Ramin Setoodeh

Stories by Ramin Setoodeh

  • Abigail Breslin Q&A: Isn’t She Just a Doll?

    Abigail Breslin—Little Miss Sunshine herself—stars in "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl." Breslin, 12, spoke to Ramin Setoodeh, direct from the American Girl doll store in Dallas: ...
  • Q&A: Cyndi Lauper Works It All Out

    Cyndi Lauper's got a new CD, "Bring Ya to the Brink," and she's going on her "True Colors" tour. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Patrick Dempsey, Sexiest Juggler Alive!

    Dr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey, stars in the romantic comedy "Made of Honor," which is like "My Best Friend's Wedding," with Dempsey in the Julia Roberts role. He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Q&A: Elizabeth Berkley

    Elizabeth Berkley, everyone's favorite "Showgirl," is the co-host of Bravo's "Step It Up and Dance." She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Q&A: Norah Jones

    Jones makes her acting debut in Wong Kar-wai's "My Blueberry Nights." She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • The British Invasion

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers returns this month in "The Tudors." He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh: ...
  • Jimmy Kimmel on Those Videos

    Comedian Sarah Silverman pranked boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel with a video. Then he got her back. Now he's talking about it.
  • Score One For the Net

    If at first you don't succeed, try your show in cyberspace. That's what the creators of 'Quarterlife' did.
  • Oscars: She’s Also Edith Piaf

    Marion Cotillard could win an Oscar on Sunday night for her remarkable portrayal of French chanteuse Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose." But there's another amazing Piaf performance in the movie, and it's delivered by someone you never see: French vocalist Jil Aigrot, who re-recorded many of Piaf's songs—including the crowd- pleaser "Padam Padam"—for the big screen. (Yes, Cotillard was lip-syncing.) Aigrot was discovered by Piaf's own secretary, Ginou Richer, who had written a book about the icon. In 2005 Aigrot went to a book signing by Richer and performed a Piaf song right there on the spot. Richer was startled by the similarity, so a few months later, she suggested that Aigrot audition for the film's director, who decided against using nothing but original Piaf recordings because some songs didn't exist or the quality wasn't good enough.Aigrot says she's proud of her work, except for one thing: she thinks she sounds a bit too much like Piaf. "I'm very blessed that people think it...
  • Q&A: Hayden Christensen

    Hayden Christensen teleports around the world in the new sci-fi movie "Jumper." He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Santa Monica Peers

    The Oscars are grand, if a little stiff. But the stars' favorite show is the beer-and-beach Spirit Awards.
  • Listening In: The Project Runway Finale

    The final contestants of this season's 'Project Runway' show their Fashion Week collections—and Posh Spice is the guest judge. NEWSWEEK's review.
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck

    Hasselbeck, a co-host of "The View," has started a baby blog. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh: ...
  • Handicapping the Oscars

    As always, it's the snubs that get your attention: only a best picture nod for 'Atonement'?
  • Heath Ledger Dead at 28

    Heath Ledger refused to take the pretty boy's path to Hollywood success
  • Fallen ‘Idol’? Not So Fast.

    Finally, the race is on. Not for the White House —we mean for "American Idol," which returns on Jan. 15. How will the country's biggest show fare during the writers' strike? And did "Idol" fix last season's low notes? (So long, Sanjaya.) Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Q&A with Clay Aiken

    Clay Aiken is sore from rehearsing for 'Spamalot,' and now he's sore at us.
  • Tyson Beckford on ‘Supermodel’

    'Supermodel' school opens on Bravo, and host Tyson Beckford provides the inside line on how to strut to win (a two-hour daily workout, to start).
  • Hulk Hogan For President!

    The wrestler is the host of the new "American Gladiators." He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh: ...
  • Will Britney Ever Get Help?

    Tired of Iowa and politics? There's always the latest chapter in the Spears saga to watch.
  • Amy Adams: When You Wish Upon a Movie Star

    Amy Adams plays a princess in the movies, but in real life she's no Sleeping Beauty. In fact, she's not sleeping much at all. "I'm having insomnia," Adams says. "It's not the falling asleep. It's the waking up, and then you're up." Fame can be unsettling, and Adams is just getting her first big taste. Her movie "Enchanted," Disney's delightfully fractured fairy tale about living happily ever after in the real world, opened in November to boffo reviews and box office. Suddenly there's talk about Oscars and sequels—and doubt. Make that "Doubt," one of two upcoming movies in which she's set to star opposite the mighty Meryl Streep. Is it any wonder that Adams can't sleep? "I drew a picture of myself in the third grade of what I would be when I grew up," Adams says. "I had red hair and, oddly enough, I was in a very nice gown. Oh, no! I've got red hair and wear nice gowns. I've fulfilled all my childhood dreams. Now what?"Adams, 33, first landed on Hollywood's radar after playing a...
  • Debating the Golden Globes

    Two NEWSWEEK reporters debate the highlights and horrors of the Golden Globe nominations.