The building that houses Midtown's Park Central Hotel has seen nearly a century's worth of history -- it's hosted prominent figures like Eleanor Roosevelt and Mae West, and it witnessed the mob murder of Albert Anastasia in the 1950s. The hotel was recently renovated to restore a sense of its past ( ... More >>
Julia Solis Spectacle Theater Thursday, 8pm, $5 There aren't any actual deaths in the ghost story Solis tells, but it's still mighty chilling. In her new photography collection Stages of Decay (Prestel), she chronicles the fallen grandeur of abandoned theaters across America and Europe, affectionate ... More >>
There are actors (like Peter O'Toole and Glenn Close) who've gotten nominated a whole lot of times and never won. Yet. But how about the ones who've never even been nominated? In the case of the dead ones, I'm pretty sure they never will be! Now that's gotta hurt. Here are some of the top omission ... 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 >>
We all know about classic stuff like Cary Grant making sure they cast Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady instead of him, and Doris Day not tarnishing her image by doing The Graduate--a part that would have resulted in her still working today. But here are some other weird cinematic decisions, courtesy of ... More >>
For a month at MOMA, digital is not the savior of cinema
Says La Daily's own Gregory Moore: "For my dough, the hottest, butchest, tough-guy hunk in Hollywood, circa late 40's-early 50's: Steve Cochran.
Back in the 1960s, he was a hunky star of a popular dopey sitcom. And on occasion, he would also don blonde pincurls and pretty ginghams and play his sister, looking a bit like Mae West as Baby Jane Hudson as interpreted by an old-school country star.
I recently April Fooled you about Madonna getting a special Oscar for acting, but there's finally a role that she could garner some gold with. And she doesn't want it! On Piers Morgan's chat show on CNN, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said he feels Madonna would be a ''great Norma Desmond'' i ... More >>
The class menagerie on Broadway
The year's NYJFF pushes the familiar aside
Brother, can you spare $12?
Jeffrey Katzenberg's cure for an ailing movie economy, in all three dimensions.
Faye Dunaway did Joan Crawford even better than Crawford herself, but did you know she did Mae West too? I mean played her! In 2002's The Calling (video title: Man of Faith), feisty Faye showed up as the aging sexpot befriended by evangelist Leroy Jenkins in this highly bizarre "true story." Check o ... More >>
A friend of mine is concerned that Madonna might be turning into the new Mae West. Bawdy sexpot Mae refused to give up her vampy allure even when it deserted her along with most of her film career. In the '70s, when she was 85 years old and more spackled and corseted than a corpse, minxy Mae appeare ... More >>
The Queer Precursor to Southland Tales
A notoriously bad film finally gets some appreciation
Sly stalwarts, newly uncovered rarities in pre-Code series
Seattle's EMP proves that great popular music conferences cannot live by inclusive intentions alone
A celebrity drops in on a budding playwright, but is that something to write plays about?
Two New Shows Explore the Fun of What's Been Seen Before
Thirty-Three New York Theater Types Offer Up Their Favorite Productions From the 19992000 Season
Sex, Banned in 1927, Finally Reopens
New York's Art War Archives