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."
March 26, 2000
Over the past decade, Billy Crystal has emerged as Hollywood's MVP on Oscar night. Why? His flair for entrances: riding his "City Slickers" steed onstage in 1991, wheeled in as a masked Hannibal Lecter in 1992, leaning over the bow as the "Titanic's" King of the World in 1998. The parody song medleys at the start of the shows have become a popular staple, and who can forget the complete Jack Palance joke cycle in 1992?
February 16, 2000 |
Faster, shorter and no dance numbers. That's the promise from the new producers of the 72nd annual Academy Awards, who are in the throes of designing a streamlined ceremony for viewers tuning in to watch the live telecast March 26. "I hate to use this cliche, but we want to take the show into the 21st century," Lili Fini Zanuck says. Fini Zanuck is producing the show with her husband, Richard D. Zanuck.