Thurstan Bannister’s father, his lordship Roger Bannister, was—rather famously—the first man ever to run a mile in under four minutes. It took the younger Mr. Bannister, who works in business development at the financial firm Atrevida Partners, slightly longer to sell his 2,942 square-foot co-op at 151 Central Park West—closer to the 46 days his father held on to the title of fastest miler—but the unit nonetheless moved with haste. Arthur Koenig entered contract for the asking price of $12.5 million, according to city records, when the property had spent a mere two months on the market.
CANNES, France — Liberace fluttered into the Cannes Film Festival this morning and graced the masses with the heartfelt Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s directorial swan song and a touching May-December love story between Mr. Showmanship (Michael Douglas) and Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), his longtime arm-candy companion. (American audiences with a good cable package Read More
The Eight-Day Week
It’s time for one of the season’s most glittering charitable celebrations. UNICEF is throwing its snow-ball—the annual Snowflake Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street. Tonight’s honorees include Harry Belafonte, the calypso singer-turned-humanitarian, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF board member Dolores Rice Gahan; they’ll be serenaded by Tony Bennett and the Wynton Marsalis Quartet. The star power Read More
“Please return to your seats!”
The typical orders were barked from the front row at Michael Kors on Wednesday, September 12 at 10 a.m. Too much too early. Due to some recent Team Kors PR shifts and rifts, we couldn’t locate the familiar faces that would help The Observer with its conquest. Where were Savannah Read More
Michael Douglas, whose next onscreen role is to be Liberace for an HBO movie, is dipping back into the biographical well; he’s set to play the 40th president, Ronald Reagan, in the film Reykjavik. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Douglas’s role is to take place over the course of the Reykjavik talks between Reagan Read More
Public Service Announcements
In a new PSA from the FBI denouncing insider trading, Michael Douglas, star of Wall Street and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleep tells the American public that the Oliver Stone movies were fictional. But!
The Academy has released an incomplete list of this weekend’s Oscar presenters. Based on past experience, what categories shall they present. Here are our best guesses!
Christian Bale will present Best Supporting Actress; Melissa Leo will present Best Supporting Actor; Colin Firth will present Best Actress; Natalie Portman will present Best Actor. This Read More
“Are you a bee? Do you like to sting people?” a handsome banking executive in a merlot-colored suit growls to his protégé. It is early afternoon in the third-floor offices of a midtown skyscraper, the News Corporation headquarters, and select middle-aged men are watching an advanced screening of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the Oliver Read More
The Last Critic
When I was a boy, “dirty” was the epithet of choice for the hated other. It wasn’t enough to call someone any of the slurs for being Jewish or black or Latino. You had to put “dirty” before it.
The genealogy of the insult was firmly established in the history of the world. Your tribe-your Read More
I finally figured out what my problem is. After all these years, I now see what I have been doing wrong. Caution: It’s pretty tragic. Simply put, I am just too folksy and available. Yes: folksy and available!
My epiphany came last week while reading A Time to Be Born, the late Dawn Powell’s searing Read More