Bright young New Yorkers facing the Age of Obama

There is a long tradition of plays and movies that have captured the lives of bright young people looking for friendship, creative work and romantic excitement as they struggle through their 20s and

‘Master Class’: Tyne Daly hits it out of the park

“How can you have rivals when no one else can do what you do?,” Maria Callas asks in the remarkably durable biographical drama “Master Class” by Terrence McNally. It’s a play about ego and stardom and

Elin Hilderbrand puts herself in Ruth Madoff’s position

“Silver Girl” (Little, Brown) tells an engrossing story about two old friends trying to reconnect at a beach house in Nantucket, but it also allows the author to pull off a remarkable display of

What’s Hugh Hefner doing on Lifetime tonight?

I know that Lifetime has given up its slogan “Television for Women” but it still seems odd for the cable network to present something like tonight’s special “Hef’s Runaway Bride.” The show is a

‘Eyes Wide Open’: a thriller powered by personal tragedy

In his new novel, “Eyes Wide Open” (William Morrow) Andrew Gross takes a break from his sensational Ty Hauck series to give us a stand-alone thriller that has unusual emotional weight. It isn’t easy

What’s a good film actress to do in the age of ‘Transformers’?

The other night I watched the 1966 comedy-drama “Morgan!” (below) starring Vanessa Redgrave and David Warner and was inspired by my enjoyment of that oldie to pull out a copy of another Redgrave film

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