When I saw it recently, Christina Crawford's presentation Surviving Mommie Dearest (at the Snapple Theater Center) was a little bizarre because the bulk of it involved her showing a documentary that includes lots of her facing the camera and telling stories about mama, Joan Crawford. Christina saunt ... More >>
I've written about how at an event years ago, Christina Crawford suggested that mommie dearest Joan Crawford killed her last hubby, Pepsi head Alfred Steele, but Christina didn't get to elaborate as to just what she meant by that. When I cornered her after her talk to ask for some expansion on the ... More >>
At her Surviving Mommie Dearest show last night, Christina Crawford took questions from the audience, so I raised my little hand and said, "Faye Dunaway was always embarrassed by Mommie Dearest..." "She should," interjected Christina, sharply.
In case you haven't heard (or maybe you did and blocked it out): Just in time for Mother's Day, Christina Crawford will descend upon the heart of Manhattan to tell even more harrowing stories about her late mama, the shoulder-padded menace Joan Crawford.
If Carrie the Musical can crawl back through the wreckage, why not Moose Murders? The 1983 Broadway flop was a door-slamming, bad-taste comedy set in a mountain lodge full of nefarious, low-level show biz types, and I actually sort of enjoyed it. But the critics went savage on the show and it clos ... More >>
My days and nights are so enchantingly surreal, I wish we could switch bodies sometime. Just this weekend I went to a special screening of Hotel Transylvania, the 3D animated film with Adam Sandler as Dracula trying to protect his 118-year-old daughter from humans, until realizing people are sort o ... More >>
With Newsies, Leap of Faith, and Ghost all upon us this season, Broadway is more than ever turning to old flicks to transform into stage dollars. But which movies haven't been muscalized for Broadway yet? Not that many, actually, but I do have some ideas. Hey, Mr. producer, next season let's plea ... More >>
Ovation generally shows a lot of documentaries about creative artist types, which is a huge notch above reality shows and absolutely fine with me. But lately, every time I click on it, they're airing one of my all-time favorite camp movies. Mahogany! Sparkle! Gypsy! Mommie Dearest! A Choru ... More >>
Rutanya Alda--best known as Carol Ann in Mommie Dearest--just told me a remarkable story. Rutanya was Mia Farrow's stand-in for the 1968 suspense classic Rosemary's Baby.
A Better Life is Chris Weitz's finely done neo-realistic film about a Mexican immigrant's poignant attempts to build a better life for his son in L.A. At a luncheon yesterday, Weitz (About a Boy) told me that nobdy wants to talk about the problems with the immigration system. Except the Rep ... More >>
In 1998, Christina Crawford, renowned author of the legendary revenge memoir Mommie Dearest, came to Town Hall to sell copies of the new edition of her book after being interviewed onstage by critic Rex Reed. In that Q&A, she graciously reiterated all the awful things Mommie did to her as we wept i ... More >>
Mommie Dearest is the unwitting 1981 comedy about celebrity child abuse, but it was funnier than ever at last night's interactive version of the camp classic at the Ziegfeld. The event ballsily started with go-go boys running down the aisles with empty popcorn buckets that the audience was ... More >>
There are hundreds of great performances through the years that the Academy Awards have strangely neglected, but I like them, I really, really like them! They simply got shafted because they were in the wrong category, they didn't get the right buzz, they didn't ham it up enough, or they didn't give ... More >>