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Entries by Liz Smith from 07/2012

More On The Divine Nora Ephron: How Manhattan's Harpies Came To Be

| Posted 07.02.2012 | Celebrity

There has been a lot printed about Nora belonging to the Harpies lunch group, but this nonsensical little gathering of women,who like to gossip at will and not see it in print, was the least thing in Nora's busy life.

Matthew McConaughey: The Hot, Re-Invented Dazzler Of 'Magic Mike'

| Posted 07.03.2012 | Celebrity

Matthew, as the owner of the strip club, who still keeps a six-pack on hand just to show the youngsters how it's done, is the real winner of Magic Mike. He's a great big smirking, self-aware, funny, version of the glossy magazine creature he has become.

Tom Cruise: Still Bankable, But--Let Suri Go!

| Posted 07.05.2012 | Celebrity

If I were Tom's adviser, I'd advise this time -- instead of either shutting up the disgruntled wife or turning her kids into Scientologists -- I think I wouldn't fight Katie Holmes over Suri.

Charlie Sheen: No Cocaine, Just A Laugh-Induced Hernia

| Posted 07.05.2012 | Celebrity

Charlie is Charlie. Don't try to make sense of anything he says, because mostly it doesn't. And he knows it. Is it BS or the real deal or some wild combination of the two, which seems to be working for him.

Tom Cruise As 'Jack Reacher': He's No Hero

| Posted 07.09.2012 | Celebrity

The movie, based on the character created by author Lee Child, had its share of controversy when Cruise was cast. (Mostly that he wasn't tall enough, didn't have the right build or the required alone-on-the-road toughness.)

Rest In Peace? Not For Natalie, Diana Or Marilyn. Conspiracy Theories Plague Three Beauties

| Posted 07.10.2012 | Celebrity

The deaths of Natalie Wood, Princess Diana and--but of course!--Marilyn Monroe--are once again the topic of gossip, rumor and perhaps even some poetry.

Nora Ephron Celebrated -- With Love, Tenderness, And (Of Course!) Humor

| Posted 07.11.2012 | Celebrity

The memorial to Nora for 800 of the ticketed chosen in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center was brilliantly produced, like a great Broadway opening happening at 11:30 in the morning, last Monday. Nora had established what and who she wanted and she got it all.

Peter O' Toole Retires. We'll See About That. But, Ah Yes, I Remember Him Well

| Posted 07.13.2012 | Celebrity

Mr. O'Toole is only 79, still frisky as far as I am concerned, but he insists "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge...the heart has gone out of it for me."

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? Well, She's Coming Back To The Big Screen

| Posted 07.16.2012 | Celebrity

One suspects the story will be slightly updated. Maybe the two twisted sisters will be stars of 1960s/'70s rather than the 1930s as Joan and Bette played them. Or even of the 1980s.

Andrew Garfield, The Best Spider-Man Ever.. Madonna Turns Up The Radio And Turns Off The French Far-Right

| Posted 07.17.2012 | Celebrity

"THE AMAZING Spider-Man." It is amazing, with a brand new hero, Andrew Garfield, who can really act. This time out a comic book Marvel Man has a storyline worthy of the myth.

'Nannies' In Beverly Hills.. Beverly Michaels In B-move classics.. Liz Smith's Biscuits

| Posted 07.17.2012 | Celebrity

Another reality show has hit the airwaves, "Beverly Hills Nannies." This one takes "real" nannies (is anybody really real on a reality show?) and places them in various situations with various well-to-do BH families.

Madonna.. Mark Twain.. J.D. Salinger.. Rasputin.. Oscar Wilde.. Hemingway.. Peggy Lee.. Richard Nixon: How They Met, How They Parted, How They Bitched

| Posted 07.19.2012 | Celebrity

I am going to tell you about a book coming in August from Simon & Schuster and compiled by Craig Brown. He is the "Private Eye" columnist for the Daily Mail and has been called "the wittiest writer in Britain today." The work is titled "Hello, Goodbye, Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings."

Justin Bieber's Endless Growing Up.. Steven Tyler Spouts Off.. Hollywood Doesn't Like Chloe Sevigny (That's OK--We Do!)

| Posted 07.20.2012 | Celebrity

Okay, so there's Justin Bieber on the cover of Rolling Stone in a white tank top. "Hot, Ready, Legal" the cover insists. He looks like terrified jail-bait to me, ready to be put to bed with his favorite fuzzy toy.

Tippi Hedren Braves Death Threats To Protect Her Beloved Big Cats.. Ryan Reynolds Is Hot--But He Doesn't Want To Be Flammable!

| Posted 07.23.2012 | Celebrity

When told that "Mad Men" star John Hamm resisted compliments about his own good looks, saying "That's reserved for Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds," Ryan says, "I think all of Jon Hamm's mirrors are broken."

Kirk Douglas' Juicy And Informative New Memoir On How An Epic--And An End To Blacklisting--Came To Be

| Posted 07.24.2012 | Celebrity

What juicy fun is found in Kirk's memories of trying to pin down his cast, the various adventures and trials each put him through.

Mila Kunis: She Loves Mashed Potatoes And Funny Guys. She Hates Media Bullies. She Is Ashton Kutcher's 'Good Friend.' Got It?

| Posted 07.25.2012 | Celebrity

Mila is a hot number. She's on the cover of Glamour magazine. And she has so much to say.

Tom And Katie--The New York Magazine Take. Fascinating Reading!

| Posted 07.26.2012 | Celebrity

If you've been following this show biz event in the tabloids, get thee to a newsstand, pay your money and read instead a more "intellectual" turn-out of this rather mysterious, except inevitable, happening, titled "Katie Holmes Cruise Has Left The Building."

Matthew McConaughey's Lethally Brilliant Performance In 'Killer Joe'

| Posted 07.26.2012 | Celebrity

Recently, I told you how Matthew McConaughey neatly stole "Magic Mike" away from Channing Tatum. Well, he doesn't steal anything here. "Killer Joe" belongs to him.

Kristen And Robert: A Hot Tale Of Betrayal Or The Inevitable End Of Chilly Vampire Love?

| Posted 07.30.2012 | Celebrity

I suppose it is an indication of how pallid are the personalities of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, that the current "scandal," involving Miss Stewart engaging in a little make-out session with her married "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, has left me as cold as the undead.

Elizabeth Taylor And Richard Burton's Strange, Fabulous Relationship .. How Janet Became Embroiled In The Jackson Family Drama

| Posted 07.31.2012 | Celebrity

Very interesting piece in a New York tabloid the other day, attempting to explain why Janet Jackson, who always tried to keep herself above and away from her wildly dysfunctional family, became embroiled in the matter of overturning Michael's will.

Princess Diana's Legacy Lives On, Nearly 15 Years After Her Death

| Posted 07.31.2012 | Celebrity

It seems like only yesterday we were stunned, sitting mouths agape as news of Diana's death dominated every hour, every second of the news. Cable outlets were still fairly new, and it was wall-to-wall. But even the three primetime networks abandoned all programming.