June 25, 2014 |
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. TV AND THE Mideast: It's complicated. Not even Hollywood's most successful writers can solve the problems of a region that dominates international news while supplying show business with a steady stream of fanatical villains with hard-to-remember names and harder-to-explain motives. So points to FX's new "Tyrant" for trying a different tack by putting us on a plane with Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and taking us home to meet his folks. And what folks they are: Barry's dad, Khaled (Nasser Faris)
February 13, 1992 |
Julie Wilson - Queen of Cabaret, epitome of soignee, apex of style. The quintessential "saloon chantoosie. " The one who played all the legendary rooms, interpreting with singular drama and gravelly vocal style the great popular American art songs. Fifty years in show business - 43 of them famous after the night she knocked them dead at the Mocambo club in Hollywood wearing a girlfriend's gown and $27,000 worth of borrowed jewels. The one still after all these years with the chignon, the gardenia ear garnish (in tribute to Billie Holiday)
June 13, 1995 |
Every night, 21-year-old Southampton native Danny Cistone gets to relive a little bit of high school. For some people, this would be their worst nightmare. For Cistone, it's show business - and an opportunity to make up for lost time. For 9 1/2 months and across 30 cities, he's transformed his moussed black hair into a pompadour and donned a black leather jacket as Sonny, the troublemaking greaser in the national tour of the hit musical Grease! The tour has taken him from Boston to San Francisco, and will be heading off to Hawaii.
January 21, 2012 |
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.
June 2, 2012 |
The K-Stew follies are on. On. On! Kristen Stewart is pulling out all the stops on an aggressive publicity blitzkrieg for her Brothers Grimm adaptation, Snow White and the Huntsman, which features America's favorite vampire bride as a sword-wielding Snow White. So derriere-kicking is our Snow, in one scene she broke costar Chris Hemsworth's nose with one punch. That's Thor we're talking about. "I swear I didn't mean to," a penitent K-Stew told Today on Thursday. "He got too close.
May 12, 2012
Howard Stern is in such a good mood, he got all touchy-feely with Today host Matt Lauer Thursday on live TV, jumping into Matt's lap and gifting him with a big wet smooch. Stern, 58, later said he's dead serious about his new job as a judge on America's Got Talent, which returns Monday. Stern, who reportedly pockets $15 mil a year for the gig, joins Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel at the judge's table. "You know I love playing God," Stern told the crowd at a recent New York audition.
October 21, 2012 |
Now, of course, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I was one of those who complained that last season of The Walking Dead , which transpired mostly on bucolic Greene Farm, was too civilized. "Too much walking, not enough dead," I wrote. I imagine I'm going to feel pretty stupid about making that statement - just as soon as I get over the lingering nausea that this week's grotesque gorefest induced. The Season 3 opener was like an X-rated grindhouse film, with a body count higher than the Rose Bowl's.
February 6, 2012
SMASH. 10 tonight, NBC 10. I'VE SPENT months trying to resist NBC's "Smash," I really have. Not only does that title - "Smash"! - lead with its chin, but as a show about show business, it has critically acclaimed heartbreak written all over it. And I know my gushing about it isn't going to help, especially if you're already tired of hearing about it. So I'm not going to gush. Much. Instead, because I've considered all of them, I'm going to offer a few reasons you might not want to bother with "Smash," which premieres tonight after a two-hour episode of "The Voice," the singing competition that's currently the only decent lead-in NBC has to offer: * You're already sick to death of Fox's "Glee," and a show about the making of a Broadway musical sounds an awful lot like "Glee" for grown-ups.
March 11, 1990 |
Lower Makefield resident Henry Ford's decision to become a professional actor two years ago cost him a bundle. It all began in 1983, when Ford took a small part in a play staged at a high school. "When I walked out on stage at age 49, I thought, 'Why didn't I do this before?' " In 1988 he sold his executive job search firm, H.R.F. Associates of Newtown - along with one of his two houses and the silver - to finance his "fascination with the arts. " He said his career change had cost him $250,000 so far in lost income.
March 6, 1988 |
As you may recall from 1978's National Lampoon's Animal House, nudity and sexual humiliation loom large in the sophomoric humor of director John Landis. His taste hasn't changed much in the intervening years, as his 1986 movie Amazon Women on the Moon bears witness. How's this for hilarity? A "Pet-house Plaything" centerfold strolls along the streets of Los Angeles totally nude and no one looks askance; in ditzy voice-over she says it's a city where she "can be herself. " Or this?