This week in the Hills, People Magazine decided the top Sexiest Men Alive in 2011 just in the past few days. Bradley Cooper made the top spot, but among the many others named, the man we all consider the Sexiest man in the Hills, Alexander Skarsgard, who portrays the 1,000-year-old Viking vampire on HBO’s “True Blood” also made the cut.
Also this week my upcoming “The ‘M’ Word” leading lady Tanna Frederick is beginning work on our new Henry Jaglom film next week, but she’s also still the most wanted woman in Santa Monica; see why! And my dear friend John O’Dowd’s literary masterpiece “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” will be making it’s film documentary debut next year. Lastly, my friend film historian, famed author and beloved TCM host Robert Osborne tells Highlight Hollywood about his recent plans.
“True Blood” hunk 35-year-old Swedish hunk Alexander Skarsgard made People Magazine’s list of Sexiest Men Alive last week. He’s already been bestowed the honor of sexiest man alive in Sweden, now the Hills resident is taking over the U.S. by storm.
The newly single and handsome hunk says, “It’s very flattering,” and says the attention he receives “I turn a little pink!” Well, that’s nothing compared to the bloody red Eric turns on “True Blood,” and don’t worry, more Northmans will make their arrival to Bon Temps in season five, about to begin shooting in days as well!
And if that isn’t news enough in the Hills, red-haired beauty, spectacular actress and stage and film star Tanna Frederick, who has starred in the sensational comedy “Sylvia” at the famed Edgemar Theatre for the Arts in Santa Monica will begin work on “The ‘M’ Word” next week, but like the pro she is, she’s still pulling double duty. “I don’t mind,” said Frederick. “I am just ecstatic to be working in this town, and I am so happy that they still want to see us on stage in ‘Sylvia.’” They sure do! They love Tanna in the title role. The role has been extended multiple times, and now it’s going by popular demand through December 18.
WHAT: “Sylvia.” A comedy
WHO: Written by A.R. Gurney. Directed by Gary Imhoff. Produced by Alexandra Guarnieri. Presented by Edgemar Center for the Arts
WHERE: Edgemar Center for the Arts, on the Main Stage, 2437 Main St., in Santa Monica, Parking is available (fee charged) in an onsite structure, and metered parking is available in nearby Lot 11, across the street from Peet’s Coffee
WHEN: Now through December 18, 2011. Fri. and Sat at 7:30, Sun. at 5:00. No performances on November 25, 26 and 27
ADMISSION: $34.99. A limited number of seats at each performance will be available at a discounted price of $25. (Use promo code “Sylvia.”)
RESERVATIONS: (310) 392-7327.
ONLINE TICKETING: www.edgemarcenter.org
This is the third collaboration between director Gary Imhoff and actor Tanna Frederick, the previous two being last year’s hugely successful 11-month run of “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” and 2007’s successful run of “Always….But Not Forever.”
I love the cast, and the director, well, I can’t say enough about Gary. Even my friend the late Jane Wyman raved about him many times.
My dear friend bestselling author John O’Dowd has recently told me that he’s excited that a wonderful and talented producer in Tinseltown is beginning work on the documentary about fallen star Barbara Payton’s life, based on John’s bestseller “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story.” This is a story that could the biography of several Hollywood starlets, that have fallen from grace and seem to be on the drug-fueled tragic path that Ms. Payton unfortunately walked as well. “I just hope that one day some of these actresses, especially one in particular Tommy, will take Barbara’s story to heart. She had it all just like so many others, and it was all taken away from her by her own hands and self-hatred,” said the author. Good luck John, it could not happen to a more talented young man!
And not a day goes by that a TCM fan doesn’t ask me, “When is Robert Osborne coming back?” Well, on Sunday I decided to call the handsome silver haired Hollywood historian at his Manhattan apartment, and he picked up the phone and we chatted for a while. Then I asked, when are you coming back, Bob? “Tommy, I’ll be back on the air December 1. I would have been back by now but when I went back to work in October, the first thing we did was the 30 intros for the “Essentials” franchise for 2012. Drew Barrymore is doing it with me and the only time available on her schedule was October to shoot the segments, so that’s what we did — thus it delayed my being able to tape any regular nightly intros until November — which start airing in December. But thanks for missing me,” said Turner Classic Movies channel host and classic, Robert Osborne. Who added, “Tell everyone to enjoy a happy Thanksgiving.”
Drew Barrymore for 2012 “Essentials” should be exciting. Drew is a descendant of Hollywood royalty, with grandfather John Barrymore, great-uncle Lionel Barrymore and great-aunt Ethel Barrymore. Her British family, the Drews are also part of British stage royalty. Drew and I lived in adjoining townhouses on Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills in the late 1980s. I enjoyed her very much, and once she breaks her shy spell, she can chat for hours. It’ll be exciting to see her with Bob next year on TCM!
See you next week! XOXO
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photograph Courtesy: Bobby Head/Link 81 Collection
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