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The Good, the Bad, the Golden Globe Nominations

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:05 PM

"TO SUCCEED in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence." Mark Twain.

•WELL, the Golden Globe nominations are out, and as usual, some things don't make sense. But I suppose that's the fun of it, yes?

Birdman is nominated in the "comedy" category. Perhaps it was intended...

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The Dance Magazine Awards

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 2:20 AM

"IS IT because the dance is silent that dancers talk so much?!"

That's what a pal of mine muttered after the conclusion of the Dance Magazine Awards the other night at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan.

•OKAY -- don't ask me how I was roped...

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Flesh and Blood Thrills and Disturbs... Nina Simone Documented... More Barbra and Angie!

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 8:06 PM

"THERE are two kinds of people who sit around all day thinking about killing people...mystery writers and serial killers," said Richard Castle. 

•WHAT successful author Patricia Cornwell has shown us in her many terrific novels about forensic crime detection merely precedes the immediate future of solving mysteries in the lab.

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The Lovely Angie Dickinson

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 6:32 PM

"IN AMERICA, sex is an obsession; in other parts of the world it's a fact," said the obsessively factual Marlene Dietrich.

•SO, what with the chilly month of December here, I thought we'd think upon the lovely Angie Dickinson. I was reminded of the leggy star when The Hollywood Reporter...

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Hollywood Film Awards Falls Flat

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 6:26 PM

"NEVER TOUCH your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers!" Gustave Flaubert.

•LAST FRIDAY night! I had the incredible experience of watching the first televised Hollywood Film Awards. Okay, there's "tacky" and then there is "hopeless." The HFA was on the latter side.

Miserably photographed, awkwardly...

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Broadway Remembers and Honors the Amazing Elaine Stritch

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:36 PM

" Elaine Stritch gave me a wonderful birthday present; a beautiful photograph of a baby girl -- herself!" joked the great actor Nathan Lane at the memorial to his fellow actor in New York. He noted that she was "a force of nature."

Nathan and producer Harold Prince opened...

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Tinseltown the Series... Running With Britney's New Beau... Jim Carrey -- Back in Box-Office Business

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 3:46 PM

"I won't say we should misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could," said Orson Welles.

•A while back I wrote about William J. Mann's excellent and illuminating book, Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.

This was the story of...

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Martin Short Returns to Broadway in January

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:36 PM

"I CAN'T believe Mother did this eight times!"

So said Cheryl Crane, daughter of the late movie queen Lana Turner, on the day of Cheryl's own (first) wedding.

After forty years together, Cheryl and her partner "Josh" LeRoy tied the knot last week.

Cheryl --...

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Happy 25th Birthday to Michael's Restaurant

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 7:02 PM

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Michael's restaurant in New York on West 55th Street. This place continues to make people feel good over where they get to sit," say I. 

          You can't hear yourself think most lunch days at this popular outpost in the East and you might...

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Tippi Hedren Leaves Her Stamp on Movie History -- and Envelopes!

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 4:15 PM

"BLONDES make the best victims. They are like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints," opined Alfred Hitchcock.

•TIPPI HEDREN, the blonde star of two of Alfred Hitchcock's most fascinating films -- The Birds and Marnie -- will receive a Commemorative Envelope and Stamp, designed in her honor....

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Tana French -- Queen of the Irish Murder Mysteries!...Who Will Bill O'Reilly "Kill" Next?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 6:30 PM

"WHAT I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this -- two things: I crave truth. And I lie"...

"Women prefer to hate each other at close range, where you get more bang for your buck"...

"Any man who claims he's not...

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Bette Midler's "Hulaween" Is Ready to Dazzle Manhattan

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:46 PM

"I HAVE behind me not only the splendid traditions and annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and Majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins, but all, by God's will, united in spirit...

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Wednesday's Rap: What's in and Out in Bazaar

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:25 PM

"MICRO Spikes...Layered necklaces...Neon clutches...Pointy pumps...Thumb rings...Beaded chains...Diamante flats...Clear Totes."

These are items that Harper's Bazaar magazine says are most definitely O.U.T. So, don't be caught dead with a layered necklace ladies (and some gents.)

I love lists like this. In a season or two, everything will...

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Famous Show Biz Addicts -- Oh, Don't Feel So Superior!

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:03 PM

In the end...the awful truth is that Hollywood is us, which means that though its addictions may be another form of entertainment for jaded Americans, they are really no different from our own. Take away Lindsay Lohan's beauty and notoriety, and she's just another pretty young girl trying to find...
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You'll Never Forget Being "Disgraced" on Broadway

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 7:28 PM

"ALL THE WORLD'S a stage, but in New York, most people are in a David Mamet play, not a Noel Coward comedy!"

So writes Joan Juliet Buck for the Bergdorf-Goodman Mega-Fall catalogue.

     Because my friend Ms. Buck used to be the editor of French Vogue, I...

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Studio 54 -- the Era, the Madness, the Decadence

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 8:53 PM

"EVEN IF WE win, we lose," wrote Andrew Bacevich in The Washington Post.

     This quote caused a stir in D.C.if nowhere else. It was reprinted in The Week along with the following:

  "Since 1980, American troops have invaded, occupied, or bombed 14 Muslim countries -- and almost...

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Speaking of decadence

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 8:22 PM

"AMERICA IS the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between," said Oscar Wilde.

•SPEAKING OF decadence, that word has been used and over-used, but perhaps not without cause in the fabulous 1970s.

From 1973 to 1983, the economy was tanking, big cities were going...

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The Sublime Weirdness of Nicolas Cage

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 12:21 PM

"WE MAY not know why we need Nicholas Cage, but plainly we do. The hyperactive one-man train wreck is the dude we all want to spend our last 24-hours with before a nuclear war. Because retaining dignity sure won't be much of an issue then."

That's GQ magazine's Tom...

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Remembering the Great Marian Seldes!

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:57 PM

"IT HAS been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of mankind," said the first Queen Elizabeth of England.

•TWO well-known amazing females died this week. One of them I knew very well.  The other I never met but I loved and admired her from afar.
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Great Surprises

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 4:52 PM

"ONE OF the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he could do what he was afraid to do," said Henry Ford.

•A LOT of money changed hands this weekend. Many people had to fork over cash, buy dinners, roll their eyes and say,...

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