Julia Roberts

JULIA ROBERTS WANTS TO STAR IN BARBARA WALTERS STORY

Julia Roberts wouldn’t mind having another Oscar, and she hopes Barbara Walters can help make it happen. Julia is trying to secure the rights to Barbara’s life story and hopes to play her from the years 1964 when Barbara was hired as a “Today girl” on The Today Show, until her death in 2022 at the age of 93. Her 1991 interview with Barbara cemented Julia as a major movie star and throughout the decades Julia sat down for chats with Barbara many times. Julia had a soft spot in her heart for Barbara’s achievements in a male-dominated industry, and she was truly in awe of her, so she’s gunning hard to land the rights to her story so she can both star and produce it.

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JULIA ROBERTS: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND

Genuine friendships between heterosexual men and women are relatively rare these days, but it’s clear that Julia Roberts and George Clooney have the real thing. Julia was set to talk about award recipient George at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC and she connived with her stylist Elizabeth Stewart to have THIS satin gown designed by Jeremy Scott at Moschino. It has framed headshots of George from the very beginning of his career to now, all over it. A brilliant idea from one true friend to another. Julia describes George as “a gentleman and a playmate.

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MATTHEW PERRY’S BIG TERRIBLE THINGS

Gotta give Matthew Perry credit for writing his often-startling memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing WITHOUT the help of a ghost writer. Not many celebs can pull that off. We had forgotten all about his short but sweet romance with Julia Roberts back in the day (now we know why it ended.) Perry’s intestinal drama and nine months with a colostomy bag caused by drugs was indeed scary. But most upsetting was his revelation that drug abuse caused him to lose all his top teeth at once! Imagine the Friends star visiting his dentist with half his teeth in a baggie in his pocket!

CAN JULIA ROBERTS AND ETHAN HAWKE EXIST WITHOUT INTERNET?

Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke are on a New York beach filming Leave the World Behind and it looks like a fascinating movie. They play a couple with children who have been eagerly anticipating their family dream vacation, so they rent a holiday home in a beach town. Suddenly there’s a total blackout in the city and the owners of the home arrive. Nobody knows what’s happening because there is no internet, TV, radio, or landlines working. Sonic booms begin, and animals start to behave strangely. The renters are upscale and white, and the house owners are upscale and black, – people start freaking out and racial issues are added to the frightening things happening all around…

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JULIA ROBERTS CALLS HERSELF A HOMEMAKER

Now THAT’S what we call a movie star! Julia Roberts enjoys her status as a superpower in Hollywood, but she always seems happy and enthusiastic and relatively NORMAL. She’s been successfully married to cinematographer Danny Moder for 20 years and they have three kids together. Before she settled down however, her dating life was highly adventurous. At 19, she dated Liam Neeson, (16 years older) and they lived together in Venice, Cal. Her next conquest (in’88) was her Steel Magnolias husband Dylan McDermott, and they became engaged before splitting. (We happily documented all her romances for Star Magazine in those days) Next came her Flatliners costar Kiefer Sutherland- they cancelled their wedding ceremony at the last minute- some say a go-go dancer was involved. Julia was seen with Kiefer’s best friend Jason Patric on what was supposed to be her wedding day! That lasted until she met and married country singer Lyle Lovett, of all people. Work kept them apart and they split amicably after 2 years. Her next romance with delicious Benjamin Bratt lasted 4 years- until she met Danny Moder in the set of The Mexican. He split from his wife the same year that he and Julia wed. She calls it “The best decision I ever made.” Listen to this: Julia says she LOVES being a “homemaker” and has stayed home with her kids as much was possible for the past 18 years. Now she’s back with Gaslit.

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CAN YOU GUESS WHO THIS IS?

Just LOVE this photo of Sean Penn and Julia Roberts in their new Starz Watergate series Gaslit. Seems like an odd choice, but Julia plays Martha Mitchell, the wife of Nixon advisor John Mitchell, played by Penn. They were a happy couple until talkative Arkansas socialite Martha blew the lid off the Watergate scandal that ultimately destroyed the presidency and her marriage.

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CAN JULIA ROBERTS FILL NICOLE KIDMAN’S SHOES?

It’s been tough since the final episode of The Undoing aired. We were so totally immersed in the story about Nicole Kidman’s character’s life with her questionable husband (played by High Grant ) that we feel a sense of loss now that it’s over! In many series, a two hour story seems to be stretched out to fill six hours with pointless scenes added just for length. Every episode of The Undoing was gripping and important. But there is a glimmer of hope. Julia Roberts has just closed a deal for a limited series, The Last Thing He Told Me, with Reese Witherspoon’s company producing. It’s based on a female-authored book that hasn’t been released yet about a woman who forms an unexpected relationship with her teenage stepdaughter while searching for the truth behind her husband’s disappearance. (Another protagonist with a questionable husband!) Nice to see more women involved in productions that appeal to women.

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NEXT BIG THING: CELEBRITY SMILE MASKS

We actually expected this Covid-19 development to happen sooner. Leave it to the style capital of the world- Japan- to be first with smile masks. According to OMG, it started with the Japanese discount store Takeya – the store wanted sales clerks to appear more “friendly,” so they had smile masked printed up and handed out to each staffer. Now they are all happy, all day. The next logical development in this custom masking idea is headed toward celebrity masks – soon YOU can have the smile or sneer of let’s say, Tom Hardy, or perhaps Julia Roberts. It might be a little confusing for paparazzi…but fun for flirting in the supermarket.

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JULIA ROBERTS: MAYBE NEXT YEAR I CAN WEAR THIS

Julia Roberts posted this gorgeous Vogue photo to lament the cancellation of the Met Gala this year. Many celebrities and designers eagerly anticipate this yearly extravaganza (We even went a few times back in the 90’s before it became the big deal it is today.) Of course the ball was cancelled due to the pandemic, so a lot of people are melancholy and their beautiful dresses will just have to wait…

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JULIA ROBERTS IS THE PERFECT LEADING MAN

Julia Roberts does have a lot to be happy about. Her movie Ben is Back is a genuine nail biting thriller – and unlike movies with leading MEN, there are no guns or car chases. It’s a refreshing change to have an exciting female led story and Julia more than fills the bill. She is IN CHARGE. We doubt if this film would have happened if it weren’t for what we call the “female revolution” of #MeToo and Time’s Up. Certainly the leading character would have been a father instead of a mother – and what a loss that would have been…

Above, Julia in New York promoting the film

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