Jane Fonda’s first French-speaking film in 40 years finds her leading a joyous ensemble of septuagenarians in a sweet, thoughtful and spirited examination of how to grow old with dignity and pride in a regrettable era when senior citizens have been reduced to the status of a political agenda. At 74, Ms. Fonda is a testament to the benefits of exercise, the stimulation of cognitive effort, up-to-the-minute cosmetics, a healthy lifestyle—and the money to afford them all. She is glorious at any age, in any language, and is a class act on the screen who is always welcome.
The Eight-Day Week
With so many ballyhooed movies coming out this fall, it’s hard to keep up with the classics on our “To Watch … Someday” list—who has the time to sit down with the Criterion Collection when there are so many premieres of flicks we actually want to see? Tonight the Darby celebrates the odd coupling of Read More
Jane Fonda is always a welcome antidote to the hackneyed drivel of today’s movies, even when she’s relegated to sharing the screen with also-rans like Jennifer Lopez and Lindsay Lohan. In her career zenith, she could always be counted on to bring both complexity and nuance to the least deserving roles. At 74, she hasn’t forgotten a thing. With a wonderful, careful and admiring director, she gives even a routine picture unbridled energy, craft and an extra dash of class above and beyond the script. All reasons to embrace Bruce Beresford’s warm, polished, feel-good comedy Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding.
Lee Daniels, director of Precious, is currently in Cannes promoting the thriller The Paperboy, but he’s already planning his next film, an adaptation of a Washington Post article on a long-serving black White House butler who lived to see the election of Barack Obama. Early reports indicate that the butler, Eugene Allen, is to Read More
Guests gathered at the home of Susan Gutfreund at 834 Fifth Avenue yesterday afternoon for a luncheon celebrating the revival of West Side Story, which opened in March at the Palace Theater, seemed to be endlessly fascinated with a 21-year-old Argentinean actress by the name of Josefina (pronounced, Zho-sefina) Scaglione.
Ms. Scaglione is svelte, pretty Read More
At the risk of seeming ungracious about Jane Fonda, I must confess that I didn’t quite recognize her when she first came briskly onstage at the start of 33 Variations. In her first Broadway role in 46 years, the star, at 71, looks simply marvelous! Not that I expected her to look anything less. But Read More
“I’m here to see Jane Fonda!” squealed Dolly Parton at the opening night of the new play 33 Variations, starring Ms. Fonda and Colin Hanks, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Monday, March 9.
Ms. Parton–dressed in a snug sparkly top, with her voluminous blonde hair and heavy pink eye-shadow perfectly in place–was late. At Read More
On a recent cold and sleety Sunday afternoon, an impatient line of sports-coat–wearing men and their fur-clad companions pushed their way into the Eugene O’Neill Theater for a 3 p.m. matinee preview of 33 Variations. Written and directed by Moisés Kaufman, the play—an inventive and meditative look at music, parenthood and obsession spanning 200 years—doesn’t Read More
It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.
A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist, gave an interview to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the choicest bits of which were brought to my attention Read More
Isaac Mizrahi’s favorite hair pomade has been discontinued, so naturally he holed up in his apartment and made a lifetime supply of his own, to be called I-Hair. [P6]
Being married to Gwen Stefani means getting used to her untamed fashion sense, or as Gavin Rossdale puts it, "It’s like marrying three Read More