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Stories of Joan

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 10:56 AM

"Most of the media industry's problems can be boiled down to simple math -- or is it physics?  Whichever it is, it's not good. 

"On one axis, we can plot the dynamic force of advertising rates, cratering toward ground level. On the other, we see the swelling public demand for...

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"Is That All There Is?"

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:35 PM

"MY LIFE would be much more interesting to audiences than Lena Horne's!"

That's what Peggy Lee said and thought as she prepared to mount the disastrous Broadway musical version of her life, back in 1983. Maybe I once might have thought the two great singers were on par, in...

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Cher -- Unending, Immortal -- She Is Not Stepping Aside

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:53 PM

"I'M SO the phoenix!"

That's what the one and only and eternal Cher tells AARP magazine this month.

The star, who will return to New York with her "Dressed To Kill" concert later this month, tells writer Alanna Nash: "I'm not a confident...

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Miley Cyrus -- Her Good Deed Was Very Much Punished! Casting "Price of Fame"--Charlize Theron as Clare Boothe Luce?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 6:57 PM

"NO GOOD deed goes unpunished," said Clare Booth Luce. Mrs. Luce also said "The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that the pessimist is usually better informed!"

•BOTH OF the above could certainly pertain to the not-entirely-surprising news that the cute "homeless" guy, who Miley Cyrus put front...

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Katie Holmes Has Her Ups and Downs -- But Don't Blame Tom Cruise

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 6:20 PM

"NOBODY GETS justice. People only get good luck or bad luck," said Orson Welles.

•Katie Holmes is an excellent actress and a mighty attractive woman. However, since her divorce from Tom Cruise, her career, unlike that of her predecessor, Nicole Kidman, hasn't exactly hit the heights. (Kidman seemed on a...

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Emmy Night Considered -- Sofia Vergara GOT the Joke!

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:40 AM

"F**K 'EM if they can't take a joke!"

I often fall back on this classic Bette Midler retort, when faced with something totally ludicrous.

•FOR EXAMPLE, the cries of "inappropriate" and "objectifying" and "insulting" as to Modern Family's sex-bomb Sofia Vergara's turn (literally) on a moving platform while an...

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The Endlessly Discovered "Archeology" of Sally Kirkland

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:36 PM

"MY ATTITUDE is always one of sensuality and, aggressive enthusiasm and a kind of outrageousness of expression. I suppose if I'd wanted to be the girl next door, I could have been. I think America is confused by someone who appears sensual and spiritual at the same time."

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Good Advice, Pointed Opinions and a Little Correcting From My Readers

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 6:12 PM

"Liz, you do your column with minor mistakes, so your readers will respond!" said my friend, the late Nora Ephron.

She liked to josh with me about making corrections, saying, "You're the only one who does this!"

So we were ahead of "social media" all along and...

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Ron Galella's "New York" -- Reliving the Good Old Days of the First and Greatest Paparazzo

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:33 PM

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity," wrote Dorothy Parker.

•I have written over and over and even did a documentary extolling the talents of the greatest paparazzo of them all, my longtime friend Ron Galella. Ron was chief of all he flicked at back...

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Hotel on Place Vendome Is Full of Gossip, Dread, Joy and Horror

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 6:52 PM

"WHEN I dream of an afterlife...the action always takes place at the Ritz Paris," said Ernest Hemingway in 1944, as World War II was hurtling toward an end.

I have two good friends, Peter Rogers in New Orleans and Jim Mitchell of NYC. Both wrote me on the same...

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Beyonce and Jay Z: the Real Turtle Soup or the Mock? (I Do Mean the Tales of Their "Split.")

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:42 AM

"ADULTERY IS the application of democracy to love," said H.L. Mencken.

•SPEAKING OF Beyonce and Jay Z...no, no -- just kidding!

But the fact is, the question of whether or not this powerhouse couple is on the verge of breaking up -- at least according to...

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I Love Hercules and Dwayne Johnson and I Don't Care Who Knows It!

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 6:36 PM

"A TRUE hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart," said Zeus.

• I HAVE A LOT of friends who are scandalized that I wrote here about how much I loved the new I-MAX film Hercules. Well, I decided to go see...

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Joe and Marilyn -- Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:14 PM

"YOU ARE an evil bastard! I should have stayed with Joe!"

One of the more colorful quotes that erupted from Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits, as her marriage to Arthur Miller turned to dry dust on the Nevada desert.

This...

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"IF It Can't Be Good, I'm Not Going to Make It!"

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:51 AM

"IF it can't be good, I'm not going to make it!" said Oscar-winning producer Wendy Finerman to me last week, while we were doing a lunch catch-up.

We were running down Oscar lane because Wendy's Forrest Gump, 20 years ago, caused the young producer's film to take home six...

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Remembering Jackie Kennedy and Jackie O, on Her 85th Birthday

(14) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:44 PM

"Some may believe that there is such a thing as 'The Kennedy Curse'....There is no doubt, however, that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could rightfully be called "the Kennedy Blessing," states author Tina Flaherty in her recent book, What Jackie Taught Us.

If she had lived, Jackie would be 85 years...

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A "Timely" Lunch...Chris Meigher's New Venture...Charles Busch, Vaudeville Veteran...Bill O'Reilly's Latest.

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:47 AM

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer, Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby.

• I had lunch this week at the one...

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Mick Jagger Energizes "A Most Wanted Man" Premiere...Hot Stuff Coming to Broadway: "It's Only a Play" and "A Delicate Balance"--Plan in Advance!

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 10:58 AM

"OH. MY. GOD. It's Mick Jagger!!"

Real stars generate jaw-dropping awe. Sure, there can be frenzied paparazzi scenes, but the mark of a genuine legend is the great hush that falls and a literal parting of the waters (or the people.)

That happened the other night at the after-party...

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Jo Nesbo's latest page-turner, "The Son"...Elaine Stritch---The Great Fantasy Dinner Guest!

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:59 PM

"SUSHI had become the pizza of the upper­middle class, the policeman Simon Kefas as he attempts to eat a tiny jellyfish in Norway's best­selling latest thriller titled The Son. The ads say that author Jo Nesbo is "the reigning king of Scandinavian crime fiction." And the Times pronounced him "the...

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Marlo Triumphs.. "Sex Tape" Flaccid...Ann-Margret Still Sizzles...Patti LuPone Signs On...Art Garfunkel Returns Home..."True Blood" Gets a Healthy Last-Season Transfusion.

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:06 AM

"SEX IS emotion in motion," said Mae West.

• SPEAKING OF sex, movies centering on that theme can be fun or frolicsome or tiresome or unpalatable. But like vampires, super-intelligent apes or (more recently) zombies, the sex-comedy genre never grows old. Although now they are often referred to as...

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Remakes, Re-Boots, A Lack of Imagination--But The Money Keeps Rolling In!...Mother/Daughter Memoirs...The Last Words of Elaine Stritch---Exactly What You'd Expect!

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:45 AM

"HAS there ever been a summer of 23 sequels before?" asks The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy. (We here, writing for the older masses, are ever grateful to the lush-
looking Reporter for keeping us so ably up to date.)

Reporter McCarthy goes on: "The praised Dawn of the...

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