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

(6) 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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Elaine Stritch--A Great Life Force Passes On.(But She's Raising The Roof Someplace Else, Right Now!)

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:54 AM

"SHE WAS very much Elaine, right until she died this morning."

This is Elaine Stritch's nephew Chris Bolton calling me from Birmingham, Michigan Thursday, a.m. "She never really got over the operation she had when she moved back here recently."

Elaine will be buried with John Bay, her husband,...

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Melissa McCarthy and Me--Was I Too Mean?!...Womanly Passions--and Betrayals--Dominate Anne Somerset's Bio of a British Queen...Hating Celebrities...Disdaining Beauty. (Oh, Really?)

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:15 AM

"I ONLY read Liz Smith if her column is visible when I change the paper in the birdcage."

"Doesn't that scare the bird?"

So went an online exchange in response to an article in the Huffington Post about how "everybody" got it wrong about Melissa McCarthy's new movie, Tammy. It's...

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Tuesday's Tossed Salad: Anthony Bourdain...Paul Theroux...Cameron Diaz...Madonna

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 4:30 AM

"RICE IS an explanation for everything!"

That's adventurer/chef Anthony Bourdain talking to Smithsonian magazine for July.

Bourdain tells writer Ron Rosenbaum that "Any rice culture is beautiful. It's super-intricate. Just the irrigation systems, the level of cooperation with your neighbors. Rice has something magical about it."

I know....

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The Monday Mix--QE 2's New Portrait....HBO Sweeps the Emmy Nominations...Lindsay Onstage in London?...How Does Justin Bieber Keep on Losing His Clothes?

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 6:12 AM

"IN PHOTOGRAPHY there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality," said Alfred Stieglitz.

• OUR GOOD Scots Presbyterian pal who just happens to be the genius photographer Harry Benson, has had his darling wife, Gigi, send us some photos Harry took recently of Queen...

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Wednesday Wrap-Up: Charlize and Sean -- What's the Attraction?

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 2:28 PM

"PASSIONATE LOVE, I take it, rarely lasts long and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is much more valuable," said Anthony Trollope.

For a man with a name like Trollope, he was certainly a killjoy!

•USUALLY I let my gifted associate Denis Ferrara...

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Recalling the Words and World of John Adams: Everything Old Is New -- and Terrible!

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:41 AM

"SPLENDID MISERY."

That was Thomas Jefferson's description of the job of the presidency.

I would say for some occupants of the White House -- the current inhabitant, for instance -- it might just be "miserable misery."

•I CAME across the above Jefferson quote re-reading parts of David McCullough's masterpiece John...

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The Leftovers -- a Hit or Will It Be Left for the Dogs?

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:52 PM

"BEAUTY IS rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming."

So says one of the characters in Donna Tartt's first bestseller -- The Secret History. I had determined to read Tartt's other works after The Goldfinch. I am down two for three. The Little...

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Who Fixes What in Hollywood?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:52 PM

"HEDDA, I think it's time you just shut the f**k up!"

That was Elizabeth Taylor at the premiere of The Sandpiper, back in 1965. Hedda was sitting a few seats behind Elizabeth and Richard Burton. Hopper, a rabid "red-baiter" and supporter of Sen. Joe McCarthy, was complaining loudly that...

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People Send Me the Most Fascinating Things

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:25 PM

"CONTROL YOUR own destiny, or someone else will," said entrepreneur Jack Welch.

•PEOPLE SEND me the most fascinating things! The other day I received a wonderful photograph of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe embracing. I love it because it is so dramatic, and because it came at a pivotal time...

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Diana Ross -- Still Supreme!...Sean Young -- Still a Bit Bewildering (But Quite Busy!)

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:17 PM

"I NEED love, love to ease my mind/And need to find time, someone to call mine/But Mama said, you can't hurry love, no you just have to wait!"

•DIANA ROSS (and the Supremes) belted that one out about four decades ago. And today, the great star, Miss Ross is still...

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Meryl Streep, Maria Callas, Mike Nichols, Terrence McNally, HBO -- a Masterpiece Is Coming!

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:47 PM

"I'd like to rip her throat out!"

This is what the great Meryl Streep supposedly said -- all in good actorish fun -- when Madonna's tireless campaign to play the lead in the movie Evita came to pass in 1997.

But that might be the...

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Lee Grant's Dazzling, Delicious, Delirious, Daunting Memoir -- I Said Yes To Everything

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 7:08 PM

""LITTLE Lyova Haskell Rosenthal is precocious," commented the New York Times after the young child actress had warned the tenor onstage that an actor was sneaking up on him with a big knife in a scene from L'Oracolo. (Little actress Lyova was confined thereafter to Gladys Swarthout's dressing room to...

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Lost in Space: Andy Weir's Great Novel, 'The Martian'

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:32 AM

"I WONDERED why I wasn't more dead?"

That dry remark comes from Mark Watney, stranded astronaut, within the first few pages of a hugely entertaining novel, The Martian, written by Andy Weir.

•THIS BOOK, a first novel, was originally self-published two years ago. Then Crown publishers bought the...

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Rolling Stone Chooses "I Walk the Line" as the Greatest Country Song, Ever...And Tom Cruise, Bruised By the Internet?

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:15 PM

"I FIND it very, very easy to be true, I find myself alone when each day is through/Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you. Because you're mine, I walk the line."

Lyrics from the great Johnny Cash-composed song, "I Walk The Line."

That song has been...

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