|SMASH Global Pre-Oscar Gala|
Starting in November (with the noms for the Emmys) and ending in June it's one black-tie affair after another. But the Show that stands-out against all others is the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) SMASH Global Pre-Oscar Gala, which was celebrated last Sunday. Now this is a party! This bash is the only one that provides attendees with a four-course meal and top-shelf, all-you-can swill, drinks. It also features a fight ring in the middle of the ballroom where MMA contestants battle it out between meal courses.
This was the first year for SMASH and the big winner was Steven Seagal for his many years of producing, directing, and starring in action-films Seagal is a seventh-degree Aikido black belt and is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. When asked which movie he voted for best picture he said, "I've seen all of this year's nominees and I like 'Hacksaw Ridge' quite a bit, but I thought it was a bad year for films. I didn't like much." Seagal, who is currently in Thailand making a movie, has dual citizenship (he was granted Russian citizenship several years ago). "I think that we need to be friends. I think Russia and America should be brothers, but I am an American and always will be."
A large part of the proceeds from SMASH (which will be an annual event) went to the non-profit charity 'For Veterans, By Veterans'.
SMASH founder, Steve Orosco, told CMG, "MMA matches are viewed by a wide demographic. It includes everyone from hedge-fund managers and doctors to people who wear Tap Out t-shirts and drink Bud. At some point MMA will overtake professional boxing in popularity."
Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic clothing fashion designer and current head of Chanel says, "Meryl Streep is cheap, very cheap."
The kerfuffle started when Streep contacted Chanel and told them she was interested in wearing a gray silk gown she had seen in Lagerfeld's most recent couture collection to the Oscars. The $105,000 dress was ordered and custom-made to Streep's size. However, right after hearing that the dress was ready for fitting Streep notified Lagerfeld (by messenger) that she wanted to be paid to wear the dress.
"Chanel", Lagerfeld told Streep, "has a policy of not paying celebrities to wear its clothes. He further stated, "We gift the dress but she wanted us to pay for her to wear it. We give them dresses, we make the dress, but we don't pay. She can keep the dress because of the size. It's couture. It's perfect. She's very cheap."
For her part, Streep stated, "He lied and Women's Wear Daily printed the lie" Hmmmmm, fake news Meryl? Doesn't that make you mad? Problem I have is why would Lagerfeld make up such a story. I'll be looking for the gray dress tonight.