Hurley takes on royal role
Move over Helen Mirren, there’s a new queen in town – Elizabeth Hurley.
The English actress is on the British throne for new E! drama series “The Royals,” playing the fictional Queen Helena, a sharply dressed mother of three grooming her son to be king and dealing with public opinion.
It’s the E! Channel’s first foray out of reality TV into scripted drama. Hurley reckons that fans of “Gossip Girl” and “Dynasty” will enjoy the decadent lifestyles of these tabloid-friendly royals.
“There’s no correlation at all between Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and my Queen Helena,” Hurley said. “If Princess Diana, for example, had become queen of England, that would be a more similar age group.”
Katie and Suri’s girls night
Girls just wanna have fun.
Katie Holmes and 8-year-old daughter, Suri, spent a recent night at Serendipity 3, sharing grilled cheese and Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, plus a lot of laughs.
They “giggled like schoolgirls,” a spy said of the mother-daughter pair.
Holmes, 35, dressed down in jeans and a T-shirt, while little Suri wore a floral summer dress. Holmes, looking “very pretty,” appeared to wear no makeup.
In a recent interview with the “Today” show, the star of “The Giver” said she tries her best to give Suri, her daughter with Tom Cruise, a normal life.
“The most important thing for me is letting her know how proud I am, and that her accomplishments mean everything,” said Holmes.
‘Motown’ to take a break
“Motown the Musical” is taking a break from Broadway.
Producers said Friday that the $18 million show will play its final performance in the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederlander-owned theater.
The show, a hit in New York City, has spawned a national tour, and a production is planned for Britain next summer. Producer Kevin McCollum explained that by closing in January “we have an opportunity to use the production assets from Broadway for the U.K. production next year.”
The show about Berry Gordy tells the story of how his Motown Records empire rose and fell and then rose again. It uses dozens of Motown songs.
Stars’ Cuba trip legal, U.S. says
The U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal.
The superstars angered several politicians in Florida with their four-day visit to Havana, which saw them eating in some of the city’s high-end restaurants and Jay-Z puffing on a Cuban cigar.
Washington’s 51-year embargo makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba for mere tourism, although tens of thousands of Americans travel to the island each year on academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange licenses. The Inspector General’s Office said that the couple visited an art school and a local theater group, helping make their trip a legal educational exchange.
– From News wire services