Kate Winslet's Stylish Good Deed
Trying to decide whether to shop for a new dress or donate more to help the tsunami victims in South Asia? Worry no more. Malcolm in the Middle star Jane Kaczmarek and husband Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) once again have gotten lots of top-shelf stars to donate their Golden Globes looks, to be auctioned off via their organization Clothes Off Our Back – and this year, proceeds benefit the UNICEF Tsunami Relief Fund. Nominee Kate Winslet (for best actress in a film comedy for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has agreed to donate her gown, as have Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman (both up for best actress in a TV comedy). Looking for something more mature? Nominees Blythe Danner (for best actress in a TV movie for Back When We Were Grownups) and William Shatner (for best supporting actor in a TV series for Boston Legal) are also donating their togs. Warm up your wallets: The auction begins Monday on the Clothes Off Our Back Web site.
The movie version of the classic TV sitcom The Honeymooners isn't due until March, but we got Gabrielle Union (who plays Alice Kramden, as in, "To the moon, Alice!") to dish a bit about life on the set with fellow stars Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps and John Leguizamo. "We had a ball," she told us at the recent 2005 Volkswagen Jetta launch party at L.A. club The Lot. "We filmed over in Ireland and we just had the best time. Mike Epps (who plays Ralph Kramden sidekick Ed Norton) made sure it was funny every day. One day, right when we were just about to film this serious shot, he put a kumquat down his pants and he said, 'Some people think I'm a bad influence,' and he was rubbing it. But it was nothing that you'll actually see in the film since it's PG and a family film. But Mike would just make us cry."
Well, looks like the battle of the sexes is over. Okay, not really – but when asked whether women or men are funnier, Bill Murray hesitated, but in the end was all about the estrogen. "It's like (asking), what's better, day or night?" said the Life Aquatic star recently. "I think women deal with difficult situations better. I think they do, except for each of our personal spouses. But in terms of being funny, nowadays I seem to find that in terms of professional achievement, I seem to find a lot more women. It's nice to be surprised; that's part of making people laugh. I like to see women being aggressive and funny."
Caught in the Act
Adrien Brody, Kevin Spacey, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Lynn Redgrave and Virginia Madsen, at Le Parker Meridien hotel in Palm Springs before the Palm Springs Film Festival opening gala.
By MARISA LAUDADIO, DANA MELTZER and KATY HALL
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