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Oscar-winning actress and Emmy-winning producer Reese Witherspoon already leads a popular book club on Instagram, so it seems a natural next step for her to write a book. The title, Whiskey in a Teacup, refers …

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Headed for Hogwarts: Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

March 28, 2016 – 12:20 am | 4 Comments

The new Wizarding World of Happy Potter isn’t officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood until April 7, but Mr. PCN and I received invitations to take an early peek this past weekend.
Let’s go there together!
This is …


Behind the Scenes at the Oscars 2011

February 28, 2011 – 3:06 am | No Comment
Mirren with husband Taylor Hackford

I have a friend who went to the Oscars and as usual, she called me after the Governors Ball. She shared the following anecdotes, things you didn’t get to see on TV. She also took …


Behind the Scenes at the Golden Globes 2011

January 17, 2011 – 1:43 pm | 4 Comments
alec baldwin & jennier lopez

Late last night, long after the broadcast ended, a friend of mine who attended the awards ceremony and after-parties called to share some backstage details. The following is in her words.
[For my thoughts on best …


An Evening with MAD MEN’s Matthew Weiner

March 4, 2010 – 1:29 am | 7 Comments

by Sarah Carbiener
As part of the WGA Foundation’s fantastic Anatomy of a Script series, I had the pleasure of hearing Matthew Weiner talk about the pilot script for Mad Men. Luckily for me, the three-hour …


Inside the SAG Awards’ Voting Process

January 22, 2010 – 2:21 am | 20 Comments
sag actor award

The 16th annual SAG Awards are tomorrow, January 23, 2010 (televised on TBS and TNT), but before they’re handed out, I polled three different voters to see how they cast their ballots, not just who …


Behind the Scenes at the Golden Globes 2010

January 18, 2010 – 6:04 am | 5 Comments

After the ceremony (and maybe a party or two), a friend of mine who had attended the Globes called and we chatted briefly about some things that weren’t shown on TV. She wished to stay …


Agent Duped, but Not Victimized by Brüno

July 12, 2009 – 11:07 pm | 4 Comments

Some of the press surrounding Brüno (#1 at the box office this weekend with est. $30.4 mil) has questioned the authenticity of the reactions of those shown getting punk’d by Sacha Baron Cohen. After the …


Inside Michael Jackson's Memorial Service

July 7, 2009 – 10:39 pm | 5 Comments
mj billboard

This morning, the world watched and celebrated Michael Jackson’s life with a memorial service that took place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, where Jackson had been rehearsing his “This Is It” tour. Police …


Mystery and Mirth Mingle at Malice Domestic 2009

May 8, 2009 – 11:30 am | 5 Comments
with book

Malice Domestic is a mystery convention that takes place every year in the D.C. area., honoring the traditional mystery (no explicit sex or violence). The organization hands out the Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie. …


Backstage Oscars Scoop!

February 23, 2009 – 5:57 am | 11 Comments

After the ceremony, I received a call from a source who attended the show and had lots of scoop to share. Here’s our conversation: [She also took the photo below]
PCN: Spill! Tell me your favorite …


Backstage at the Grammys 2009

February 9, 2009 – 1:41 pm | 5 Comments

With all the talk regarding the Chris Brown scandal that came to light at last night’s Grammys, I contacted one of my sources who worked the show to see if she had any interesting inside …


They Said What?! Stars’ Quotes Not Televised During 2009 Golden Globes Ceremony

January 12, 2009 – 2:05 pm | 6 Comments

These tidbits were heard during press, on the red carpet and at after-parties.

“Beer, but I think someone put a little bit of crack in it.” — Ricky Gervais explaining what was in the glass he …