The Ken Russell-directed Crimes of Passion is a heady, hilarious, raunchy, maddening romp about an unhappily married magician, a psychotic reverend, and a female fashion designer who whores at night as the multi-personality-laden China Blue. That the latter two characters were played by Anthony Per ... More >>
Shouldn't the making of Psycho be more interesting?
Good evening. There's a biopic being done about the portly, macabre genius who directed one-word classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rebecca, Suspicion, Rope, and Spellbound, among other films. So which stars are dropping by for a paycheck? Here's the answer to the mystery:
Tracy Chambers was Diana Ross's name in Mahogany, the 1975 anti-feminist camp classic about a lady designer who throws away the knitting needle to stand in the shadow of her man. The film is notable for the great theme song, the incredible outfits, and Diana's bulging eyes when photographer Anthony ... More >>
I've praised Frank Langella's memoir, Dropped Names, several times, admiring its candor and insight--though I did note the weirdness of him writing about Anthony Perkins coming on to him without ever revealing whether the author bit the bait. Langella's book serves up steaming truckloads of dish ab ... More >>
Frank Langella's insightful new book, Dropped Names, does just that, devoting a short chapter to each of the famous people he's encountered in his career. I was most fascinated by the one on Tony Perkins, who visited Langella backstage after a 1960s play. The Psycho star said people keep telling h ... More >>
In 1968, a year after Bonnie and Clyde caused a sensation, the way more obscure Pretty Poison trotted out just as bizarre a criminal couple consisting of a weird guy with a sick imagination and a stunning blonde who eagerly bites his bait. But this time, the Bonnie isn't necessarily working in tand ... More >>
Come on, it won't kill you! Sirius/XM OutQ host Frank DeCaro has laid them all out for you in his brand-new Dead Celebrity Cookbook, which is filled with all sorts of famous fricassees and stellar ceviches. At DeCaro's book party at P.J. Clarke's last night, thrown by CBS Watch! magazine, I asked ... More >>
James TobackAt last night's screening of the Time/HBO documentary Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, I chatted with James Toback, who wrote Bugsy and the upcoming Gotti flick and wrote/directed works like Black and White and Harvard Man. So where was he on 9-11? "I was watching it on te ... More >>
Whether they were playing drag queens or women, a lot of name actors have been willing to step into the heels and do it up. Who's your favorite? Liev Schreiber in 'Taking Woodstock'
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 21, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 25 Hype! Hype! Hooray! by Arthur Bell A heat wave blew into town last week. So did Merle Oberon, Malcolm McDowell, the Burtons, Ron O'Neal, Alice Cooper, Marlon Brando, withered endives, chopped liver fro ... More >>
I'll start: The moment in When a Stranger Calls when Carol Kane is told by the police, "The call is coming from inside your house!" Runner-up: In Psycho, when Anthony Perkins's mother is spun around in her chair and turns out to be a worm-eaten skeleton. Any others?
For a day anyway. The genial director known for films like St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, did it with publicist/performer Cherry Vanilla back in the seventies, according to the latter's spicy new memoir, Lick Me.
It was 50 years ago this week, Alfred Hitchcock taught the world to shriek. Sunday morning June 16, 1960, Psycho opened at two midtown Manhattan theaters, with crowds already lined up on Broadway. Was it the insolently blunt title? Hitchcock's hilarious first-person trailer ("and here we ha ... More >>
There are hundreds of great performances through the years that the Academy Awards have strangely neglected, but I like them, I really, really like them! They simply got shafted because they were in the wrong category, they didn't get the right buzz, they didn't ham it up enough, or they didn't give ... More >>
DISCUSSED: Elvis Perkins in Dearland, prepositions, festivals, Nick's House, homelessness, and Elvis Perkins's last show for 10 years. Seems like you can't mention Elvis Perkins without noting his father was Anthony Perkins, the star of Psycho and his mother, photographer Berry Berenson, died abo ... More >>
Teenage girl prepares to blow up Times Square, and herself, in the harrowing Day Night
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