Behar bids bye-bye
The last of the original hosts on ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” – except for the program’s creator, Barbara Walters – makes her exit today.
Joy Behar’s last day is punctuated by a profane joke. Taped a week ago, the program is a salute to Behar with special guests, a serenade and highlights of her memorable moments, including interviewing Barack Obama and walking out on Bill O’Reilly.
Behar, 70, a stand-up comic and writer, said after the taping that she wants to do something different without being held to the schedule of a daily talk show.
Behar began her co-host duties with the first episode of “The View” in August 1997.
Walters recalled learning about Behar after being taken by Regis Philbin to hear her nightclub act. “For years she has been proving how right I was” to hire her, she said.
ABC hasn’t named a replacement for Behar. Producers face another big decision next year when Walters retires.
Jonze’s ‘Her’ closes festival
Spike Jonze’s futuristic romance “Her” will close the New York Film Festival next month.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the gala selection Thursday for its 51st festival. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a Los Angeles man who, in the near future, becomes intrigued with a new operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
The festival runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 13.
From Syracuse to Oz
If it weren’t for one home in Syracuse, there would be no Wizard of Oz.
That’s the contention of the Lyman Frank Baum Foundation, named for the Central New York native who wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the basis for the 1939 film starring Judy Garland.
The group is holding fundraisers this week in Syracuse to try to save a derelict home where Baum’s sister, Harriet Baum Neal, lived in the 1880s. Foundation members tell the Post-Standard of Syracuse that Frank Baum met his future wife, Maud Gage, at the Neal home. and that Gage’s mother was a prominent supporter of women’s rights whose ideas influenced Baum’s vision of Oz, where powerful women such as Glinda the Good Witch act for the betterment of society.
Appreciation for Jobs
After embodying Steve Jobs in his new movie, Ashton Kutcher came to admire how the Apple Computer founder was able to balance his public and personal lives.
“He was better at it than I am,” the 35-year-old actor said Wednesday at the New York premiere of his new film, “JOBS.”
“This business has a propensity to force you to be more public than you probably want to be,” Kutcher said. Kutcher has seen his share of tabloid headlines after his very public breakup with actress Demi Moore. His current relationship with former “That ’70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis has also been widely publicized.
In the film, Kutcher plays the techno prophet who, along with Steve “Woz” Wozniak, ignited the personal computer revolution.
Jobs died of cancer two years ago.