Julie Christie, one of the most beautiful and best of actresses--her looks and acting ability set the screen on fire 30 years ago--is making a comeback. She will be seen in a Harold Pinter play, "Old Times," starting in May, then will study scripts with an eye to returning to movies. Julie, deeply hurt after Warren Beatty found another bird on the wing, has been somewhat of a recluse on a remote Welsh farm for many years. If that was the real reason, what a waste of time and talent for little or nothing.
John Travolta's "Pulp Fiction" Oscar nomination has Johnboy really flying. Travolta, who flies his own plane, is now being approached to play roles that require him to fly, so he'll play a fighter pilot in "Broken Arrow" for 20th Century Fox and is up for another fighter pilot role in "Lady Takes an Ace." In this case, the lady would be, ta-da, Sharon Stone, who holds all the cards these days with a first shot at almost every hot role in Hollywood.
They say in Paris that Daniel Day-Lewis, trying to get over his depression since the death of his agent, Julian Belfrage, at the end of last year, has been hiding out in a clinic. And here we all thought it was because Isabelle Adjani was having his baby and he wasn't ready for fatherhood. He isn't even ready for Isabelle Adjani anymore. But that beauty will never be found dead or alive licking her wounds on a remote Welsh farm. Tant pis is more like it.
Everyone thought Helena Bonham Carter was back in England having finished filming Woody Allen's latest opus. Not a bit of it. There she was at the opening of "Death Defying Acts," the three one-act plays written by Woody Allen, Elaine May and David Mamet and produced by Julian Schlossberg and Jean Doumanian of the "Bullets Over Broadway" Doumanians. When Helena's friends and fans rushed over to say what are you doing here, she replied coolly that she had to fly back to reshoot a couple of scenes, but that she'd only be here for a minute. Now--is that all clear? Other opening nighters at the play and the party afterward in the Fifth Avenue Hotel Ballroom were Sigourney Weaver, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols, Wendy Wasserstein with Forrest Sawyer, Elaine Kaufman and others too notable to mention.Sandra Bullock, a rising star since she careened down the highway in "Speed," is again using her head on another highway, this time the information superhighway. Sandra will shift into high gear when she's swept into a web of high-tech conspiracy in a computer flick called "The Web." Sandra could never be a spider, so guess who's the fly.
There's said to be a cloud over the big romance between sprig of the Italian nobility Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Alexandra di Andia. Her friends say she loves him--but she has no intention of marrying him, even if Filiberto is a grand old name, sort of.
The latest nonsense from abroad has Prince Albert of Monaco playing Cupid for Sylvester Stallone and his sometimes young sweetie, Austrian model Andrea Wieser. The buzz is that Albert found Sly a romantic villa in Monaco and could even be best man at their wedding--if there ever is one. Please!
Bob Geldof and his estranged wife, Paula Yates, are staying at the palatial digs of Irish rock star Bono, trying to mend their broken marriage. After Paula admitted her fling with Aussie rock star Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS, things haven't been--surprise--the same. Supermodel Helena Christensen, Hutchence's long-time leading lady, wasn't amused by the reports either, so, at least for now, she's given him the old heave-ho. You won't find her on a Welsh farm either.
Joan Collins and Kenneth Branagh together for the first time? What? It's true though, professionally speaking only. Joan will start work on Branagh's new film "In The Bleak Mid-Winter" beginning in mid-March. Branagh himself will not act in the movie but will direct the original screenplay which he began writing four years ago. Joan plays an actor's agent in the contemporary comedy which deals with "a motley group of theatricals putting on a play in unusual circumstances." Some people will tell you any group of theatricals is motley, but that's just so mean and cynical. Isn't it?
Norman Sherry, the brilliant British author and Graham Greene's chosen biographer, was the center of attention at a book party at Mortimer's celebrating the Viking American release of Sherry's "The Life of Graham Greene Volume II: 1939-1955." The party was given by four of Norman's greatest fans, Lucy and Christopher Buckley and Nannette Brokaw Herrick and George Herrick. Before the night was over, Norman's fan club was pushing out the walls. Amongst the literati and glitterati were such and Betsy and Walter Cronkite, Richard Clurman, Lewis Lapham, Francie and John Train, Elizabeth Kabler, Georgiana Bronfman, Richard Leakey (all the way from Kenya), Dee and Nelson Aldrich, George Plimpton, Jackie and Nicky Drexel, Frankie Fitzgerald, Fernanda Kellogg Gilligan, Alan Pakula and Gail Lumet Buckley and Kevin Buckley. In 1945, Greene, one of the most brilliant, controversial and prolific of 20th-century authors, wrote, "If anyone ever tries to write a biography of me, how complicated they are going to find it and how misled they are going to be." Whatever he was, Greene was certainly not a fool, so he chose Sherry himself. As for Sherry, 54, he's just glad to be alive after almost losing his life twice following in Graham Greene's footsteps.Tiffany & Co. toasted American song with a full house of cabaret lovers saluting the memory of the great Mabel Mercer, the legendary interpreter of all those songs you know and love. In tribute to the world of cabaret, Tiffany table settings on view were designed by Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Eartha Kitt and Andrea Marcovicci, the beauty whose recent London performances were standing room only. Everyone was there from Tiffany chairman Bill Chaney to Julie Wilson. In between were such as Irving Berlin's daughter Mary Ellin Barrett, Schuyler Chapin, John Loring, Arlene Dahl, Pat and Marquette de Bary, Grace Mirabella and Pauline Trigere, all singing the praises of cabaret. Not singing singing, of course. No sense in clearing the room early.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews