| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:21 AM
If Wikipedia is correct — and why wouldn't a website that anyone in the world can log onto and change its content be correct? — only .5 percent of school-age children attend boarding schools.
If that's the case, how can there be so many...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 2:51 PM
One of the things we learn from Shane Salerno's biographical documentary about J.D. Salinger is that Salinger loved old Hollywood movies as much as loathed the idea of his own work ending up on the screen. Before he became famous for “Catcher in the...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:51 PM
If further proof is needed of Oscar Wilde's contention that "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers," one need look no further than the life of author J.D. Salinger.
As delineated in Shane Salerno's energetic, informative and at...
| Jun 28, 2013
The waters of late-night television are roiling.
On NBC, Jimmy Fallon is taking over Jay Leno's show, and Seth Meyers is taking Fallon's. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel has moved up half an hour to compete directly with Leno now, and then Fallon in winter 2014....
| Jun 7, 2013
| 8:40 AM
George Plimpton spent a lifetime stepping into other people's shoes. It's only fitting that he's finally talking about what it was like to walk in his own.
That this is possible, 10 years after his death in 2003 when Plimpton was a robust 76, is due...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:15 AM
When he played Lenny on ABC's popular 1976-83 sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," Michael McKean realized he could easily become typecast as his dumb, lovable Fonzie wannabe and pal of the knuckleheaded Squiggy. He vowed not to let it happen.
"It's not your...
| May 13, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Ever used a phony accent to fool somebody?
Yeah, me too.
When I was an 18-year-old college student, in 1963, my buddy Steve and I tried to impress girls at the beach with our English accents. We'd recently appeared in a Shakespearean production on...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Ever since the Tribeca Film Festival physically departed Tribeca and more or less abandoned its uniquely over-specific 9/11 and âmade in NYCâ slants, it has become more reflective of national and/or global developments, tackled via a smorgasbord of...
| May 16, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Writer-director Michael Singh's documentary "Valentino's Ghost" connects the United States' Middle East foreign policy agenda to the American media's often negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. It's a provocative, absorbing — and at times...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"Honneeeeee!" said the Hollywood agent Michael Black kissing me Sue Mengers-style after the opening night of Bette Midler's one-woman play where she brings Sue back to life on Broadway.
Michael and I had made a pact to see the show separately and then...
| May 3, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"THE ENEMY of good conversation is the person who has 'something to say!' Conversation is not for making a point. ... There is no winning in conversation," wrote Henry Fairlie.
Oh my! I have so many friends and acquaintances who have a distinctly...