The illuminated marquee of the Beacon Theater on Wednesday night read “Hillary’s Birthday Party.”
But despite the flashiness of Hillary Clinton’s 60th birthday celebration—jokes by Billy Crystal, music by the Wallflowers and Elvis Costello—it was first and foremost a political event.
The tickets counted as fund-raising contributions and brought in $1.5 million for the campaign. Read More
Good-sport superstar Tom Hanks has done his best to detoxify the religious controversies swirling around The Da Vinci Code by appearing on Saturday Night Live to promote the film. When a man in the audience with a Christ-like beard stood up to proclaim, “I forgive you, Tom,” Mr. Hanks rose to the bait by asking Read More
On June 13, 1935, at Madison Square Garden, a miracle happened. On that dreary but fateful day in the heart of the Great Depression, a poverty-stricken Irish dockworker from North Bergen, N.J., made sports history. In the kind of heroic display of indomitable courage that breaks the rules, beats the odds and makes great motion Read More
From all indications, there is life after Jack Valenti. As president of the Motion Picture Association of America (whatever that is), his moronic ban on VHS and DVD “screeners” for critics this voting season will, I predict, backfire on the industry as a whole, resulting in disaster for a number of big releases from Hollywood Read More
The Academy Award nominees for 2001 reflect a growing eccentricity that amounts to a jumbled consensus combining the tastes of the various critics’ groups, the National Board of Review, the Golden Globes, the box office, the puffery of certain distributors, the industry buzz on the West Coast, an old love affair with Great Britain and Read More