Names in the news, April 26, 2011

Posted April 25, 2011, at 5:19 p.m.

At the Tribeca Festival in New York, Brian Williams attempted a challenge: interviewing Robert De Niro. Williams sat down with the actor Saturday as part of Tribeca’s “Directors Series” talks. De Niro is a famously difficult interview, but Williams was eager for a chance to face off with a personal idol. The NBC News anchorman said he wanted to interview De Niro “as a fan.” While De Niro often answered Williams’ questions with typical recalcitrance, the two managed a good conversation with only an occasional sigh from Williams. But the two still had common ground. Asked if he watches his old movies when they air on TV, De Niro said he doesn’t. “I don’t do that, Brian. I watch the news and I watch the ‘Today’ show,” said De Niro, drawing a laugh from the crowd. “I’m very set in my ways.” De Niro said it was actually TV that helped inspire him to be an actor. “I used to look at television and say, ‘Well, if that person can do it, then I can certainly do it,’” recalled the 67-year-old actor. The Tribeca Film Festival, which is celebrating its 10th incarnation, runs through May 1.

A slew of reality shows, product endorsements and a dizzying range of retail items have made the Kardashians, a Calabasas, Calif., family with a knack for making cash, hard to keep up with.

The family’s retail assault of everything from self-tanners to candles to clothes, perfume and even bottled water has helped Kardashian Inc. rake in an estimated $65 million last year, The Los Angeles Times reports. Sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe also have self-promoted and endorsed a broad variety of products, cashing in on the fame of their reality shows on the E! cable television network.

 

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