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Archive for January, 2010

Celebrity birthdays Jan. 31: Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Portia de Rossi, Minnie Driver

Actress Carol Channing is 89. Actor Stuart Margolin (”The Rockford Files”) is 70. Actress Jessica Walter (”Arrested Development”) is 69. Actor Glynn Turman (”The Wire,” “A Different World”) is 64. Singer Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band is 59. Singer Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols is 54. Actor Anthony LaPaglia (”Without a Trace,” “Murder One”) is 51. Actress Kelly Lynch is 51. Singer-guitarist Lloyd Cole is 49. Actor John Dye (”Touched by an Angel”) is 47. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman of Slayer is 46. Bassist Al Jaworski of Jesus Jones is 44. Actress Minnie Driver is 40. Actress Portia de Rossi (”Arrested Development,” “Ally McBeal”) is 37. Actress Kerry Washington (”Ray”) is 33. Singer Justin Timberlake is 29.

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Celebrity birthdays Jan. 30: Christian Bale, Phil Collins, Jody Watley, Charles Dutton, Gene Hackman

Actor Gene Hackman is 80. Actress Tammy Grimes is 76. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 73. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 73. Country singer Norma Jean is 72. Singer Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship is 68. Horn player William King of The Commodores is 61. Musician Phil Collins is 59. Actor Charles S. Dutton is 59. Comedian Brett Butler (”Grace Under Fire”) is 52. Singer Jody Watley is 51. Country singer Tammy Cochran is 38. Actor Christian Bale is 36. Singer Josh Kelley is 30. Actor Wilmer Valderrama (”That ’70s Show”) is 30. Actor Jake Thomas (”Lizzie McGuire,” “AI”) is 20.

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Inside intel on Atlanta’s “Project Runway” hopeful

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Atlanta’s Anthony L. Williams, left, debuts this week as one of the designing hopefuls on Project Runway.

Longtime local fashion industry type Kevin Knaus will certainly be watching, having played a crucial early part in Williams’ reality show career.

Knaus, along with style icon Tim Gunn and Marie Claire magazine’s Zoey Grossman, served as an advance-screening team for the show. They spent a memorable day last May in the downtown W, sifting through the creations of about 60 would-be Project Runway contestants.

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“He’s got a real comic side to him,” said Knaus, right. “He made us laugh hysterically throughout the whole process. Hopefully he’ll do us proud.”

Williams and two contestants from Florida were part of the group Knaus, Gunn and Grossman saw and will now be on Project Runway.

“They were all so different,” Knaus said. “What we saw from (Williams) was some of the most stunning evening wear. He also designs his own …

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Local TV host, foodie team with Gordon Ramsay

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Want to be on star chef Gordon Ramsay’s new reality show? You’ll have to get past Suchita Vadlamani and Chadwick Boyd first.

The Good Day Atlanta co-hostess and food stylist have been tapped to serve as the advance screening team at the casting call for “Master Chef,” which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at Viking Culinary Arts Center in Buckhead.

The show, already a hit in the U.K. and Australia, is crossing the pond to join the American roster of reality shows. It’s billed as an opportunity for “wannabe chefs who simply cook as a hobby and have absolutely no experience in the food industry” to be put through Ramsay’s culinary wringer

Those who make it past regional casting calls like the one Vadlamani and Boyd will be overseeing next weekend “will be put through the paces with various challenges as they compete head-to-head to create delicious dishes,” a statement from Fox said.”The series will serve as a unique platform for people from all walks of life who want …

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Former “Bachelorette” on married life, closet-swapping

After appearing on both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” didn’t lead to lasting romance, Jen Schefft finally found the love of her life on a blind date.

“I know some people would think it’s pathetic, but that’s how I met my husband,” said Schefft, who now lives with husband Joe Waterman in suburban Chicago.

She told Buzz she is done with reality television but will be in town the week of Jan. 18 promoting her latest gig. She’s partnering with Little Black Dress Wines to launch the “Closet Swap” concept (sort of like a Pampered Chef or Mary Kay party where you trade stuff rather than sell it to your friends.)

“If you haven’t worn something in two years, it’s time to toss it out,” said Schefft, who confessed coming across long-forgotten garments with tags still on them when she and her new husband set up house together. “Rather than throwing it away or just keeping it and never wearing it, I’m sure you have friends who would be very happy …

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Celebrity birthdays Jan. 5: Diane Keaton, Marilyn Manson, Robert Duvall, January Jones

Actor Robert Duvall is 79. Talk-show host Charlie Rose is 68. Actress Diane Keaton is 64. Actor Ted Lange (”The Love Boat”) is 62. Drummer George “Funky” Brown of Kool and the Gang is 61. Guitarist Chris Stein of Blondie is 60. Actress Pamela Sue Martin (”The Poseidon Adventure,” “Dynasty”) is 57. Actor Clancy Brown (”Highlander,” voice of Mr. Krabs on “SpongeBob SquarePants”) is 51. Drummer Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 44. Singer Marilyn Manson is 41. Actress January Jones (”Mad Men”) is 32.

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Bacon, bacon everywhere in 2010

Just call him Boss Hog

Just call him Boss Hog

Oh, that trend-setting Kevin Gillespie. The Woodfire Grill chef turned his fantastic run on Bravo’s Top Chef into something of a pork project last year, tossing bits of pig here and there to the judges’ delight. Now look what we have here.  Ann Mack, director of trendspotting at global marketing firm JWT, is out with a list of 100 things to watch this year. No. 7: “Bacon everywhere.”

Here’s the whole list. Does it all seem trend-worthy to you? (Buzz is particularly down with No. 68.)

1. 3D at Home

2. Airline Subscriptions

3. Alternative Measures of Prosperity

4. Alternative Metals in Jewelry

5. Asia’s Widening Income Gap

6. Augmented Reality

7. Bacon Everywhere

8. Bio-Based Airplane Fuel

9. Boeing 787 Dreamliner

10. Bogotá

11. Brighter Colors

12. Buycotting

13. Carey Mulligan

14. Coconut Water

15. Composting

16. Contemporary Indian Art

17. Cordless Power

18. Customized Pharmaceuticals

19. …

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Celebrity birthdays Jan. 4: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Julia Ormond, Patty Loveless, Jill Marie Jones

Actress Barbara Rush (”Peyton Place”) is 83. Actress Dyan Cannon is 73. Country singer Kathy Forester of the Forester Sisters is 55. Guitarist Bernard Sumner of New Order (and Joy Division) is 54. Actress Ann Magnuson (”Anything but Love”) is 54. Country singer Patty Loveless is 53. Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is 50. Actor Dave Foley (”NewsRadio,” “Kids in the Hall”) is 47. Actress Julia Ormond is 45. Country singer Deana Carter is 44. Harmonica player Benjamin Darvill of Crash Test Dummies is 43. Actor Jeremy Licht (”Valerie”) is 39. Actress Jill Marie Jones (”Girlfriends”) is 35.

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Celebrity birthdays Jan. 2: Cuba Gooding Jr., Kate Bosworth, Taye Diggs, Jack Hanna

TV host Jack Hanna (”Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild”) is 63. Actress Wendy Phillips is 58. Actress Gabrielle Carteris (”Beverly Hills, 90210″) is 49. Actress Tia Carrere is 43. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 42. Model Christy Turlington is 41. Actor Taye Diggs is 39. Drummer Scott Underwood of Train is 39. Singer Doug Robb of Hoobastank is 35. Actor Dax Shepard (”Employee of the Month”) is 35. Sax player-guitarist Jerry DePizzo Jr. of O.A.R. is 31. Actress Kate Bosworth is 27.

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Celebrity birthdays Jan. 1: J.D. Salinger, Morris Chestnut, Verne Troyer, Grandmaster Flash

Happy New Year!

Author J.D. Salinger is 91. Singer-guitarist Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish is 68. Comedian Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) is 67. Actor Rick Hurst (”The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 64. Country singer Steve Ripley of The Tractors is 60. Rapper Grandmaster Flash is 52. Actress Ren Woods is 52. Actor Morris Chestnut (”The Brothers,” “The Best Man”) is 41. Actor Verne Troyer (”Austin Powers”) is 41.

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