The Authors Guild was honoring NPR’s Fresh Air interviewess Terry Gross with a prize–just after Ms. Gross’s network had come under attack by a Republican House of Representatives, which threatened to cut NPR’s funding.
Garrison Keillor, Ms. Gross’s fellow NPR contributor, wasn’t overly concerned about the war over NPR. “It was a skirmish. There’ll be Read More
Rock star and tabloid fixture Courtney Love had a bone to pick with The Observer. “You guys referred to me as Paula Fox’s granddaughter!” she reprimanded us at the Creative Time Gala, over a recent piece regarding novelist Martin Amis’s impending move to Brooklyn. “It was the first time I’ve been referred to as granddaughter-of,” Read More
For some, the news broke on Sunday night via fashion gadfly Derek Blasberg’s Twitter feed: “Film publicist Peggy Seigel [sic] just barged into Vera Wang’s living room to announce bin Laden is dead.” This was some time after Mr. Blasberg was raving to The Transom about the YSL shoes that designer Stefano Pilati once gave Read More
We hear that the April 23 red carpet for the Tribeca Film Festival documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life was canceled because the 90-year-old actress had a case of the flu. “Is it bad?” one publicist asked another at a festival press junket. The response was grim: “At her age …” the woman said, her Read More
Chatting with Mickey Rourke at Harry Josh’s Spring Fling party at the Hiro Ballroom, we mentioned we were eagerly anticipating his forthcoming film Passion Play.
“You shouldn’t be,” he replied. “It’s terrible.” Mr. Rourke had apologized in April for making similar comments about the film, claiming he’d been “in a shitty mood.” Now, with Rosie Read More
One year, nine months and two days before the world will end, the Explorers Club paid homage to our demise with its 107th annual dinner. The theme was “Exploring 2012: The Maya Prophecy.”
For some light entertainment, the club ferried in men and women dressed as ancient shamans. In face paint and feather-heavy head Read More
In candy apple red slip-ons, silk pajamas, a chest-baring shirt and a scowl, Julian Schnabel blustered toward The Observer to defend his new film, Miral, which was about to have its premiere at the U.N.
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Palestinian journalist and Schnabel squeeze Rula Jebreal, the film focuses on the title Read More
London Review of Books editor Mary-Kay Wilmers is looking for a new employee. The ideal hire, if an American, “would have to say all the right things about the publication-and have a knowledge of history, as we’re a bit lacking at the moment.”
Ms. Wilmers, sipping Campari at a book party in her honor at Read More