- Last Updated: 12:44 AM, June 21, 2012
- Posted: 11:46 PM, June 20, 2012
Tomorrow Steve Carell comes to a theater near you in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” with Keira Knightley. August Steve Carell comes to a theater near you in “Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Wait 20 minutes and Steve Carell in some other thing will come to a theater near you.
So being a hot-shot movie star’s what made him leave TV’s “The Office”?
“No. I needed more time with my family.”
Oh, please. Like I haven’t heard that one before?
“Sounds cliché, but it’s true. Seven years I was gone all day, every day. My kids, 8 and 11, are little for only a finite time. They were here, and I wasn’t, so it was time to leave. I do sliding ponds, vacations, Disney World with them. Life’s too short not to. Every morning I take them to school. I truly love it. I love them. I love my wife, Nancy.
“You know what? Career’s luck. Right place, right time. I never lose sight of being fortunate.
“Actually, things only broke for me after we had Annie, because I was suddenly happy. Priorities shifted. I didn’t care so much about career. Being looser about the outcome, I auditioned better, and suddenly more work came.
“Listen, I’m Everyman. I take the garbage out. Roll bins to the curb. Separate recyclables. No personal assistant or major d’omo. It’s what I know to do, and I do it. Like I’m in the supermarket and . . . ”
Supermarket? Shopping like for toilet paper?
“Yes, I go to the supermarket. We were out of nonfat vanilla Coffee-mate, so I ran in, and people say hello to me. Some guy pushing a cart nods to me and says, ‘Nice.’ ”
OK. So about this Friday movie.
“Nancy’s in it. She was an actress. She’s semi-retired. But when the director suggested her, I leaned over the couch, asked her and she said yes. It was shot on our 17th anniversary.”
So, Everyman, what kind of car do you drive?
A MOB dust-up with those Mob Wives. Platinum rapper Maino was filming his “Mobbin” video. When Sammy “The Bull” Gravano’s daughter Karen Gravano arrived, mob-related rapper Tony Testa, whose whatever-the-hell VH1 reality show airs this fall, shouted: “Her father’s a snitch. Uncle Joey’s serving time because he wasn’t a snitch. He’ll go crazy if I work with her. I won’t have anything to do with her.”
Miss Gravano vacated the premises.
PAY attention to this cockamamie item. Exercise guru Kathie Dolgin, aka High Voltage, invited 50 schoolgirls to premiere Parker Posey’s “The Love Guide.” Practicing whatever’s Energy Up, losing 120 pounds collectively on whatever’s Fit Fab Fierce Transformation, sipping whatever’s 501c3 drink Euva, just before the premiere these excited kids got canceled. Our Choice To Be Sugar Free Movement board member Katie Couric stopped in as support and saved the misery. I frankly don’t even understand what I’ve written or what this all means, but I just want you to know what people send me.
FINANCIAL adviser/journalist/big mouth Dan Dorfman left us this week. In good years, this omnipotence’s single report could kill an IPO or pump a stock.
In 2008, before our huge economic flop, he predicted to me: “Commercial real estate dies next. With $3 trillion in commercial mortgages, it’ll hit us big. Nearly 1,500 banks have troubles. In two years 250 will fail. The feds must buy back mortgages. Banks must lend each other money or we’ll have bread lines.
“We’re trusting this country’s economy to incompetents who couldn’t make money running a whorehouse.”
MORE finance info. Everyone, inspect bank statements and checking accounts personally. Carefully. Do not slough it off. Take nothing for granted. Examine all transactions.
Remember the Nigerian letter scam? Send money to get in on some tremendous yet unknown, unheard of, one-of-a-kind deal?
Now it’s forged checks. Those we’ve written get skillfully identically copied. Savings institutions are being hit. My friend’s two bogus vouchers, dated May 15 and 17, bore forged signatures. Similar handwriting. Cashed by her longtime bank for $14,000. One made out to a prisoner in Florida. Caught only because the imprinted check numbers, out of sequence, were still in her checkbook. Another friend got taken for uneven amounts — like $159.06, so small that almost nobody takes notice.
Heed the warning.
MANHATTAN couple. Dining in Venice. After the meal the waiter suggests desserts, ending with, “tiramisu or gelato?” The guy replies: “No, I want Italian.”
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