Monthly Archives: May 2012

Liz Smith: Off With Her Head! “Bring Up The Bodies” is the Best Book Yet About Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

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“DON’T INCENSE the king, sir. You know what Thomas More used to say: ’If the lion knew his own strength, it were hard to rule him.’” So speaks the character Richard Riche in a new novel about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.  I AM busy now reading Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies This is the best-selling hit sequel to the writer’s Man Booker prizewinner, Wolf Hall — […]

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Dear Margo: Living in Dread

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How to cope with the fear a family member will pass away in the night? Margo Howard’s advice Living in Dread Dear Margo: Since my father died eight years ago, I have become increasingly close to my mom. She is 81; I am 49. We have become best friends and do almost everything together. We spend […]

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Liz Smith: Stellar Advice From Liza Minnelli

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“JUST KEEP not taking yourself too seriously. And just remember to go get a hamburger!” That was Liza Minnelli talking to the Wall Street Journal the other day. The “hamburger” reference comes from something her mother told her, when Liza arrived home crying about ugly remarks being made about Judy. Garlandadvised: “People will say what they are going to say. Let […]

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Liz Smith: Give Battleship (and Taylor Kitsch) A Chance

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“HEAR THE other side,” advised ancient Roman law. WHY, OH, WHY? When young moviegoers get out of their third viewing of the booming hit The Avengers, what in the world do they have against going to see Battleship? This movie is named after a classic Hasbro naval combat game. The subtitle, “The Battle for Earth begins at Sea,” says it […]

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Liz Smith: The Men of “Magic Mike”–They Work Hard for the Money

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  “I WAS running around with no shirt long before anyone was taking pictures of me. And I’ll keep running around with no shirt on long after.” That’s Matthew McConaughey, one of the four hot leading men who’ll take it all (mostly) off in this summer’s male-stripper movie — Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.The movie is based loosely on […]

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Dear Margo: Dreams of “What If?”

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Sing Out, Hillary!

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“I’M NOT gonna give advice to Romney. But a presidential candidate has a great responsibility to America to pick someone who is well fitted to the role. I think John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin is the single most irresponsible act of government I can remember.” So said LBJ biographer Robert Caro to Time magazine when asked: “What advice would you give to Mitt Romney in looking […]

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Dear Margo: Afraid of Little Girls

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Justin Bieber, Michael Fassbender, D’Angelo: GQ for June Studies Youth, Fame, Sex-Symbolism

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  “I KEEP my guard up a lot, because, you know, you can’t trust anyone in this business. That’s what’s sad. You can’t trust anybody.” That’s pop-star Justin Bieber, talking to GQ’s Drew Magary. Poor Justin. He is not going to feel much better about things once he reads Mr. Magary’s article, which is titled “Man Up, Bieber.” It’s not […]

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Liz Smith: Broadway Audiences Love Nostalgic “Newsies”

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“TOTO, WE’RE still in Kansas!” someone wisecracked to me as we exited a rowdy enthusiastic audience-thrilled crowd at last Sunday’s matinee of the big Broadway hit Newsies: The Musical. As many things as I’d liked about this show, I had to laugh at such a sophisticated rejoinder. It is wonderful to have a family hit […]

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