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Only in Hollywood could the year's highest-grossing feature also be the biggest flop, but that's what happened with Cleopatra, the 1963 Joseph Mankiewicz-directed epic of Egyptian headdresses, cleavage, and makeup, all done with a distinctly 1960s American slant. The main attractions were Richard B ... More >>
Edward Albee loves the blisteringly good current Broadway revival of his landmark play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but I had always heard he didn't care for the 1966 movie version starring Richard Burton and Liz Taylor as the bickering campus marrieds George and Martha. You know, the flick tha ... More >>
No, not for trying to play Liz Taylor. For a NYC driving incident where she allegedly clipped a pedestrian's knee, then left the scene of the accident (though one of her passengers did nicely check the car for damages, if not the pedestrian).
Before you chime in with "But you forgot...": No, I didn't. These are my personal favorites. Feel free to tell me yours.
Last night, mega designer Michael Kors spilled some fully baked beans to fashion biggie Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y. Christian Freedom was at the event and jotted down every terribly chic word:
First Gabourey Sibideh revealed that before she made it big, she ran into one of her idols, Joan Cusack, but Cusack wasn't so comforting. In fact, Cusack told Sidibe to get out of the biz because it's so image-conscious! That's bizarre because Cusack herself is an unconventional type who's done we ... More >>
viaYou would think in this crappy global economy we've been living in for the past couple of years people would want to save every penny they had. Well, apparently not. In 2010 the Transport Security Administration collected $409,085.56 in coins people left at checkpoints. So, that's the real ... More >>
Somewhat unbelievably, here we find ourselves on the last Friday of 2011. We hope this year has been a good one for you. As for us, well, we can't complain too much. After all, this is the post in which we get to brag a little: The most-read stories in the Voice for the year. Whee. Previous top stor ... More >>
Steven Spielberg's War Horse (above) is about to trot into theaters, and lordy is that a beautiful creature! I like the horse, too. Anyway, here are some of my other favorite equine stars from Hollywood history.
Who will you miss the most? *Elizabeth Taylor. A legend, a goddess, an activist. *Steve Jobs. Ditto, except for the goddess bit.
Window outside Christie'sAn auction of all of Elizabeth Taylor's clothing, art, personal movie memorabilia, and most importantly, her jewelry, appropriately titled "The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, is going on at Christie's through December 16th. A corresponding exhibition is up through th ... More >>
Pizza enthusiast and humanitarian, Nick GreeneWe are happy to announce that you'll be in new hands over the weekend, as, you've probably noticed, Rosie Gray has joined us on the weekday circuit over here. Welcome Nick Greene, who interned with us in the spring and has made various appearances ... More >>
That is, if this was 1969--and I'm not convinced that it isn't. (5) Catherine Deneuve She looks like a French Barbie crossed with the Infant of Prague, her hair never moves, and she's so wry and chic that she struck me as the most brilliant import since crepes. My favorite movie: the screwb ... More >>
John Hansen, The Christine Jorgensen StoryThere seems to be a bottomless well of these. Screen fame obviously equals a throbbing desire to get into heels if you're a man and a bowler hat if you're a dame. These are thanks to the J.C. Suares-edited book, Hollywood Drag. Let the glamorous, a ... More >>
In this week's column, I give you some exclusive tidbits from Jeffrey Schwarz's upcoming doc about the late, great drag comic Divine. Well, Divine wasn't exactly about understatement, so here's some more! Director JOHN WATERS "Before he was Divine, he was a normal drag queen for about fiv ... More >>
The long running Tuesday night gay soiree at B Bar is as over as twinks' faux-hawks. A place for gays to lounge, dance, and schmooze--especially in the warmer months, when it positively swarmed with the fashion-crazed--it ran on its own mojo, sans promotion, just because it was a gold standa ... More >>
They all came up at Daniel Nardicio's "Sh*t Show" last night at Bowery Poetry Club, where I gleefully addressed them all as a gossipy guest star. Here are the topics, followed by my educated stabs at responses to them: 1--Natalie Portman didn't do most of her dancing in 'Black Swan', accor ... More >>
Elizabeth Taylor married eight times to a total of seven people, but some were more memorable than others. Here are my rankings of the men she said "I do" to, in ascending order of merit. (7) Larry Fortensky (1991-1996). A lowly construction worker! So out of her league! He must have though ... More >>
This is a true story from beloved doorperson and scenester Dee Finley, who remembers the way Liz changed her life. Here's Dee's touching tale: "I believe it was 1997. "Back then, there were few services for addicts. One of the only places to go, for a host of services, w ... More >>
• Elizabeth Taylor was late to her own funeral, because she asked to be. She was laid to rest in L.A.'s Forest Lawn Memorial Park yesterday in a ceremony that began 15 minutes late at her stipulation. Westboro Baptist, who'd threatened to picket, did not appear. Taylor shares a "large, mult ... More >>
Gag to the glamour. Thrill to the spunk. Cheer every eyelash. It's Liz Taylor in her most Liz-alicious screen looks, and they look Lizzier than ever. Her are some of my favorite Liz looks from Suddenly Last Summer (above), Butterfield 8, Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Secret Ceremony, Th ... More >>
Leading lady, Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor, one of the last leading ladies from Hollywood's Golden Age of cinema, died yesterday in a Los Angeles hospital of congestive heart failure at age 79. We remember her with a clip from Cleopatra in which the actress and her co-star (and eventual h ... More >>
Today in El Diario, that newspaper at your bodega you always wondered about... Puerto Rican governor upsets Puerto Ricans A group of mostly Puerto Ricans gathered Wednesday outside the New York Athletic Club to protest Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno's fundraising dinner, according to the ... More >>
The news of Elizabeth Taylor's passing has put an added sadness to this already gloomy day, but not everyone was shocked. The New York Times' principal writer for the Taylor obituary died almost six full years ago. Mel Gussow, a Times theater critic, died after a battle with cancer in 2005. H ... More >>
This should come as a surprise to no one, because this is exactly what Westboro Church does, and then we all get angry, and then they laugh, maniacally, from somewhere inside their alien life forms that are filled with twisty, mean tornado clouds and spiky sharp fingernails instead of hearts ... More >>
Because, let's face it, we need this today, what with the snow and hail and rain and Liz Taylor dying and her obit writer dying nearly six years earlier and Westboro Baptist and 92-year-old grandmas who can't get kissed...here are some adorable red pandas playing in the snow. This helps, right? A li ... More >>
Liz Taylor is the last of the red-hot movie goddesses, and I pray she's around forever as an eternal reminder of glamour, sex appeal, and violet eyes. Even her colossal film turkeys have redeeming qualities! In this arresting clip from the weirdly fabulash 1974 hydrogen bomb The Driver's ... More >>
Liz Taylor, who is 78 now, has been hospitalized in L.A. for congestive heart failure, which she had surgery for in 2009. According to her publicist, "She is currently being kept in the hospital for monitoring. Her family and close friends are appreciative of the warm support and interest of ... More >>
Who cares about the men? They always wear suits or sweaty T-shirts. But from the beginning of cinema, Hollywood's ladies have gotten swathed and feathered and dressed and undressed in ways that have made the fashion world rock with diversity and delight. My 10 all-time fave looks are:
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 16, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 16 Films in Focus by Andrew Sarris OSCAR GOES TO COLLEGE: You could hardly recognize Oscar this year at the celebration of his 42nd birthday. After years of flaunting his nouveau riche vulgarity and grade s ... More >>
Elizabeth Marvel joins the greats
While we wait for our expert analyst to weight in on today's Jersey Shore-opened New York Stock Exchange (thus presenting us with the riveting conclusion to today's economic mystery: The Guido Effect on The American Economy), it might be worth revisiting some of the most incredible tidbits fr ... More >>
Claudette Colbert was divine as Cleopatra in 1934, but nothing can top Liz Taylor wearing '60s style togas and makeup, croaking "Caesar, what's boinin'?" Seriously, La Liz was amazing--and well worth lifting--even if all the on-set gossip and hoopla surrounding her and Richard Burton tended ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 28, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 41 Films By Andrew Sarris "WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?" (at the Criterion and Loew's Tower East) has been hailed by some critics as a daring adventure for Jack Warner a dazzling vindication of Elizabe ... More >>
Way back in the weighty '80s, screen legend Elizabeth Taylor appeared on General Hospital to add a touch of class that Luke & Laura could only dream of. She also added some great outtakes!
So I'm finally through with Mackenzie Phillips's book, which got a little dull when she cleaned up, and I'm now on to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's The Michael Jackson Tapes, in which the self-promoting spiritual authority lays out his transcribed 2000-2001 conversations with the noseless king of p ... More >>
The words "legend" and "icon" are thrown around so effortlessly these days at anyone who's accomplished what any ordinary person could achieve in a couple of New York minutes that I sometimes want to ask my legendary doorman if the iconic UPS man has arrived yet.
In the midst of one of the dying-est years in celebrity history, I feel it's imperative to cherish the old-time stars who are still with us and make sure (via prayers, voodoo, or interventions) that they never transition to the other side. But who are they? Who's left?
Hey, you never know
Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>
Drunken holiday shopping with Clarence the angel