Monday, November 29, 2004


Real-life sweeties Robert Wagner and Jill St. John come to Colorado Springs at 7 p.m. Thursday to perform "Love Letters" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (719-634-5583).

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Coffee-table books - naughty and nice this year

Coffee-table books are judged unfairly, by some, as mere collections of pretty pictures.

But many of the best new glossy books aren't just visually nice. Some are a little bit naughty as well.

In these, the photographs, artworks or texts reveal their subjects' complexity - showing, as the introduction to one notes, "There is always a darker side, if a story is complete."

With its dandy title, "The Bad and the Beautiful" (Abrams, 177 pages, $45) illustrates just that. Ellen Graham's black-and-white celebrity photos are not mere glamour shots. Robert Wagner frowns a bit at the camera while holding a beer and lying in a hammock. On the facing page, Natalie Wood nurses their baby, Courtney Wagner, in a shot taken the same year, 1974. Rock Hudson smiles happily in 1966, and on the next page his frequent co-star Doris Day, with the barest grin, poses in a T-shirt that says "BE KIND TO ANIMALS OR I'LL KILL YOU." The "Bad" in the title is rarely explicit: There are no extensive captions supplying details of Sharon Tate's death or Robert Blake's arrest.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Reminder: Hope and Faith and Pix

Robert Wagner appears on "Hope and Faith" tonight.

There are new pix of Robert Wagner at Getty Images.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Sharon Stone

HOLLYWOOD screen siren Sharon Stone was ordained as a minister so she could conduct a wedding for a couple of pals.

The 46-year-old Catwoman star got her clerical credentials from a mail-order firm. Stars who witnessed her religious debut included Jack Nicholson and Robert Wagner, according to the New York Post. The groom, US restaurant owner Michael Bourseau, who married stylist Brenda Swanson, said: 'No one will believe it when I hang my wedding certificate on the wall.'

We just hope Sharon didn't pull any Basic Instinct moves during the ceremony...


THE Rev. Sharon Stone? The star became a mail-order minister and performed her first official wedding over the weekend, presiding over the union of restaurateur Michael Bourseau and sometime stylist Brenda Swanson at her Coldwater Canyon home. Jack Nicholson and Robert Wagner served as the witnesses. Bourseau, who owns Mix in West Hollywood, was heard by a PAGE SIX spy saying, "No one's going to believe it when I hang my wedding certificate up on the wall." Stone's reps did not return calls for comment.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Love Letters in Joliet

A performance of Love Letters is scheduled for February 12, 2005 at the Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, Illinois.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Child Free TV Couples – Hart to Hart

When I was a kid, I remember sitting at my grandparents' house after school eating Pringles and watching Hart to Hart, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Back then I wasn’t thinking about how their crime-fighting adventures would be drastically curtailed if they were dragging a kid around with them.

But now that I have proclaimed myself a member of the child free community, anytime I see a "role model" for those of us who don’t want kids, I take notice. And the Harts are one heck of a role model for child free couples!

Jonathan and Jennifer have it all: a gorgeous mansion, a steamy relationship, and the freedom to skip town and head to a tropical isle or to Paris "on business" at a moment’s notice. They live in high style, are hopelessly in love with each other and enjoy every minute of their lives.

The decision not to give the characters any children was deliberate and helped to create a super couple that proved you don’t have to have kids to be fulfilled in life.

Robert Wagner believed that fans wouldn’t accept the danger-laden lives the Harts led if they had kids. “I mean (viewers) got crazy when we'd go away without the dog,” he said.

In an another interview, Stefanie Powers said that it “just didn’t seem practical” to give them a family.

Indeed, it isn’t practical to introduce a baby into a relationship that is thriving just the way it is. Face it, the Harts could have afforded a whole slew of children. Even though they never talked about it on the show, they must have *chosen* not to have a family. And they are more than content without one.

Sounds like a lot of us, doesn’t it? (minus the Rolls Royce and private jet, of course).

Thursday, November 18, 2004

CIA Needs A Few Good Agents, And Hollywood's Got Plenty

"There's a man who leads a life of danger. To everyone he meets he stays a stranger. With every move he makes, Another chance he takes. Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow.

Secret Agent Man.

Secret Agent Man.

They've given you a number.

And taken away your name."

There's been a shake-up in the CIA's clandestine service, and it looks as though CIA director Porter Goss should start looking for other spy operatives. Java thinks he should look to some of the great spies of the past for inspiration, such as:

# James Coburn as Derick Flint. How can you resist a guy spy who in the movie "In Like Flint" investigates women who brainwash other women through their beauty salon hair dryers? But one nagging question remains: "Would his Nehru jacket and bell bottoms work today?"

# Dean Martin as Matt Helm in movies like "The Ambushers." When he could take his hands off women and put his drink down, he was unstoppable. Plus, then you could go home and watch Martin's roasts on DVD.

# Don Adams as Maxwell Smart. He bumbled and fumbled, but he got the job done. He just had to get the chief to dust off the Cone of Silence.

# Robert Culp and Bill Cosby in "I Spy." When their tennis rackets cooled off, they took care of business.

# Robert Conrad as Jim West and Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon in "The Wild, Wild West." Agents of President Grant, they could do no worse under the leadership of Director Goss.

# Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin in "Man From U.N.C.L.E." were agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, which explains why people preferred to call it "UNCLE." They would be great CIA agents, as long as Goss let them open Channel D when they talked into their pens.

# Robert Wagner as Alexander Mundy in "It Takes a Thief." He's a smooth, suave jewel thief who joins an American espionage agency called the SIA, precariously close to our group. He's just too cool for words, and then Fred Astaire plays his father, Alistair Mundy. The ultimate.

# Peter Mark Richman plays wimpy secret agent Adam Chance in the movie "Agent for H.A.R.M." (Human Aetiological Relations Machine, which I'm sure you know what that means) who helps protect a scientist who has developed "a gun that shoots boogers" (the plot summary's words exactly) at people from evil forces.

# Patrick McGoohan played John Drake, special security agent, in the movie "Danger Man," precursor to "Secret Agent Man" (jaunty lyrics above). He got exotic assignments from Her Majesty's Secret Service, which introduced such Bond-like gadgets as exploding tie-pins and tape-recording shavers. Goss, pay attention.

# Jennifer Garner portrayed CIA/Alliance double agent Sydney Bristow in "Alias" against terrorists too numerous to mention, but not the one we invaded Iraq to find.

# Halle Berry as agent Jinx Johnson in "Die Another Day." Goss need not worry about threats to our borders once Berry is spotted coming out of the surf in that swimsuit with a knife on the side.

# Pierce Brosnan as Bond, James Bond. Sean Connery was our favorite, but if we can't have him, please don't deliver us Colin Farrell.

# Mike Myers as Austin Powers as "The Spy Who Shagged Me." In those wacky threads and with his mojo, the British spy would do our CIA proud.


In addition, Shatner will return in the Miss Congeniality sequel; he continues to write books; and he may make a movie for ABC. In Heroes, Shatner, Lee Majors and Robert Wagner are slated to play over-the-hill TV detectives pressed into a real investigation.

Monday, November 15, 2004

NY Daily News: Rush & Molloy's Column

Robert Wagner and Jill St. John have been to Nello's to sample the $275-a-plate white-truffle tagliolini.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

R.J.'s Broken Finger

I just heard that R.J. broke his finger in September. The story is that he was doing a stunt where he was supposed to fall onto an inflatable mattress, but he fell badly and broke his finger. Apparently, the injury is taking a long time to heal.

Friday, November 12, 2004

RJ in Pilot on Wealth TV

RJ is currently filming an interview with Charlie Jones. He is a famous sports personality with a talk show. His show is supposed to be on Wealth TV, which is a cable channel. RJ is part of the pilot for this show.

Hope and Faith Tonight

Hope & Faith (ABC, TV-PG-DL) Wait until tomorrow morning to watch this sitcom, when its cartoonish rhythm can be enjoyed with a big bowl of sugary cereal. Tonight the gals try to stop Dad (Robert Wagner) from marrying his new girlfriend, Mandi (Jenny McCarthy). That means you can expect lunacy and pratfalls, courtesy of Kelly Ripa, who steals the show with astounding physical energy and a Patricia Field wardrobe that — hey, come to think of it, totally matches my Froot Loops!

Thanksgiving Hope and Faith

HOPE & FAITH - "9021-UH-OH" - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET)

The family flashes back to Thanksgiving Day a decade ago, with Faith hosting a frenetic and hilarious holiday dinner in her fabulous Hollywood pad. She goes to great lengths to impress her parents (Cheryl Ladd and Robert Wagner), including posing as the girlfriend of "Beverly Hills: 90210" hunk Brian Austin Green, who has left Charley star struck. All hell breaks loose when family secrets are exposed.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Robert Wagner reveals Stanwyck affair

Robert Wagner revealed that he and legendary actress Barbara Stanwyck had a secret affair, World Entertainment News Network reported.

Wagner, 74, said he was just 22 while Stanwyck was 45 when they started their five-year romance.

"At that time, it could never have been (revealed)," Wagner said. "It was not public, it was hidden. It just couldn't come out. Today, it wouldn't have made any difference ... There's a book being written about her, and they came to me, and it was going to come out. She was an absolutely wonderful, wonderful woman, and it was so great for me. I loved her very much."

Stanwyck died in 1990 at the age of 82.