Archive for July 2008
Perhaps those who predicted the Kennedy Clan was over were a little premature. Barack Obama – fresh from firing one female political aide for calling Hillary Clinton a ‘monster’ – is now said to be turning to another.
In what seems to be the silliest political rumour of the week, the Obama camp may be considering making Caroline Kennedy vice president. As a source tells Washington Whispers, “Caroline is the good Kennedy.” That isn’t saying much, unfortunately. Still, it could be worse. At least Caroline probably won’t call her enemies ‘monsters’ or shoot anyone in the face.
Wall Street bankers will have to tighten their belts this Christmas – or at least pull up those silly suspenders they all wear. A review of the latest statements from the Big Apple’s largest financial companies shows that pay and benefits are going to be slashed.
The money men are all right for now but they will get hit in the pocket when it comes to handing out the end of year bonuses, with a $10 billion slashing anticipated. In total, the city men will have received $18 billion less than they did the previous year.
The New York Times laments, “A decline in bonuses of that magnitude would easily eclipse the drop of 2001, the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when total bonuses declined by $6.5 billion.” It’s all very sad, sniff, sniff. Mind you, they get paid too much anyway so no one else will really be complaining …except their wives.
Working as a publicist for $50 million girl Heather Mills must be a challenging job. But Michele Elyzabeth apparently finds it a little too challenging and has handed in her notice after four long years. The last straw, she says, was when Paul McCartney‘s ex-wife called her “stupid.”
“I refuse to be subjected to her outbursts,” bleated Elyzabeth to US tabloid TV show, Extra. “On reflection and given the way I have been treated, I now have sympathy with much of what the British press has reported about her. Yesterday, we engaged in a heated argument during which she called me “stupid.” I reminded her that she was not “God” and she answered, “I will never ever talk to you again.”
While we admire Michele’s principled stand, you can’t help wondering how she would have carried out her job successfully in the future if Heather was never going to talk to her again.
She was once dubbed “The Happy Hooker,” after writing a bestselling book about her successful life as a high-flying madam in New York. So it may be surprising to learn that when Xaviera Hollander moved back to Amsterdam – home of the infamous Red Light Area – she decided the ‘oldest profession’ was no longer for her.
Guests coming to her bed and breakfast hotel hoping for a bit of Eliot Spitzer-inspired hanky-panky will be sorely disappointed. Although, as Hollander tells The London Times, “I’m 65 and my boobs are hanging.” Things could be worse though for Xaviera, who was deported from New York after her book hit the shelves. “I’ve just married this man 10 years younger than me so I’m having a great time.”
Trust billionaire developer Donald Trump to know how to cut a sweet deal on his luxury penthouses. The Donald has been secretly selling off suites in his eagerly-anticipated $800 million Trump Soho Hotel, exclusively in the United Arab Emirates.
Penthouses in his 46-storey Trump hotel condominium in downtown New York are being snapped up by Arab buyers even before they had been built – at an estimated cost of $15 million each. A highly satisfied Trump crowed to Gulfnews.com via satellite link, “The Trump Organisation has amazing support from people in the Middle East and Dubai. The Trump brand is perfect for the Dubai real estate buyer.”
That’s probably because they are the only ones who can afford the Trump brand…
He played a penniless salesman in The Pursuit of Happyness, but Will Smith is the highest paid actor in Hollywood, according to a new study. US business bible Forbes reveals Smith earned $80 million between June 1st 2007 and June 1st this year to head the poll, with Johnny Depp in second with a $72 million haul.
Smith’s recent science-fiction film I Am Legend took $76.5 million in its opening weekend, recording the biggest December opening of all time, bettering the $72.6 million start recorded by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
That means, with the success of the recent Hancock, he has become the first actor ever to have eight consecutive films earn more than $100 million (£50 million) at the box office.