Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye: It is time for your weekly dose of gossip, and this time it includes news from The Palace. And I’m not talking the Panda Palace Buffet at McGowin Park. This is real, certified, bona fide royal news from the Queen related to Mobile, Alabama, which you know, happens all the time (sarcasm detected?). Also, there is more Hollywood and Jersey “royalty” news (yes, there is royalty from Jersey — one person) to report from the Port City, which you know, doesn’t happen that often either.

Anyway, fix yourself a spot of tea and a crumpet (whatever the hell that is) and sip on this heavily steeped cup of royal gossip. Is your pinky out? It better be!

More star sightings

Mobilians and Eastern Shorians have been aflutter with multiple sightings of Hollywood stars Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn, who are in town filming a movie called “Arkansas.” Since our last report, which had him at Foy and Julwin’s, among other spots, Liam has dined at Arroy Thai on Government Street near Broad Street and La Dolce Vita in Spanish Fort and picked up coffee at The Coffee Loft in Fairhope. Vince has been seen at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, as has Liam.

In addition to the Liam and Vince goodness, Liam’s main squeeze, Miley Cyrus, apparently came to visit her man and the two were spotted together in Pensacola at The End of the Line Café.

They certainly haven’t been shy about getting out and about, so I guess they don’t mind the attention. And I am sure we are happy to slather that attention on them like butter on a biscuit.

And “Arkansas” isn’t the only movie being shot here right now. Romantic comedy “This is the Year” starring up-and-comers Madison Iseman, Vanessa Marano and Gregg Sulkin is also in production right here in Mob-town.

And you can have a part in it! They are filming a big music festival scene out at Battleship Park on Saturday, Nov. 17, and need young folks who look like they are headed to an outdoor music festival like Hangout or Coachella to act as extras — which should be easy for us.

For more information on how you can get your first big starring role as “person in crowd #181,” check out www.thisistheyearmovie.com. You may not win an Oscar for your role, but I am sure it will still be fun.

JBJ at the Saenger

If Liam and Vince weren’t enough, Mobile also got Jovi-ed, Jon Bon Jovi-ed, that is. It seems New Jersey’s favorite son(prince, if you will) and the “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” singer, was playing a private concert for the JM Family Enterprise’s 50th anniversary party at the Saenger Theatre last weekend.

We hear JBJ and his band later popped into Veet’s. Word on the street is that fans got a little too crazy and Jon had to leave, but his band stayed and played with the house band, The Family Jewels, for a bit. We hear Heroes owner David Rasp may have also met JBJ while taking out the trash. Glamorous!

The Royal Nanny

So according to a British newspaper, Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, have hired Mobile’s own Nanny Connie Simpson to keep their royal bambino that is due this spring.

Nanny Connie has also helped nurture the babies of the Clooneys, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. You can’t blame them — no one raises babies like we do here in the South. Just smother ‘em with love! (And overfeed them.)


One of Mobile’s best food festivals had another great run last week. Greek Fest, held on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Ann Street, serves up the best gyros, calamari, baklava and spanakopita around, along with other tasty traditional Greek fare. You also get a great taste of Greek culture/music and get to see the beautiful church, a gem for our city. I am told the new layout of the festival was a hit and Congressman Bradley Byrne was spotted buying some baked goodies. We are so blessed to have such a great event in our own backyard.

Little Sisters Lawn Party a hit

Mother Nature, Mother Mary or somebody was smiling down on the Little Sisters of the Poor on Sunday, as they got absolutely perfect weather for their annual Lawn Party in Midtown. I am told they had record attendance. The event, which features delicious food (especially the sausage dogs and fried fish plates), games and inflatables for the kids, and bake and rummage sales, is always a great day for the whole family.

And apparently it’s also a great place to politick too. Republican Alabama House candidate for District 97 Steve McNair was there, a team for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Walt Maddox made the rounds and Circuit Court Judge Candidate Brandy Hambright was serving up hot dogs, according to my spies.

It’s wonderful the Sisters raised so much money for their great organization.

And the winner is …

Every year Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast unveils its pick for their annual “Christmas on the Coast” ornaments. They are always a favorite, and the one for 2018 is none other than the Mobile institution, Pollman’s Bake Shop. Pollman’s is celebrating its 100th year in business so what a perfect pick! And what a great Christmas present idea, a chocolate dobash cake or a box of petit fours and a Pollman’s ornament!

Also, for fans of McGuire’s Irish Pub, that is Pensacola’s ornament this year.

To order either of the 2018 ornaments, or ones from previous years, visit  www.gesgc.org.

Well kids, that’s all I got this time. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or some plain ol’ royal baby lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!