The Anniversary Party
In a glossy media city that values professional polish, NY1, Time Warner’s no-frills news channel, enjoys a certain cult following, as evidenced by the high-profile fans who gathered at the New York Public Library last Thursday to celebrate two decades of “weather on the ones.”
The event reflected the unassuming charms of the station, where anchors style themselves and pan-away shots reveal a bullpen that is more Community than The Newsroom. Though there was an open bar, the wine glasses had thick stems, and the hors d’oeuvres, while tasty, might have arrived straight from Trader Joe’s.
The Oscars are like dividend statements from Bernie Madoff. You know they’re coming, you expect the worst, but you open the envelopes anyway, with your fingers crossed, hoping this year will be better. It never is, but despite rock-bottom ratings, and dwindling interest in too many nominees nobody ever heard of, too many categories nobody Read More
Coram Boy, the play with music that comes to us via acclaim at London’s National Theatre, is a wonderful, near-mad folly on Broadway.
Let me say at the outset that, unlike many of my miserable colleagues, I found this rollicking Gothic drama based on Jamila Gavin’s historical novel for young adults enchanting from beginning Read More
In Sunday’s New York Times, Willie Neumann is reporting that Saturday Night Live comic Jimmy Fallon is marketing two apartments at 34 Gramercy Park. (Personal information alert: It caught my eye especially because one of us lived briefly in the building in the 1990′s and because it’s my favorite Read More
I guess everyone has to start somewhere, but a Bernard Malamud novel-into-film starring Snoop Dogg? To quote Dorothy Parker, “What fresh hell is this?” The 2006 kind, I’m afraid, that pretty much demonstrates how low movies have sunk in these desperate times. But let’s forget about The Tenants, a grim look at two bums fighting Read More
Thanks to Desperate Housewives, suburban fortysomethings have replaced Britney and Lindsay as the sex symbols du jour. It’s about time. While the cultural wisdom may suggest that most men favor pop superstars just old enough to drink legally, some of us recognize that women over 40 can make better girlfriends and more sophisticated lovers than Read More
This is not your mother’s Angela Lansbury. In fact, when a generation that faithfully watched Murder, She Wrote every Sunday night for 12 years gets a look at the woman they came to know as mystery writer and crime solver Jessica Fletcher in The Blackwater Lightship , they will not believe their eyes. The fact Read More