Kasem’s care adequate
A judge said he did not see an urgent need to intervene in the affairs of Casey Kasem after a court-appointed attorney told him Tuesday the ailing radio host is receiving adequate medical care for advanced Parkinson’s disease.
Attorney Samuel Ingham told Judge Roy Paul that he had visited Kasem and did not see an immediate need for a conservatorship. However, Ingham said he still lacked information about Kasem’s doctors and treatments.
Kasem’s daughter Julie Kasem filed a petition last week for a temporary conservatorship, accusing her father’s wife of blocking her and two of her siblings from seeing their father and preventing them from making decisions about his medical care.
Material Girl banned
Madonna appears to be a slave to her cellphone, and business apparently, as her fervent texting has led to her ban from a movie theater chain.
The Material Girl allegedly ignored movie theater etiquette – not texting during a movie – and texted continuously during a New York Film Festival premiere screening of Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” according to several reports.
Charles Taylor, a film writer for Salon, partly catalyzed the media maelstrom when he shared an eyewitness account of the incident, which was originally posted on Facebook by one of his former NYU students who chronicled the dispute.
“Tonight at the New York Film Festival premiere of ‘12 Years A Slave’ (a masterpiece, by the way), I sat behind the unholy trifecta of Jason Ritter, J. Alexander from ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ and Michael K. Williams from ‘The Wire.’ Plus, a mysterious blonde in black lace gloves who wouldn’t stop texting on her Blackberry throughout the first half of the movie,” the student wrote (via IndieWire).
“Eventually, a woman next to me tapped her on the shoulder and told her to put her phone away, and the blonde hissed back, ‘It’s for business... ENSLAVER!’ I turned to the shoulder tapper and loudly said, ‘THANKS!’ and gave her a thumbs up. The rest of the movie, I kept thinking about how I wanted to tell the blonde what a disgrace she was. During the standing ovation, the blonde ducked out and Jason Ritter turned around to make commiserating eye contact, as J. Alexander asked, ‘Who WAS that?!’ Jason then looked down at the floor. His eyes got wide, and he picked up an envelope and showed it to us and J. And it said: ‘2 screening tix MADONNA.’ And sure enough, we looked to the side of the theater and standing against the wall in black lace gloves was Madonna. The worst person in America.”
Minnelli the trouper
The show went on for Liza Minnelli.
A spokesman for the 67-year-old entertainer said she performed Monday night with a broken wrist at a benefit concert in New York.
Minnelli broke her wrist in three places while rehearsing at home Sunday.
The “Cabaret” star performed with her sister, Lorna Luft. The event marked their first performance together in 20 years since their duet at the 1993 Tony Awards. Minnelli returned to the hospital for further treatment immediately after the performance at the jazz club Birdland.