Celebrating Inequality

May 20th, 2013

THE Roaring ’20s was the decade when modern celebrity was invented in America. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” is full of magazine spreads of tennis players and socialites, popular song lyrics, movie stars, paparazzi, gangsters and sports scandals — machine-made by technology, advertising and public relations. Gatsby, a mysterious bootlegger who makes a meteoric ascent from Midwestern obscurity to the palatial splendor of West Egg, exemplifies one part of the celebrity code: it’s inherently illicit. Fitzgerald intuited that, with the old restraining deities of the 19th century dead and his generation’s faith in man shaken by World War I, celebrities […]

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Pregnancy Takes a Turn on the Red Carpet

May 16th, 2013
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Entertainment News

May 15th, 2013

BARBARA WALTERS’S announcement this week that she would soon bring her long career to a close elicited the obligatory tributes to her as a trailblazer for women and an exemplary figure in broadcast journalism. But those plaudits may not go far enough. Whether or not Ms. Walters was exemplary, she may be the single most important TV personality of the last 50 years — just not for the reasons we’ve heard. More than any other journalist, she tore down the wall separating news from entertainment, the serious from the frivolous, the public figure from the celebrity. Ms. Walters was always […]

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The Last Refuge From Scandal? Professorships

May 9th, 2013

After a sex scandal forced Eliot Spitzer from the governor’s mansion in Albany, he turned up at City College, teaching a course called “Law and Public Policy.” After another sex scandal forced James E. McGreevey from the governor’s mansion in New Jersey, he turned up at Kean University, teaching in the global M.B.A. program. More recently, Parsons the New School for Design announced that John Galliano, the celebrated clothing designer who lost his job at Christian Dior after unleashing a torrent of anti-Semitic vitriol in a bar, would be leading a four-day workshop and discussion called “Show Me Emotion.” And […]

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At the Tribeca Film Festival Party, Every Name Is Bold

May 5th, 2013
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Watch the Gap

April 25th, 2013

At this point, is there a celebrity under the sun who hasn’t worn a cutout dress? Early on, the glam cutouts on Gucci’s 2010 runway caught on with pop stars, then the look blew up with Stella McCartney’s 2011 collection, when Kate Winslet and a dozen other stars wore her sculptural dresses with sheer polka-dot cutouts. Come spring 2013, there is no doubt that cutouts are having a sexy little moment. The New York label Cushnie et Ochs has been making body-conscious dresses, many with cutouts, since its debut in 2008. And why not, said Carly Cushnie, who with Michelle […]

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Shrines for Locals Who Made Good

April 25th, 2013

THE round birthday cake was small and simple — “Happy Birthday Mario,” it read. A little more than a dozen people showed up for the cold-cut spread and the operatic music piped into the little party room. Maybe 65 years ago, this same party might have been at the Beverly Hilton or some mansion on the Italian Riviera. That is when the birthday boy, Mario Lanza, was at the pinnacle of his fame as a movie star and singer. These days, it is an annual event at the Mario Lanza Institute, a small museum next to the church in South […]

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Successful Shoulders, Rubbing Together

April 24th, 2013
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Stars Who Endorse Payday Loans

April 15th, 2013

There are increasingly more and more stars endorsing payday loans. Montel Jordan, Nadya Suleman, Kerry Katona, and Rusty Wallace have lent their names to the industry to advertise this short term lending solution to the general public. The reasons the stars go on board with the various companies varies, but mostly, those here understand the […]

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‘Swatting’ Hoax Tests the Police and Stars Alike

April 11th, 2013
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