Matthew Perry Directs His Dad
Playing with Dolls
It just wouldn't be a notable event without Carmen Electra – so luckily the sexy actress turned out for the opening of Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce club at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas last week. "Women dancing has always been trendy and just the style of it changes," she tells us. "The style and look (of burlesque) is all about Vegas, I think. I've been dying to get into the (Forty Deuce) in L.A. I know some of the dancers who dance there. And this seemed like a fun night to go out." So would she and rocker hubby Dave Navarro ever think about moving to Las Vegas? "No," she laughs. "That could be trouble, you know what I mean? I can be here for two days, and then I have to go back. It's all I can take." Also at the Forty Deuce opening: Blue Crush's Michelle Rodriguez and actor Eric Balfour (Hawaii, The O.C.).
Who's Your Favorite?
Having been in more than 50 movies to date, Dan Aykroyd knows what he likes in a costar. He shared some of his favorites recently:
On Jamie Lee Curtis: "Oh, she's like the sister that I never had. This is one of the biggest-hearted ladies in the business," said Aykroyd, who stars with Curtis in Christmas with the Kranks (opening Nov. 24). "She's massively talented as a dramatic actress and a comedienne. We make each other laugh and we feel very warmly toward each other. I'd love to do another project with her. Every time that I hear that I get to share a set with her, it's a joy because we share the same things as parents and we've sort of grown up now from the days of Trading Places and have more adult responsibilities in our lives, which make us laugh and lament together."
On who he'd like to work with again: "Well, I worked with Gene Hackman on a bad picture (1990's Loose Canons), but it was wonderful to work with Gene, just wonderful. Every day was a lesson and an inspiration."
On his best experiences with musicians: "The night that James Brown was at our (House of Blues) opening in Los Angeles. (Being) on the soundstage with Aretha (Franklin) when we did the movie The Blues Brothers and with Ray Charles. To me though, James Brown had to be one of the most dynamic experiences ever because he still has it today, and every time you see his show it's just a joyous celebration of rhythm and musicianship and fun and antic humor."
Caught in the Act
Sarah Jessica Parker, Wyclef Jean and India.Arie, at the 20th annual UNICEF Crystal Snowflake Outdoor Entertainment and Lighting Ceremony in Manhattan. Parker, a National Ambassador for UNICEF, told us some of her holiday plans involve watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "We watch it at home in the comfort of our cozy, warm house," she said of herself, husband Matthew Broderick and son James, 2. "It's usually raining that day, so I think a really great place to watch it is on television while you're making cookies."
By MONICA RIZZO, JARRET KEENE, AMY LONGSDORF and VANESSA DIAZ