December 6, 2005 |
When Larry David came back to write the "Seinfeld" finale, he decided to leave his four characters to posterity in a jail cell -- imprisoning them, finally, for being uncaring and self-involved, dangerous to the social order. This was David's closing argument, a twist that enabled the episode to act as a comment on all the celebrated, much-quoted behavior of nine seasons.
May 16, 2004 |
Although he's married to a committed activist, Larry David, who with his HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has elevated the selfish lout to an art form, says he didn't give a whit about the environment until it affected him personally. At a May 6 fundraiser for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which for more than 30 years has helped write and defend environmental statutes such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, he explained his transformation in a delicious comic bit.
April 1, 2004 |
Just because you've dropped a few grand on a party for a presidential candidate doesn't mean you're an unvarnished supporter. Take Kevin Costner, who was milling in the $1,000-per-ticket crowd at Tuesday's giant Beverly Hills fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John F. Kerry. Asked if he planned to vote for Kerry, Costner said: "That's kind of a private process, isn't it? Don't you want to hear every last piece of information?
February 18, 2004 |
Even though the great French critic Roland Barthes has been dead for nearly 25 years, I bet he still smells like Gitanes. I miss him. Part anthropologist, part philosopher, part journalist (the part that couldn't get a good table at a restaurant), Barthes thought hard about ordinary things -- the first serious anatomist of pop culture. And one of the things he thought hard about was automobiles.
January 3, 2004 |
Against all reasonable expectation, we are facing a fourth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Larry David's brilliant, cinema verite-style, semi-improvised sitcom, in which the "Seinfeld" co-creator plays what he calls, incredibly, a "more likable" version of himself. Notwithstanding near-universal critical support and mainstream official nods -- the third season received 10 Emmy nominations (and one win, for director Robert B.
January 10, 2003 |
For seven years Wanda Sykes had a job at the National Security Agency negotiating with suppliers for spy equipment. "I had the top security clearance and all that," she says. "I was getting all kinds of awards and moving up the ladder, but I thought, this just doesn't feel right; I'm not supposed to be here." She got that right. Sykes belongs onstage.
December 3, 2002 |
NAT Nast has, in the last few weeks, appeared on "Friends," "CSI," "West Wing" and "The Sopranos." On a recent "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Larry David and guest star Ted Danson played tug of war with Nast's sleeves -- yes, like two crazed pit bulls, snarling and rolling on the floor, testosterone at full tilt. And get this, Nast has been sighted with J. Lo -- and photographed all over Ben Affleck, People magazine's sexiest man alive.
September 23, 2002 |
The cleaning crew, security guards and parking lot attendants were overwhelming favorites to win this honor at The Times. So I can't tell you how blown away I was to learn that of all those nominated to write this review of the Jiminy Glick of TV awards shows--otherwise known as the 54th annual Emmys on NBC--this paper chose... Moi? Get out! Words fail me.