Stories by Ramin Setoodeh

  • That’s Mister Tilda Swinton To You

    Tilda Swinton, who won an Oscar this year for "Michael Clayton," stars in the Coen brothers comedy "Burn After Reading." She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Ellen’s Big Gay Wedding

    What did you do on your summer vacation? Ellen DeGeneres got married to girlfriend Portia de Rossi in California. Her talk show returns this week, but first she spoke to Ramin Setoodeh about all things Ellen. ...
  • Fast Chat with Penelope Cruz

    Penelope Cruz stars in two new movies: "Elegy," where she falls in love with Ben Kingsley, and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," where she kisses Scarlett Johansson. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Katharine McPhee Heads for Hollywood

    The "American Idol" star makes her movie debut in "The House Bunny" as a pregnant sorority girl. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Ms. Hilton Goes to Washington

    Hillary Clinton, watch out: there might be a woman in the White House after all. Paris Hilton is now running for president of the United States of America. OK, not really. But after John McCain released an ad that compared Barack Obama to celebrities like Britney Spears and Ms. Hilton, Paris threw her hat into the ring, too. She put out her own political ad—it went viral so quickly that it's been watched by more than 5 million people. "I want America to know that I'm, like, totally ready to lead," the heiress says. That got us thinking: what would a Paris Hilton administration actually look like? Adam McKay, founder of the site FunnyOrDie.com, which put together the Paris video and is working on a followup, shared some of his ideas with NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh: ...
  • Q&A: Penelope Cruz

    Penelope Cruz stars in two new movies: "Elegy," where she falls in love with Ben Kingsley, and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," where she kisses Scarlett Johansson. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.Should we do this interview in English or Spanish?I would ask you in which language are you going to write it. And depending on that, we'll do it in that language.I should tell you that I don't speak Spanish.Well, that's it!Let's get this out of the way. What was it like kissing Scarlett?Really, Scarlett and I have run out of lines to say about that. We're calling Woody to give us some material. People love that subject. The only thing which is honest, the set was very crowded that day. But I don't have anything else to tell you about it.Did you have to do any research?Very funny.Aren't you a funny person?In interviews, I completely lose my sense of humor. I lose at least 50 percent, if not more.Why is that?It's unfortunate, but I think you're obligated to do that in a way. I try to do what feels...
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    Young, Gay, and Murdered in Junior High

    Kids are coming out younger, but are schools ready to handle the complex issues of identity and sexuality? For Larry King, the question had tragic implications.
  • What Does a Publicist Really Do?

    Howard Bragman is a Hollywood publicist whose clients include Isaiah Washington and Ed McMahon. He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. What is a publicist? A liaison between a high-profile person and the media. Who was the first publicist?Do you know how far publicity goes back? The Bible. God said, "Here are the Ten Commandments." Moses said, "I'm not that articulate." God said, "Your brother Aaron is. He'll tell everyone and we'll be cool." Who was the next publicist after that? Edward Bernays is known as the father of public relations. He was Sigmund Freud's nephew. Is the idea of crisis publicity new? It's not new, but the intensity is greater. We live in a world where the wall between public and private has come down. Is there a rule for commenting? It depends on the nature of the crisis. Some will be over in a day, like this week's Don Imus problem. What's the biggest crisis of the year? Does the presidency count?
  • 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'?