February 7, 2003 |
A group of employees at Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance packs into a conference room, watching Maya Angelou and Billy Crystal on "Oprah." "Why do we need to know where we came from?" the talk-show host asks. Crystal gamely plunges in. "It places me ... it gives me a center," the comic and sometime Oscar host suggests, ceding the floor to Angelou. "In this fast-food world, everyone feels like he or she is a blade of grass," the author intones in her mellifluous contralto. "In fact, we're trees.
February 5, 2003
La Jolla Playhouse will present two fund-raising evenings of comedy featuring Billy Crystal and David Steinberg on Feb. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in the playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre, on the UC San Diego campus. Proceeds from the entertainment will benefit the playhouse's New Play Development Program. Tickets range from $100 to $1,000, with a limit of six per household. They can be obtained at the La Jolla Playhouse box office or by calling (858) 550-1010.
December 6, 2002 |
In the slapdash comedy "Analyze That" Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal reunite to toss around the sort of cheap jokes that Crosby and Hope used to take on the road to wherever. As with "Analyze This," the comedy that first brought the big-screen odd couple together, the new film hinges on the high concept of Crystal's shrink nervously dispensing psychiatric help to De Niro's mobster, a gangster with a potentially lethal grasp on the therapeutic process.
July 15, 2001
Movies "America's Sweethearts" stars Julia Roberts, above left, as the sister/slave of megastar Catherine Zeta-Jones, right. As it happens, the star's estranged husband (John Cusack) is the man of Roberts' dreams. The Joe Roth-directed film also features Billy Crystal, who co-wrote the film with Peter Tolan. Opens Friday.
June 11, 2001 |
Over the past few years, I have directed a few MTV programs. And as Patrick Goldstein made mention of one of those, "The MTV Movie Awards," and of my involvement therein, I thought it best to set the record straight, since neither he nor anyone else ever contacted me to check the facts. I have directed (not produced, as stated) many of the films featured in the perennial special, beginning with the original "Brady Bunch" cast performing scenes from the year's nominated films.
April 27, 2001 |
It is dusk in Los Angeles, and some of the greatest Yankees ever are standing in front of a gray concrete wall, defending themselves against the little man with the thick-handled baseball bat. They flip the baseball, he returns it with an easy turn of his wrists, a blur of old wood, a damp thwack and a tiny dark shadow back across the moist grass.
April 1, 2001
While it is always flattering for any writer to get attention ('Wake Us When It's Over," by William Keck, March 25), I would like to stress that through all of my experiences working on the Oscar show, I have been part of a team of writers, a team headed by the host-Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin and, for the majority of the shows, Billy Crystal. They are always the principal architect of their performances, and they are their own best writers. Any credit given to me must be shared with the team, and especially the team captain.
March 5, 2001 |
The comedians are spent. The agents are frazzled. For the past five days, there's been a lot of laughing, chortling, chuckling and occasionally guffawing in this town of occasional pretentiousness, where nannies drive Mercedes and know what to order at Les Roches in St. Barths. The buzz is that Aspen is the perfect place to host a comedy festival. The nature of the town deserves it. Among the U.S.
December 13, 2000
And you thought the presidential election results were confusing? In the wake of Billy Crystal taking himself out of consideration to host the next Academy Awards, we asked readers to nominate their candidates to replace him--and the wide range of responses made the margin of victory in Florida, whatever it might be and for whomever, look like a landslide. Front-runners for fronting the Oscars were Jim Carrey and Steve Martin--at least among what we'd call legitimate contenders. The biggest draw, thanks to an apparent write-in campaign by her fans, was Claudia Christian of "Babylon 5."