BY SUSAN HORNIK
CURB YOUR TEARS
It’s hard to believe HBO’s hilarious Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, by comedian Larry David, is coming to an end after 11 seasons. Curb is the longe strunning scripted, improvised series on HBO.
“As Curb comes to an end, I will now have the opportunity to finally shed this ‘Larry David’ persona and become the person God intended me to be the thoughtful, kind, caring, considerate human being I was until I got derailed by portraying this malignant character,” David said on his Instagram. “And so ‘Larry David,’ I bid you farewell. Your misanthropy will not be missed. “
David noted that this role has been “the greatest honor” of his life. “In researching this multi-faceted, multi-talented man, I discovered that there’s more to him than I ever could have imagined: he speaks six languages, brines his own pickles, and spearheads a national movement to install a bidet in every home. I’ve also been told from numerous sources that he is the most generous of lovers.”
A BAG OF PIZZAZZ
Music’s biggest night, the Grammys, are just around the corner. While not every superstar nominee will take home an award, they will all nab luxury gift bags filled with swanky swag.
Lash Fary, co-founder of Distinctive Assets, has curated the Grammy gift lounge and the swag bags for over 20 years. “We are so proud to celebrate over two decades of creating amazing Grammy gift magic,” said Fary. “While what we do is a very small part of a very big show, we have so much fun putting together this gift bonanza and love witnessing the exclusive response from some of the most talented people in the world.”
In recent years, Fary created the most inclusive gift bag yet, representing companies owned and operated by individuals across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, persons with disabilities, and beyond.
“These entrepreneurs not only make best-in-class products but also give back to their communities and the world at large,” he said.
Cely Vazquez, former contestant on Peacock’s Love Island and world competition, Love Island Games, said it was “a lot of fun” to live in a tropical island villa, but also a double-edged sword.
“You have to protect your heart a little bit,” explained Vazquez, who was on the U.S. version of Love Island Season 2 and came back to compete on the first season of Games.
“Many of the guys who come on want to enjoy themselves without committing to a relationship, which makes it harder for the girls who just want to fall in love,” she told INDUSTRY at GBK Brand Bar’s Critics Choice lounge. While many romantic relationships have ended since the season concluded, one relationship that’s thriving is between Vazquez and her best friend, who she met on Love Island and won Games alongside last year.
“She is my best friend! We have a Spotify podcast together and talk about each episode on my YouTube channel. We really enjoy spending time together.”
FIELD OF DREAMS
Hollywood superhero Jason Momoa lives to make a difference in the world, co-starring in a fascinating new documentary, Common Ground, which focuses on sustainable and regenerative farming. “Being a dad is why I am so passionate about protecting the environment,” he said at the film’s premiere. “I truly loved being a part of this film.”
Rosario Dawson, Ian Somer halder, Laura Dern, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Glover also helped narrate the fi lm, which will be released on Earth Day (April 22).
In addition to his relentless activism, Momoa is a savvy entrepreneur. He owns the aluminum bottled water company, Mananalu, and also worked with Harley Davidson on a retro biker jacket through his fashion brand, On the Roam.
He also has two new series for MAX, including a rock climbing reality competition called The Climb, now heading into its second season.
GOSLING IS KEN-OUGH
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival recently gave the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film to Ryan Gosling, who charmed viewers as Ken in the record-breaking blockbuster, Barbie.
“There is no one that I would rather be giving a speech about than Ryan Gosling,” said Barbie’s co-writer/director Greta Gerwig. “He is so outrageously talented, it’s hard to know where exactly to begin. I love, and everyone loves, referencing other actors when they talk about Ryan, because he is such a delicious and totally unexpected combination of genius. He has the burning intensity of Marlon Brando, the tragic realism of Montgomery Cliff, the virtuosic slickness of John Travolta, the sly wit of Gene Wilder.
She continued: “He doesn’t create a distance between himself and his characters. He never winks at the audience to tell them that he, Ryan Gosling, is apart from them. He allows it all to exist within him, and he never hedges.”
“I don’t even know where to start with Greta,” said Gosling. “Even though she was making one of the biggest films of all time, she never let the weight of the task get in the way of what was important.”