strike closed it down.  Roger Bart, who stars in the poorly reviewed Young Frankenstein, one of the few Broadway shows still operating, spent his evening off hosting the gala.  He can’t wait for the labor dispute to be settled. “I’m sure everyone would prefer everybody being back on the streets in midtown and making it difficult for all of us to get to work every day.  Really, the big pleasure is playing to them”, Bart told us.

 
Doggie Bag: Strikes Set Celebs Free for Charity
Claire Danes Ben Affleck Jennifer Garner
Claire Danes at DonorsChoose.org event
Ben Affleck & Santa at Carier
Jennifer Garner urges flu shots
Paris Hilton Helen Gurley Borwn, Ahslee Simpson LeAnn Rimes
Paris HIlton at Rooseverlt Field Mall
Helen Gurley Brown & Ashlee Simpson at CosmoGirl! Born to Lead Awards
LeAnn Rimes at Chilren's Museum of Manhattan

New York, November 12-18, 2007 – A silver lining of the WGA and stagehands’ stirkes is that some celebrities had more free time to do good this week.  Jennifer Garner, currently appearing on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac, popped up at Gotham Hall on Monday to help the American Lung Association tout flu shots.  The Alias star didn’t take her shot at the event, and claimed that she’d previously been inoculated. 

Garner’s hubby, Ben Affleck, was not shopping for her gift at Cartier on Wednesday.   Affleck, Rachel Bilson and Santa Claus were at the luxe jeweler’s Fifth Avenue emporium to unveil holiday cards benefiting Art of Elysium. 

Claire Danes used her break from performing in Pygmalion on Broadway to pop into a midtown Manhattan high school to announce the national expansion of DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit that provides school supplies to children in need.  That same day, we found country music star LeAnn Rimes at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, teaching kids how to be friendlier to the environment. 

Ashlee Simpson and her man Pete Wentz, Raven Symone, Jordin Sparks and Eva Amurri were all at Hearst headquarters for the CosmoGirl! Born to Lead awards luncheon. 

Paris Hilton’s appearance at Macy’s in Garden City, New York was a benefit for the heiress’ bank account – she launched her new fragrance Can Can.

 
Val Kilmer Hides at Comic Book Expo
Val Kilmer Sign on wall
Val Kilmer signing autographs
Sign on wall at comic book convention
Soupy Sales Hayden Panettiere Kristen Bell
Soupy Sales
Hayden Panettiere
Kristen Bell is thrilled to see us

New York, November 16-18, 2007 – Val Kilmer appeared at the Big Apple Comic Book, Art and Toy show this weekend, but refused to be photographed.  “He’ll bolt”, a rep at the expo told photographers requesting a photo op with the Doors star on Friday.  OAN captured Kilmer signing autographs in the background of a photo of someone else at the fair, see image at left.

Heroes star Kristen Bell also inexplicably refused to be photographed at the show; the image at left is as she emerged from the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan, where the show was held.

Cast mate Hayden Panettiere had no qualms about being at the comic book expo, smiling and even putting on her red coat at the request of photographers. 

Both Bell and Panettiere had long lines of fans waiting for autographs, but the crowd at Kilmer’s table was sparse while we were there. 

Celeste Holm, Soupy Sales and Larry Storch also appeared during the three-day event. 

 

Bell, Panettiere photos: Joy E. Scheller/LFI

 
Hollywood Lingerie Overdose: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Seal & Heidi Klum Spice Girls
Heidi Klum joins Seal in a song
Spice Girls lip-synch
Adriana Lima Vicrotia's Secret models Karolina Kurkova
Adriana Lima gets made up backstage
VS models arrive in L.A.
Karolina Kurkova on the runway
Neil Patrick Harris Eva Longoria Slash & wife
Neil Patrick Harris, right, with date
Eva Longoria
Slash & wife Perla Ferrar

Los Angeles, November 12-15, 2007 – Just in time for holiday gift giving, Victoria’s Secret wants to remind us of lingerie.   Lots and lots of lingerie. So they didn’t just put on their spectacular show on Thursday, they combined it with a preview of the Spice Girls’ widely promoted upcoming tour.  (The racy fashion show even got unintentional – and unwanted – publicity when Kanye West had to cancel his performance due to the tragic death of his mother, Donda.)  Will.i.am filled in, and when the fashion show is broadcast on December 4 on CBS, we can also look forward to watching the Spice Girls lip-synch a couple of songs, and Heidi Klum even sings a few bars with hubby Seal!

There were a number of sexy people in the audience, all wearing more clothing than the models.  Ryan Seacrest, Eva Longoria, Hayden Panettiere, Stacy Keibler, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who puffed away on cigarettes on the pink carpet at the Kodak Theater.  Gerard Butler, who ran around in loincloths in 300, seemed to enjoy the show, as did Neil Patrick Harris and his male date. 

But the glitzy, over-the-top fashion show was just the icing on the cake.  On Monday, the Victoria’s Secret models flew into LAX on a customized Virgin America jet, where they were met by hordes of journalists, including us.  The next day, the Angels received a star on Hollywood Boulevard.  Wednesday’s fashion show was an all-day affair, with the press roaming around backstage during hair and makeup prep, during rehearsals and pink carpet arrivals and, finally, the show.  A bit of lingerie overload

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Photos: Jen Lowery, Michael Williams, Andy Fossum/Startraks

 
Fashion & Hollywood Elite Kick Off '7th On Sale'
Kate Moss Naomi Campbell Ashley Olsen
Kate Moss
Naomi Campbell
Ashley Olsen
U.S. Soldier Valentino & Iman Bette Midler
Soldier working at the armory
Valentino & Iman catch up
Bette Midler

New York, November 15, 2007 – What could bring Kate Moss to New York for the first time in ages?  An ultra-luxe designer sample sale endorsed by Vogue’s Anna Wintour did the trick.  The English supermodel attended the black-tie dinner to kick off 7th on Sale, where designer goods are drastically reduced, and 100% of proceeds go to AIDS/HIV education.  The gala was at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue where Marc Jacobs always shows, and leading lights of fashion and show business entered through a block-long tent done up Harem-style, draped with Persian carpets and red velvet.  This was before they even entered the armory, also which also had a sort of Arabian Nights flavor.

Not surprisingly, with Diane von Furstenberg, Francisco Costa, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Georgina Chapman and Kenneth Cole on hand, everyone was in drop-dead fashion.  Ashley Olsen attended solo, without her rumored squeeze Lance Armstrong. Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife, Nicole, brought football player Michael StrahanValentino was with Elle McPherson, and got into a chat with Iman.  When a photographer instructed Vera Wang, “Look at me like I’m the only one in the room”, the designer deadpanned, “That’s what my husband says”. 

The venue is a real armory, and we saw khaki-clad soldiers quietly going about their duties in the midst of Liv Tyler, Naomi Campbell, Kate Bosworth, the hilarious Bette Midler, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Mary-Kate Olsen, Parker Posey and many others. 

7th on Sale

 
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