Elaine’s closing marks the end of a movie/restaurant era

The announcement yesterday that Elaine’s — the venerable Upper East Side restaurant — will be closing May 26 hit a certain slice of Manhattan society hard. The owner and hostess, Elaine Kaufman, died
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‘The Social Climber’s Handbook’: dressed to kill in Manhattan

Molly Jong-Fast’s “The Social Climber’s Handbook” is a very dark and very funny new novel that examines the money pressures that even the wealthy felt three years ago when the economy began to melt
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‘The Tree of Life’ rouses Cannes press at the crack of dawn

It takes a special film to get the world press up in time for an 8:30 a.m. screening but that’s what happened in Cannes this morning for the first showing of Terrence Malick’s long-awaited “The Tree
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Yoko Ono’s beautiful/sad gift to New York City

Abrams has just published a gorgeous little photo book, “Strawberry Fields,” devoted to one of the most moving and useful memorials that I know of — the 5.3 acres of Central Park that was restored and
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Will a paywall put an end to free You Tube movies?

YouTube made a big announcement this week about launching a movie rental streaming service, ala Netflix, but let’s hope this doesn’t mean that the many oddball films that are already available on the
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‘Hotel No Tell’: sex & the city & crime

Daphne Uviller has developed a distinctive storytelling style by blending elements of two popular genres — the mystery and chick lit — and setting her novels in a realistic but slightly
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The latest victim of the ‘IMAX’ racket — me!

If you Google “IMAX” and “fraud” you get 3,500,000 hits, among them some very interesting and very angry postings. I just found this out today, 48 hours after a visit to the “IMAX Experience” screen
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Arthur Laurents, R.I.P. – he told it like it was

A gift to journalists as well as the stage and film industries, Arthur Laurents was a tell-it-like-it-is playwright and screenwriter who managed to keep working right up to the end. Within the past
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