2012 in review
Even from the trailer, the mood of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel seems darker, more adult, than any of his work since Bottle Rocket. Sure, it’s still super-whimsical, with a bunch of Anderson-ites (Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norten, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman) hanging out on the snow-capped peak of a European mountain in a pink hotel, punching each other in the face and offering quippy, seemingly non-sequitor one-liners.
Though The Observer frequently rubs elbows with the rich and beautiful, 2012 has been especially bountiful in its celebrity run-ins. From fighting with James Franco to having lunch with Kathie Lee Gifford, here are the 10 best famous scenes involving famous people.
Despite rave reviews for Alan Rickman and the cast of Theresa Rebeck‘s caustic comedy of literature and sex, Seminar, the Broadway show shuttered last Sunday in a whimper, not a bang. This blow came one month after an almost complete turnover in the cast, with new members Justin Long, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Jeff Goldblum taking over from Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, and Mr. Rickman, respectively.
“When it seems as if I’m sabotaging my own career,” Jeff Goldblum was saying, leaning back in his booth at Josephine Café Français in Tribeca, “you find out that it’s still very much alive and flourishing. I’m in a growth spurt. I’m actually very open to this new creativity.”
In a black leather jacket and a faded pink Thelonious Monk shirt, Mr. Goldblum looked astonishingly young for a man who will be turning 60 this year. But the bigger surprise was his candor about his career. After becoming an unlikely sex symbol in the ’80s and ’90s for movies like Jurassic Park, Independence Day and David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Mr. Goldblum had fallen into semi-obscurity in the new millennium—popping up in the occasional indie film (Igby Goes Down, The Life Aquatic) or Broadway show (Pillowman), but mostly languishing in a number of unremarkable flops.
If the theater isn’t your thing, you might want to reconsider renouncing the Great White Way (thanks, Smash, for making that term ubiquitous again) until after buying tickets for Seminar. Jeff Goldblum, who is second maybe only to Neil Patrick Harris and John Malkovich in self-satirizing, told Jimmy Kimmel last night that he will be taking over for Alan Rickman in Theresa Rebeck‘s Seminar as the grumpy teacher, Leonard. Oh man, but will he be doing it as drunk Jeff Goldblum??
Lydia Hearst — socialite, model, and heir to the great American publishing house that bears her name — recently moved from her home in New York to the sunny, smog-laden streets of Los Angeles. The reason for the move, The New York Post reports, is twofold: she wanted to progress her budding career as Read More
No need to channel-surf! Here’s a list of notables on late night tonight. We’ll post each weekday, for your convenience!
The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m.): Daniel Radcliffe, ballet dancer Veronika Part, Levon Helm.
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC, 11:35 p..m): Larry King, Zooey Deschanel, musical guest Playing for Change. Read More
Monday: Jurassic Park
We happened to catch Jurassic Park last week and we’re happy to report that the film holds up. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the best-selling Michael Crichton novel has it all: Scares, laughs, action, thrills, awe-inspiring moments, crazy special effects, red herrings and Jeff Goldblum, strutting around like he’s a geek version Read More
Running time 106 minutes
Written by Noah Stollman
Directed by Paul Schrader
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe
Paul Schrader’s Adam Resurrected, from a screenplay by Noah Stollman, based on the 1968 novel by Yoram Kaniuk, deals with an absurdist fictional sidelight of the Nazi Holocaust that was once Read More
The four most promising words in any language are “Once upon a time …. ” Unless, that is, we use just two, “One day …. ” And this much I know. One day, Martin McDonagh sat down someplace and wrote a fantastic play that’s all about telling stories, and I’ve never quite experienced anything like Read More