January 13, 2014 |
The event: ”Help Haiti Home,” staged by Sean Penn & Friends and presented at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills by Giorgio Armani to benefit the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Anderson Cooper served as host and ceremonies ended with a surprise performance by U2. The scene: Held on Golden Globes weekend, the affair Saturday brought out a generous helping of A-listers, some of whom bid generously enough at the live auction to bring the gala's proceeds to a whopping $6 million.
January 11, 2014 |
Penn State has landed James Franklin as football coach, bringing to State College, Pa., the most coveted college football coach in the nation. Although the architect of an amazing turnaround at SEC doormat Vanderbilt denied all week that he had made a decision to leave for Penn State, university trustees approved his hiring Saturday morning and announced a contract was in place, details of which would be released in the afternoon. “The contract is in line with other recent coaching contracts,” said Linda Strumpf, a trustee and head of the university's committee on compensation.
January 11, 2014 |
More than two decades after his futile attempt to draw Penn State's attention as a player, James Franklin was hired Saturday by the university as its football coach. Franklin, 41, replaces Bill O'Brien, who left for the NFL's Houston Texans coaching job on New Year's Eve. Franklin, who won 24 games over three seasons and went to three straight bowl games at Vanderbilt, signed a six-year contract reportedly worth about $4.5 million a season. He insisted he would not use the Nittany Lions as a steppingstone.
November 24, 2013 |
Teller, the usually silent half of the renegade magician duo, Penn & Teller, recently perched on a couch at the Geffen Playhouse, where he had a lot to say about two projects he has helmed as director - "Play Dead," magician Todd Robbins' one-man creep show, which runs through Dec. 22 at the Geffen's Skirball Theater, and "Tim's Vermeer," about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to unearth the Dutch painter's techniques and re-create his work in a Texas warehouse....
October 28, 2013 |
Penn State has agreed to pay $59.7 million to 26 men who said they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, serving what is effectively a life sentence for his conviction as a predator of boys. The university announced on Monday that 23 of those who said they were abused had signed agreements and three more had reached agreements in principle during negotiations over the past months. Six cases had been rejected or talks are continuing, the university said.
October 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- When the popular magician and entertainer Penn Jillette walked into the offices of Hollywood executives several years ago to pitch a documentary about the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, he was met with skepticism. After all, Jillette and his partner Teller were known for their cheeky stage act and television work, such as “Penn & Teller: Bull - ,” which aired for many years on Showtime. Surely this was a gag? “They thought I was doing some 'Borat' act on them,” Jillette said at the New York Film Festival on Thursday.