Just like those rare collectibles on eBay, Jane Fonda’s canary yellow 2013 Oscars dress, personally created for her by designer Donatella Versace on display Thursday night, had a Buy It Now price for the time-crunched consumer: $50,000. The dress served as the eye-catching silent auction centerpiece at the annual EmPower Party benefit for the Fonda-founded Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential at the Georgia Aquarium downtown.
Perennial interviewee Jane Fonda will be the one asking the questions at tonight’s annual Empower Party benefit for Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential. In front of a sold-out crowd in the Georgia Aquarium ballroom, G-CAPP’s founder will interview CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as the nonprofit advances its teen pregnancy prevention mission to include adolescent health and well being. In an exclusive interview with Atlanta magazine, the 75-year-old two-time Oscar winner discusses what’s on her notepad for Dr. Gupta, what’s next for G-CAPP, shooting that Twitter trending “You will resign when I fire you out of petty malice and not before!” Newsroom scene and how ex-hubby Ted Turner introduced her to the stupid joys of Dumb and Dumber.
She may be but a wee thing, but she has big ambitions. Simmons grew up in Atlanta but moved to L.A. with her mom last summer to pursue her acting career—and it sounds like it was her idea (see “quadruple threat” aspirations below).
At some point, I suppose, it will stop being a surprise that movie folks ask Atlanta to stand in for so many other places. Odd enough that Woodruff Park was a facsimile of seventies-era NYC complete with overflowing garbage cans and yellow cabs for Anchorman 2. But today, while strolling around our neighborhood, my husband and I came across a crew hard at work constructing a faux Rhode Island streetscape on a long-vacant lot at the corner of Kirkwood Avenue and Pearl Street in Cabbagetown, about the most quintessentially Southern pocket of Atlanta you could hope for.
Congested downtown commuters now have a new reason to look up from their texting as they idle to work on I-75/I-85 South — the downtown W hotel’s groundbreaking new film series, PIXEL, currently playing on a continuous loop on a 100-foot by 35-foot digital billboard in front of the hotel. The film by director Felipe Barral, now running its second 10-second episode, is already generating plenty of questions from commuters who don’t quite know what to make of the images. The first episode contained visuals of lush greenery and the second episode currently playing is merely a black and white silhouette, followed by an ominous man reaching out for something (or someone!) and a quick cut to a beautiful blond reacting in horror to something she’s just seen on her laptop. Spoiler Alert: it’s her dead father!
Just like the Beatlemania craze it chronicles, fans across the globe can’t seem to get enough of Atlanta documentary filmmaker Ryan White’s Good ‘Ol Freda. After its Atlanta premiere last March (the same week the film had its world premiere at SXSW in Austin), the doc chronicling the Beatles’ loyal but unsung secretary Freda Kelly, has become a favorite on the festival circuit.
Atlanta’s movers and shakers met at the St. Regis hotel today for an event celebrating Usher’s New Look foundation. Though it was all flashbulbs, rappers, and rock stars on what Usher called “the floral carpet,” the entertainer proved to me he was more than just a pretty face and a slick linen suit.
If you spot an Aston Martin speeding down the wrong side of Peachtree, or if there are sudden runs on martini shakers, don’t be alarmed; James Bond may be in Georgia.