Archive for March, 2011


March 27th, 2011 No comments

Read my exclusive interview with Matthew McConaughey for the Herald Sun and Sunday Telegraph in Australia, by clicking here.

The word I would use to describe Matthew is ‘swagger’.

Note to self: visit Texas.

I would heartily encourage you to go see The Lincoln Lawyer.

It’s a really great movie, and his best performance in years.

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March 23rd, 2011 No comments

It rained in LA today.

I believe that in keeping with the drama of Hollywood, the skies here wept for the passing of a true movie icon.

I wrote on Facebook that Elizabeth Taylor was possibly the last great movie star on the planet and a friend replied that Lauren Bacall was still alive. I love Betty Bacall but you can’t compare English rose Liz with husky, broody Lauren. Apples and oranges, I told him.

Dame Elizabeth was always top of my interview wish list. I never met her, or saw her perform on the London stage like my cousin did. ‘We will miss her humour and humanity. She was a very principled and complex person, who I am grateful that I saw on stage some 27 years ago in London.” he emailed to say.

In fact, I never got anywhere near her, more’s the pity. I simply remember her beauty and grace. As a child, I watched the 1949 version of Little Woman and her performance enthralled me. She was 17 at the time and played sweet little Amy, the sister who steals Laurie’s heart.

This afternoon I interviewed Courteney Cox at at hotel in Beverly Hills. We exchanged condolences and talked briefly about Miss Taylor’s icon status. There are stars and there are stars.

Before I left the hotel, I wrote ‘RIP DAME ELIZABETH’ on chalk in the ladies toilets. This was not an act of vandalism by the way, they leave chalk out for that very reason.

It wasn’t particularly eloquent or pretty, but it was to the point and it felt right.

I like to think that Hampstead’s finest, a breath-taking beauty with a delicious rebellious streak, would have approved.

* Fantastic article from – Camille Paglia talks about Elizabeth Taylor’s sexuality and legacy.

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LA DIARY: The heart of Hollywood, already.

March 23rd, 2011 No comments

So after four years in LA, I’ve finally moved to Hollywood. The parking might be a bitch but I’ll never be short of challah bread.

I’m clearly the worst Jew in the the world though. Only schmucko here would go into a kosher bakery and ask for milk in their coffee. Note to self: Be a better Jew.

Which brings me nicely onto my next subject: where do I run? I decided to pound the paths around the Pan Pacific Park yesterday morning. While I’m sad to be living so far from the gorgeous Silverlake reservoir, I’m very happy to be near a nice big patch of grass. However, this being the heart of Hollywood, it is a park like no other.

Yes, there are basketball courts, barbecue pits and swings for the kids but there’s also a Holocaust museum. No park is complete without one. It’s apparently the oldest Holocaust Museum in the United States, having opened in 1961.

I stopped to look at the stones that declared the number of dead in each country. In a week in which we have started another war, it was emotional reading the statistics. We’re never going to learn, are we?

My run then took me past my hairdresser Molly, at Goo, on Fairfax, past the huge European-style magazine stand, that also sells coffee (with milk) and which is across the road from legendary Jewish deli, Canters. I need to keep running to off-set the lard-laden kosher food I’ll be eating. My fast food here isn’t McDonalds, it’s salt beef and kneidlach.

Last night I walked to The ‘trendy’ Grove to see a press screening of a popular horror movie franchise (embargoed to the hilt here, so that’s all I can reveal). I never, ever watch horror movies, and even though the cinema was less than ten minutes from my home, I had to question my sanity as I powered up Fairfax in the dark, past CBS and various tramps, hobos, bums and drunks to my new pad. Well done, Lisa. Safety first.

As it was I got home without being Sidney-d, feeling like I’d finally poked the heart of Hollywood. I poured a glass of red wine, and sat on my sofa contemplating my navel and neighbourhood. Then, the cherry on the cake, my cat finally ventured out from under the bed, ate some food and jumped on my lap for the first time since our arrival.

I think we’re going to be alright.

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March 19th, 2011 No comments

I interviewed Amanda Seyfried and Red Riding Hood director Catherine Hardwicke for the cover of Insider, the Sunday Telegraph’s entertainment magazine, and affiliates, in Australia.

Read the article here.

I’m desperately trying to think of an anecdote to amuse you but it was one of those interviews that was just in and out. Job done. The junket was really well organised by Tara, and everyone at the Warner Brothers press office. I don’t think the publicists get enough credit sometimes – it’s a big job looking after the foreign press corps!

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Please donate to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Fund

March 15th, 2011 No comments

“A woman cries while sitting on a road amid the destroyed city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan”, says the caption in the newspaper.

Her crumpled face says it all. I looked at this picture and I also cried. Our troubles pale into insignificance compared to the devastation this country and its people have faced, and are facing.

You can now donate to the Red Cross through iTunes.

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March 6th, 2011 No comments

Here I am in action for talking about the Oscars, and the week’s upcoming movie releases with host Adrian Dickson (see below, left). The afternoon shoot took place at a sprawling mansion in Beverly Hills the day before the Academy Awards, and although I still think I have a face for radio, I really enjoyed working with the reelkandi team.

Thanks to Celena Rubin for my wonderful make-up. Air-brushed foundation is the future.

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