Tiny Tim's 1996 album Girl concludes with "Fourteen," a song that declares, "I'm just an ordinary man." The author of "Fourteen," though, is anything but average. A lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas, James "Bucks" Burnett has written ad copy for Warner Bros., worked as a butler for Small Faces bass ... More >>
Last night at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Friars Club saluted Tom Cruise with its Icon Award, so I was there like a top gun, all cocked and sitting at full attention. Tom's Rock of Ages costar Alec Baldwin MC'd a lineup of speakers like Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kevin Pollack, but Jerry Lewis, who was supp ... More >>
They announced the winner of Best Actor in A Play. It was "James..." (Nominee James Earl Jones must have been getting really excited around this point.) "....Corden."
Who said train conductors were mean, boring stickler-ish types shushing you in the quiet car, punching your tickets through a thinly disguised veneer of hatred, and kicking you off the train after you pee drunkenly in the vestibule? Train conductors are fun, too! Some of them are even sort of comedi ... More >>
They were washed up, kaput, as ovah as the macarena! And then they rose up from the ashes of disdain and said, "Ha!' And we applauded like madmen. The best comebacks ever are:
The video above comes from BuzzFeed, and it shows a man at an Encinitas, California Trader Joe's serenading his fellow shoppers with a pitch-perfect aria while picking up some flowers. We don't speak Italian, but we're pretty sure he's saying they're out of mini frozen tacos.
I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too! I'm not alone! And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without sib ... More >>
Drag star Hedda Lettuce presented Rosemary's Baby last night at the Chelsea Clearview and was delightfully satanic enough to bring me onstage beforehand to talk about my love for the 1968 horror classic. I advised the audience to look for various sitcom regulars who Polanski purposely cast as witch ... More >>
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Nick NolteCelebs usually love being photographed, except for colonoscopies and mug shots. Well I haven't manage to dig up the former photos--yet--but I have assembled some of the best, most poignant, scary, most desperately in-need-of-a-stylist mug shots of the criminally unglamorous stars. ... More >>
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Summit's Greg SeiderSummit made headlines when it opened a year ago on Avenue C for offering great cocktails and -- gasp! -- a fun atmosphere. Imagine: bartender who knows how to shoot the shit and not a suspender or waxed mustache tip in sight. Summit celebrated its first anniversary on Tues ... More >>
"Does that mean I have a massive ego? Is there something wrong with that?" asks Panda Bear, a/k/a Noah Lennox, about his latest conquest as a solo artist. Though Lennox is the soaring, helium-voiced member of the ubiquitous Animal Collective and the man responsible for one of the most prais ... More >>
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Are you a young man, located in "areas like Williamsburg, Brooklyn," who likes to wear hats? Are you inspired by Justin Timberlake and "pictures of Frank Sinatra"? Do you consider your hat a part of your "look," but just can't nail down the proper hat etiquette? The Wall Street Journal can help.
I hear Lady Gaga's in the house tonight for the Cinco de Mayo installment of the results show, and hopefully singing a Frank Sinatra song. Or duetting with Harry Connick, Jr. That would be awwwwesome. 9:03pm. Group sing: the four boys sing "The Lady is a Tramp" and does that make Crystal Bowersox ... More >>
Fort Defiance's deviled egg with amaranth.Hello from deep inside the bowels of the Lexington Avenue Armory! It's 6:19, meaning there are 11 minutes until Choice Eats 2010 officially begins. When we arrived at 5 p.m., people were already lining up outside in the rain; now, the crowds are begin ... More >>
Jay-Z, reigning singles champ of the Voice's own Pazz & Jop poll, makes his triumphant return to Madison Square Garden tonight. But for those of who have yet to accept him as the new Frank Sinatra, you and our beloved contest winners can head to the Highline Ballroom for some glossy synth-pop ... More >>
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! SLOW U: Cooking with Nonna, Cenone di Natale ($45) Astor Center November 30 Who cooks better than Italian Grandmas? Not too many people, according to Rossella Rago, host of the onli ... More >>
10 places that have persistedsomewhat miraculouslyamong the ceviches, tiny Neapolitan pizzas, and banh mis.
This is one list I definitely wish I was on---a ranking of the most fantabulous penises in creation. Some of the ones listed are only so amazing because they were so small (or so much smaller than expected), but still, I'd love to be including here (or anywhere)! I'd feel so genitally special! One ... More >>
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In his review, Our Man Sietsema liked the fat-drenched, "transgressional cuisine" doled out at Minetta Tavern, and Bruni just gave it three stars and called it the best steakhouse in New York. I wanted to check it out, but imagined it to be snotty to no-names and impossible to get into. Not so! I ... More >>
Also pictured: the Great Satan It's getting harder to imagine a path to survival for RNC Chairman Michael Steele, whose promise to launch the Republican party into "urban-suburban hip-hop settings" was only the beginning of a long downward slide that may well end in a no-confidence vote in April. I ... More >>
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