Monthly Archive for July, 2011

: July, 2011

Emma Stone in VF: the return of the bathing suit competition

The surface style of the movie star profiles in the glossy magazines has changed fairly radically in the last few years. In an apparent attempt to keep up with reality television and the new fake

At ‘summer camp’ with Jeffrey Deaver, Ken Follett and company

It was so much fun — and so informative — to hang out at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan over the weekend during the annual ThrillerFest gathering. Sponsored by the International Thriller Writers

Dead designer draws King Tut-sized crowds in New York

The Alexander McQueen show at the Metropolitan Musuem — “Savage Beauty” — is a scene as well as an art exhibit. Set up in one of the mammoth museum’s smaller, non-blockbuster exhibit galleries, the

‘Unnatural Acts’: secret witchhunt at Harvard 90 years ago

The new collectively developed play “Unnatural Acts” is set to close at the Classic Stage Company on July 24, but I have a hunch this powerful drama about sex, friendship and betrayal will have a long

‘Buried Secrets’: corruption and kidnapping in Boston thriller

Joseph Finder has just delivered his second book on private intelligence operative Nick Heller — “Buried Secrets” (St. Martin’s Press) — and it’s a powerhouse thriller that puts its hooks into you in

‘The Illusion’: a Tony Kushner ‘Twilight Zone’ episode

The Signature Theatre picked the perfect play to end its life in the snug little Peter Norton Space on far West 42nd St. “The Illusion” by Tony Kushner is about the magic of theater — how it can

‘Buck’: the movie that is making grown men cry

There is probably nothing tougher in this ultra-cynical age than selling a competely straightforward PG-rated movie about a middle-age white man who exudes old-fashioned niceness. Like everyone else,

An all-time low in the annals of celebrity journalism?

GQ is one of my favorite magazines. Tucked in and around the glossy fashion and food spreads are some of the best columnists and journalism to be found in the monthlies (GQ had one of the