This Sunday is the 30th MTV Video Music Awards. The show's come a long way from the days of Bette Midler and basic-cable bedlam--it's one of the most influential award shows on television. Youth driven channel that it is, MTV itself seldom looks back at yesterday in favor of focusing on the future, ... More >>
This Friday night on Thirteen, Joan Rivers goes from Fashion Police to theater critic, sharing the Theater Talk panel with esteemed arbiters Ben Brantley and Peter Marks. And cohost Susan Haskins tells me Joan has quite a bit to say about I'll Eat You Last, the one-person show with Bette Midler as ... More >>
I was uptown last night when Barbra Streisand arrived to be honored with her Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Chaplin" award, and she and hubby Brolin looked like buttah. Also lovely was this New York Times piece yesterday, in which the greatest star answered readers' questions with her usual plu ... More >>
The chance to see Bette Midler in a legit play has excited me. Any legit play. Yes, I'd see her in anything--except maybe Scenes From a Mall (though wait a minute, I did see that, so never mind, I even saw Parental Guidance, above!). She's one of those commanding, radioactive performers whose pers ... More >>
Not to take anything away from the fine nominees for this year's Oscar's acting categories, but there were five people--all men, it seems--who I feel were robbed of a nod, and I'm here to graciously present them with La Daily Musto nominations to make up for that. You're welcome, guys. They are:
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The Continental Baths was the legendary home of toweled men, anonymous sex, and rising entertainers, starting in 1968, when being gay held more oppressions than today but also, strangely, more sexual outlets. And it deserves a movie for its landmark status as a place where gays could come out, get ... More >>
After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>
Last night, I saw Chimichangas and Zoloft, a play by Fernanda Coppel about two Mexican-American families with some secrets, sexual awakenings, laughs, trickery, and deep depressions. Gayness or bisexuality pops up in three of the five characters, which is not as rampant as I'd like, but it's a pret ... More >>
Kool Herc's Birthday/Sutra; Normalized Dance Night/Niagara Bar Thursday, April 26 Better than: Reading about how NYC's nightlife is dead. Last month, in the spirit of March Madness, SOTC created a tournament with the aim of crowning the quintessential New York musician. Popularly dubbed the Godfat ... More >>
As March comes to a close, so does our month-ish-long battle royale between 64 New York musicians, all of whom were put in the mix to decide which one best embodied the spirit of the city. Each of the divisionsUptown, Queens, Downtown, and Brooklynhas now crowned a winner, and for our ... More >>
Drag star Sherry Vine -- the Elizabeth Taylor of downtown and the Gaga-spoofing YouTube queen -- is hosting a variety show for Here TV called She's Living for This. Well, I'm living for Sherry's favorite variety shows of all-time, and she generously obliged me with them since we both love a high-co ... More >>
53. Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise"  52. The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away"  51. Olivia Newton-John, "I Honestly Love You"  50. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"  49. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey"  48. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't ... More >>
It's never too late to get insight into Gypsy, the classic 1959 musical about cerebral stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and the mother who destroyed her and made her a star at the same time. I recently ran into Peter Riegert, who played Herbie opposite Bette Midler in the 1993 TV version of the show.
Michael Fassbender has made searing impressions in Hunger, Inglourious Basterds, and Jane Eyre, and he's also managed to heat up everything from an X-Men movie to Centurion and beyond. Plus he's coming up in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, in which Fassbender is the founder of Analyti ... More >>
Whenever I think of sassy camp queen Bette Midler, I always think of magisterial Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Well, maybe not. But someone obviously does. You see, Bette just hurt her back and had to drop out of playing Phil Spector's lawyer in the HBO movie about the convicted kille ... More >>
The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Monday, March 14 Better Than: Whatever was happening at Death by Audio tonight that Bruce Springsteen didn't show up to, for whatever reason. First off, let's tell you what you want to hear: Tom Waits stole the show ... More >>
Grunge's grimmest cautionary tale rises triumphantly (if uncomfortably) anew
BAM throws a cheerfully random, surreally star-studded tribute to the Plastic Ono Band
Party Animals, Robert Hofler's excellent new book about flamboyant '70s producer Alan Carr, is chock full of info and insights. Grab a copy and you'll learn how: *Bette Midler refused to be an Oscar presenter after not getting nominated for "her over-the-top performance" in Beaches *Novice ... More >>
The fact that on any given night in New York City a rapper is playing a concert with a minimum of horrific violence and without sparking "a wave of fear" in the surrounding community does not seem to have registered with the New York Post. Ahem: Superstar rapper 50 Cent is secretly planning ... More >>
Fringe benefits on the city's fringes
Uptown Saturday nights are more fabulous all the time. Meanwhile, back at the Tonys . . .
Make a change in your life.
Watching a career sore. And hearing amid the praise for Day-Lewis: 'Huston. We have a problem.'
He sees trees of green, red roses, too. . . When the 1939 World's Fair departed Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, it left something behind: a time capsule buried 50-feet below ground, designated to be opened in the year 6939. Inside are microfilm rolls and newsreel footage, as well as 124 objects in ... More >>
A harrowing look at Satanic motifs in the canon of Barbra Streisand
Absence of presence: Arty Last Days misses out on Cobain's populist passion
Rod Stewart finds a brand-new batch of catchy and literate songs he can put his mark on
Jackie Beat tears you a new one, and you like it; Detroit's disco d sells out
How many queens does it take to fill Radio City Music Hall?
Does Leather Go With Lace? Why Not?