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Disgusted Gina Gershon Would Like To Say Bye Bye Critics

Gina Gershon and John Stamos

Gina Gershon and John Stamos

“Bye Bye Birdie’s” star Gina Gershon would like to say bye bye critics after the Broadway revival was met with some pretty scathing reviews. One critic went as far as to describe the show as “boneheaded.”

“I’m so against critics right now. When you think about it, it’s just disgusting that these critics, with a wave of a hand, just dismiss something. I couldn’t believe how harsh they were,” says Gershon, who stars alongside John Stamos. “I have to be honest; there are a couple of things they said that I couldn’t argue with because I had a few issues with certain elements of the production, but they kind of took everyone in the review down with it. The kids were great in this and Bill Irwin is a genius to me.”

She continues, “This show is the first one of mine since ‘Showgirls’ that has gotten really bad reviews. I kind of came out OK from that, but it’s a bummer when you’re in a project and they take it down. It made me realize that reviews don’t really matter — people are either going to enjoy it or not,” notes Gershon. “Luckily, I don’t think it affects ticket sales. It’s not like the old days where a bad review can shut down a show. We had to extend it to April because it started to (sell) out, and here these guys are pulling it apart. I’m like, ‘It’s “Bye Bye Birdie.” Get over it.’ People are trying to downsize papers in today’s world — get rid of the critics.”

Luckily for Gershon, she has till January to win over audiences, and in the meantime, she’s looking forward to her two-night miniseries, “Everything She Ever Wanted,” premiering Nov. 14 and 15 on the Lifetime Movie Network.

“I remember getting the part and then I started filming it four days later. I had unfortunately just dealt with a sociopath in my own life so a lot of the research had been done,” she says of playing the greedy and violent Pat Allanson in the film adaptation of Ann Rule’s popular novel. “I was really fascinated by the character. She’s so complicated, but there’s a freedom playing a sociopath because they believe everything they’re saying in the moment and they just have a different set of emotional rules.”

ALWAYS THE BRIDE: The folks at Hallmark Channel are loving the fact that Marla Sokoloff is getting married in real life — to Deadsy drummer Alec Puro — two weeks before she’ll be seen as the bride in their “Flower Girl” original movie, Nov. 14. Sokoloff is getting a kick out of it as well. “I got engaged a week before I got this job,” she tells us. “It was all very close. The funny thing is, I have already been a bride five times,” she adds.

Her bridal roles were in “Big Day,” “Crazylove,” “Drop Dead Divas,” “Sugar & Spice” and “Maneater.” “I don’t know what it is about me that has a bridal look or something. How is this possible? I guess if I were asked to play a stripper seven times, that would bum me out,” says the former “The Practice” actress.

Sokoloff says that as far as picking up pointers from all those faux nuptials, “the main thing would be the dress. I’ve been to so many bridal dress fittings, I knew what was flattering.”

She and Puro, who met via mutual friends Jessica Capshaw and her husband, Christopher Gavigan, “knew we had so much in common when we first started talking … Love kind of comes when you don’t expect it,” notes Sokoloff.

They expect about 115 guests to be on hand when they make their vows. As far as the style of their wedding, well, “mine could not be further from the fantasy wedding in the movie,” she says, referring to the fairy-tale-worthy affair in “Flower Girl.” “I love my character. She’s a complete romantic, yet sensible, too.”

And then there’s her movie grandmother, Marion Ross. “I’ve always been such a huge fan of hers, since ‘Happy Days.’ She has a wicked sense of humor, kind of dirty at times. I loved that about her.” Mrs. C.? Goodness.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: Elisabeth Moss, who plays career girl Peggy in “Mad Men,” tells us that her character in the Dec. 11 release “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” is “actually quite similar, which is funny. But it’s a more blatantly comedic character than Peggy. I think Peggy has funny comedic moments, but this is more straight comedy. I play Sarah Jessica Parker’s assistant,” she says of the comedy in which Parker and Hugh Grant play an estranged couple of New Yorkers who see a murder, and then are relocated to a small town in Wyoming under the witness protection program. “I’ve been a fan of hers for so many years, she’s one of my idols,” adds Moss. “‘Sex and the City’ is one of my favorite shows. So to be in a movie with her is literally a dream come true.”

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?: Hollywood and environs certainly have no shortage of classes for acting, writing and directing — but as far as actor Martin Landau, filmmaker Mark Rydell and playwright/screenwriter Lyle Kessler are concerned, what’s been sorely missing is training for creative types in how to interact with other creative types across disciplines. That’s why they’re conducting an intensive seminar together that Landau describes as a two-day immersion course in the inter-relationship between writers and directors. “It will teach the communication skill, which will improve projects and careers,” he says. The Nov. 14 and 15 Total Picture Seminar is being held at UCLA.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Elisabeth Moss, Fred Armisen Having Fun Planning Wedding

Elisabeth Moss  (Photo: Justin Stephens)

Elisabeth Moss (Photo: Justin Stephens)

Elisabeth Moss, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy honors for her work in “Mad Men,” has a lot to celebrate in her personal life as well as her professional one.  She tells us she and fiancé Fred Armisem of “Saturday Night Live” are busy planning their wedding and ”it’s really fun.  I love wedding planning.  It’s a great experience for us.”

She notes, “We’re not saying when, but it’s not too far.  We’re pretty
much not talking about any of the details, but all of our close friends and family are going to be there.  It’s going to be a really special day.”

Fred – who is in the Emmy running as well, as part of the “SNL” team – “woke me up and told me the news.  It was the best person I could possibly hear from,” notes the actress, who’s brilliant as the naïve-yet-ambitious young career girl, Peggy Olson, on the show set in the 1960s world of advertising in Manhattan.

Moss tells us that they’ve finished the first eight episodes of “Mad Men’s” third season so far.  When the AMC series (up for a total of 16 Emmys, the most of any drama) returns to the tube Aug. 16, viewers will finally get answers to the cliffhangers they’ve been left with since October.  In Moss’ case, her character confessed to ex-lover Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) that she’d had their baby and given it up for adoption – and that she had loved him but now didn’t care anymore.  And Pete was last seen sitting alone in his office with a rifle in his lap. So what’s next?  Moss is mum.

“For sure, people definitely want to know what’s going to happen in Season 3,” she notes with a laugh.  “I know some, but not all.  But I do know enough to believe this season is even better than last season.”

FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT:  “Regardless of what people think of things getting handed to us, we work really, really hard,” says Vanessa Simmons — whose dad is Run-D.M.C.‘s Rev Run and uncle is music mogul
Russell Simmons.  She, along with her sister Angela, have ventured out
onto their own to star in the MTV reality series “Daddy’s Girls,” whose second season premieres Aug. 11.  “Your parents can’t hand you success.
You have to work for it.  They can hand you connections, and we’re thankful they were able to do that, but me and Angela have worked so hard for the things we are accomplishing that right now.  We just hope people respect us for that.”

Not only have they become reality TV stars, but they also created the popular fashion line, Pastry.  Luckily for them, they were able to pick up a few pointers from their uncle who created the hugely successful clothing line Phat Farm.  “We’ve had the best examples in life.  We got to see them building their business our whole life and the choices they made,” says Angela of her entrepreneurial family.  “Even with Kimora [Lee-Simmons], I got to watch her start Baby Phat from the beginning. Just from watching all of that, I’ve learned so much.”

While parts of their business will be shown, Vanessa says fans can
expect more laughs than anything.  “We have so much fun and we have a lot of new friends on board,” she reveals.  “I actually for once have my boyfriend on the show,” adds Vanessa.  The personality, who’s been linked to recording star Bow Wow in the past, chooses to not officially reveal his name.  “I’ve just never been the kind of person who’s wanted to put my relationship out there and finally I was like, ‘Ok, you guys can meet him.  He did a good job and he’s really funny so people will like him.”

GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS Nia Vardalos has had some big success in Hollywood, but she tells us she’s most proud of the kind of friends she’s accumulated over the years.  They are the people who keep her grounded, and she is certain she wouldn’t have survived this cutthroat business without them.

“My husband and I have managed to stay sane here because we have the same friends as we did before any success.  I have the same friends since kindergarten.  I tend to collect people who I continue to work with,” says Vardalos who recently worked with her “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” co-star John Corbett and longtime pal Rachel Dratch.  “I am where I am because my friends have stayed with me.”  In fact, Vardalos tells us despite the competitive nature of the business, she and her friends continue to root each other on.  “There wasn’t any jealousy or any pettiness from when things hit for me before they hit for them.  I have friends who are still handing out flyers for their own one-woman shows, but we’re all in this together.”

WE’VE HEARD OF PRECOCIOUS. BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS:  Interesting casting notice for the feature “Life As We Know It.”  They’ve been looking for a 10-14 month old to play the role of Sophie, described as “a cute toddler with an engaging personality.”  The producers specify, “on-set experience preferred.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster