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September 25, 2003 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1995 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* 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")
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2009 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 1989 | By Alan Carter, New York Daily News
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.
NEWS
December 7, 2004 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1986 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2012 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
'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)
NEWS
September 26, 1992 | by David Kronke, Los Angeles Daily News
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)
NEWS
March 29, 2000 | by Amy Reiter
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'.
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April 10, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* 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")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
FX has given up Thursday night to two very different giants of comedy. Louis CK returns in his comedy Louie , which CK writes, directs, and edits, for a fifth season. Billy Crystal and Josh Gad (check out those box-office returns on Frozen and Book of Mormon and try to debate Gad's cachet) will begin in their own attempt with The Comedians . Both Louie and The Comedians are really about what happens backstage, after the lights go down and the audience goes home.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | the Inquirer Staff
Mötley Crüe: Bye, bye, bye, bye Gotta say, Mötley Crüe are taking their time calling it quits. Basically, the umlauted metal-bangers are doing a two-year world tour that will end next New Year's Eve. They now have announced they're coming through Pennsy for two stops on the last leg of the final part of the concluding segment of their terminal tour. On Aug. 11, they soil the Giant Center in Hershey, and on Aug. 14, they violate the Wells Fargo Center. Alice Cooper is the supporting act. Presale is at 10 a.m. Thursday, with general sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  B   ILLY CRYSTAL will pay tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams at Monday night's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement yesterday. Mischer said that the memorial segment during the ceremony will include a performance from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles . At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michelle & Zac: Splitsville Um, well, they seemed to be going out . . . maybe it was just a spit-swappin' summer fling. Whatever it was or wasn't, the much-Instagrammed affectionfest between Michelle Rodriguez (of the Fast and Furious flicks) and Zac Efron , of Neighbors and every girl's dreams, this liaison so prominent in the tongue-wagging pages, is over. An Anonymous Insider somewhat acidly tells People that the break was "very mutual. " Michelle had been linked with model Cara Delevingne , and Zac had split atomically up with Vanessa Hudgens in 2010.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
LISA LAMPANELLI is old enough (52, but who's counting?) to remember and respect Philadelphia as a Broadway tryout town. So when the chance came to test the waters here with her New York-bound (she hopes) theatrical production "Skinny Bitch: Not a Stand-Up Comedy Show," in the Kimmel Center's intimate Innovation Studio, she jumped. "It's not about selling a lot of tickets, filling a Radio City Music Hall or Carnegie Hall" - which she's done - "it's about developing the work," Lampanelli reflected, after her opening weekend of SRO shows here.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
ALTHOUGH HE'S done voice-over for animated films like "Monsters Inc. " and "Cars," it's been 10 years since Billy Crystal has appeared as himself in a movie. His "comeback" film is "Parental Guidance," opening Christmas Day, a sentimental comedy about two old-school grandparents (Crystal, Bette Midler) who spend a week parenting their new-school grandchildren. Crystal loved the experience, he said, so we asked why he stayed away so long? His answer: He was busy with his one-man show, "700 Sundays.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2012 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
'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)
NEWS
February 17, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Have any doubts that Bart and Homer Simpson have totally defined the culture? Consider this: Fox's animated social satire (and hilarious 'toon) will air its 500th episode , "At Long Last Leave," on Sunday. Ay caramba! It's a feat. Only two other prime-time scripted series have reached this milestone, Gunsmoke (635) and Lassie (588). "I never imagined this," Matt Groening , the wigged-out genius behind the show, tells USA Today.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
The most thankless task in show business - besides being Chelsea Handler's sidekick - has to be hosting an awards show. You simply cannot win. Ask Ricky Gervais. Last year he was widely reviled for being too mean, too insulting on the Golden Globes. This year he was pilloried for being too bland. How are you supposed to take direction from that? Whatever you're doing, we don't like it. It's like having Goldilocks as a porridge- taster. Good luck getting that temperature just right.
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