Pine calls out Russia
Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation, which he calls “clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense.”
“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,” the 33-year-old actor said in an interview while promoting his film “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” “What’s happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.”
Pine’s character tries to thwart a terror attack on the U.S. that originates in Russia and takes on a powerful Russian tech magnate in his new movie, opening Friday. It’s based on the late author Tom Clancy’s work but doesn’t revolve around the plot of any single book.
King named Friars dean
Larry King will soon help rule the roasts at the Friars Club.
The longtime TV and radio host is the new dean of the century-old organization famous for its raunchy celebrity tributes.
The Friars announced Wednesday that King will succeed Freddie Roman and serve for the next two years. The 80-year-old King will assist Friars Club “abbot” Jerry Lewis and the board of directors in overseeing the roasts, dinners and other events.
Radio personality William B. William and vaudeville star Harry Delf are among previous Friars deans.
Gifts fit for a queen
Crystal vases, brooches, books: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II received dozens of traditional gifts last year, but she also got some unusual items, from a chocolate Windsor Castle to some enameled beetles.
Buckingham Palace on Wednesday released a list of official gifts the monarch and other members of Britain’s royal family received in 2013 from foreign dignitaries, companies and charities. Many were predictable – china plates, paperweights, framed pictures – but some were more surprising.
The High Commissioner for Bangladesh gave the queen four enameled Scarab beetles, and Sri Lanka’s president chose a portrait of the monarch burned onto a tree trunk. The maker of Mars Bars gave her a chocolate version of Windsor Castle and a chocolate carriage after she visited the company’s U.K. headquarters.
Some of the more lavish items on the queen’s gift list included a family photograph in a gold frame set on a jeweled ostrich egg and a five-strand pearl necklace, given by the president of the United Arab Emirates when he visited in April. The governor of Saskatchewan in Canada sent a diamond and tourmaline brooch.
Hemsworth turns 24
Liam Hemsworth celebrated his 24th birthday without a special lady by his side.
Miley Cyrus’ sexy ex-fiance was feted by friends in the Hotel Chantelle on the Lower East Side on Saturday night.
Although there were ladies in the group, “none of the girls seemed to be with Liam,” an eyewitness said.
“They were all hanging out as friends,” the spy added.
The “Hunger Games” star and his pals ordered bottles of Grey Goose and champagne and indulged in chocolate lava cake.