Edited by Aaron Hillis
So says Debbie Reynolds in her wonderful new memoir, Unsinkable. Debbie remembers hearing a thumping noise and some opera singing while she sat in her trailer on the set of the 1959 comedy The Mating Game . It was coming from Tony Randall's trailer, so she promptly headed there to investigate, as ... More >>
Richard Kind is the familiar and likeable actor known for Mad About You, Spin City, and many theater roles. At the screening of the documentary One-Night Stand: Creating A Broadway Musical In A Day last week, Richard told the crowd he's coming to Broadway in April in the revival of Clifford Odets' ... More >>
Just when I've gotten used to fighting for Triscuits in public, last night restored a hack journalist's faith that there's money out there somewhere and people will actually spend it on food for the comp-buffets-to-munch bunch. After a Ziegfeld screening of Boardwalk Empire's third season premiere, ... More >>
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.
I found this thigh-opening tidbit in the immortal book Marilyn Monroe Confidential, by the screen legend's maid, Lena Pepitone: "For someone who didn't like the tub, Marilyn spent an unusual amount of time in the bathroom.
The message came from Broadway scene-stealer Jackie Hoffman's publicist: "This Funny Girl is happening -- and unlike Lauren Ambrose, she's Jewish!" And she was even doing a Jewish twist on Patrick Stewart's A Christmas Carol, playing all the parts, at New World Stages. Oy vey, I was so there.
Sometime in the 1990s, I was brought over to meet Shelley Winters at a publicity party. She was the onetime bombshell who'd method-acted her way into two Oscars as she turned into a first-rate character actress adept at blowsy supporting roles. I was introduced, naturally, as being from The Villag ... More >>
Here are the three best of many. (3) "Drink lots of water." At the time, I thought this was absolutely cuckoo. But years later, I find it such sage advice that I'm currently as waterlogged as Shelley Winters in The Poseidon Adventure.
I know there'll be cries of "But what about...?" Fine. Chime in with your own two cents. But first, here are mine, culled from a glorious career. (6) Cleopatra. 1963. The laborious yet somehow dazzling sand-and-eyeliner epic has been chalked up as a bomb by overeager historians, but in actu ... More >>
Freckle-faced beauty Elizabeth Hartman debuted in 1965's A Patch of Blue, earning an Oscar nomination as the blind girl who's tortured by her mother (Shelley Winters) but learns about the brighter side of human nature when she's befriended by the nice black man in the park, Sidney Poitier. H ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 26, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 32 Village Voice 'Obie' Awards 1965-66 The Eleventh Annual Village Voice Off-Broadway Award were handed out on Saturday afternoon in a gala ceremony at the Village Gate. Anne Jackson, herself a previous "Obi ... More >>
But did the Mayans say if Palin will survive?
And stunning, where Bardem and the Coens are concerned. Plus other dark visions, and peaceful chats with Mamet and Lauper.
Only in the early '70s could Elliott Gould have been a matinee idol. Since then? The Brooklyn schlemiel's long goodbye.
Mechanical disaster-movie remake removes old people, inserts expensive fireballs
The founder of the 'Village Voice' Obies recalls what led to their inception 50 years ago
Celebrities theatrically pleasure themselves on Broadway
Sexism at The NYT Book Review?
Oscar Declares War on the War