November 12, 2010 |
It's 1 a.m. on a chilly fall Saturday in Hollywood and Bardot , the ultra-exclusive club that nests above the sprawling Avalon on Vine Street, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its marquee night, a live music show called the Bardot Sessions. About 450 invited guests, including actress Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison from "Glee" and Kiss front man Gene Simmons, crowd the club's floor. An open ceiling vents the rising smoke from dozens of amber-tipped cigarettes; posh banquettes are filled with angular women with tousled hair and rakish men with square jaws; and an elaborate, curved stairwell arches its staggered backbone to a double door at the top of the room that leads to a hedonistic dance floor.
March 30, 2013 |
From the nation that brought you "Are You Being Served?" comes "Mr. Selfridge," a loose dramatization of the founding of a British retail institution, the Selfridge & Co. department store, familiarly called Selfridges. Its eight-part run begins Sunday, under the colors of PBS' "Masterpiece. " Starring Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the American who brought recreational shopping to Britain, it is neither a miniseries nor a biopic, but a full-on, open-ended TV series - a second season is already slated for 2014 - which, like "The Tudors/The Borgias," takes real people from a real place and time and embroiders their lives with the sort of things you watch television for. There are resemblances to "Mad Men," as well, in that it is a period piece about the business of selling and the dreaminess of buying; and of "Downton Abbey" because it is concerned with social mobility at the end of the Edwardian era and ... big hats.
December 19, 2008 |
Two actors -- Norbert Leo Butz and William H. Macy -- will replace Jeremy Piven, who has unexpectedly left the cast of the hit Broadway revival of "Speed-the-Plow," producer Jeffrey Richards said Thursday. Piven, the Emmy-winning star of HBO's "Entourage," abruptly departed the critically praised production of David Mamet's satiric comedy over the weekend, less than two months after it opened. "We have been advised by Jeremy Piven's medical representatives that he is seriously ill and is unable to fulfill his contractual obligation to 'Speed-the-Plow,' " Richards and the show's other producers said.
June 14, 2013 |
I spent the last 10 days or so on the Tonys beat, an enjoyable seasonal sojourn that offers a nice change of pace from, say, the grind of Oscar season or the hothouse of TV show sets. You can spend your whole life covering Hollywood and not come across someone who suggests Abraham Lincoln may have had a disturbing shoe fetish. Hollywood has of course been making its own forays to the Great White Way in recent years. For some this has been a fruitful pursuit. Tom Hanks was much-embraced for heading to the big stage to play a real-life journalist, even if Tonys voters didn't seem to want to reward him for the trip.
June 26, 2010 |
Ari Gold, the ruthless Hollywood player of HBO's "Entourage," commandeers his agency's conference room with his typical force-of-nature bravado. No longer content with being the planet's most successful agent, he outlines a bold plan for conquest. "I'm bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles!" he proclaims before warning his underlings to keep quiet about the high-level negotiations with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: "I'm not threatening your jobs, I'm threatening your lives! I'm serious."
September 30, 2001 |
Martin and Lewis. Lemmon and Matthau. Newman and Redford. Cusack and Piven. OK, maybe John Cusack and Jeremy Piven would be a different thing. For starters, they will need to stop giggling. "We met at the"--Piven offers the name of a famous young actress--"Dramatic Institute of Fun," as Cusack responds with a derisive snort.