Stars, Events and More Good News!
All the performers in “Valentine’s Day” have been gushing praises of filmmaker Garry Marshall, who was at the helm of the romantic comedy. Lots of movie goers also loved the sassy sweetheart romp enough to crown Marshall king of the box-office heap this weekend.
The all-star cast was irresistible, including his “Pretty Woman” star Julia Roberts, her cutie-pie niece Emma Roberts, movie legend Shirley MacLaine, his “Princess Dairies” star Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, plus Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel, who would be great for the big screen “Laverne and Shirley” remake (rumors are going around). Garry’s wonderful wife Barbara also does a cameo.
Of course there are some great guys in “Valentine’s Day.” Hector Elizondo (always Garry’s good luck charm), along with Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Carter Jenkins, Topher Grace, the “it” boy of the moment Taylor Lautner (“Twilight”) and Garry’s Toluca Lake neighbor George Lopez. All are “Friends of Garry.”
Marshall family members, Garry and sisters Penny and Ronny, will be surrounded by lots of friends when they get the spotlight at “A Night at Sardi’s” fundraiser March 18, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. Along with producer Susan Dietz, they will be honored for their contributions in the fight against the devastating memory-robbing disease. The Marshalls lost their mother, Marjorie to Alzheimer’s, and Garry credits her love of entertainment with getting them all into show business.
Scheduled among the Hollywood and Broadway performers, Eric McCormack, Samantha Harris, Zachary Levi and Bryan Cranston will take the stage at the Beverly Hilton to entertain with selections from the Kander and Ebb musical “And the World Goes ‘Round,” plus “Chicago,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York.” Perfect for “A Night at Sardi’s.”
Another group of fun folks will be gathering for “A Supercalifragilistic Evening with Richard M. Sherman,” at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, Feb. 26 and 27, with special guest star JoAnne Worley. Sherman is the two-time Oscar and Grammy winning composer of the scores of “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book,” and more than 150 songs heard in Disney films and theme parks. He’ll be singing and telling stories behind his songs, for three performances only. The evening is being produced by Milt Larsen, co-founder of the Magic Castle. And the show will include selections from Larsen’s hit musical “PAZZAZZ!” Along with JoAnne Worley, Christine Capsuto, Joey D’Auria, Amy Gillette, Gilmore Rizzo, Laura Thatcher and Adam Wylie will perform. By-the-way, former child actor, Wylie also does great close-up magic and recently appeared at the Castle.
Another alumnus of the Magic Castle’s Academy of Magical Arts Junior Program, international award-winning Jason Latimer is a really nice and handsome guy. He’s also so innovative with his “tricks” that he’s been crowned the World Champion of Magic, and he’s presenting his spellbinding “Illusions for the 21st Century” show, Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre. And let’s not forget the boys in uniform, with the Saban Theatre hosting “A Tribute to the USO” benefit concert, Feb. 21, featuring Connie Stevens, Nancy Sinatra, Barbara Eden and Pat Boone. All helped entertain the troops on the Bob Hope USO tours. God bless them.
Now for a good news yummy treat— free pancakes! The newly crowned Miss America, Caressa Cameron is serving as the spokesperson of IHOP’s National Pancake Day celebration. Cameron is committed to helping raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network which will benefit their children’s hospital programs. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, IHOP will be giving away millions of its signature buttermilk pancakes at the restaurants across America, asking only that diners make a voluntary donation to support the charity.