Spring Begins, Nightlife Booms, Chaka Khan Eats Her Birthday Cake

TGIGF (Thank God it’s Good Friday). For many, this is Good Friday. For the folks over at EVR, it figures to be a Great Friday. They will resume their late-night programming, which had been curtailed by wording on their liquor license which I have been told has been reworded. The restaurant/lounge on 39th St. between 5th and 6th is removed from residential buildings on a block where they fold up the sidewalks on weekends since the retail/business establishments aren’t usually open. The very pretty EVR (pronounced ever) has had a pretty good week so far.

Tuesday, EVR hosted Chaka Khan’s 60th birthday bash. The "I’m Every Woman" and "Ain’t Nobody" legend attracted a lot of non-every-woman types… a slew of somebodies including Aretha Franklin, Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones, Cissy Houston, Taraji P. Henson, Soledad O’Brien, Juanita Jordan, and many more. A three-course dinner was served for her 150 guests.

On Wednesday at EVR, I DJd at Nick Andreottola and Nicole Rose Stillings’ Champagning event. The packed, adult crowd enjoys the sharp atmosphere, great food, and early hours (event starts at 6pm) – and maybe my music. For working folks who can’t get to my 11pm-till-4am DJ gig at The DL, pop by EVR to visit Mr. Lewis. 

Spring is in the air. I’ve seen crocuses and daffodils and migrating birds and an ice cream truck by the school by my Brooklyn abode. I have pep in my step, although my increasingly serious relationship with Amanda has stopped me from looking for love in all the wrong places. 

The next few weeks will bring a big boom to nightlife as the frost will finally leave and Al Gore’s global warming shtick finally comes to fruition. As always: party responsibly. Never try to fit a year’s worth of mayhem into a single evening. 

Photo: Uptown Mag.

Evan Rachel Wood, Whoopi Goldberg & More Announced as the Tribeca Film Festival Jury

With only a few days left to spare, we’re all gearing up for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which looks to highlight a wide range of films from acclaimed and up-and-coming directors all over world, featuring the best in new talent and a return for directors whom have charmed us for years. And as of today, the jury for this year’s festival had officially been announced. The jurors will be divided among the seven competitive Festival categories, with the winners announced on April 25nd. 

Jane Rosenthal, the co-founder of the festival has stated: “We are delighted to welcome such an illustrious group of individuals to the Tribeca jury…We look forward to their expert perspective on the films and talent in our program and the dialogue that emerges from the process.”
 
For the World Competition Categories the jurors are as follows:
Narrative Compeition
 
  • Playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter Kenny Longergan
  • Actress, director, writer, and producer Bryce Dallas-Howard
  • Filmmaker Paul Haggis
  • Actress Blythe Danner
  • Time Magazine Senior Editor Jessica Winter
World Documentary Competition
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Director and producer Sandi Dubowski
  • Actress Evan Rachel Wood
  • Actress Mira Sorvino
Emerging Competition Category:
Best New Narrative Director
  • Screenwriter, producer, and director Stu Zicherman
  • Actress ari Graynor
  • Screenwriter, producer, and director Naomi Foner
  • Screenwriter and director Tony Gilroy
  • Actress Radha Mitchell

To see the complete list of jurors, visit the Tribeca Film Festival site.

Jimmy Fallon Returns With More ‘Downton Sixbey’ This Week

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s star-studded Downton Abbey sendup, Downton Sixbey (named for the studio in which he films) has been surprisingly entertaining as of late, with special guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Brooke Shields, Fred Armisen and Carson Daly, who keeps getting killed off by hot-air balloons, asserting ?uestlove as the heir to Downton Sixbey. Jimmy Fallon dons a rather unconvincing British accent and, as Lord Grantham, makes some unfortunate business decisions, including investing in something called the “Shake Weight” and a restaurant franchise called Thank Heaven’s It’s Friday.

This week, we were treated to two new episodes, chock full of dowager-spoofing bon mots (“heir today, gone tomorrow”) and scenes from the “downstairs” writers’ room, where crude puns about knob-polishing and recycling jokes (“Downton has fallen on hard times”) abound. Oh, and the Thomas and O’Brien avatars are nearly perfect. On Wednesday night, following Cousin ?uestlove announcing which of the lord’s daughters he has chosen to marry. The answer will be unsurprising here, and the wedding episode that ensues is equally amusing, especially for fans of the Edwardian melodrama. Here are both, for your mid-morning viewing. 

Twenty Years of ‘Sister Act’: An Appreciation

On May 29, 1992, Sister Act opened in the U.S., and Whoopi Goldberg was finally given the spotlight. Granted, Goldberg had become an actress to watch after playing Celie in The Color Purple in 1985, and then a household name when she won an Academy Award for her comedic masterpiece Oda Mae Brown in 1990’s Ghost. But Sister Act still is, 20 years later, Whoopi’s most indelible starring role. It’s the crowd-pleasing fish-out-of-water vehicle most actors dream of eyeing when they stroll up to the plate for a much-needed hit.

Read more at VIBE.com!

Donald Trump Wants to See Obama’s Birth Certificate

In case you happened to miss Wednesday’s episode of The View, when the esteemed Donald Trump paid Whoopi and Co. a visit, the overall effect was similar to watching a Fox News broadcaster square off with Jon Stewart on the subject of Obama—and his birth certificate. The Donald, who might be gearing up for his first presidential run, still isn’t convinced that Obama is really American. And you know why? Because unlike Trump, Obama’s kindergarten friends can’t testify on his behalf to prove it!

“If you go back to my first grade, my kindergarten, people remember me–nobody from those early years remembers him,” is the quote that really got the fun started. Trump isn’t the first outspoken Republican (and won’t be the last) to demand to see Obama’s birth certificate, but something about a 64-year-old year old man with a toupe taking it back to grade school really rubs a TV show host the wrong way, right Whoopi?

Either way, Trump isn’t giving up this fight: “I want him to show his birth certificate, there’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.” Watch below.

Afternoon Links: Whoopi Goldberg Says Sorry, Jessica Alba Is Preggers

● It looks like Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are expecting a baby boy, who can expect a childhood of Pirouettes in the front yard with Dad. [Life & Style] ● Charlie Sheen called The Dan Patrick Show again, and offered up some advice to Lindsay Lohan: “Just try to think things through a little bit before you do them.” Translation: Smoking it makes a huge difference. [TMZ] ● Whoopi Goldberg apologized to the New York Times today for calling their reporting “shoddy.” Meanwhile, A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis, the critics who wrote the piece, are still awaiting an apology for having to sit through Sister Act 2. [EW]

● For someone who’s had so many career milestones, it was odd to hear Lady Gaga refer to “Born This Way”s status as the 1,000th number one in Billboard’s history as the “the greatest honor of my career.” [Billboard] ● Great, just what we need. Another Alba in this world. (We’re not being sarcastic.) [People] ● Ryan Gosling has begun an art project while on location in Cincinnati, shooting video portraits of local residents. He’s like James Franco except for the whole “good looking actor” thing. [Ryan Gosling/Twitter]

Afternoon Links: Whoopi Lashes Out at the Times, Tiger Woods Spits Up

● The new Spider-Man movie, starring Andrew Garfield, has itself a cocky new title: The Amazing Spider-Man. [/Film] ● Whoopi Goldberg is hurt and confused after the New York Times omitted her name from an article about the white-washing of this year’s Oscar nominees. It’s how I felt when my name was left off a recent Times expose about slightly overweight, sexually immature bloggers. [TMZ] ● Last night’s Grammy’s telecast got its best rating in ten years, meaning everyone got to see Rihanna’s backup dancers for the despicable cowards they truly are. [HuffPo]

● Tiger Woods got some heat when he was caught spitting on the golf course at the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament, proving that not even he can avoid controversy. [VF] ● Watch Aziz Ansari demonstrate his flawless storytelling skills with this very entertaining story about an New Year’s Eve encounter with Jay-Z. [Gawker.TV] ● Anna Wintour gets her own elevator at the Plaza hotel, while other guests are forced to wait like the non-Vogue Editor-in-Chiefs that they are. [NY Times]

Links: Whoopi Pees Her Pants; Spidey Loses His Job

● Whoopi Goldberg brings it today: watch her in eight ads about peeing her pants and then read about her hanging with Andre Leon Talley. [Videogum, NYTimes] ● The follow up to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter gets a book trailer. [Daily What] ● Instead of putting together a new show about a funny, wacky, single chick, NBC gets lazy, considers turning Bridget Jones into a TV show. [Perez]

● Always on the pulse of contemporary culture, Spider-Man loses his job. [NY Times] ● Minimalist Stephen King posters. [Flickr] ● If you were curious, what 80,000 tablets of ecstasy look like. [Animal]

From Bardot to Lohan: Hollywood’s Women Drench Sarah Palin in Bile

When I asked actor Patrick Wilson for his take on Sarah Palin, he told me “I can’t go there.” Fortunately, Tim Robbins didn’t feel quite so restrained. With all the backlash Mrs. Palin has faced, it’s gotta hit hardest coming from her Hollywood idols. Okay fine — they’re my Hollywood idols, but it can’t be easy for her teenage daughters to hear that mommy terrifies Matt Damon. But Damon is one of few male celebrities to speak up against Palin, maybe because most are afraid of being branded as sexist. For the girls, it’s open season, and Palin is the moose in their cross-hairs. Here’s a run-through of some of the more potent estrogen-fueled Hollywood reactions to America’s newest “It” girl.

● Just a few days ago, Madonna had some harsh words for the former beauty queen at her New York concert. She also revealed Palin’s middle name to the world. Apparently it’s “Fucking.”

● Legendary screen sexbomb and current animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot wrote a scathing letter directly to Mrs. Palin, calling her “a disgrace to women” and more dangerous than a pit bull. Without lipstick, of course.

● The moment Palin announced she doesn’t support gay and lesbian marriage, you just knew Lindsay Lohan had to chime in, asking the question on her MySpace blog, “Is our country so divided that the Republicans best hope is a narrow minded, media obsessed homophobe?” She forgot an apostrophe.

● Democratic Queen Bee Barbara Streisand (sorry, Hilary) chose to speak directly to John McCain, who some think chose Mrs. Palin to lure Clinton democrats. “We are not that stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote on her blog. If 19 exclamation marks don’t convince you, nothing will.

● Whoopi Goldberg wrote an article called “Sarah Palin Is a Very Dangerous Woman.” And this is pre-hydrogen bomb access.

● Sandra Bernhard called her a “goy whore.”

● Brooke Hogan isn’t quite sure who Sarah Palin is, but she encourages young people to vote, whether it be for President or for Vice President. She then said that she’s voting for God. Sooo, George Clooney?

● Maybe VP should stand for Vomit Producer. When TMZ asked Rose McGowan her thoughts on the Alaskan governor, she paused, then with a cringe said, “I’m sorry, that was vomit in my mouth.”

● Anne Hathaway, Sigourney Weaver, Sheryl Crow, and Cheryl Hines all took separate shots at Palin during the Elle Women in Hollywood awards.

● Back in early September, before Palin-bashing was quite so popular, Eva Mendes said we need to give her “the chance to have a fair say.” Chance given.

● On The View, Charlize Theron joked that she has seven kids. When Joy Behar asked if they live in Alaska, she said “yes, in a cave. And they can see Russia.” Elizabeth Hasselbeck tried not to smile.

● Cybill Shepherd inaccurately said that Palin opposes the right to birth control, but said that her being president “is one of the most frightening things I could ever conceive of.” I felt the exact same way about my Halloween costume circa 2003.

● Pamela Anderson wants Sarah Palin to suck it. I feel the exact same way, but not about Sarah Palin.

● Didn’t Tina Fey do something?