Celebrity gossip, sightings in and around Connecticut

Celebrity gossip, sightings in and around Connecticut


Charli D’Amelio accepts the Favorite Female Creator award onstage during the 2022 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on April 09, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Conan O’Brien attends Amazon Prime Video’s “Upload” Season 2 premiere on March 08, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
Martha Stewart arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
From Martha Stewart hosting a tag sale nearby to a Conan O’Brien spotted out and about, the celebrity gossip mill was working overtime around Connecticut in April. Here are some of the Hollywood sightings and murmurings that happened in and around Connecticut last month.
Martha Stewart arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The celebrity businesswoman and lifestyle guru hosted “The Great American Tag Sale” in April, selling a large selection of her personal items at her estate in Westchester, N.Y.
Stewart was also seen dining with a female friend at Le Penguin Bistro on Lewis Street in Greenwich later in the month.
– Joseph Tucci and Susie Costaregni
Julie Benko, who debuted as Fanny Brice on Broadway’s Funny Girl on April 29, has also starred in Broadway productions of Fiddle on the Roof, Les Miserbles and Spring Awakening.
Actress Julie Benko represented Connecticut in the new production of “Funny Girl.”
Benko is Beanie Feldstein’s standby, meaning she has to be ready to go on stage for every production in case Feldstein cannot perform.
She has previously starred in Broadway productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Les Miserables” and “Spring Awakening.”

David Harbour attends The Olivier Awards 2022 with MasterCard at the Royal Albert Hall on April 10, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for SOLT)
“Stranger Things” actor David Harbour will be starring in a new film on Connecticut minor league hockey team, the Danbury Trashers, according to Deadline.
“The Trashers” is based on the true story of the team’s owner with mafia ties, Jimmy Galante.
“I feel so lucky to be working with David. He’s a magnificent actor and the perfect Jimmy Galante because he’s truly tough and impossibly warm,” said movie director Cooper Raiff to Deadline.
Cast and crew filming a scene of “FBI: Most Wanted” in White Plains, New York.
The actor was spotted playing his new lead character, Remy Scott, during the filming of an episode of “FBI: Most Wanted” in Westchester, NY in April.
During the scene, FBI agents come into the house and look for a fugitive and at one point McDermott runs out of the home, the owner of the house the scene was filmed at, Steven Rabinowitz described.
– Joseph Tucci


Conan O’Brien attends Amazon Prime Video’s “Upload” Season 2 premiere on March 08, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
Television host and actor Conan O’Brien was seen getting a beverage at the coffee shop Maison Mathis in late April.
The shop shared a photo of the event on Instagram.
A post shared by Maison Mathis (@maisonmathisatyale)
– Jailene Cuevas
When famed comedian Gilbert Gottfried passed away after battling a long illness, several members of Connecticut’s theater community paid tribute to him.
One such member was Executive Director of Ridgefield Playhouse Allison Stockel, who knew Gottfried and his wife Dara Kravitz on a personal level.
“Gilbert had a public persona of a loud boisterous person. In reality, he was a quiet kind man who loved being a father first and foremost,” she said. The videos he did with his kids “were funny, caring, loving and hysterical,” she said.

Lorde attends Variety’s Power Of Women at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 30, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.
Lorde postponed her April concert in Mohegan Sun due to suffering from laryngitis.
The new date for the concert is set for August 25, according to Mohegan Sun’s website.
Installation view of Travis Dimeer Terry’s IEMBE bag at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. On loan from IEMBE, LLC., Hartford, Connecticut.
Hartford fashion designer Travis Dimeer Terry’s work is being showcased at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art installation “Creative Connecticut.”
The designer went viral late last year after he tweeted four pictures of his mom Lavern Terry modeling a lime green “Gretchen” bag from his brand IEMBE, which grabbed the attention of Cardi B.

Lena Headey and Dean Scott Vasquez
Greenwich Writer and director Gigi Gaston’s newly released movie, “9 Bullets,” features Lena Headey of “Game of Thrones” fame. The film premiered on April 22 in theaters and on-demand.
Headey plays a burlesque dancer named Gypsy who “discovers a second chance at life and redemption when she risks everything to rescue her young neighbor after he witnesses his parent’s murder,” according to a press release.


Charli D’Amelio attends the 2022 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on April 09, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
TikTok star and Norwalk native Charli D’Amelio is set to appear in her first live-action feature film with the supernatural thriller, “Home School,” Deadline reports.
The plot of the movie centers on a 17-year-old girl who moves in with her aunt after the death of her mother. Soon, Mira, the main character, discovers that there is a supernatural connection between her future and the death of her mother.
Bradley Cooper attends the National Board of Review annual awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 15, 2022 in New York City.
“Maestro,” directed by Bradley Cooper and produced by Netflix, is looking for actors to play roles set in the 1940s and 1980s that are in the New England area.
The movie will focus on the relationship between Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre, according to IMDb. While permanently based in New York, Bernstein spent a lot of his time in the Nutmeg State. In 1962, the musician bought a 100-year-old house in Fairfield where he lived for more than two decades and his family still owns.
Shooting will take place in Tanglewood, Mass. from May 21 – 26.


(L-R) In this image released on March 13, Dixie D’Amelio and Charli D’Amelio attend Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on March 13, 2021 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/KCA2021/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
Several celebrities with strong ties to Connecticut participated in this year’s Kids Choice Awards.
TikTok superstar Charlie D’Amelio won a blimp for “Best Female Creator.” Her sister, Dixie D’Amelio announced the nominees and hosts for the program on Nickelodeon’s Youtube Channel.
“Encanto,” which includes music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda who went to Wesleyan University, won “Favorite Animated Movie.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who spent part of his childhood in Hamden, was nominated  to be “Favorite Movie Actor” for his roles in  “Red Notice” and “Jungle Cruise.”

NAS performs at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3.
90s hip-hop and rap legends Wu-Tang Clan and Nas announced they will play the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Friday, Sept. 9.
This will be the Wu-Tang Clan’s first show in Connecticut since 2019, according to setlist.fm. Previously, the group’s headlining show set for Mohegan Sun Arena in 2021 was canceled.
“Project Runway” contestant Samuel J. Donovan picking out fabric and patterns at Cotton Candy Fabrics in Brookfield, Conn.
Former “Project Runway” contestant Samuel J. Donovan, is now the director of garment sewing at Cotton Candy Fabrics in Brookfield.
Donovan has taught garment sewing classes at Cotton Candy Fabrics for “some years” he said, but in his new role as director, Donovan will teach classes in apparel sewing and fashion design.
FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Michael Weatherly attends a special screening of “Doctor Strange” at AMC Empire 25 in New York. The ‘NCIS’ star was seen dining at Gabriele’s of Westport.
Financier and former White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci; actor Michael Weatherly from “NCIS;” actor/producer Mark Feuerstein of ‘Royal Pains” and “The West Wing” and his wife, “Clipped” producer Dana Klein, a New Haven native; and Tony Award-winning Broadway star Wilson Germaine Heredia have been seen dining on separate occasions in late April.
– Susie Costaregni
“Food Network Star” winner Christian Petroni poses for a photo with Sky Mercede of Forever Sweet Bakery during the Taste of Wishes event, which was a fundraiser for Make A Wish Connecticut. Over 200 people attended the event at Aitoro Appliance in Norwalk on Thursday April 7, 2022.
Christian Petroni, winner of the 14th season of “Food Network Star,” joined several other Connecticut chefs in cooking for Taste of Wishes, the second annual fundraiser for Make a Wish Connecticut.
Over 200 people attended the event in Norwalk.

Daymon “Daym Drops” Patterson, a celebrity YouTube food critic, is launching Daym Drops Diner at Dunkin’ Donuts Park this season.
Daymon “Daym Drops” Patterson, known for his food reviews on YouTube, is planning on showcasing Connecticut restaurants in a new show.
“This is going to be all about, Why Hartford? Why New Britain? Why Stratford? Why Stamford?” he said. “You are going to learn a little about each city and town here in Connecticut.”
According to a Facebook post from March, the show has already started filming in New Britain and is moving on to Middletown.
Not only is Patterson filming his new show but he’s busy returning for what he calls “season 2” of his concession stand at Dunkin Donuts Park. For a second year, he has partnered with Yard Goats executive chef Joe Bartlett to craft new foods for the upcoming season.

TikTok star Samantha Ramsdell plays her most viewed TikTok video on her phone at her home in Stamford, Conn. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
TikTok star and comedian Samantha Ramsdell was seen dining at MIKU Sushi Bar and Restaurant on Greenwich Avenue in late April. She took photos with the restaurant’s staff members
Ramsell is known for breaking a Guinness World Record for being the woman with the largest mouth.
NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 28: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Monday’s February 28, 2022 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
On April 11, Stephen Colbert opened his show by discussing how the pandemic is still around despite the general population’s desire to declare it over.
Joking that the COVID threat level sat at “I don’t know,” the comedian ran through a few headlines pointing to the persistence of the virus, one of which came from Yale News. Yale’s student newspaper reported a “low rumble” of COVID-19 cases that were detected in New Haven sewage. Colbert singled out New Haven and Yale’s reporting to make a few puns on wastewater testing.
“Take New Haven, Conn., where according to sewage, there is a ‘low rumble of COVID-19 cases.’ Low rumble, by the way, is usually a sign that you’re about to produce some sewage.”
John Oliver on the set of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”
Comedian and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver dedicated an entire segment to the concept of data brokers and used an example from Greenwich to help illuminate the point on April 10.
Oliver opened the segment by explaining what data brokers are — in his own terms. He called it a “multi-billion-dollar industry encompassing everyone from credit reporting companies to these weird people-finding websites that pop up whenever you Google the name of your friend’s sketchy new boyfriend.”
This is not the first time Oliver poked fun at a Connecticut locale. In 2020, the comedian visited what is now the “John Oliver Memorial Sewage Plant.”

Andrew DaRosa is a web producer and reporter with Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
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