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Entries by Liz Smith from 09/2012

Clint Eastwood: Make Movies, Not Speeches, Please!

| Posted 09.04.2012 | Celebrity

Clint Eastwood may be a great movie star and filmmaker, but he is no angel -- no public speaker either. He's a shaky 82-year-old man who derailed the dignity of what had been a fairly positive outing for Republicans.

Ryan Lochte: Swimmer, Sex-Symbol, 'Aquaman?'

| Posted 09.04.2012 | Celebrity

Lochte loves action movies (his favorite film-watching companion is his dog) and he wouldn't be averse to starring in an action flick.

The Revolutionary Memoirs of The Comtesse de Boigne.. My Labor Day Struggles With Republican Friends

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Celebrity

As the Comtesse writes: "Natural good feelings can be destroyed by partisan passions."

Bradley Cooper Stars In 3 New Films, Moves Into Clooney And Gosling Territory

| Posted 09.06.2012 | Celebrity

Even though he looks like one, everybody says Bradley is "not your typical movie star."

Madonna The Patriot.. Will Clint Eastwood's Chair Act Affect His New Film?

| Posted 09.10.2012 | Celebrity

At last Thursday night's show in Yankee Stadium, she spoke up rousingly (again) for the freedom of speech and expression in the U.S.A.

Tom Cruise Will Be Great As 'Jack Reacher' (And I Don't Care About His Brides And How They're Got)

| Posted 09.10.2012 | Celebrity

I can't wait to see Tom Cruise at Christmas playing my hero, Lee Child's vigilante "Jack Reacher." Mr. Child's books have a champion he dreamed up in readable novel after novel.

Madonna Takes Her Fans On A 'Holiday'.. Gwen Stefani -- She's Not 'That' Kind Of Girl

| Posted 09.11.2012 | Celebrity

Madonna's not going to change her I'm-not-looking-back ways, but it is said that even she was surprised at the crowd reaction. So maybe she'll sneak in a couple more of the classics as her "MDNA" tour proceeds across the country.

The Legacy Of Ben Bradlee.. The Irritation Of Bob Woodward.. The Fabulousness Of Barbara Carroll

| Posted 09.13.2012 | Celebrity

In "Yours in Truth," we get Ben Bradlee in all his charismatic in-charge sex appeal and dynamism, we get Katherine Graham and she gives total good value as an amateur who rose to the occasion, we get Carl Bernstein who could write and report in a manner his partner Bob Woodward couldn't.

Will 'The Master' Command an Oscar At Last For Joaquin Phoenix?

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Celebrity

In Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "The Master" (his sixth), not only does he go out on a limb, but he allows two of our finest actors--Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman--to hang precariously from that limb with him.

Fashion, Art And Gloria Vanderbilt

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Celebrity

Fashion was happening last week at the New York Design Center where everybody went to see Gloria Vanderbilt's beautiful art works.

Bob Dylan on Voting, Touring, Obama and Being 'Misunderstood'

| Posted 09.18.2012 | Entertainment

The man is still a fascinating, confounding read. Although it is likely I'll probably never listen to an entire Dylan album.

The Last of Mrs. Astor -- Her Belongings Are Up for Auction, but I Still Have a Few More Tales to Tell About This Dazzling Philanthropist

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment

"When I was 40, I used to wonder what people thought of me. Now I wonder what I think of them," said the saucy philanthropist Brooke Astor when she was only 92 years-old.

Liza, Aretha, Barbra! Three Icons -- at Their Very Best -- Headline a Splendid Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

| Posted 09.20.2012 | Entertainment

"OH, the stories, I have. But... they'll have to wait. They make me too sad. Maybe later, when it doesn't hurt too much." That was Liza Minnelli onstage at the Manhattan memorial for the late and very much lamented Marvin Hamlisch.

New York Turns Out for Penny Marshall's 'My Mother Was Nuts' (And New York Is Nuts for Penny)

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Entertainment

The chief thing Miss Parker complained about was the plethora of books she was sent by publishers who were trying, or hoping, to maybe get a quote out of her. She was always shoving them at visitors by the armload.

Are Movies Better Than Ever? Actually, Yes -- Some of Them Are!

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Entertainment

I have seen three movies I actually liked in this era of diminished movie-going. And when I went to actual movie houses last week -- well, I have to admit it cost a lot for tickets and there was almost no audience at the times attended.

'Hello, Gorgeous' Reveals the Ambitious, Relentless, Insecure Girl Behind the Incomparable Star

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Books

Barbra will hate this book. She hates most everything written about her. But it is not a hatchet job, in my opinion.

Shopping (Sort of!) at the Brooke Astor Auction

| Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment

How does one select or run across this Norman novel out of the plethora of Brooke Astor's collection? How would they find it for you to buy it specifically? The coincidence and synchronicity raised the hair on the back of my neck.

Borrowed Jewels? Not for Real Stars!

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Entertainment

But just before she left the press room, she turned and touched the massive Van Cleef & Arpels necklace blazing around her neck. "Oh, and in case you're wondering, this is mine." And that, baby, was a star.

'Arrested Development' Returns. Liza Minnelli, Tommy Tune and a 'Landmark' Night for Miss Minnelli... Prepare for the 'Casita Maria Fiesta'

| Posted 09.28.2012 | Entertainment

Critics loved Arrested Development and ordinary people too. This reminds me of something that is also happening in New York. That's when the New York Landmarks Conservancy will turn famous New Yorkers into "Living Landmarks."