NEW YORK — Paris Hilton may have put her family’s name on the reality TV map, but her aunt Kyle Richards is hot on her tail with a new book and a TV pilot about her life. Richards’ outspoken personality served her well as a child actress growing up in Hollywood, going head-to-head with her feisty castmates on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and most recently dishing out relationship, fashion and lifestyle advice in her new book, “Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real With the Housewife Who Does It All,” published by HarperOne. In the book, Richards, who has been married for 17 years and is the mother of four girls, offers tips on everything from dealing with infidelity to how to get her signature silky locks. In a recent interview, she discussed her new projects, her sister Kim Richards’ stint in rehab and her biggest “Housewife” blowout. AP: How did you come up with the idea for your book? Richards: I grew up in a house of all women. You know, my mom, my grandmother and my sisters (Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton). … And every time they would come home, my mom would flip the light on and would say, “OK, tell me everything you did from the date, from beginning to the end.”… I used to lay there and pretend I was sleeping and listen to every little crumb – what they did wrong, what they didn’t do. … It was the best education you could ever get. And once I started the show and people saw my relationship with my husband, I got so many comments and questions on Twitter that I really thought it would be fun to talk about things that worked for me. AP: What is one of the biggest mistakes that women make in relationships? Richards: A lot people want love, but they don’t give it. I see so many of my friends with their husbands; they don’t think that they need the same attention as we do. I want my husband to feel like no one is going to love and adore him like I do. … You’d be surprised when you give that how much love you get in return. AP: Do you have any regrets about this season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”? How about your argument with castmate Brandi Glanville on Game Night? Richards: Brandi and the Game Night thing is probably my biggest regret of everything we’ve done on the “Housewives.” Even more so than the limo fight with my sister (Kim). Because in the limo with my sister, even though I got a lot of heat from that, people were angry, that’s what I was feeling … but with Game Night, that’s just not who I am, period. I was not being true to myself and to me that’s the worst thing that could happen. AP: How is Kim doing in rehab? Richards: She’s good. You know, there are rumors that she had left rehab, she did not. She’s doing really well, and I’m just really happy and proud of her for making that decision. AP: So what’s next? Richards: I just sold a pilot, a half-hour sitcom. I can’t say which network, but it’s about my life. It’s basically my life being a juggling mom, wife and being on a reality show. AP: If you don’t play yourself, which Hollywood starlet would you like to play you? Richards: I would want it to be somebody that’s really funny and could capture the humor of being a mom and all the humor that comes with being on a reality show, so maybe Jennifer Aniston or Jenny McCarthy. I don’t know, someone really funny. ___ Online: ___ Visit link: Kylie Richards Sells TV Pilot About Her Life
Are you feeling stressed in these economically challenged times, do you think you can’t find creative things to do because you don’t have enough money? Well, you’re in for a treat because it’s here, Christine Redlin’s debut eBook, Life On A ShoestringIn Beverly Hills , this handbook will bring help and humor to many individuals that are stressed … (more) Read the original post: Life on a Shoestring in Beverly Hills eBook Helping People with Cost…
LA Weekly readers will recognize Jonathan Gold by his witty humor and dry commentary about all things food. In 2007, he was the first restaurant critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, and as a Pulitzer finalist again this year, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Recently, he sat down with culture and answered some questions about himself, cheese and his West Coast beat. Who in L.A. is doing cheese best? Nancy Silverton at the Mozzarella Bar at Osteria Mozza . When you sit at her counter, it’s like watching the greatest magician in the world doing slight-of-hand tricks with a single variety of cheese. And the weekly Cirque du Fromage at Palate can be astonishing. You say your cheese habits are a little old school, what do you mean? I do love cheese. I can remember the moment of my conversion to the cult of cheese, as a 24-year-old at the old La Toque up on the Sunset Strip, where the chef, Ken Frank, subsidized his fetish by including a pass of the trolley in all his tasting menus. When I lived in New York, I tended to spend about twice as much at Murray’s each year as I did at every supermarket combined. I experienced the thunderbolt when I first tasted Fantome chevre in Wisconsin. When I’m in Italy, I spend inordinate amounts of time chasing down great pecorino producers in the areas around Pienza and Visso, mozzarella guys in Puglia and ricotta near Todi, and my daughter’s first request for a special trip — she was five at the time — was to visit a caseficio that made Parmigiano-Reggiano. (It turned out that what she really wanted to do was pet the cows, but no matter. At 17, her bedroom is decorated with cheese posters, including a cheese print that came with the Parmesan snow at El Bulli.) I consider a properly runny Epoisses to be proof of a loving God. Sometimes, when I’m confronted with a four-umlaut Swiss thing, or read about Anne Saxelby’s latest find in some corner of Vermont, I start to think that cheese culture has passed me by. Then I remember that I have some Vacherin Mont d’Or or smuggled Oaxacan quesillo in the fridge, and I start to feel a little better. What do you think are the most over- and underrated cheese dishes out there? Is there an overrated cheese dish? I mean, other than stadium nachos smothered in orange pump cheese better suited to caulking tile? I’m not sure there are underrated ones either, although some things I would like to see more of are gougeres, really well-prepared mozzarella in carrozza and tacos made with the Durango-style crispy substance known as chicharrones de queso. You’re eating cheese, what are you drinking? I would like to say an old Maury, because it is amazing with cheese, but it is usually a modest Alsatian Riesling with just a bit of sweetness — or really, whatever is left in my glass at the end of dinner. In all of your experiences as a food critic, what is the worst thing you have ever eaten? Something that appeared to be boiled rawhide in a sauce of vinegar and pureed, overcooked spleen at a long forgotten Vietnamese restaurant in Orange County. I have since heard that when well-cooked, this, or something like it, is a delicious, gelatinous Lao specialty. That night, it wasn’t. Jonathan Gold is a prizewinning writer and critic whose work appears regularly in the LA Weekly . He has also written for Gourmet , Spin , Rolling Stone and others. Alexandra Howard is a culture correspondent living in northern California. Go here to see the original: culture magazine: 5 Cheese Questions For A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Food Critic
The council of foreign relations is the nickname we have given the weekly meeting between my three very hip, very cool daughters and their very unhip, uncool dad. Once a week, school or business is torpedoed and we meet in a restaurant (I have a fourth daughter, but at 14 months she would destroy any restaurant because she has more destructive moves than Jackie Chan and is way faster). About a year ago, my mother, their grandmother, the infamous Miriam Weinstein, decided to drop by. Miriam of course, is the one we named Miramax after. By the way, when Disney kept the name Miramax, I always thought my mom was going to take on Michael Eisner. To her threats, Bob and I always said “you can’t do that” and she said, “yes I can, I’m right and he’s wrong, and that name is synonymous with a certain kind of filmmaking. And your father. And besides, if they take me into custody, I’ll get off”. Bob and I replied, “how would you get off?” “Because I know Bert Fields and David Boies”, she replied. That in a nutshell is Miriam. Lest anyone wonder where Bob and I get it from. As the conversation progressed my daughters complained about too much homework they had and how tough their teachers were. Of course I’m on their side and I tell them that I think homework is way overrated. Then, as the evening ended, Miriam asked me, “why are you making a movie about Marilyn Monroe? Hasn’t everything been said on that subject already?” Whereupon, I tell my mom that a number of years ago I had read two books by Colin Clark. Those being The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me and My Week with Marilyn ; both books about his experience making the movie when she came to London in 1956 and also detailing his fairytale romance and magical week with her. This all happened because her husband, Arthur Miller had an argument with her and left her in the middle of their honeymoon. As I progressed the story, Miriam was stunned. “I thought there were three main people in her life, the agent, what was his name?”, she continued, “oh yeah Johnny Hyde, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. Who is this Colin Clark?” I told Mom and the kids that sometimes movies are snapshots of little incidents. Actual moments in time that give you insight into a character. My daughters said dad, you made a movie like that, bringing up The King’s Speech , to which I replied, yes, a footnote with giant implications. The story of the king of England who stuttered and overcame his speech impediment. Here, I told my gang, was another snapshot. A beautiful, but mature Marilyn Monroe at age 30, allowing herself to be innocent for once swept away by a younger man. My middle daughter then said, it reminded her of Roman Holiday . Now in my house, Roman Holiday holds a special place. My daughters have always had a phobia of black and white movies. Black and white to them meant old. In fact, black and white to them meant very old, the kind of movies their dad would watch. The only thing worse than black and white to them was subtitles. So one night, I said to them that if they could make it through this old movie, I’d take them all to the mall and buy them each a gift at their favorite store. The movie was Roman Holiday . They loved the movie so much they watched it again and gave me a pass at the mall. Of course, Roman Holiday is the story of a young princess, played by Audrey Hepburn, who sneaks out the palace window and has a beautiful night in Rome alongside a dashing American reporter played by Gregory Peck. As I told my daughters the story, I explained that My Week With Marilyn has similarities to Roman Holiday . I told the girls that I have a weakness for movies about the creative process. They reminded me that Shakespeare in Love was about writing Romeo and Juliet and Finding Neverland explored how Sir James Peter Barrie wrote Peter Pan . Those were the movies they remembered of mine about the creative process. I told them that this new one was about the making of a fun, very clumsy movie, but that the way Colin Clark described making the movie gave you great insight and poked fun at the whole movie process. Sometimes, like a needle to a balloon, I said. My girls had an idea of who Marilyn Monroe was, but they certainly did not know who Sir Laurence Olivier was. Nor did they have any idea about method acting or classic acting. But I told them the clash provided a lot of comedy in the piece and that the movie had huge laughs and hopefully, if I can convince everybody, maybe a couple of fun musical numbers, too. As I went around the room, looking for a thumbs up, I saw their faces reluctant to give it to me. So I pulled out the trump card. Michelle Williams. Now my girls are lucky enough to know Michelle Williams and they know her daughter too. She is as sweet to my daughters as she is to her own. When a hair colorist had made a mistake on one of the girls, Michelle did an operation worthy of Bond, James Bond, and got it all sorted and fixed. In my house, that made her a folk hero. And that proved to be the closer. So off we went to London with Simon Curtis directing and David Parfitt producing. We assembled an all-star cast with Kenneth Branagh as Olivier and Dame Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike. We got the effervescent Emma Watson, the charming Dominic Cooper, the dashing Dougray Scott and the vivacious Julia Ormond. To play Colin Clark, we enlisted the tony award winning Eddie Redmayne. In due time, every girl on the set fell in love with. He is an actor of great vulnerability and also panache, both vital requirements to play Colin Clark. Simon Curtis wanted to immerse the film in reality so we shot it at the locations that it took place in in real life. So Windsor Castle was Windsor Castle. The Aristocratic British School for Boys was Eaton. No one ever gets to film in these locations, yet magic strings were pulled and red tape disappeared. The rumor was that somehow the royal family pulled those strings. In 1956 Marilyn Monroe met the Queen at a royal premiere. You can watch some of this footage on YouTube. They had a wonderful rapport and it was reported in all the British newspapers that they got along famously. The irony of Marilyn meeting the Queen was that they were the same age as the Queen. Imagine, Marilyn in her 80s. Pinewood Studios was where the original film The Prince and the Showgirl was made and lo and behold Simon arranges for Michelle Williams to have Marilyn Monroe’s dressing room. In the film there is a magic moment when Marilyn Monroe comes down to greet the company of players who are making this film. When the door opened to Marilyn/Michelle’s dressing room and she came out in a beautiful gown, something very similar to what Marilyn wore, and greeted Kenneth, Toby, Derek, Judi, Dougray, Julia and Eddie, you could hear a pin drop. The applause that you hear in the movie for Marilyn’s entrance was just as real for Michelle’s entrance as Marilyn. Everyday Michelle performed alchemy to transform into Monroe. Her use of makeup was as splendid as it was detailed. She practiced the voice, the walk, the wiggle, the waddle, the signing and the dancing. For anybody who loves movies, this is a movie about making movies. We see Colin Clark start to work his way from a lowly third assistant director to finally becoming Laurence Oliver’s right hand man on set (later on in life, Clark became a key executive at Olivier’s production company and finally a great documentary filmmaker, producer, writer, director and author). He witnesses Marilyn’s fateful argument when Arthur Miller writes in his journal that it is impossible to live with Monroe after only 30 days of marriage. That the paparazzi had rendered him soulless. They fight, she ends up alone. Colin then tells Marilyn the truth about herself. Through the relationship of making the movie, they become friends and eventually become romantic. All the comedy that Simon intended to be in the film is there. Watching Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams dual of wits is bloody entertaining. Nothing is more satisfying to me than watching an audience reaction to a movie. We screened the final cut of Marilyn to Michelle in Detroit where she was shooting Sam Raimi’s Oz when a packed theater erupted into huge laughter, but the best sight was watching Michelle’s laughter too. The finished movie was rated R. A problem for an 8-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old. But I decided to take them to the New York Film Festival with their grandmother where My Week With Marilyn was the centerpiece and the film had its official premiere. It had been one year since that dinner at Cipriani when I got the green light to get involved in the film. So there I was, presenting an R-rated movie to my daughters. Much less their grandmother who tends to get rather conservative over things like that. When the lights went down, the magic began and I could hear the laughter and cheers from my girls. Even though they didn’t really know who Marilyn Monroe or Laurence Olivier where, they too were laughing at those jokes. The older one whispered Roman Holiday and that from watching this movie she thought that Michelle Williams was a modern day Audrey Hepburn. Miriam, in her true parlance (even though she’d been told the story ten times), said she had no idea that Marilyn Monroe fell in love with a 23-year-old boy. Then grandma said to her daughters, “you should not be seeing an R-rated movie, you could get in trouble for that”. To this I responded, “don’t worry Mom, I know Bert Fields and David Boies too.” As we filed out of the theater, the girls started talking about Marilyn Monroe saying she was a strong independent woman. They said she was smart, funny and determined. They said she had a kind streak in her. That she was misunderstood and that they could feel her warmth. They said that in the 1950s, when women were just going along with the status quo, she stood out. That she was rebellious, but had a sense of humor about it and was thus very effective. And then finally, the corker. They said Marilyn Monroe was cool and that as a result, I was kind of cool for making the movie. The epilogue to the story, is that two weeks ago, Katy Perry saw the film and tweeted about how much she liked it. When I told my girls she wanted to meet me they said, “you’re not cool enough to meet Katy Perry,” and that they should go in my place. As a father of four daughters, I’ve learned that COOL is a gift that only comes occasionally, but for a short time, Marilyn Monroe made dad cool. Read the rest here: Harvey Weinstein: How Marilyn Monroe Got Her Groove, and How Dad Became Cool
We’ve prepared quite a Thanksgiving feast for today’s video lunch. We’re serving up President Obama pardoning a Thanksgiving Turkey, Thanksgiving-centric films and a little College Humor. Watch Charlie Brown and the gang prepare for their very own Thanksgiving feast, Ed O’Neill battle a teenager, Steve Martin ask for “a fucking automobile” and one way to avoid surprise visitors on November 24. more › Excerpt from: Happy Thanksgiving! From President Obama, Charlie Brown & Steve Martin
DOWNTOWN— Nick Coe , chef of Black Cat Bakery on Fairfax, will pop up inside Senor Fish in Little Tokyo three nights a week starting (most likely) October 27. This indefinite dining engagement is titled Molonay Tubilderborst named after a character in British humor column, By the Way . During Coe’s evenings at Senor Fish, the dining room will be divided into two spaces, one serving the original Senor Fish menu, the other offering Coe’s market driven Southern European list of eats. [ LAW ] AROUND TOWN— What’s going on in the world of chef Laurent Quenioux ? Aside from guest cheffing at Starry Kitchen (LQ@SK) and taming flames at Vertical Wine Bistro, Quenioux plans to partake in the upcoming LA Beer Float Showdown on Oct 15 at Eagle Rock Brewery, tix cost $35. Then, the following day from 2-4PM, he will spring his famed cheese cart on Domaine LA . Tickets go on sale 10/10 here ($25 at the door or $20 presale). Finally, Quenioux lands at Church & State for another temporary cheffing stint on October 19. [EaterWire] WEHO— Grub Street notices an ABC license transfer from the four year old Salades de Provence at the corner of La Cienega and Holloway to new applicant WeHo Bistro . [Grub Street] ECHO PARK— LAmag says that Tony Yanow has commenced service at newbie Mohawk Bend on Mondays. [EaterWire] See the original post: EaterWire : Nick Coe at Senor Fish, Laurent Quenioux Updates, More!