Justin Berfield (Reese) attended the chariety event ‘Rock The Kasbah’ on July 2. This event was held in honour of Eve Branson, mother of Sir Richard Branson, for her work with Virgin Unite, which Justin supports.
The benefit was held to raise funds for ongoing projects, set up by Eve Branson in association with Virgin Unite, underway in Morocco.
Some readers will know that Justin Berfield is producing films now and his current project is ‘Blonde Ambition’. Read our previous post for a trailer and more information.
The buzz behind Blonde Ambition is fading as reports surface that the Jessica Simpson film is incomplete and no longer has a release date.Simpson’s manager/dad Joe Simpson has reportedly pushed back the release date twice because the movie is expected to flop.
“First, the release date was set for Aug. 3, and then it was delayed until the last week of August,” an insider tells the New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher. “Papa Joe then intervened and said he wasn’t comfortable with the level of competition from other films that month.”
Meanwhile, another source suggests that the singer may want to stick with her day job.
Another source says: “Jessica was not very focused on-set and flubbed her lines often. She always had her dog around, was on the phone with [then-] boyfriend John Mayer or was sitting in a warmed-up SUV.”
Call it Bryan in the middle. Of rehearsals, that is.Bryan Cranston, who played henpecked Hal in the long-running TV series “Malcolm in the Middle,” is now readying an on-stage role. Come Thursday, he’ll open a 10-day run at Shadow Lawn Stage in West Long Branch.
The play is “Chapter Two,” Neil Simon’s 1978 comedy-drama, in which Cranston portrays George Schneider, a successful novelist whose beloved wife dies. Just when George vows he’ll never marry again, he meets Jennie Malone, and wedding bells soon ring. Shortly after, their apartment is ringing with heated arguments.
“George is in Chapter Two, while there are times when I feel as if I’m already working on the epilogue of my life,” Cranston jokes. He then tells of his own Chapter One, when he was born 51 years ago in Los Angeles to parents who were actors.
“Mom gave it up to take care of me and my brother,” he says. “That left my father to live a typical actor’s life — feast or famine. One year, he put a pool in our back yard. The next year, we couldn’t swim in it because he couldn’t afford the chlorine for it. One year we got a new car, and the next year he traded it in for an older one. That message of insecurity really served me well when I went into this inherently insecure business.”
First celebs to sign on were Bacon’s Connecticut neighbors Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford.
“It seemed like a natural, neighborly thing to do,” says Kaczmarek who, along with Whitford, founded Clothes Off Our Back, an online charity auction house for all those Valentinos and Versaces that only get a one-time shot on the red carpet.
At the site you can see the charities celebrities are supporting and can add badges like Jane’s to the left on your website, MySpace, blog etc. You can also create your own badge for the charity you are championing.
Emmy-award nominee Jane Kaczmarek played the hilarious and harried wife and mother Lois on FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle. As the mother of three and wife to actor Bradley Whitford (NBC’s The West Wing), her real life often bears a resemblance to the one she played on TV. As a mother, she takes a no-nonsense approach to parenting, especially when it comes to money. Having founded Clothes Off Our Back, a charity dedicated to auctioning off celebrity awards show clothing to raise money for children’s charities, she tries to instil values in her children regarding finances and giving back to those who are in need. Jane, who recently worked with Visa’s PracticalMoneySkills.com, took a moment out of her busy schedule to share her thoughts on kids and finance with iParenting.
iP: How do you get your kids involved in work that you do for others?
JK: We have a big thing with birthday presents. I can’t stand all this stuff hanging around our house. It makes me crazy – all this stuff that piles up. So I started something in the kids’ invitation for their birthday parties saying that it is a family tradition, in lieu of birthday presents, please bring a check for the following charity – any amount would be very welcome. I think people always want to bring something to a birthday party and they don’t know what your kid has and what they need, so we collect money at birthday parties. This year we went back to the Children’s Defense Fund, which is an advocacy group for children here in American run by Marian Wright Edelman. We have done it for Smile Train, which is another favorite of mine. Smile Train does cleft palette repairs for children in the developing world. You know, $250 pays for an operation for a child and it changes their life. They go from pretty much being an outcast and beggar to being able to go to school and have a job. And $250 is pretty easy to raise at a kids’ birthday party because people bring a check for $20, which is easily what they would spend on a present.
Strange Son is the powerful tale of two mothers from opposite sides of the world who, united by their fierce determination to help their severely autistic sons, have challenged everything we thought we knew about autism.
You can hear clips of Jane reading the book below and can buy it here.
Jane also helped to launch the book and did a public reading in Pasadena, this is what the author Portia Iversen had to say on her blog.
I just wanted to share some photos from my recent book event at Vroman’s in Pasadena. It was a wonderful evening and my dear and loyal friend Jane Kaczmarek did an amazing reading from the book. I was deeply moved by her touching performance – but not at all surprised because I’d already heard Jane reading Strange Son for the audio book. Many friends and family members attended the book signing and afterward Jane and I caught up over a drink at a not-so-secret Pasadena haunt, the Hamburger Hamlet.
Cranston is remembered as Hal, harried father of a rowdy boy brood on the Fox sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” He and his actress wife, Dearden, have traveled East from their San Fernando Valley home to perform in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” beginning Thursday in West Long Branch.
The Cranstons view the venture as a working vacation.
“But,” says Dearden, “I think it’s going to be more vacation than work. We’re going to be there a month; our run is just two weeks. We’ve rented a house three blocks from the beach.”
Are there any particular Jersey Shore sights the Cranstons are looking forward to?
“We’re clueless,” says Dearden with a laugh. “This is all new to us. We’ve never had an Eastern summer experience.”
Although, Cranston says he had visited the Shore during his New York years, in the ’80s.
“It was usually day trips,” the actor says, “but I always thought this is a great area, and I’d like to spend more time here.
“What’s funny is — because I have such a workaholic mentality — I think if we weren’t working, I would never have booked a place on the Jersey Shore for one full month. I’d come for a week, maybe. So this has really given us an opportunity to virtually live here for the month of July and see what it’s like.
“We walk down to the boardwalk, get our exercise in. We’re having a great time visiting all the restaurants in the area. It’s really neat.”
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For seven weeks cast and crew of The Art of Travel filmed the adventure of a lifetime, hoping that audiences would enjoy taking a journey with a character like Conner, a high school graduate who finds himself, through his own doing, on a year long trip through Central and South America. Conner Layne makes his first destination Nicaragua, and much like Conner’s first days in the city of Managua, the cast and crew encountered culture shock.Anyone who travels knows the drill – anything can happen anywhere. You can get robbed in Atlanta almost easier then getting robbed in Managua, Nicaragua. But it is those first few days in a new place – whether it’s New York or Bogota – that you feel vulnerable.
Webisode 3, “Ladrones”, is a cool look into the first few days of shooting inside an amazing country where extreme beauty and poverty somehow coexist.
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