“THE LAW and the stage, both are forms of exhibitionism,” said Orson Welles.
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WELL, WE have been mercifully spared the spectacle of Charlie Sheen and his former bosses at CBS going to trial — Sheen is suing CBS in the matter of firing him.
A judge decided the case will go to arbitration. We really didn’t need weeks of that dominating headlines and cable TV.
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TONY BENNETT turns a vital 85 years young this year. To celebrate this milestone Tony performs at The Metropolitan Opera on September 18th.
And to further mark his birthday, Tony has a great new CD, “Duets 2,” coming out two days after his performance at the Met. On the disc he sings with the likes of Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, , Willie Nelson, Josh Groban, Mariah Carey and the one and only k.d. lang. Tony thinks k.d. is possibly the greatest female singer of all time, and they have often worked together. On “Duets” Bennett and lang sing the schmoozy old Bobby Vinton standard, “Blue Velvet.” They turn it into a divine work of art.
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NEVER SLOWING down for a second, Miss Liza Minnelli is set to appear on Gayle King’s radio show today, talking about her acclaimed album, “Confessions” and her new world tour, which kicks off at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the June 29th (sold out already, natch.) Liza will hit Belgium, Paris, Italy, Switzerland and Monte Carlo. They will hit her back with bravas and bouquets.
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COULDN’T HELP but chuckle over Jeffrey Katzenberg’s interview to The Hollywood Reporter about the “heartbreaking decline”of the 3-D movie. Audiences for recent films, such as the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and “Kung Fu Panda 2,” are opting for good old 2-D movies.
Oh, come on, 3-D was a gimmick back in the 1950s and it is a gimmick in the 21st century. Just as Cinerama was a gimmick, and even Cinemascope. (Ever watch an old Cinemascope movie on a normal-sized TV set? Impossible. No impact. Even the close-ups are tiny.)
Why not simply make terrific movies in 2-D? CGI is so advanced now it can even create the illusion of 3-D. Katzenberg told The Hollywood Reporter that the industry was committed to delivering “the premium experience” to the moviegoer. Great. Then just churn out good movies that don’t require funny eyeglasses. That is the premium experience audiences expect and deserve at $10 a pop. (And tix prices have increased over the past two years, primarily because of … 3-D.)
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FASHION NOTE: Nothing is ever really “out” in fashion. Some styles might fade, but invariably they come back —sometimes with tweaking, other times as an exact replica.
The latest trend from the past creating an impact on the present is the open-shirt look made popular back in the 1970’s by John Travolta and Richard Gere. A recent survey concluded that 75% of men wear the three top buttons of their shirts undone when they go out at night. What I notice is that many men wear very deep v-neck tee-shirts. Often under a jacket. (I’ll never forget interviewing Jonanthan Rhys Meyers, in a tee open from clavicle to practically his navel!) Some credit Simon Cowell for all this male cleavage. I don’t know. Simon’s expansive display was always considered something of a joke.
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INTERESTING PHOTO in London’s Daily Telegraph. There is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a smart suit, her hair in a neat chignon, striding through an airport. She is trailed by her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, aka The Wife of Weiner. Mrs. Clinton is smiling, Mrs. Weiner — and can we blame her? — is not. Huma is strikingly attractive in her tight jeans, snug little jacket and her pointy-toed high-heels. Now that Huma is home, Mr. Weiner might have to hand over his cell phone. (Well, he will have to find other ways to keep busy, now that he has resigned.)
However, it is Mrs. Clinton who intrigues. Many still think this woman subliminally seeks the presidency sooner rather than later. With the economy stymied and the job situation desperate, Barack Obama is vulnerable. It’s nice that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but you can’t run for re-election on the body of a dead terrorist. (George W. Bush won a second term while declaring he “didn’t even think that much” about bin Laden anymore. Of course, he and Dick Cheney kept the terror alerts high.)
The recent New Hampshire Republican nominees debate left only Mitt Romney and Michele Bachman standing. Yes, Bachman actually came across as a legitimate (and even reasonably articulate) nominee. Tim Pawlenty was a total loss. He should give up now. Bachman seemed much less a joke than previously viewed, and certainly less of a humorous figure than Sarah Palin. (Even though the release of Palin’s voluminous e-mails during her half term as Alaska’s governor revealed nothing scandalous or illegal, much to the chagrin of the Left.)
Mitt Romney looks presidential. He always has. Bachman is obviously dead serious and working hard at learning.
Still, Mrs. Clinton could eat them both up and spit them out without so much as appearing to chew.
Would she do the “unthinkable” and challenge her own party’s sitting president, the man who elevated her to the position of Secretary of State?
A story was floated the other day that Mrs. Clinton was resigning her Secretary of State post next year because she had “other things she wanted to do.” It was suggested she might want to run the World Bank? Her aides shot down the story as “bogus” and reiterated yet again that she would never seek another run at the White House.
So that’s that. Because politicians never change their minds, do they?
Yes, a Clinton run would be savage and terrifying. Hillary running for president again?! All that drama? I think everybody working on cable TV would have to demand defibrillators right under their desks.