The Next Lesson: Reassessing Roberto Athayde's play "Miss Margarida's Way" in the age of Trump

The Next Lesson: Reassessing Roberto Athayde's play "Miss Margarida's Way" in the age of Trump
“Is anyone here named Messiah? And Jesus? No? And Holy Ghost? Is there anyone named Holy Ghost in this class? No? Are you sure?… Good.” (Athayde 3) When you enter a theater, you often expect to be transported to a plane of heightened humanity or fantasy. Yet, what would roll through your mind if you... Read more »

Talkin' Star Wars: The Last Jedi (on my podcast!)

Talkin' Star Wars: The Last Jedi (on my podcast!)
For those of you that don’t know, besides being an old showbiz hound, I’m also a podcaster! This week’s episode is particularly Hollywood-esque, as we talked about anything and everything Star Wars! In this entertaining hour-long conversation, my co-host, Jack Bower, and I, along with our good friend (and special guest) Alex Wellington, dissect, adore, hate,... Read more »

Why Hollywood still needs a kick-ass feminist like Mae West

Why Hollywood still needs a kick-ass feminist like Mae West
Ever since the dawn of the 5-o’clock girls, Hollywood actresses who were specifically hired by film studios to “service” their star actors and directors, the vice grip of sexual urge has plagued Tinseltown. Hollywood has had its share of scandals, follies, and outrages, but what has been happening recently is a never-ending trove of dysfunction and... Read more »
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Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi got me carded at Walmart

Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi got me carded at Walmart
Every now and then, the peculiar improbabilities of life just make you step back and take stock of your surroundings. I’m quite used to people, after I say the name of some obscure celebrity, looking at me as if I had strung their cat up by its tail over a goldfish bowl. I’ve even become... Read more »

Musing: Reaching for the past and seeing it with young eyes

Musing: Reaching for the past and seeing it with young eyes
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning—— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”  Those... Read more »

Steven's Showbiz Book Reviews: The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis

Steven's Showbiz Book Reviews: The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis
In regards to Jenifer Lewis’s philosophy on life, the song above should suffice: “I don’t want nobody fuckin’ with me in these streets!” I have just finished reading Lewis’s delightful new memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, a 336-page bottle of concentrated habanero hot sauce. I felt, as I read, that I was experiencing Lewis’s... Read more »
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5 Classic Films that I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving!

5 Classic Films that I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving!
Unlike Christmas, Halloween, and the more “bankable” holidays, Thanksgiving has been left out to dry in terms of classic cinematic material devoted to it. To quote the introduction of Cole Porter’s immortal “Anything Goes”: “Times have changed And we’ve often rewound the clock Since the Puritans got a shock When they landed on Plymouth Rock.... Read more »

Steven's Memorable Characters: (#1) Madame Medusa (Disney's The Rescuers)

Steven's Memorable Characters: (#1) Madame Medusa (Disney's The Rescuers)
Of the following scene from The Rescuers, critic John Culhane had this to impart: “The scene in which Mme Medusa takes off her makeup while plotting child abuse. The way that Milt Mahl accents Geraldine Page’s fruity, cruel voice by making her tug extra hard at her false eyelash until her eyelid snaps back like a... Read more »

Liz Smith: The Life, Friendship, and Death of Show-business's Dishy Doyenne

Liz Smith: The Life, Friendship, and Death of Show-business's Dishy Doyenne
Following in the gargantuan footsteps of Hollywood’s Grand Duo of Gossip, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, is a tall order, indeed. Gossip writers need to espouse a certain tenacity, drive, and brass balls the size of globes. The more you fling at celebs, the more you have flung back at you. In recent years, no duo could... Read more »
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Steven's Top 5: Classic Hollywood Memoirs by Actresses

Steven's Top 5: Classic Hollywood Memoirs by Actresses
There’s nothing I like better than a good, juicy scoop about those denizens of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s even better when the dirt is regurgitated from the mouth of the idols (and idol-makers) themselves! I’ve read more showbusiness biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and fluff books (think Nicole Richie and Snooki “writing” novels) than I... Read more »