Celebritology Weekend: Graduation glitz; Christy Turlington in D.C.; More trouble for Roman Polanski?
The three celeb-centric stories you need to know about this weekend:
Earlier this week, Alec Baldwin delivered a concise, six-minute commencement address to New York University's Class of 2010 at Yankee Stadium. "One day you will fully understand what your parents did for you," he told the sea of mortar board-wearers, "and you will want to thank them while they can still see you." Baldwin's remarks are merely among the first from many celebrities sharing words of wisdom with young grads this season. Doing the "Oh, the Places You Will Go" routine this weekend alone: Anderson Cooper (Saturday, Tulane University), Katie Couric (Sunday, Case Western Reserve in Cleveland), Rachel Maddow (Sunday, Smith College) and First Lady Michelle Obama (Sunday at D.C.'s own George Washington University). But the speech we are especially eager to hear: the one that's coming up Monday at Barnard College, when none other than Meryl Streep -- the woman that every woman, young or old, aspires to be -- steps behind the podium.
Spotted: A jeans-clad Christy Turlington Burns noshing on steak frites at Pennsylvania Avenue's J&G Wine Bar on Thursday evening. Earlier this week, the supermodel screened the documentary "No Woman, No Cry," at the CARE 2010 national conference at the Ronald Reagan Building. The Turlington-produced film recounts the stories of four women experiencing at-risk pregnancies. Turlington was also in town for the Summit Series DC10 conference, a pricey invite-only event that also brought Russell Simmons, John Legend, Lauren Bush, Malin Akerman, Kristin Bell and Olivia Munn to D.C. to hobnob at the four-day gathering of young entrepreneurs.
More trouble for Roman Polanski? On Friday, British actress Charlotte Lewis held a Gloria Allred-facilitated news conference to say that the director "sexually abused me in the worst possible way" when she was 16, four years before Lewis appeared in Polanski's 1986 movie "Pirates." Why come forward now? Lewis said she heard Polanski was fighting extradition to the U.S. on a previous conviction for having unlawful intercourse with a minor and was eager to let it be known that he was a repeat offender. The Los Angeles District Attorney's office confirmed that Lewis met with prosecutors on Thursday, but no further details were forthcoming and Lewis did not share any proof at Friday's news conference.
Buzziest Celebs of the Week (Based on our weekly poll of Celebritology readers, these are the three top celebs in the news for the week of May 9 - 15):
1. Betty White -- The lovefest keeps rolling after the octogenarian comedienne turned in a top-notch "SNL" performance. Up next for White fans: Another Facebook campaign -- this time pushing for an Oscar-hosting gig.
2. Matt Lauer -- The "Today" anchor labels a tabloid report that he moved out of his family's apartment in the wake of a supposed cheating scandal "a work of fiction."
3. Lindsay Lohan -- The club-hopping actress is reportedly spotted screaming at a bouncer after she was denied entry to an Iggy Pop club appearance in Brooklyn.
Pop Culture Pick
We're loving Matt Damon. This week he appeared in the new trailer for his upcoming movie "The Adjustment Bureau," a film that appears to be ripe with paranoia and freaky guys wearing fedoras. (And we mean that in a really good way.) On May 20, he'll ditch the jaunty hats and don a pilot's uniform to play the (potential) man of Liz Lemon's dreams in the season finale of "30 Rock." Jason Bourne, you're just so darn versatile.
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
"We are so glad that this film festival exists so the actresses can show off their Cannes." -- reddragon1
Headline: Britney Spears's agent is now just her boyfriend.
Comment: "I'm confused. Is that a promotion or a demotion?" -- DorkusMaximus1
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| May 15, 2010; 5:02 AM ET
Categories: Celebritology Weekend | Tags: Alec Baldwin, Christy Turlington, Roman Polanski
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