Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

oscardelarenta

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82.

The Dominican-born De la Renta — who also lived in Spain and France before coming to New York — was among a group of designers that also included Bill Blass and Geoffrey Beene who helped put the U.S. on the map in the late 1960s as a home of serious fashion.

His specialty was elaborate, embroidered eveningwear. First ladies Laura Bush and Hilary Clinton both wore de la Renta gowns to inaugural balls, and Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock wore his work on the red carpet.

De la Renta catered mostly to his socialite friends and neighbors, but eyed more mass appeal with several fragrances and accessories licenses. (AP)

‘Letterman’ Cue Card Man Fired for Colleague Clash

David Letterman’s longtime cue-card holder says he wound up cuing his own firing by getting aggressive with a colleague.

Tony Mendez tells the New York Post (http://bit.ly/ZKEOSD ) in a story published Sunday he lost his job after grabbing a co-worker by the shirt Oct. 9 behind the scenes at CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

CBS directed an inquiry to Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants. A spokesman said Worldwide Pants won’t comment on personnel matters.

Attempts to reach Mendez weren’t immediately successful Sunday.

The 69-year-old Mendez tells the Post he knows he knows he shouldn’t have laid a hand on his colleague. He says Letterman wasn’t apprised of any tensions between the two.

Mendez has become familiar to “Late Show” viewers, appearing in episodes going back to at least 1997.
——
Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com (AP)

Bono Says he Wears Sunglasses Due to Glaucoma

U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses aren’t a rock-star affectation — he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years.

The condition — a buildup of pressure that can damage the optic nerve — can make the eyes sensitive to light.

Bono told the BBC’s “Graham Norton Show” that he had the condition, but “I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.”

He said people would now think of him as “poor old blind Bono.”

He also acknowledged that some people had been annoyed when U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence,” was sent unsolicited to millions of people with iTunes accounts.

In comments released Friday by the BBC, Bono said, “We wanted to do something fresh, but it seems some people don’t believe in Father Christmas.” (AP)

Neil Patrick Harris Says He’ll Host Oscars in 2015

Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the Oscars next year.

The actor and author announced his latest gig online Wednesday. He posted a video on Twitter of him on the phone saying, “I’m in,” showing a close-up of his bucket list and circling “Host the Oscars.”

Academy Awards co-producer Neil Meron confirmed the casting on Twitter Wednesday, writing, “we are so THRILLED that @ActuallyNPH will be our #Oscars host this year.”

The 41-year-old Harris has hosted Broadway’s Tony Awards four times and TV’s Primetime Emmy Awards twice.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which puts on the Oscars, did not immediately comment.

The 87th Academy Awards are set for Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP)

Ratings Record for AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’

The Nielsen Company says the 17.3 million people who watched the fifth season opener of “The Walking Dead” Sunday is a record both for the show and for a cable television program.

Nielsen said that represented the biggest audience ever for a single non-sports program on cable TV. The AMC drama beat its previous record audience of 16.1 million for the fourth season opener last October.

“The Walking Dead” also had a staggering 11 million viewers among 18-to-49-year-olds, considered most valuable to advertisers. That beats every other scripted show on TV this season, with CBS’ premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” coming closest with 6.9 million in that demographic.

Those numbers will only increase when time-delayed viewership is counted in. The discussion show, “The Talking Dead,” had 6.9 million viewers. (AP)

Steve Martin to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Steve Martin is being saluted with this year’s Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

The AFI announced Friday that Martin would be getting its highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be given at a tribute in Los Angeles next June. The gala ceremony will be aired for a third year on the TNT network and by its sister channel, Turner Classic Movies.

The 69-year-old Martin followed initial stardom as a standup and TV performer with his debut feature film, “The Jerk,” in 1979.

His many other films include “Pennies from Heaven,” “Three Amigos!,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “All of Me,” “Roxanne” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

Previous award recipients include Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks and Jane Fonda. (AP)

Film Academy Hosts 1st Exhibit in New Museum Site

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood’s premier museum devoted to the movies.

“Hollywood Costume” debuts Thursday inside the historic May Co. building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is set to reopen as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2017.

Visitors to the exhibition can see costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor. There is a section of superhero costumes, featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman flying overhead. A gallery of iconic costumes includes Julia Roberts’ red dress from “Pretty Woman” and the beaded gown and fur stole Marilyn Monroe wore in “Some Like it Hot.”

The exhibit’s 150 costumes will be on display through March 2, 2015. (AP)

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.