September 25, 2003 |
A once-wobbly planet has been set aright, a tense nation has been calmed: Mighty Billy will host the Oscars. Oh, the joy of it. Billy Crystal has agreed to emcee the 76th Annual Academy Awards in February, after a three-year hiatus. Others tried to fill Crystal's shiny loafers - Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin - but they may have contributed to the telecast's slipping ratings. Joe Roth, producer of this year's show, called Crystal "my first and only choice," according to E! Online.
November 30, 1995 |
A romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal and Debra Winger tops this week's list of new movies on video. FORGET PARIS 1/2 (1995) (Columbia TriStar) 101 minutes. Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantegna, Julie Kavner. Can a pro basketball referee and a woman on the rebound find happiness? Crystal contributes the comedy and Winger the romance, but the two elements are often clumsily balanced in a mostly amusing effort. PG-13 (language). Available on videodisc. (CC) This video supplier does not set suggested retail prices on titles it deems primarily for rental.
April 10, 2015 |
* THE COMEDIANS. 10 tonight, FX. * LOUIE. 10:30 tonight, FX. I HOPE Tom Hanks never decides to play himself on TV. Maybe he secretly kicks puppies, or undertips, or, like many people, actors or otherwise, is simply a little insecure. I don't want to know about it. I feel the same way about Billy Crystal, who returns to TV tonight in FX's "The Comedians," in which he plays a version of himself who's coerced into partnering with actor Josh Gad ("Frozen," "1600 Penn")
October 3, 2009 |
Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays has a lot in common with the other shows in its solo autobiographical genre. Along with its spiritual cousins - Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale; Jake Ehrenreich's A Jew Grows in Brooklyn; and Joan Rivers' A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress, among others - it takes New York natives waxing nostalgic about their insular neighborhoods of the 1950s and '60s, their ethnic relatives, and the music of the day, and shows how...
July 25, 1989 |
Billy Crystal has always been a dreamer. From the time he was knee high, he dreamed of being a performer. Crystal says, laughing, "I used to accept the Oscar, looking into my bathroom mirror, while I was holding my toothbrush. " Recently, with the opening of "When Harry Met Sally . . .," his dreams have moved somewhat closer to reality. Both he and the movie have been favorably received, and Crystal, who is his own toughest critic, says it's his best film work to date. "It's the first time I got to be a full-range guy, funny and a jerk and interesting.
February 28, 2012 |
'So tonight, enjoy yourselves," Billy Crystal greeted the audience at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night, "because nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues. " Deft. Very deft. With about 37 percent of U.S. households tuned in, there was a 4 percent uptick in viewership of the Academy Awards compared to last year. But this year also marked the first time that more Americans watched the Grammys (almost 40 percent)
December 7, 2004 |
I wish I could tell you only about the first act of Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, his Broadway debut as a playwright and performer, which opened Sunday. It's the story of life with his dad, who died when Billy was 15, and the 700 Sundays they had together. The first act is smart and hilarious and poignant and very American - just what we need after such a divisive political year. Crystal performs solo, in front of the facade of a suburban house whose three large windows are also screens for photos and great home-movie snips from his youth.
June 29, 1986 |
In the boardroom of the Sands Hotel, a new chairman: Billy Crystal. The man of a million faces talks about his shtick-shift in Running Scared, where he takes on a new role . . . Billy Crystal. "It feels good to be playing myself in something," admits the comedian, whose alter ego, Fernando, made "You look mah-velous" the hipster hello. Enjoying a breather between his Memorial Day weekend gigs at the Sands' Copa Room, the flinty Crystal is walking confident. Though he wishes it were, Running Scared, which opened nationwide on Friday, is not Crystal's movie debut.
September 26, 1992 |
For most of us, the Catskills comedian has gone the way of vaudeville, silent movies and eight-track tapes. But that irascible entertainer of old, chomping on his cigar and dispensing his quick, abrasive quips, maintains a fond place in Billy Crystal's heart. "These are the guys I grew up watching on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' growing up in Long Island," Crystal said. "There was only one show where there were stand-ups, basically, and that was 'The Ed Sullivan Show'. . . "These were the guys, Alan (King)
March 29, 2000 |
If you like your Oscars well done, hold the cheese - Sunday night was for you. Nevertheless, a few choice quotes managed to add a hint of texture to an otherwise super-slick affair. So here, without further ado, are the best on-air celebrity quotes of Oscar night 2000: "Despite what the Wall Street Journal says, our awards are the best-kept secret in America, with the possible exception of what George W. Bush did in the '70s. " - Billy Crystal " 'The Straight Story'.