Monday, April 15, 2024

Rumer Has It: Bruce Willis-Demi Moore Daughter a Hit at EW Party


If you were looking for the stars and celebs last night in Hollywood, this was their trajectory–first to the official Emmy pre party at the Pacific Design Center, and then to Entertainment Weekly’s snazzy A list fest just east on Melrose Blvd. at Fig and Olive. That’s where I ran into Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s eldest daughter, a great kid.

The statuesque beauty was wearing a beautiful floor length red gown. We talked about her parents–whom she loves and does not ignore or protest (those are the craziest tabloid stories). She was also traveling with a group of nice pals.

Another famous daughter was right near her–the great Lily Rabe, daughter of the late Jill Clayburgh and playwright David Rabe. In New York, Rabe is all the rage on stage–a Tony winner. Now in Hollywood she’s on TV in “American Horror Story.” But Rabe has an Oscar in her future. Trust me.

I spoke to “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, who’s a little nervous about all the great competition in the drama category tomorrow night. Between “Boardwalk Empire,” “Homeland.” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey,” “Mad Men” — Weiner fears–will be considered old hat. I don’t think so.

Also around from “Mad Men” were Jared Harris (Lane Pryce), Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) and Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper), who’s just turning 13. It seems like with everything Sally’s been through, Kiernan should be 40 at least by now!

And there tons more of TV’s population: Julia Louis Dreyfus, who I think will win Best Actress for “Veep,” with husband Brad Hall; plus cast members Tim Simons and Reid Scott. Giancarlo Esposito from “Breaking Bad,” Breakout actor Damian Lewis from “Homeland,” with a posse of family and friends. Chris Noth with his beautiful wife Tara Wilson, heading down the street to perennial fave restaurant Ago. “Can we walk there?” Chris asked. You know, he’s a New Yorker. We convinced him to take a car the three blocks rather than be mauled by paparazzi.

More: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet from “Moden Family,” the great Martha Plimpton, Padma Lakshmi and a gang from “Top Chef,” Connie Britton– a favorite from New York, about to launch “Nashville” on ABC,  and so on through the night.

The big scoop of the evening? Brenda Strong, formerly of “Desperate Housewives,” now Bobby Ewing’s wife on the new “Dallas.” She reminded me that she actually had a one night fling with Cliff Barnes back on the original “Dallas.” Wouldn’t it be great, I said, if her new character turned out to be the same person?

“I told [show runner] Cynthia Cidre that,” Strong said, “but she thought it would be too confusing.” On “Dallas”? Nonsense!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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