Tragedy struck the the Electric Zoo last year. The second day of the annual Randall's Island dance music festival was canceled after two concertgoers died, reportedly after taking MDMA. Though the city pushed for the festival's cancellation last year, the concert returns this Labor Day weekend. Thi ... More >>
How many shows will you see?
These are extraordinary times in New York: two politicians with penis problems are sword-fighting for high office, Derek Jeter just declared immortality, and Jay-Z is in a public slanging match with Harry Belafonte. Why are you not out there, hearing some jokes GUARANTEED to crush in the break-room? ... More >>
Just in time for the Oscars, along comes You Like Me, the riotous recreation of celebrity awards acceptance speeches, created by Michael Schulman and Rachel Shukert. Next Saturday night at Ars Nova--the night before the actual Oscars--you will gag to the procession of performers re-enacting the gra ... More >>
The recent Golden Globes telecast was so rivetingly entertaining that the Oscars need to do exactly what they did in order to approach watchability on February 24. IMHO, they should: *Tell Seth MacFarlane that he will now have two cohosts--Tina and Amy. They were brilliantly wry and need to be ad ... More >>
Maggie the Cat is back
That's the thesis of The Wrap's Tim Molloy, who questioned some of the choices made in the envelopes--and in the telecast itself--last night. For example, Molloy thinks it was weird to pick Two And a Half Men's Jon Cryer as Best Actor in a Comedy over candidates like Don Cheadle, Alec Baldwin, and ... More >>
Two terrific actresses get into fascinating sexual situations in new flicks--and they talked frankly to me about it for my sizzlingly entertaining column. In Liberal Arts, Allison Janney (four-time Emmy winner for The West Wing) is a hardened, angry professor who beds a younger man in between telli ... More >>
Well, I'm Italian! (And she's half.) It's part of You Like Me!, a wacky revue in which an assortment of wonderfully offbeat performers re-enact classic acceptance speeches in all their weepy glory.
"I'd love to direct one of the Olsen twins in the story of my life!" cracked the Tony and Emmy winning star at the Drama League tribute in her honor at the Pierre last night. Chenoweth has so many sides to her talent she'd probably need the entire Osmond family.
via @NYCMayorsOfficeThough much of the real-life drama in the city this past week was worth of a couple Law & Order episodes, the mayor's office brought our attention to on-screen travails. Not only was there the Thursday Gossip Girl hoopla (xoxo, Mayor Mike), but on Tuesday the film Extremel ... More >>
The show, that is. The Emmy winning comic actress known for of All In The Family and Gilmore Girls is currently playing the wicked Miss Hannigan in an L.A. production of Annie, but she openly admits she wants the part in the Broadway revival coming on the boards. Sally tells theatermania.co ... More >>
Somebody's got to do the dirty dishes around here
When awards shows get nominated for awards, it's a little like a dog sniffing its own butt. And sure enough, the Emmys have nominated the Tonys, the Oscars, and the Golden Globes, all of which will probably end up competing for a Pulitzer! It's all so creepily incestual it's like a cult in ... More >>
The Emmy nominations came out today, but my mind is stuck on the Oscars and how there will be no shortage of leading actress contenders to pick from in 2011. Not only is Meryl Streep donning prosthetics and an accent again, this time as moxieish Margaret Thatcher, but we have the following o ... More >>
In light of the rather icky publicity the show has gotten in the past year, along with the ill will accorded its unruly, departed star Charlie Sheen, the bigwigs over at Two and a Half Men will submit the show in a lot of Emmys categories, but not the biggies. In other words, there is no sub ... More >>
Todd English reveals how he feels about a not-quite-burgeoning music career: "I did a couple gigs, that was it. ... I certainly won't give up my day job for that ... nor should I because I don't think I'd go that far." [Zagat Buzz] London import Le Caprice has hired Ed Carew to helm the kitc ... More >>
Food NetworkLook at that flawless makeup on Sandra Lee!Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and, of course, James Franco helped lead General Hospital to a whopping 21 nominations, heading the pack. But those more culinarily-inclined were also honored.
Who? Oh, hush, I'm going to tell you. By the end of it, you'll be as certain that Ethel Waters deserves a star on the Walk of Fame as you are that Rin Tin Tin didn't. Here are her credentials, as lovingly forwarded to me by her band of supporters:
The Emmy winning actor made that startling pronouncement at a stimulating Drama Desk luncheon at Sardi's the other day about TV/movie actors currently on Broadway, hosted by reporter Robin Milling. John was talking particularly about movie directors. He remembered his experience in the Twil ... More >>
The worst thing that ever happened to Susan Lucci was finally winning the Emmy award in 1999. It suddenly made her less interesting than she was as a perennial bridesmaid, always longing for the validation of her peers. But she's still a legend--and really nice, despite the fact that her Al ... More >>
Stella D'Oro cookies are mighty sweet, but there's nothing that can sugar-coat the situation at the Bronx cookie factory which shuttered in June 2009 following the workers' strike over wage cuts. Or is there? The plight of the workers will now be the focus of an upcoming HBO documentary.
Big reality show shakeups, people. Tart-tongued funny lady Kathy Griffin is calling it quits with her Bravo show My Life on The D-List after six seasons. Chatty Kathy never intended to be a reality star, she says. Besides, I would imagine it would be hard to pretend to still be D-list when ... More >>
We do really like her. After all, she survived two fluffy 1960s sitcoms (Gidget and The Flying Nun) to prove she had acting chops in the 1976 schizophrenia teleflick Sybil, which gave her a lovely bunch of cred in the business. Three years later, she copped an Oscar for her fiery turn in th ... More >>
• The 2010 Nobel Peace prize has been awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident, political essayist, literary critic, and democracy advocate who is currently serving 11 years in jail on subversion charges. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not appreciate this news one bit, a ... More >>
It's the lament of Hollywood: the Emmy Awards are dry country. Why is that, exactly? Well, the event was teetotal, that is, until Ricky Gervais came along... [via Huffington Post] Have a restaurant tip or other food-related news? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here she is in her London Fog fall campaign, looking very alluringly Italian movie star-ish for an American TV star. And let's not forget that Esquire has named Hendricks "the best-looking woman in America" -- and some straight men were included in the voting! And she's even gotten herself ... More >>
A recent study reveals that most people -- 79 percent, in fact -- would dine at a restaurant that was "certified green" over one that wasn't. [Nation's Restaurant News] Nestlé, the maker of Nespresso espresso pods, is suing its rivals, claiming they are making cheaper versions of the Nespre ... More >>
Can't wait for Avec Eric, Season Deux? Get your Eric Ripert fix with the newly launched Perfect Pairings Wine Club web series.
New York mag reports that Tracy Morgan is packing up his shark's den and settling somewhere in the West 50s. We think being Morgan's new neighbor could be enthralling -- or endangering -- depending on how your sense of humor handles jokes about getting people pregnant behind a middle school. ... More >>
I haven't watched a soap opera since the dwarf on Passions died, but I'll read a book about any show biz topic, so I'm currently absorbing a history of Days of Our Lives by executive producer Ken Corday. In the epic work, Corday talks about how the long-running soap survived budget crunches ... More >>
When Alec Baldwin's 14-year-old daughter Ireland couldn't rouse him late last night, she called 911 and the Emmy winner ended up at the hospital. There was talk of a possible OD, but apparently Alec had simpy taken some sleeping pills. He was released not that long afterward. But questions ... More >>
The grandaddy of late-night comedy shows, Saturday Night Live, got a boost when Emmy awards went to Tina Fey's priceless Sarah Palin impression and Justin Timberlake's equally riotous impersonation of a host. And they just got even bigger buzz when a new cast member dropped the f bomb and Ma ... More >>
Emmy-nominated The Family Guy featuring Emmy-nominated Seth MacFarlane. For us the joy of the Emmy Nominations, announced this morning, is in the less-well-known categories. We see that there are only two shows, for instance, up for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Grandpa, Do You Know ... More >>
Bea Arthur, who passed this weekend, was best known for her TV work as Maude and as Dorothy on The Golden Girls, for which she won Emmys, but she was also a stage veteran who played Lucy Brown in the famous Theatre De Lys production of The Threepenny Opera -- her booming, wised-up voice can be heard ... More >>
But really, everyone's a winner. New York, what a town. We've got the Tonys, and sometimes the Emmys and Grammys, and the U.S. Pole Dance Championships, and now, just this past weekend, The Hookies -- awards for male escorts presented this weekend at Splash Bar. Our own Michael Musto presented an ... More >>
We have a trend, folks. First, Katherine Heigl announced that she had withdrawn from the Emmy race because the Grey's Anatomy writers hadn't given her material worthy of her talent. And then reports said actor/cowriter Edward Norton pulled out of promoting The Hulk and took off on a long, faraway tr ... More >>
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