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Will Estes Talks ‘Anti-Love Story’ Film, ‘Blue Bloods’ Finale

Usually when we talk about a breakup movie, we mean a movie about a couple  breaking up.  But it’s different in the case of Will Estes’ forthcoming “Anchors” – a film that writer-director David Wexler predicts will actually make a lot of people break up.

That’s according to Estes, who adds, “It’s a real, honest look at the destruction of young first love.  I think, unfortunately for most of us, that’s the way the cookie crumbles:  we don’t end up staying with our first loves.  It’s a good film, an honest film.”

And the film, touted as a sexy, turbulent anti-love story, is also a big departure from Will’s noble cop character, Jamie Reagan – a.k.a. Tom Selleck’s youngest son — on “Blue Bloods.”  He rushed right into work on the indie feature, which also stars Devin Kelley of “The Chicago Code,” as soon as the series wrapped for the season.  In fact, it was almost too much of a rush.

“I am so relieved to be finished with the film.  It was really intense.  We shot about 13 pages of dialogue a day — really big monologues.  It was something that I would have felt pressed to do if I’d had two weeks of rehearsal, but  I had two or three days.  I heard about it Sunday, started shooting Wednesday.  Part of why I said yes is that I thought it would be a really big challenge, a really big exercise as an actor.”

According to Estes, “Blue Bloods” fans can expect to see brotherly friction between Donnie Wahlberg and himself on tomorrow night’s (5/11) big season finale of the show.  “There’s a lot of stuff between Donnie and me — the family relations.  We have a little bit of a blowup that ties into the story of the characters,” Estes tells us.  That’s in addition to the race-against-time thriller story that has Tom Selleck’s Police Commissioner Frank Reagan getting word of a bio-terror plot in NYC.

“It’s a great finale,” he enthuses.  “I’m so excited about ‘Blue Bloods.’  It’s just getting better and better.  Everyone’s really hitting their stride, the writers and producers as well as the actors.”

OPERA-ATION:  Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones certainly surprised the surgical team that worked on her knee replacement at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, CA the other day.  Orthopedic surgeon John Moreland had a recording of Shirley and Gordon MacRae singing “People Will Say We’re in Love” from the 1955 classic movie musical “Oklahoma!” and turned up the volume in the OR for the benefit of the team while they prepped.  Suddenly, the medicos told Shirley’s husband, Marty Ingels, there was an “extra voice” – Shirley herself joining in, despite being in twilight sleep due to anesthesia.  Now, there’s a show-must-go-on mentality!

Enough With the Celebrity Splits, Here’s a Valentine’s Day Look at Love Among the Stars

Jay-Z and Beyonce WENN.com photo

Recent months have been hell for stories of celebrity splits, from Heidi and Seal to Katy and Russell, Demi and Ashton to Johnny and Vanessa and more.  But today being Valentine’s Day, let us take a moment to shine some light on love in the celebrity leagues — where the gestures are grander, the gifts are more lavish, and imaginations can soar unfettered by bank balance considerations.

 Jennifer Aniston’s vast legions of fans, who’ve suffered with America’s Sweetheart through the Brad Pitt split and painful John Mayer period, can take heart in her declaration that she is now in a “joyful and peaceful place” with Justin Theroux.  If our Jen can find a good man at last, darn it, then there’s hope for all the lovelorn.  Last year, she gifted her hunky beau with a $12,000 jacket that had been worn by James Dean.

Who doesn’t feel heart-warmed by new Mom & Dad Beyonce and Jay-Z, whose investments in expressions of love perhaps outstrip the GNP of a small country by now.  A few examples:  When Beyonce turned 23, Jay-Z blew a half million dollars on a huge hip hop party, complete with live mermaids (okay, they weren’t really mermaids, but not because he couldn’t afford real mermaids!) and an ice sculpture that read “Beautiful B.”  For her 25th, he not only gave his lady a big party in New York, the hip hop mogul reportedly spent $1 million to buy her a 1959 Rolls Royce convertible.  In 2010, she bought him a Bugatti Grand Sport, for a reported $2 million.  His new gigantic sapphire pinky ring, worth an estimated $500,000, is believed to be Beyonce’s gift of thanks to Jay-Z for being such a good daddy to baby Blue Ivy, who is four weeks and three days old today (2/14).  In a related story, Blue Ivy is said to already have more than $1.5 million worth of toys, in addition to her trademarked name and hit record release.  (Jay-Z’s “Glory” included her first sounds, making Blue Ivy the youngest artist ever on the Billboard charts.)

Romantic might not be the first word that leaps to mind when you think of fried-sounding heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and his potty-mouthed rock matriarch cum talk and reality show queen, Sharon.  But the couple has been wed 30 years this year. They’ve made it through drug and illness nightmares that could have rendered asunder a less devoted pair.  That’s plenty romantic enough.  And how about this?  Ozzy buys pearls for Sharon on Valentine’s Day every year.  She tells the story of how he was performing in Japan the first year they were a couple, and he went into a shop and bought her a strand of pearls there – despite the fact they had no money at the time.  The bill arrived three weeks later, as she related in a U.K. Rate the Music interview, and “I’m like, ‘Oh Ozzy, we’re going to have to work for like six months to pay off this bill!’   So, it’s now become a tradition — pearls.”

Speaking of odd, Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels still strike folks as the unlikeliest of couples – the loud and often grating comic and the genteel Oscar-winning actress and musical star.  They weren’t supposed to last but it’s been 35 years this year since they became husband and wife, and they say they’re a testimony to the power of laughter.  Ingels also knows the power of a spectacular gesture – having pulled such shenanigans as having a mariachi band performing out on their lawn for one of their anniversaries.  He also once purchased an entire candy store in Beverly Hills as a gift for “Shirl,” who happened to like a particular type of candy sold there.  Sweet!

Of course, it doesn’t always have to be about money.   “Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna told us his favorite romantic moment “was in 1975.  My love Arlene and I were touring with a play in Europe.  We were like hippies, without much money in our pockets.  We went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower on October 3 and did a kind of personal marriage thing.  We had to go back to Chicago to make it legal, but it’s that October 3 date we celebrate, that we consider our anniversary date.  Even more romantic was a date that came 25 years later — on October 3.  We were with our two daughters and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and recited our vows again.  What made it more special was that our daughter Mia, who was about 14 at the time, was wearing the same blue jean jacket Arlene had worn that first time.”

And  then there’s Julie Benz of “Dexter” and Charlie Sheen’s upcoming “Anger Management” series.  She recalls, “In fifth grade, Peter Esselman wrote me a letter that said he would love me even if all my hair fell out and I regurgitated all over myself.  And he drew a picture of me with no hair, regurgitating on myself.   That’s love.”

Marty Ingels’ Plastic Christmas

Marty Ingels sent us this.   Speaks for itself:

Shirley Jones and her loquacious character of a husband, Marty Ingels

“It’s beginning to look

a lot like Christmas”

(Marty Ingels Version)

 

It’s beginning to be a plastic Christmas

 As the snow begins;

It’s expensive and very hard to lean on your credit card

And wait till all the scary bills come in.

But it’s critical that you give on Christmas,

Make the season last;

And you gotta be Santa Claus to everyone else because

They’ll promise you the Ghost of Christmas Past.

* * *

There’s stuff for Dotty & Billy & Martin & Millie

And everyone workin’ at Sid’s;

There’s Lois & Winnie & Mrs. McKinney;

The Cohens, The Franks and the Quids…

– AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF EM’S GOT KIDS !!!!!!!

* * *

So I celebrate all my Loves at Christmas –

( Thirty Three, I fear; )

And I know as I shop the mall, I’ll be paying for it all

Till it snows next year.