And more from our Liz: Mel Gibson as a Jewish hero?… Musicals dominate Broadway … Karl Lagerfeld on royal weddings and big creeps
“HIS MOUTH is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity,” says the Bible.
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I WAS reminded of this quote on seeing reports that Dick Cheney, who acted as vice president for George W. Bush (but we know who really ran the works!) suggested it “wouldn’t be a bad idea” if Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama next year in the run for president.
Oh, Dick, please find the rock you were under and go away. This will never happen. Mrs. Clinton knows it would tear her party to shreds. The only way it could happen would be if Obama stepped aside and asked her to run. This will not happen either. But it’s a nice way to foment more discontent among Democrats. Dick is like Mike Myers’ creation, Dr. Evil. Only not so funny.
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REPORTER Mike Fleming’s exclusive, which appeared on “Deadline New York” last Friday, told us that Mel Gibson will make a movie, written by the controversial Joe Eszterhas. In this movie, Mel will play the heroic Judah Maccabee. He was a revolutionary scriptural leader of the Jews in the 2nd century B.C.
Writer Eszterhas was once the most successful screenwriter in Hollywood, having scored with “Basic Instinct,” “Jagged Edge,” “Flashdance,” and “Music Box.” He, like Mel, was always an obstreperous Hollywood bad boy. But as a human being, I admired him and thoroughly enjoyed his company in his later life and semi-retirement from the scene. This was when he segued from hanging with stars like Sharon Stone and quarreling with Hollywood’s VIP agent Mike Ovitz by moving to Ohio with his loyal wife and numerous sons.
Now, Mel Gibson is one of moviedom’s true hero/villains, having scored as a tough tender leading man in movie success after movie success before he imploded on drugs, drink and several arrests. We won’t dwell on his leaving his longtime marriage and many children for another woman. (And that didn’t work either!) Gibson became a fixture of headlines, suffering DUIs, while he frothed at the mouth about Jews, women, and the Law.
But both these talented giants are back! Now, Mel is about due for a total Hollywood comeback playing a heroic historic Jew even though scores of people believe him to be anti-Semitic.
Mr. Eszterhas has survived Mr. Fleming’s writeup about him as a rehabilitated ex drunk, drugger and womanizer.
The report on these two larger-than-life talents however, neglects to add that the last I heard, the devoutly Roman Catholic Mel evidently still believes that anyone who isn’t is definitely going to hell!
And, Joe, after a bout with serious cancer, has become — of all things — a reformed, sensitive soul greatly influenced by Christian philosophy.
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THE ASTONISHING actor Hugh Laurie was recently profiled in The New York Times magazine under this headline: “I equate happiness with contentment, and contentment with complacency, and complacency with impending disaster.”
Meanwhile the English Mr. Laurie has become one of the most popular actors in American television as the acerbic and mysterious sadist doctor in the long-running series “House.”
The occasion of his giving an interview to Gavin Edwards was the release of his album of New Orleans blues, titled “Let Them Talk.” I was amused that here was an entire story about Hugh Laurie that didn’t bother to mention he once played the father of a mouse in the movie “Stuart Little.”
Now that’s a diverting claim to fame!
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IS THIS a first?! In the more than 60 years I’ve been going to Broadway shows, starting with “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” I have never before seen a moment when there was only one “straight” play on the boards.
Eighteen of the nineteen shows on Broadway are musicals. Only the wonderfully touching “War Horse” is a drama — and it is a true marvel and hit of hits. And “War Horse” is quite a way “up” Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater of Lincoln Center.
Of course, things will change the moment Terence Rattigan’s “Man and Boy,” starring Frank Langella, opens on October 9th at the American Airlines Theater on 42nd Street. October will bring us “The Mountaintop,” starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. There’ll also be “Relatively Speaking,” three one-act plays written by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen.
In November, we’ll see a revival of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” with Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross. (She scored big in this in London last year.)
December brings “Bonnie & Clyde,” starring Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan. But, guess what? It’s a musical by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black.
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WELL, IT certainly took Karl Lagerfeld long enough to weigh in on the fashions of the royal wedding. Goodness, I’d all but forgotten that William and Kate had wed. Too many earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires and unemployment over here to have that event linger in my mind.
Anyway, Karl disdained most of what the women wore, citing “bad proportions…ugly hats and short skirts on fat legs.” He did have praise for the bride, however. “Her gown was very refined. Much more refined than the one Diana wore.” (Please, it was the excessive 1980’s. Diana’s gigantic Cinderella gown was totally of its time.)
Karl says women who criticize thin models are “fat mummies sitting in front of the TV with their bags of crisps.” Karl, don’t hold back and don’t get your fingerless gloves soiled.
Oh, and Karl got away from fashion long enough to comment on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, now back in France after his run-in with the Manhattan justice system. “I love DSK. I love his wife. They are great people and when they came back, I sent them flowers. He’s fun. He’s great, he’s a sweet guy — as long as you’re not a woman.”