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Entries by Liz Smith from 10/2012

Tell-All Books. Must They All -- And What's the Point?

| Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment

I say matters of lust and passion should be forgiven... they aren't national security. But people can either carry on quietly or denigrate themselves. I just wish they wouldn't.

The Rich Get Richer... The Perks of Going to See 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

| Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment

If you survived teenage, then there is more than a little remembrance and looking back at what it was like to be a lonely naive high school freshman. Yet this story is about such a person being befriended by disgruntled seniors who have their own problems.

Taylor Swift: Down-to-Earth, Charm Personified, and a Great Big Star! Tim Gunn's 'Fashion Bible' -- We Must All Pray to Have His Good Taste!

| Posted 10.03.2012 | Entertainment

She is charm personified. Sort of half-innocent, half-smart, philosophically looking at her success and not believing it or being taken in by it. Don't know when I have been so impressed by a personality I don't even know and will probably never meet.

We'll Try to Stay Off Politics -- But for Heaven's Sakes, Give Us a Star or Two We Can Dish About!

| Posted 10.04.2012 | Entertainment

Some people want me to stick to gossip but frankly, I can't. There isn't any gossip right now worth going on about. At least, the political game has been lively and the principle players are all fascinating, even the ones I find kind of weird.

Carly Simon's 'No Secrets' Re-released. But Some Secrets Remain Intact. (Who Was 'So Vain'?)

| Posted 10.05.2012 | Entertainment

Who of a certain age doesn't know those lyrics from Carly Simon's ironic and infamous song -- "You're So Vain"? It was a parlor game for decades trying to figure out to whom Carly was referring.

Lighthouse International Lights Up New York's Most Charitable

| Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment

On Thursday, the Lighthouse International (it specializes in treatment for those losing their sight) was getting "the social" treatment with a famous fundraising lunch in the name of the late great TIME editor Henry Grunwald.

Money Makes the Word Go Around -- Especially in the Jackson Family. And, Farewell to the PR Great, Lois Smith.

| Posted 10.09.2012 | Entertainment

"One out of four Americans can't name Abraham Lincoln's assassin!" writes the 60 Minutes poll in the November issue of Vanity Fair. This really means people aren't paying attention.

Brad Pitt Joins the Fabled Ladies of Chanel No. 5 (In a Very Manly Way, of Course)

| Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment

But times change. I mean, boy, do they change! Chanel No. 5 will now be tempting women to spritz it on their collarbones and cleavage with... Brad Pitt!

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Dazzles -- Oscar Bait for Certain!

| Posted 10.11.2012 | Entertainment

Ben Affleck has made a real "movie-movie" that leaves its audience wrung out, exhilarated and misty-eyed. Bravo. Prepare for the Oscar, kid.

How Do Warren and Annette Keep Love Alive? Cobb Salad and Coconut Chocolate Cake. (Really!)

| Posted 10.12.2012 | Entertainment

Annette Bening. She has her cake and eats it too. And we're sure she allows Warren a piece, if that Cobb salad is too filling.

Welcome Home, Barbra, in Every Way

| Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment

She knows who she is. And finally she understands that we know who she is. And in that understanding her art stands -- burnished. She's been one for the ages since 1964. In 2012, it might finally have sunk in.

The Delicious New Book on Le Cirque: It's Picture Perfect... Joy Behar Is More 'Current' Than Ever...

| Posted 10.16.2012 | Entertainment

I asked my pal Joy Behar how I could find her new show and she told me this: "I've been saying that Current TV is like the G-spot of television. It may be hard to find, but once you find it, there's nothing better."

When She Woke: A Powerful Tale of a Woman's Journey in a Fictional but Frighteningly Plausible Future

| Posted 10.17.2012 | Books

When She Woke is one of the most compelling and important novels I've ever read, and despite its sci-fi trappings, scarily plausible.

Forget Lincoln. How About the Tragic Saga of President James Garfield As a Major Movie? (Scorsese, Spielberg, Harvey: Are You Listening?)

| Posted 10.18.2012 | Entertainment

The story of Garfield, his election against his will, his happy marriage cut short, his suffering unbelievable, his death a tragedy for U.S. history, really would make a great, compelling movie.

Will Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Be Even Meaner Than Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes? Why Not? Girls Just Want to Have Fun

| Posted 10.19.2012 | Entertainment

As delightful and talented as these women are, I wonder if some viewers are going to miss the less-than-delightful (to sensitive types) Ricky Gervais, who terrorized those seated at the GGs for the past couple of years.

Helen Gurley Brown: The Great Cosmo Girl, Editor, Trailblazer and Friend Remembered

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Media

Helen didn't tell women how they had to be. She offered them a choice. With a cherry on top, a push-up bra, an often overlooked pragmatism, and plain good horse sense.

HBO's The Girl: Is It for The Birds or Is It Tippi Hedren's True Vindication?

| Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment

"What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?" sang Dusty Springfield and the Pet Shop Boys. Somewhere, Alfred Hitchcock is probably wondering the same thing, in the wake of The Girl, starring Sienna Miller and Toby Jones.

Audiences Aren't Ready for a 'New' Tyler Perry, Tough, Serious and... Well, Playing a Man

| Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment

Tyler Perry has built a remarkable career and media empire. I think he'll survive one small blip on the radar screen of his success. He has survived a lot worse in his life.

Celebrating New York's Abingdon Theater: 20 Years of Innovative Artistry -- and a Salute to the Legendary Broadway Press Agent, Shirley Herz

| Posted 10.25.2012 | Entertainment

It won't be a surprise when the Abingdon Theater's mission to produce new plays by American playwrights turns 20 years-old right this very year. And, next Monday night, this company, which has produced 77 unique shows, will be awash in stars.

Movie Dish From a True Insider: Tom Mankiewicz

| Posted 10.26.2012 | Books

Tom Mankiewicz died in 2010, but he left a big legacy -- wonderful anecdotes about real stars... how deals are made... how the industry is shaped by relationships... the high living enjoyed by certain producers as well as movies on shoestrings.

Celebrity 2012: Don't Trust Anyone. Gag Your Friends. And for Heaven's Sake, Take Away Everybody's Cell Phone!

| Posted 10.29.2012 | Entertainment

People are trying to make a big thing out of the "gag order" imposed on guests who attended the quiet, low-key wedding of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in Italy. Oh, please, this is a common practice these days. You really can't trust anybody.

Danny Kaye's Centennial Year: The Renaissance of a Renaissance Man

| Posted 10.31.2012 | Entertainment

Danny Kaye was one of those rare performers -- and human beings -- who could literally do everything. He danced, he sang, he played comedy, he played drama. He was the darling of Broadway sophisticates and a box-office bonanza.