Christie Brinkley to Guest Star on Ugly Betty

Christie Brinkley Set to Guest Star on ABC's Ugly Betty. Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash NewsLook out Wilhelmina Slater, there's a new Diva on the block. And this one may just give you a run for your Manolo's!

The Hamptons own Christie Brinkley will joining the cast of Ugly Betty this season as Penelope Graybridge, a fabulously fierce fashion editor at a competing magazine.

The inexplicably ageless supermodel became internationally recognizable thanks to her iconic Sports Illustrated covers and her reign as the flawless face of Cover Girl Cosmetics. Over the years, Christie has evolved into a business mogul, launching her own jewelry and fabric lines, as well as an activist, environmentalist and philanthropic powerhouse. But this mother of three is also no slouch in the acting department.

Brinkley first dove into acting in 1983 as the scene stealing "Girl in the red Ferrari" in National Lampoon's Vacation. Staring opposite Chevy Chase, Brinkley's role required little dialogue but became such an instant classic that it continues to be referenced, spoofed and parodied more than 25 years later. On the small screen, Brinkley's guest appearance on NBC's Mad About You helped the sitcom, and the network, land one of their highest rated half-hour episodes. She's also hosted “Celebrity Weddings InStyle” for Lifetime, bringing equally unprecedented ratings to the cable channel, and has even tried her hand at her own lifestyle talk shown on CNN. Simply put, there's nothing this woman can't do.

As Penelope Graybridge on Ugly Betty, Christie Brinkley will join an illustrious list of guest star alumni of the Emmy Award winning sitcom. Martha Stewart, Isaac Mizrahi, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Beckham, Vera Wang, Betty White, Naomi Campbell, and Kelly Ripa are just a few of the heavy hitters and fashion icons who have graced the halls of Mode.

While U.B. producers are yet to release all of the details on Brinkley's new character, including how many episodes she'll star in, we do know that she'll be filming her scenes here in New York -- unlike Columbian pop sensation Shakira. Shakira, who will also be guest staring on the show this season, will be making her Ugly Betty debut when the cast and crew film on location in the Bahamas.

The new season of Ugly Betty will premiere on Friday, October 9th at 9 P.M. EST on ABC. For a behind the scenes look at what's in store for Season 4, check after the jump for an ABC Sneak Peek Video.
[Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash News]


Get Well Soon, Alexa Ray Joel!

Alexa Ray Joel Cancels Appearance Due To IllnessSongstress Alexa Ray Joel was forced to cancel a scheduled appearance on The Wendy Williams Show today. Alexa, who just happens to be the über talented daughter of rock legend Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, apparently fell ill shortly before she was due to perform on the show, which tapes here in New York.

Wendy Williams tried to explain Alexa's absence to her audience without getting too hung up on pesky medical jargon; "Alexa Ray Joel was supposed to be here today but she's got a very bad something or other," said Williams, "she was supposed to sing."  While not exactly the most sympathetic or informative announcement we've ever heard, we got the point.

Alexa Ray Joel fans shouldn't be too disappointed though -- always the professional, Alexa has already rescheduled her appearance on The Wendy Williams Show for October 21st.

We wish you a very speedy recovery, Alexa!


Director John Hughes Dies at 59

John HughesWriter, Director and Producer John Hughes died on Thursday, August 6th, while on vacation in New York. Spokeswoman Michelle Bega told the Daily News the 59-year-old filmmaker was in town visiting family when he collapsed during his morning walk in Manhattan. Early reports are saying Hughes died of an apparent heart attack.

Hughes is probably best known for his iconic, coming-of-age blockbusters including "The Breakfast Club,"  "Sixteen Candles" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Hughes wrote and directed all three.

Matthew Broderick, who starred in "Ferris Bueller," released a statement which read, "I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes. He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family."

Hughes is survived by Nancy, his wife of 39 (!) years, their two sons and four grandchildren.


Help a Gawker Out Already...

Do YOU know what Gawker should be digging for? Somebody give them a nudge in the right direction or let's put it to bed already and let PFro carry on “like Donkey Kong!”   [Gawker]

Update: After this she'll have to resort to pinky swearing!

Paula Froelich@Pfro: i left because i wanted to. i was done. and the big rule that page six taught me: know when to leave the party. http://tinyurl.com/kme5lj
(4 minutes ago from web)


Bret Michaels & His Nose Entertain at Tony Awards

Bret Michaels - Photo by Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons.comI feel the need to preface this post by saying, "Bret, you know we love you. But even you'd be laughing your ass off at this video -- if it wasn't your face getting a Broadway beat-down."


For those who didn't catch the 2009 Tony Awards, you might be surprised to learn that Bret Michaels and his band, Poison, were among the performers at last night's Broadway honors. Part of the elaborate opening number, Poison rocked it like it was 1986 with an abridged version of their hair metal classic, Nothin' But a Good Time, along with the cast of "Rock of Ages."

After waiving goodbye to his receptive audience, the good times came to abrupt halt for Michaels when he turned to leave the stage and ran face first into a huge "Broadway" sign being lowered from the rafters.



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Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou welcome baby boy!


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SNL: Timberlake & Samberg Are Motherlovers

Justin Timberlake returned to SNL this weekend for his third stint as Super Host. Timberlake and Andy Samberg picked up where they left off with a Digital Short follow-up to their viral video smash, "D*** in a Box." With a little help from Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson, the two were able to kick up their really-not-ready-for-prime-time brand of humor just in time for Mother's Day. Uh, make that, "All Up Under The Covers Day." (Watch. Gag. Laugh. Repeat.)




Real Housewives Finale Feuds

Photo: Real Housewives of NYC Season 2 on BravoThe last episode of The Real Housewives of NYC aired last night, and let me tell you there was drama all around for everyone.

Let me break it down for you:

Jill had a meeting for her upcoming charity event. She reminds me of a Jewish grandmother because she is always providing snacks and food for all of her meetings. She says at one point, "I'm uncomfortable if you're not eating or drinking." I'm jealous, I wish I was there helping for a charity event and hanging with the girls.

However, nothing stays happy in the city for long...


Are They Sure It's Not Called 'The Curse' of the Sorcerer's Apprentice?

Cast & crew on the set of Nic Cage's latest film, Sorcerer's Apprentice, are back in the news again today -- and this time, they were among the injured in yet another 'on location' midtown car accident.

Lucky for Disney, this one wasn't their fault: See Full Story at NY Post

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2009 Costume Institute Gala at The Met

Welcome to the red carpet of the 2009 Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"

There were quite a few hits, and some eye-popping misses, on the red carpet tonight.
Who were your favorites?


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