Category Archives: Rare Birds Of Hollywood

Rare Birds of Hollywood: The Astounding Elisabeth Moss

“When you see Moss back on the red carpet at the Emmys in September, you can expect some kind of political statement. “There will probably be a pin or a ribbon involved,” she says, giggling. “Or maybe I’ll just wear a giant ACLU ribbon and a really good spray tan.” Click the image for the full story.

Rare Birds of Hollywood: Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez has gone from tough lady to teacher. Ever since she traded punches in Girlfight, Michelle Rodriguez has held her own in hard driving action flicks. But she’ll surprise you with her latest role in Milton’s Secret.

Kelly Ripa’s “Arranged Marriage!”

2016 FOX ALL-STAR PARTY: (L-R) Kelly Ripa, PITCH cast member Mark Consuelos and EMPIRE cast member Taraji P. Henson celebrate at the 2016 FOX ALL-STAR PARTY, Monday, Aug. 8 at a private members-only club in West Hollywood, CA. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX

2016 FOX ALL-STAR PARTY: (L-R) Kelly Ripa, PITCH cast member Mark Consuelos and EMPIRE cast member Taraji P. Henson celebrate at the 2016 FOX ALL-STAR PARTY, Monday, Aug. 8 at a private members-only club in West Hollywood, CA. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX

At the posh and buzzy Fox party at Soho House in Beverly Hills, I teased Kelly Ripa: “You’re going for the most publicly arranged marriage in America!” Ripa didn’t deny that trying out one hot guy after another to be her co-host on “Live with Kelly” has been a fun challenge. “Arranged marriage! No one has put it that way before! Funny idea, Jeanne. I’ll tell you why I really need to make a decision. If I get the flu, the co-host takes over for me. So I figured out that if I have a really healthy on-air partner, I will never get sick.” I’m betting Gelman will be ordering flu shots for all.

Kelly’s off-air husband, the sooo handsome and good natured Mark Consuelos popped up to give Kelly a hug. Talk about a fabulous couple. Mark told me he’s set to star on Fox’s new series, “Pitch.” After 20 years of marriage, he wanted me to know he has no problem with Kelly’s on-air “arranged relationships.”

I noticed more heads turning as Tarji P. Henson joined the group. A top contender for an Emmy, she clearly loves that the crowd loves her. On “Empire” she’s had some “arrangements” of her own with lots of talk about Cookie having a new affair. Taraji doesn’t mind and she proved it with a show stopping smile.

Kudos to Fox and Soho House for a show-stopping soiree.

Rare Birds Of Hollywood: Rita Wilson

JEANNE WITH RITA WILSON

It’s easy to get really close to Rita Wilson when she steps on stage. Last night I watched Rita perform at The Troubadour in Los Angeles (part of her spring tour) to a packed audience. She truly connected to each person in the room. Even though she’s a star who’s married to Tom Hanks it was all about the music when she belts out a song. She sang to the crowd as if each of us were the only one there.

Her songs and her stories about her husband and her family are very personal. Rita’s personality, on and off stage, is open and direct. She has a big singing voice and the emotional and vocal range to touch the crowd, one at a time. There was loud applause, there were giggles and there were sighs. John Stamos in the front row of the balcony was clapping his hands and tapping his toes. I was frankly enchanted.

Many of her numbers were from her latest album, “Rita Wilson.” She co-wrote the songs about love, and friends, and life’s ups and downs with many well known artists. She shared private thoughts and she danced and let her stylish sequin top swing to the music with confidence and fun. Big laughs when she belted out “Not Gonna Take No Shit.” Rita said she wanted to reveal all sides of herself and she proved it.

At the after party Tom was bragging to me, “See how good she is. That’s how they used to do rock and roll!” He was in a grand mood. “Uh oh,” he called out, greeting Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos and wife, Ann, “The Greeks are here!”

No one was having more fun than Rita. “You know I could sing all night,” she grinned. “And I’m not kidding about that.” We would have all stayed to listen.