Paparazzi foe Hugh Grant gives us his take on reality

I like American TV reality programming - the worse the better. I love seeing people humiliated, made fun of, brought down," said Hugh Grant. That was just about the time he was throwing baked beans at a paparazzo.

Let's consider our British cousins for a moment. Queen Elizabeth II is now making her royal progress in the United States. Her grandsons are geared up for their big July blowout concert to salute the 10th anniversary of their mother's untimely death. And their father, Prince Charles, and his newish wife, Camilla, have decided they won't horn in on the Diana magic. As we've already scooped, you'll be seeing William and Harry any moment giving their exclusive interview to Matt Lauer on the Today show.


A royal carriage

Did you know that the queen is getting a brand-new royal carriage? She received a coach from Australia in 1986 and uses it when she goes to open Parliament. Before that there had been no new coach since 1902, when one was made for the queen's great-grandfather Edward VII.


The Daily Telegraph ran color photos of this new $1,240,000 gilded four-wheeler fashioned, again, in Australia by a proud monarchist named Jim Frecklington. He has worked on the coach for years in Sydney, and the Aussie government has given him financial assistance.

Influential time

Time magazine's "100 Most Influential" party happens in the Jazz at Lincoln Center space tomorrow with a who's who list of VIPs. The governor and the mayor of New York, Sen. John Edwards and wife Elizabeth, Henry Kissinger, Elie Wiesel, Martha Stewart, Nora Ephron, Kanye West, Cate Blanchett, LeBron James, Ann Coulter, Gayle King and Rachael Ray - well, I can't go on or I'll give you the whole 100!

Here's what director Martin Scorsese has had to say about Time honoree Leonardo DiCaprio:

"In the early 1990s, Bob De Niro made a picture called This Boy's Life. He told me, 'I worked with this kid. He's really good. You've got to work with him someday.'" Scorsese goes on to praise DiCaprio's use of his celebrity to raise environmental awareness. It's just one of the many celebrations in the magazine's May 4 issue.

You gotta have faith

If you happen to be in such far-flung spots as Hungary, the Czech Republic or Slovakia this summer, you might beg a ticket to see pop star George Michael, as he proceeds on his European stadium tour. George, sizzling again, will also perform in Holland, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Germany, France and - most impressively - he will be the first artist to perform at Britain's brand-new Wembley Stadium on June 9.



Incidentally, I recently credited the HBO film Elizabeth I to Peter Morgan. I was incorrect, and I thank Barbara Goldsmith for bringing me up short. It was Nigel Williams who wrote that particular Helen Mirren outing.

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