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Archive for December, 2009

Celebrity birthdays Dec. 31: Anthony Hopkins, Donna Summer, Ben Kingsley, Val Kilmer

Actor Anthony Hopkins is 72. Actor Tim Considine (”My Three Sons”) is 69. Actress Sarah Miles is 68. Guitarist Andy Summers of The Police is 67. Actor Ben Kingsley is 66. Bassist Pete Quaife (The Kinks) is 66. Actor Tim Matheson is 62. Singer Burton Cummings of The Guess Who is 62. Singer Donna Summer is 61. Bassist Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith is 58. Actor James Remar (”Dexter”) is 56. Actress Bebe Neuwirth (”Cheers”) is 51. Singer Paul Westerberg is 50. Actor Val Kilmer is 50. Guitarist Ric Ivanisevich of Oleander is 47. Guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax is 46. Singer-actor Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block is 37. Cellist Mikko Siren of Apocalyptica is 34. Drummer Bob Bryar of My Chemical Romance is 30.

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Celebrity birthdays Dec. 30: Sean Hannity, Matt Lauer, Tracy Ullman, Davy Jones, Meredith Vieira

Actor Russ Tamblyn is 75. Singer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 72. Director James Burrows (”Cheers,” “Taxi”) is 69. Actor Fred Ward (”The Right Stuff”) is 67. Singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 67. Singer Davy Jones of The Monkees is 64. Singer Patti Smith is 63. Musician Jeff Lynne is 62. TV host Meredith Vieira is 56. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (”Moesha”) is 54. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 53. Actress Patricia Kalembar (”Sisters”) is 53. “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer is 52. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 50. TV host Sean Hannity is 48. Singer Jay Kay of Jamiroquai is 40. Drummer Byron McMackin of Pennywise is 40. Actress Meredith Monroe (”Dawson’s Creek”) is 40. Actor Jason Behr (”The Grudge,” “Roswell”) is 36. Singer-actor Tyrese is 31. Actress Eliza Dushku (”Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Tru Calling”) is 29. Guitarist Tim Lopez of Plain White T’s is 29. Actress Kristin Kreuk (”Smallville”) is …

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Cheers! New Year’s Eve champagne tips

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Buzz is all about public service journalism, and a harrowing ordeal has spurred us into action.

A friend announced she was serving this $6-a-bottle hootch on New Year’s Eve and asked if we thought that was a good idea. It is not. Do not buy cheap bubbly unless you are christening a ship or plan to win the World Series or a NASCAR race.

Budget bubbly is fine if you're just planning to spray down the pit crew.

Budget bubbly is fine if you're just planning to spray down the pit crew.

If you intend to consume sparkling wine rather than wear it, back away from the bottom shelf in the Kroger wine aisle and pay attention. We’re here to help.

The New York Times ran a nifty under-$40 champagne round-up the other day, recommending labels including Nicolas Feuillatte and Louis Roederer but snubbing Veuve Clicquot. We stopped by Hop City’s champagne tasting at Bocado the other night. It featured Veuve Du Vernay, a decent and inexpensive choice which is the house bubbly at restaurants like FAB (and the Neiman Marcus cafe, I think); Perrier-Jouët, which a nice …

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Celebrity birthdays Dec. 29: Jude Law, Mekhi Phifer, Mary Tyler Moore, Jon Voight, Ted Danson

Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 73. Actor Jon Voight is 71. Country singer Ed Bruce is 70. Flutist Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) is 68. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 63. Actor Ted Danson is 62. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 58. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 50. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 50. Guitarist-singer Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain is 48. Singer Dexter Holland of The Offspring is 44. Actor Jason Gould is 43. Singer-guitarist Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 39. Actor Kevin Weisman (”Alias”) is 39. Actor Jude Law is 37. Actor Mekhi Phifer is 35. Actor Shawn Hatosy (”The Cooler,” “The Faculty”) is 34. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 26.

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Wedding in the forecast! Weather Channel airs surprise proposal

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A sudden low-level system interrupted Weather Channel meteorologist Kim Perez mid-broadcast Sunday night.

By that we mean Sgt. Marty Cunningham of the Kennesaw Police Department, who surprised Perez on set and sank to one knee.

Perez was telling viewers about the chance of rain in the Southeast in coming days when Cunningham appeared. Perez seemed a bit startled, but pro that she is, handled the unannounced visit with aplomb.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time, and I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you,” Cunningham said.

The crew was apparently in on it. The screen behind Perez morphed from a weather map to a heart-encircled banner saying “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” as Cunningham slipped a ring on his intended’s finger.

“I don’t believe it!” she said as her colleagues applauded off-screen. “You got me!”

If you missed it the proposal’s on YouTube.

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“Peachtree Battle” to close for good

Anna House, left, Deborah Childs and Tanya Fraser star in "Peachtree Battle"

Anna House, left, Deborah Childs and Tanya Fraser star in "Peachtree Battle"

Atlanta’s longest-running play is finally coming to an end as its creators set their sights on Broadway. (Well, off-Broadway).

“Peachtree Battle,” the spoof about Atlanta society swan Trudy Habersham (Deborah Childs) and her highly dysfunctional family, takes the stage at Ansley Park Playhouse for the last time on Valentine’s Day.

Playwrights John Gibson and Anthony Morris are partially relocating to New York, where they’ve repurposed their play “Veranda,” about a Southern socialite whose son is planning a gay wedding. It’s been renamed “When Joey Married Bobby” for New York audiences and opens in February at the 169-seat Theatre 80 St. Marks.

“It’s just all fallen into place,” Gibson said. “It’s very exciting.”

“A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann’s,” also running at the Ansley Park Playhouse (and also starring Childs) continues at least through March. Gibson and Morris are hoping to bring that show to …

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Celebrity birthdays Dec. 26: Phil Spector, David Sedaris, Chris Daughtry, Jared Leto, David Walsh

Actor Donald Moffat (”Clear and Present Danger”) is 79. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on “Sesame Street”) is 76. Singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir of the Four Tops is 74. Record producer Phil Spector is 70. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 64. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 63. Humorist David Sedaris is 53. Drummer James Kottak of Scorpions is 47. Country drummer Brian Westrum of Sons of the Desert is 47. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 46. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 42. Guitarist J (White Zombie) is 42. Guitarist Peter Klett of Candlebox is 40. Singer James Mercer of The Shins is 39. Actor Jared Leto is 38. Singer Chris Daughtry is 30.

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Celebrity birthdays Dec. 25: Jimmy Buffett, Barbara Mandrell, Annie Lennox, Sissy Spacek

Christmas babies include:

Singer Tony Martin is 96. Actor Dick Miller is 81. Actress Hanna Schygulla is 66. R&B singer John Edwards (The Spinners) is 65. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 63. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 61. Actress Sissy Spacek is 60. Actress CCH Pounder is 57. Singer Annie Lennox is 55. Reggae singer-musician Robin Campbell (UB40) is 55. Country singer Steve Wariner is 55. Singer Shane MacGowan (The Pogues, The Popes) is 52. Actress Klea Scott is 41. Rock musician Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) is 38. Singer Dido is 38. Rock singer Mac Powell (Third Day) is 37. R&B singer Ryan Shaw is 29. Country singer Alecia Elliott is 27. Pop singers Jess and Lisa Origliasso (The Veronicas) are 25.

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Celebrity birthdays Dec. 24: Ryan Seacrest, Ricky Martin, Anil Kapoor, Stephanie Hodge

Singer-bassist Lemmy of Motorhead is 64. Actor Clarence Gilyard (”Walker, Texas Ranger”) is 54. Actress Stephanie Hodge (”Unhappily Ever After”) is 53. Bassist-synthesizer player Ian Burden of Human League is 52. Actor Anil Kapoor (”Slumdog Millionaire”) is 50. Singer Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs is 46. Actor Mark Valley (”Boston Legal”) is 45. Actor Diedrich Bader (”The Drew Carey Show”) is 43. Singer Ricky Martin is 38. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 35.

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Kasim Reed at Devyne Stephens’ party

From left, Kasim Reed, Donna Hyland, Devyne Stephens, Doug Hertz handling Stephens' big donation Tuesday night. Photo by Philip Shone

From left, Kasim Reed, Donna Hyland, Devyne Stephens and Doug Hertz handling Stephens' big donation Tuesday night. Photo by Philip Shone

Music industry exec Devyne Stephens gave Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta an early Christmas gift Tuesday night.

At his “Puttin’ on the Ritz” party held at the Atlanta History Center, he announced the donation of $300,000 to Children’s at Hughes Spalding. The donation, coinciding with the official unveiling of his foundation, Devyne Intervention, underscores his belief that “music has the universal power to heal.”

The guest list at Tuesday’s private, invitation-only affair, was a mix of entertainers, politicians and business leaders. Among the names:

Children’s president and CEO Donna Hyland; Children’s board of trustees chair Doug Hertz, artists Akon, Usher, Andre 3000, Cee-Lo and industry titans Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin, a couple of the Atlanta “Housewives,” assorted sports figures, outgoing City Council president Lisa Borders - and …

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