Bloomberg a grandfather
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a grandfather.
A spokeswoman for Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina says she gave birth to a son at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The child’s name is Jasper Michael Brown Quintana. His father is Ramiro Quintana, a professional equestrian from Argentina. Georgina Bloomberg is also a professional rider.
Bloomberg says he’s “thrilled and just so proud of Georgina,” adding that it’s “an incredible way to start the new year.”
Hill makes acting shift
Jonah Hill spent so much of the early part of his career acting in comedies – “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” – that it was hard to imagine the actor playing anything other than funny.
In Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which opened Wednesday, Hill plays Donnie Azoff, the right-hand man to Jordan Belfort, a corrupt stockbroker (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who made millions while still in his 20s by preying on small-time investors.
Although the movie is based on Belfort’s nonfiction book, Hill’s character is a composite of various people.
“The greatest thing about Martin Scorsese is that his films have everything in them: They are scary and dark and hilarious all at the same time,” Hill says. “He considers ‘Goodfellas’ a comedy, and I consider it to be one of the funniest movies ever made. He’s my favorite filmmaker of all time. And this movie delivers a similar feeling. These people are treating each other horribly and doing terrible things. They are incredibly unlikable guys doing despicable things. But there are moments when what they’re doing is so ridiculous, you can’t help but laugh.”
Rockwell family unhappy
The family of the late Norman Rockwell is taking exception to a new biography of the American illustrator, who died in 1978, saying it contains numerous inaccuracies and poses a “phantom theory” about his sexuality.
“American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell,” by Deborah Solomon, was published in November.
In a statement released by the Norman Rockwell Family Agency, family members said that they found at least 96 factual errors in the book, that the author misused sources and made “highly selective” use of Rockwell’s own autobiography “My Adventures as an Illustrator.”
First lady turning 50
First lady Michelle Obama will be the guest of honor at a White House dance party next month when she turns “50 and fabulous,” as she put it recently.
Her Jan. 17 birthday represents a personal milestone and a public moment to take stock of the Chicago native who has billed herself as the mom-in-chief, has established herself as a national spokeswoman for fitness and has earned consistently high marks in the polls.
The White House has been sending out save-the-date emails for a Jan. 18 gala dubbed “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert,” sources told the Chicago Tribune.
Guests are being told: Wear comfortable shoes, eat before you come, and practice your dance moves. Who’s invited and who’ll entertain remain under wraps.