An aura of elusive mystery pervades Finding Sylvia. An Alan Shayne novel of pages-filled suspense. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. And Laura by Vera Caspary. Both remain forever popular.
On March 4, The Wallis will be transformed into a multimillion dollar setting for the annual Vanity Fair Oscar party. Designed and produced by the innovative Sara Marks, longtime director of the magazine’s special projects.
Oscar time, and the pickin’ ain’t easy. To paraphrase George Gershwin’s classic ballad, Summertime, And The Livin’ Is Easy.
After college, Uncle Sam trumpeted his bugle for our three years of army service. Where we joined the dozen soldiers integrating a black battalion, since our 201 files showed not a whit of prejudice. And where, sadly, we all lost our hair wearing those heavy steel helmets. Wives and girlfriends complained, but the commanding officer shouted, “Shut up … you’re in the army now!”
The Night Before belongs to The Ear. This is the 42nd annual year of his pre-Grammy party. In Manhattan this time around at the Sheraton Hotel, so huge that observers wisecrack “you’ll get lost in the lobby.”
October 10, 2006. A day we remember. The day Edoardo Baldi opened the door of his eponymous culinary paradise, e. baldi, in Beverly Hills at 375 North Canon Drive.
“You know you’re not the first choice when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association asks you in mid-November.” Seth Meyers of Late Night fame told The New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff.
John Hotchkis. People You Should Know. Never met a joke he didn’t like. He collected them. Always incorporated a funny reference or two in the early paragraphs of his quarterly newsletter, Economic Notes.
The mystery of creativity. The eighth wonder. Inspiring talent around the world. As it does in Hollywood, where Stephen Tomar, an emigrant from the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) is fulfilling his destiny with art and design.
A unique treat at this time of year is finding the holiday greetings from Madelyn and Pete Hammond in our mailbox. Madelyn’s the entertaining industry’s marketing wizard and Pete’s the chief film critic and columnist for Deadline Hollywood. For many past Decembers, they’ve powered their creative guns for clever spoofs of the movie posters of fun or favorite films.