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PRODUCER Michael DeLuca says and Dakota Johnson are doing great work shooting the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: "The chemistry is there, they genuinely like each other.
Well, he would say that, wouldn't he?
Captain going down
I'VE always thought of the Captain and Tennille as sort of the C-list Steve Lawrence and Edie Gormé: a real-life couple, a musical duo, fairly talented, pretty charming, hard-working. But they are getting old: Except for a 2006 Christmas album, they haven't worked much since the late '80s.
Now comes word that Cathryn Antoinette Tennille has filed papers, in Arizona, to divorce Daryl Dragon, after 39 years of marriage. It's pretty sad.
They're still sharing their house, for now. Daryl told TMZ.com that he's surprised: "I don't know why she filed... I gotta figure it out for myself first."
TMZ notes that the divorce papers have some stuff about medical insurance: Daryl has something like Parkinson's disease.
She's 73. He's 71.
The miracle of moisturizing
IN the Wall Street Journal, Robert Pattinson discusses growing up, grooming habits, and his endorsement gig with Dior Homme perfume for men:
"I was a brush-your-teeth-and-have-a-shower kind of guy," Pattinson told the paper. "I can't tell if it's because of my association with Dior or because I'm older, but I've started moisturizing. It's been a quite profound change in my life."
The WSJ says Eau for Men, the product he's peddling -- watch for the ad during the Olympics -- is "a fresh new grapefruit and coriander-spiked riff on the heady, iris-laden original scent."
New hope for Heigl
KATHERINE Heigl's retreat from the big screen is almost complete.
I thought her 2012 movie One for the Money, in which she played Janet Evanovich's character Stephanie Plum, was actually pretty good, but I seem to have been almost alone in that view. A string of bombs, plus a reputation as an unpleasant co-worker, have caused Heigl's movie opportunities to dwindle.
But now there's a little good news, for her and her fans: NBC has ordered a pilot for her drama series State of Affairs. She plays the usual maverick CIA officer, assigned to White House intelligence liaison duty. You could write the rest yourself.
The Hollywood Reporter, which had the story, says State of Affairs is "described as Scandal meets The West Wing."
Stars in her eyes
SPOTLIGHT couple: Actor Michael Fassbender's latest is Romanian model/actress/star-dater Madalina Ghenea, formerly Gerard Butler's arm candy. They were spotted together in Romania, where he's shooting a movie.
She has also previously been linked romantically (as the euphemism goes) with Leonardo DiCaprio.
She's 25. Fassbender's 36.
Giving them the brush-off
GISELE Bundchen, who's been on the Pantene payroll in Brazil since 2007, will now also front for the hair-products brand globally.
This is amusing, considering she recently told Associated Press she doesn't even own a hairbrush.
"In my job, you have to remember, people are brushing my hair every day. You have to remember the last thing I want (on a day off) is a brush in my hair!"
A fool and his money
JUSTIN Bieber and his entourage got through $75,000 in a Miami strip club Monday night, TMZ.com reports. Somebody speaking for the King of Diamonds Gentlemen's Club told the website that Bieber "got $75k in $1 bills and went wild." Unfortunately there was no detail on just what "went wild" means in this context.
After that story about drugs in his California mansion, JB deemed it prudent to get out of California. So he took a ski trip to Colorado and then hit Miami.
Gathering too much Moss
YOU'LL recall Kate Moss posed undressed in Playboy last fall, to mark her 40th birthday, and the magazine's 60th.
Now Playboy is suing Harper's Bazaar mag. The beef is that Harper's copied, on its website, a photo of Kate in bunny ears and a leotard, and provided a link to some other site that had nine of Playboy's not-safe-for-work shots. Playboy is asking for $150,000 per photo in compensation.
Nine lives? Not for this feline
BILL Murray revealed, in a Reddit "ask me anything" chat the other day, why he got involved in a 2004 stinker called Garfield: the Movie.
(Wait! What? Reddit chat? What's that? But I digress.)
Murray admitted that he signed on to be Garfield's voice, without reading the script, because he understood the writer was Joel Coen, the celebrated Coen brother. In fact, the script was committed by one Joel Cohen, obscure then and deservedly still obscure now.
While doing his voice recording, Murray said, he watched some clips -- and was horrified.
There was, amazingly, a sequel -- such is the power of Garfield -- but Murray isn't up for a third one: "I don't think so. They sort of shot themselves in the foot, the kidneys, the liver and the pancreas on the second one." That was 2006's Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, so bad it went straight to DVD.
Never poke the bear
TINA Fey and Amy Poehler may regret that George Clooney gag at the Golden Globes.
You remember: "Gravity is nominated for best film," Fey said. "It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age."
Access Hollywood asked Clooney, a good-humoured guy with a penchant for practical jokes, for his response. It was... ominous:
"It's a well-crafted joke, I can appreciate that," he said. But "they have poked the bear with a stick. Oh, they have poked the bear. I don't want to scare Amy or Tina -- I don't want them to be afraid at all -- but, uh, they've poked the bear."
BRADLEY Cooper has gone public with Suki Waterhouse, the British model he's been dating for almost a year. They were together at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
These two haven't kept their relationship secret, exactly -- there's no reason why they should -- but they have generally avoided appearing together in public, until now. He often brings his mother to awards shows, or arrives without a "plus one" at all.
Us Weekly, reporting this, dragged up an old quote of Suki's: "I don't talk about my boyfriend because it's boring," she told Elle UK. [And] if I start talking about him, I probably won't be able to stop."
ON a syndicated talk show the other day, actor William H. Macy spoke for many parents whose kids are obsessed with boy-bands.
He took his daughter Sophia to a One Direction concert, he was saying. His verdict: "Those guys can sing. They are very talented."
But "they couldn't put on a good show with a gun to their head." He marched stiffly back and forth to imitate the band's choreography.
Macy admitted that Sophie "loved it and so did about 17,000 other kids," but he mocked Harry Styles for eating a sandwich onstage. As for clothing: "They had on crappy jeans and a stupid T shirt -- and then they do a costume change... and come out in different crappy jeans!"
By the time he bought her the concert T-shirt and all, he said, it was "the $17,000 concert".
He's 63. Sophia's 13.
NOBODY outside her immediate circle even knew that Laura Linney was pregnant, until she and hubby Marc Schauer announced the Jan. 8 birth of their son, Bennett Armistead Schauer. He's their first child.
Laura is 49.