Alec Baldwin Blasts Arpad Busson As ‘Pockmarked Toady’

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New York Philharmonic 172nd Season Opening Night GalaAlec Baldwin has some choice words for Arpad Busson, the billionaire French financier and fledgling film producer who has a child with Uma Thurman. In a new interview with TV Guide, Baldwin blasted Busson as a “pockmarked toady” and “bloated little toad.”

The issue stems from the fact that Busson said Baldwin was nothing more than a television star, a byproduct of Baldwin’s stint on the long-running NBC series “30 Rock.” Busson — who was listed as an executive producer for “On The Road,” but has few other relevant film credits — came into Baldwin’s atmosphere because he was approached by the actor and director James Toback to provide financing for a romance movie set in Iraq, in which Baldwin would star. (Baldwin and Toback took the project around the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, where they met with Busson among many others, while filming the exploits for a new documentary called “Seduced and Abandoned”; that film will air on HBO on Oct. 28.)

“If movie stardom meant being trapped on a yacht with Busson, I’d rather be a weatherman for Channel 4 in New York,” Baldwin told TV Guide.

Baldwin and Toback made a splash at Cannes with the pitch for the Iraq romance, interviewing directors like Roman Polanski and Martin Scorsese, as well as financiers like Avi Lerner, who said the film could work as long as it starred Gerard Butler and “what’s her name, Natalie Portman.”

“I love that he said, ‘What’s her name,'” Toback told the Los Angeles Times in May. “He doesn’t know Natalie Portman. He doesn’t need to, because in a few years there will be someone else. It’s like a stock. It’s only worth something now.”

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Paul McCartney’s ‘High In The Clouds’ Heading For Big Screen

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Paul bookPaul McCartney’s children’s book “High in the Clouds” is being developed as an animated movie with former New Line toppers Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye producing through their Unique Features banner with RGH Entertainment.

The film will be released in 3D in 2015. The book — which centers on a squirrel’s quest to find a fabled animal sanctuary called Animalia — is written by McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh.

McCartney will compose several original songs for the film. Tony Bancroft, whose credits include “Mulan,” will direct the feature from a screenplay by Josh Klausner (“Shrek Forever After”). Evolution will spearhead the global licensing and merchandising campaign for the film.

Lynne said, “We know how special this project is for Sir Paul and how excited he is to be a part of this wonderful, creative collaboration.”

RGH’s Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett are serving as executive producers.

“’High in the Clouds’ is a passion project for me,” McCartney said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be working in partnership with Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett at RGH, and David Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye of Unique Features. Working with the highly creative talent at these companies together with Josh Klausner and Tony Bancroft, we will be able to create a warm, funny and moving animated film that will resonate with worldwide audiences.”

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Amanda Bynes Leaves UCLA, Is Still Being Treated For Psychiatric Disorder At Rehab Center

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Actress Amanda Bynes arrives at Court for a hearing on Reckless Endangerment charges in New York City wearing Alvin Ailey sweats, Michael Jordan kicks, tattoos and a green wigAmanda Bynes has been moved from the UCLA treatment center to a rehab facility that offers mental health treatment, has confirmed.

Despite tabloid media reports that the former Nickelodeon star isn’t being treated for a mental illness, sources exclusively tell Radar, “to say Amanda isn’t being treated for her psychiatric condition is absolutely reckless and irresponsible. Amanda was actually doing worse at UCLA and it was a very scary place for her.

 “The decision was made to move her to another facility that was in a much more serene setting and nurturing environment. Amanda is actually doing a lot better. It’s not only a rehab facility and does offer extensive treatment for patients in need of mental health treatment.”

Doctors are treating Bynes, 27, for schizophrenia, but she still hasn’t been formally diagnosed with it. has chosen NOT to publish the name of the facility that Bynes is being treated at.

Amanda’s mom, Lynn, was recently granted an LPS conservatorship of her troubled daughter.

After setting a fire in a driveway near Bynes’ parent’s house, she was placed under temporary conservatorship after months of erratic and bizarre behavior.

Meanwhile, Bynes’ parents are “very upset that a tabloid media outlet revealed the name of the facility Amanda was at. It’s now going to open season for photographers to get a picture of Amanda on the grounds of the facility.

“She needs to be left alone by the media. The media outlet didn’t have to name the facility she is at,” the insider told Radar.

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Kevin Spacey Raises Funds For Performing Arts

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kevinFundraisers in the nation’s capital are overwhelmingly political and tied to the next election cycle, and authenticity can be hard to come across at the high-dollar events.

But the atmosphere at a private dinner Saturday for the Kevin Spacey Foundation at the Mandarin Oriental hotel was far removed from the political wrangling that was taking place less than a mile away as the threat of a government shutdown loomed over the U.S. Capitol.

The purpose of the fundraiser was for actor Kevin Spacey to raise both funds and awareness for his nonprofit, which fosters emerging talent in the performing arts through scholarships and grants. It was also an opportunity to remember Spacey’s late friend Jack Lemmon, whom he described as a father figure and “the greatest mentor of my life.”

Spacey was just 13 years old when he met the legendary actor at a workshop. He recalled how inspired he was when Lemmon praised his talent and encouraged him to pursue acting as a profession. It took more than 10 years for their paths to cross again, when Spacey was cast alongside Lemmon in a 1986 production of “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”

“I’ve had a remarkable career,” Spacey said, noting he was able to do everything he wanted from a very young age. “I’m a lucky son of a bitch.”

Others are not so fortunate, and Lemmon would often speak about the importance of “sending the elevator back down,” Spacey said. Spacey made Lemmon’s advice into the motto of his foundation, which launched in 2010.

Kevin Spacey Foundation program director Steve Winter said the organization got its start when Spacey starred in Sam Mendes’ adaptation of “Richard III” at the Old Vic in London two years ago. The organization began holding acting workshops with Spacey as part of a project called “Richard’s Rampage.”

Since then, the KSF has launched scholarships with Regent’s University in London that cover full tuition fees for a three-year Acting and Global Theater degree. Spacey himself will give a masterclass to the scholars and their classmates every year.

The group also offers grants to help anyone in the U.S. or U.K. get a project off the ground, and on Saturday, the KSF announced a worldwide talent search, dubbed “The Elevator Initiative,” which aims to discover a global theater company that will embody the KSF’s mission.

“It’s people like Jack [Lemmon], it’s people like Joe Papp, it’s people like Alan Pakula, who in my life took me under their wing, believed in me, gave me a chance, were incredibly positive to me at a really critical moment in my career and my life that I absolutely attribute to why I have a career,” Spacey told The Huffington Post. “I would not have a career had it not been for someone like Jack Lemmon.”

“He always believed that if you’ve done well in the business you want to do well in, then it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down to those who want to come up,” Spacey added. “So that’s what this is about.”

Chris Lemmon, the late actor’s son, was on hand for the dinner and paid tribute to his father by reenacting some of his most memorable onscreen moments. Spacey also entertained the crowd by crooning classics such as “Ol’ Man River” and “Pure Imagination.” He performed with a local youth jazz band, once again reminding attendants of the evening’s focus: harboring young talent.

Spacey acknowledged to HuffPost that funding for the arts was not a priority at the federal level, with Congress tightening the purse strings more and more each year, but he said he remained optimistic about private donations.

“I realize I’m in a position to raise money while others might not be, but I do think we’re going to start to see over the next decade more and more money for the arts and the culture that is so important to all of our nation coming from the private sector and from corporations,” he said. “I just think that’s how it’s going to be.”

Though much of the night was devoted to music and remembrance of Lemmon, Spacey, who plays the scheming House Majority Whip Francis Underwood on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” cracked a few jokes about the current political climate.

He told the crowd that real-life House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) conveniently left the event just as his Democratic counterpart, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, showed up, and joked that “part of the problem is they’re never in the same room.” (Both congressmen stayed a short while before returning to the Capitol for an all-important vote on funding for the federal government.)

“They don’t have a lot to worry about except whether there’ll be a government shutdown,” Spacey remarked, adding that he believed in both lawmakers.

He didn’t spare Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) either, pointing to his marathon speech on the Senate floor last week.

“My understanding is if you filibuster, you can’t use the restroom,” Spacey told the crowd. “Well, apparently taking the piss in the Senate for 21 hours doesn’t count.”

It was no wonder then that when HuffPost asked what made for better political theater — “House of Cards” or the 113th Congress — Spacey quipped, “Congress is much more unpredictable, and I think funnier.”

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Paul McCartney Responds To Fan Mail— 50 Years Later

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paulIn 1963, Barbara Bezant and Lyn Phillips sent a message to Paul McCartney—and now they’ve finally gotten a reply from the Beatle, half a century later. The women, ages 17 and 19 at the time and both from London, saw a Beatles concert at the Lewisham Odeon and then recorded their message on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. They sent the tape to the Finsbury Park Astoria, where the Beatles were set to play another show. Decades later, a local historian bought the tape at a flea market (or, as the Brits call it, a “car boot sale”), the BBC reports.

David McDermott listened to it (sample line from the recording: “This dream is just to come round the back and see you, but I don’t suppose that’ll ever happen. But we can always live in hope, can’t we?”) and wondered about the women who made it. A BBC show decided to reunite them—they hadn’t seen each other in 40 years—and presented them with Sir Paul’s reply. “Hi Linda and Barbara, thanks very much for (your) lovely tape. It finally got through, better late than never,” he wrote. “Great to hear that you found each other after all these years. Keep enjoying the music, love Paul.”

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Why Hasn’t ‘Wonder Woman’ Returned To The Screen?

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lindaHollywood can’t seem to get “Wonder Woman” right on both the big and small screens. Joss Whedon knows that firsthand. The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator was attached to a big screen adaptation of the Amazon Princess, but the project never came to fruition.

“It is hard. She’s a tough nut to crack,” Whedon told EW. “I know she’s famous as a television show, but I don’t think she lends herself to television. I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley [NBC pilot]. That was not a good marriage.”

The original “Wonder Woman” show Whedon referred to is the 1975-1979 TV series starring Lynda Carter. NBC tried to revive the superhero with the Kelley pilot starring Adrienne Palicki, but it didn’t make it to series. Recently the CW ordered “Amazon,” a Wonder Woman origin story script from Allan Heinberg, but the script didn’t make it to pilot for the 2013-2014 season. Instead, “Heroes” writer Aron Eli Coleite was hired to rewrite. “We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said in May 2013. “We do not want to produce something that doesn’t work for that particular character — it is the trickiest of all the DC characters to get done.”

In a recent interview with ET Online, original series star Carter shared her own theories as to why Hollywood has failed to thrust Wonder Woman back into the spotlight since her 1970s TV series.

“I think they try to just make her a female version of a male superhero, and that’s not what she is,” Carter said. “She is an Amazon Princess and she’s got really strong sisterhood values … Maybe they need a female writer who gets it. I’ve often tried not to say that, but I think it’s the truth. It’s like, ‘Hellooooo guys, get a female that understands what that’s all about.’ You look at any society that suppresses women, and it’s violent. Look around the world. … There’s a humanity that they’re missing. There’s got to be a sweetness, a kindness, a goodness in the character. The rest takes care of itself.”

However, Wonder Woman could finally be making it to the big screen along with her super friends. New rumors have the amazing Amazon appearing alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel. Nothing is confirmed, but a supporting role for Wonder Woman in the upcoming blockbuster could be the best way to reintroduce audiences to the warrior blessed with gifts from the Greek gods.

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Ink, Ink Baby: Vanilla Ice Pays Tribute To “Miley Cyru$”

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iceVanilla Ice is “borrowing” from someone again. But this time Rob Van Winkle is paying homage to the legendary Queen of Twerk. The star of the new show Vanilla Ice Goes Amish (yes, you read that correctly), posted a snap of his feet with the words “Miley Cyru$” inked on them in a poke at the “Rolling $tone” tattoo Miley received while being interviewed for the magazine

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If this in fact a real tattoo, this guy deserves even more to be in the Moroon Club

Katy Perry: Barbara Walters Threw Shade At Me

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katySinger Katy Perry recalls a time when Barbara Walters scolded her for being late to an interview.

In the latest issue of Billboard, the “Roar” singer, 28, looks back on the encounter, which happened to coincide with the demise of Perry’s marriage to Russell Brand.

Perry explained to the mag, “I shouldn’t have done the interview: I was playing Madison Square Garden that same night, and I knew that the end of my marriage was coming. I was just exhausted and stressed.”

Katy, who is now happily dating John Mayer, said she had let everyone know she was running late, but when she finally arrived to the interview, Walters chastised Perry.

The singer said, “When I got there, I apologized immediately, but then she said to me, ‘You know, I’ve only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland. You know how she turned out, right?’ I was like, ‘Oh, snap! Yes, b*tch!’ I think it’s the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me.”

Still, Perry really wanted to let Walters know the real deal. “I just couldn’t tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, ‘Hey, my marriage is falling apart. Give me a break.’ “

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Lindsay Lohan Drama, Family Style – Dad Michael Insists He Will Be Part Of Her Reality Show

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lohanThere’s no drama like Lohan drama. Lindsay Lohan’s father has been an outspoken advocate for her recovery since her release from her court-ordered rehab stint and he’s also been an integral part of her new reality show Michael Lohan exclusively told

“It is total BS that I am not part of Lindsay’s show, I have filmed three episodes already,” the patriarch of the dysfunctional family said about being captured on film with his oldest daughter.

Slamming a report that he isn’t going to be on Lindsay’s new show, Michael said, “I imagine I’m going to be shooting more too.”

A production crew filmed Lindsay and her dad while in New York City on three separate occasions and he said he was told that the producers would want him back for more scenes and that her mother, Dina Lohan, has been filmed too.

“I would imagine everyone in the family will be shooting more. This is reality TV and we’re a real part of Lindsay’s life. The may be right, wrong, or indifferent, that may be positive or negative, but we’re all a part of her life and that will be shown. I would imagine production wants to make this as real as possible and that includes her family.”

During filming Dina was arrested for DUI, and while cameras didn’t capture that incident, Michael said there were interviews after that took place.

“This is all part of the dram of Lindsay’s life,” Michael told

“Nothing for nothing, the Lohans are known for drama and that’s part of reality.”

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‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Doesn’t Shock More Than Past Episodes As Walter White’s Story Concludes

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badAny “Breaking Bad ” fan could be forgiven for concluding that Sunday’s finale held no major surprises.

That’s because this AMC drama series has delivered surprises, shock and OMG moments dependably since its premiere five seasons ago.

Just like it did on its final episode.

For those who don’t want to be reading how yet, stop reading! And let’s take a few moments for you who aren’t ready to find out what happened to tear your eyes away from this article.

OK. Ready?

The finale closed the loop on a scene that began Season 5, and found Walt (series star Bryan Cranston) with a beard and a full head of hair at an Albuquerque, N.M., Denny’s restaurant. There he made a swap for a different car than the Volvo he had stolen and driven cross-country from New Hampshire, where, until the final moments of last week’s episode, he was holed up, a most-wanted fugitive from the law. More to the point, Walt in that deal at the Denny’s men’s room became the owner of a very serious rifle.

The scene, flashing forward several months ahead to Walt’s 52nd birthday, was no less tantalizing than bewildering to viewers when it aired. On the finale, it revealed itself as a key piece of the series’ finished puzzle.

As the finale began, Walt — cancer-stricken and a hunted man — was headed back home to Albuquerque for a last showdown.

In a byzantine and sinister arrangement with the couple who had become tycoons from a pharmaceutical company Walt co-founded but received no benefit from, Walt made sure his children would get the $10 million drug money he left behind with the couple — or else.

Walt then dropped in on his estranged wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn), who had made it plain she hated him.

“Why are you here?” she asked him coldly.

“It’s over,” he said, “and I needed a proper goodbye.”

After all this time, he justified out loud his descent from life as a meek, ill-paid chemistry teacher to a life as a legendary drug lord. Before, he had always insisted he did it for his family, to leave them provided for after his death from his terminal cancer.

“I did it for me,” he declared to Skyler. “I liked it. I was good at it. And I was alive.”

Walt’s former meth-cooking sidekick, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), was still enslaved to a group of bad guys forcing him to cook crystal-meth for them using the laboratory-pristine process Walt had pioneered and prospered with. Walt rescued Jesse: His assault rifle mowed down the bad guys by remote control from the trunk of his car.

Freed, Jesse was last seen speeding off, screaming in hysteria, rage and gratitude. Against all odds, he had lived to face another day.

For Walt, the outcome was much different. As the cops descended at the scene of the mass slaughter to seize him, he was lying on the floor, dead, apparently from a stray bullet from his own rifle. An inadvertent suicide, he had successfully escaped from the law, his foes and the cancer that was stalking him.

And, yes, Walt used the ricin he had held in reserve for ages. He poisoned Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, who had shown the bad judgment to collude with Walt’s enemies on more than one occasion. He substituted it for the sweetener she thought she was putting in her tea.

The episode, and series, ended with Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” (“Guess I got what I deserve”).

So did viewers, with a finale that was surprising in its relative lack of carnage, that tied up loose ends and seemed organically fitting, however outlandish at times (“Breaking Bad” never insisted on stark realism).

Written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the series’ creator, this series went out as it came in, and stayed: wicked, twisted and wildly creative. Certified with its conclusion as perhaps the best TV drama series of all time, “Breaking Bad” remained as pure a product as the crystal meth Walt White cooked, to his peril and demise.

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