Yesterday's stars at today's prices
Well, one Oscar winner (Patty Duke) plus plenty of offbeat, appreciated stars of every medium there is, all converging at the Chiller Theatre autograph show out in Parsippany. It happened, and I was there, greeting them all for this week's column.
She'd be Pink Panther. If Courtney Love married the Hertz Rent-a-car guy, she'd be Courtney Love Hertz. If Sandra Oh married Karen O, she'd be Sandra Oh-O.
Before you chime in with "But you forgot...": No, I didn't. These are my personal favorites. Feel free to tell me yours.
In their house
From Gale Sondergaard to Octavia Spencer. And he does them brilliantly, starting at about 39 seconds in. He does Fay Bainter, Shelley Winters, Shirley Jones, Rita Moreno, Patty Duke, Ruth Gordon, Estelle Parsons, Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo, Monique... He does them all.
They're all in John DiLeo's new book Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies, and not surprisingly, a bunch of them involve Susan Hayward. In fact, as anyone with any breeding knows, the above scene has Hayward as aging battleax Helen Lawson getting into a tussle with Patty Duke as pill-pop ... More >>
Ever watch a star belt out a song in a movie musical and think, "Wow! I didn't know they could sing!"? Well, they couldn't! So many times, a perfectly nice-looking performer with lovely sounds emanating from their mouth is faking it like a drag queen doing Britney -- or even like Britney herself.
A lot of oddsmakers are talking up Jean Dujardin for his silent turn in the mostly speechless The Artist. And Max Von Sydow is getting a supporting push for playing a traumatized man who communicates via facial expressions and note writing in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. But a friend of mine ... More >>
by Andrew Hamlin Alan HamlinAfter singing lead on so many Phil Spector -produced standards--"He's A Rebel," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),""He's Sure The Boy I Love"--Darlene Love was recognized for her stellar pipes last month, when she was granted a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of ... More >>
For our scheduled interview! He's doing public service announcements urging people to apply for social security benefits online--but before we went there, I had to tell him I loved his sardonic Spider-Man audition video that's making the rounds. "It's amazing how quickly things can go vira ... More >>
Geri Jewell is the standup comedian with cerebral palsey who went on to fame on The Facts of Life (as Cousin Geri) and more recently on Deadwood. Well, I've gotten my paws on her memoirs, I'm Walking As Straight As I Can, and in it, Geri remembers wearing a leather cock ring as a bracelet in ... More >>
Talking with the stand-up rebel, followed by a heavy dose of—remember this?—nostalgia
CLICK HERE for my new column in which the renegade funny lady tells me about her Marie Osmond-like tumble on the show, which the cameras didn't catch. Also: The gay pride dance she did as millions watched in awe; The appendage she once wore, which The Enquirer was too squeamish to publish; ... More >>
The 1967 campfest Valley of the Dolls is the ultimate glossy film about three show biz glamour girls who fall into a big bottle of pills. (They should remake it with Britney, Paris, and Lindsay.) Interestingly, the book's author, Jackie Susann, wanted Liza Minnelli to play the part of risin ... More >>
The master of the dual role on his new movie, Stone, and why critics dont matter
Even casual observers of this blog know of our great esteem for Das Racist, and our great excitement at the release yesterday of their latest mixtape, Sit Down, Man, featuring guests from Diplo to El-P, Boi-1da to Devo Springsteen. Samples include "People Are Strange" and "Return to Innocence ... More >>
Abigail Breslin made a spectacular child star at age 10 in the Oscar winning Little Miss Sunshine, and she's now onto a full-fledged career as an adolescent, making even more movies than La Streep and heading to Broadway in a Miracle Worker revival that could turn her into the new Patty Duke. ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 22, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 22 Wow By Jerry Tallmer I am afraid this is going to be strong language -- if not so strong as some which it will arouse -- but I feel violated, dirtied by "ISLE OF CHILDREN," a slop-opera by Robert L. Joseph a ... More >>
(Arthur) Penn in the margins
A few viral-marketing executives were probably sitting around talking about that Sarah Silverman video about getting Jews to vote for Obama and one of them said, "You know what's wrong with that video?" and the other said, "It's almost funny?" and the first one said "Yeah, but besides that," and the ... More >>