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Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker Go 'Fashion Police' on Male Celebs at the Met Gala: VIDEO

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On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour gave a twist to the expected critique of women's fashion at the annual Met Gala by putting the test instead to some of the men on hand, who were instructed to wear white tie and tails.

Watch as Tom Brady, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kanye West, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, and others endure the icy consideration of the Vogue editrix.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Answers 73 Questions In Five Minutes, Adorably: VIDEO

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Do you love Sarah Jessica Parker? You'll probably fall for her even harder after watching Vogue's infectiously fun new video in which an interviewer asks the actress 73 questions in just over five minutes. Even better, SJP leads the the crew around one level of her beautiful New York brownstone.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner Open Off Broadway In ‘The Commons of Pensacola’: REVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

Amanda Peet’s playwriting debut The Commons of Pensacola, about the wife and daughters of a Bernie Madoff type criminal, opened Off Broadway November 21st in a Manhattan Theatre Club Production directed by Artistic Director Lynne Meadow at New York City Center Stage I. Starring Blythe Danner as the willfully unknowing wife and Sarah Jessica Parker as her somewhat anchorless daughter, Peet’s play looks at the fallout of an infamous scandal on the culprit’s family.

Commons 4Since losing nearly everything, Judith (Ms. Danner) has relocated to a small condo in Pensacola, where her daughter Becca (Ms. Parker) and Becca’s younger boyfriend Gabe (Michael Stahl-David) arrive to spend Thanksgiving—though not without something of an ulterior motive. A struggling actress who babysits for her agent’s kids, Becca has decided to team up with Gabe to produce a project meant to give her family’s side of events a public hearing, provided Judith agrees to participate.

For reasons unknown at the start, Becca’s sister Ali (Ali Marsh), cut off communication with their mother shortly after the family scandal broke. Ali’s sassy (and foulmouthed) teenage daughter Lizzy (Zoe Levin) flies down to Florida to spend the holiday with Judith and Becca without telling her mother. Though Lizzy, of course, isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Peet's story unfolds with sufficient intrigue—sexual and financial, but familial above all—to keep the drama interesting and engaging, if not wholly original and always unpredictable. Though its subject is by now familiar territory, the play provides enough dramatic fodder for its stars to demonstrate their command of the stage.

Commons 1This is particularly true of Ms. Parker, making her return to New York theatre after nearly a decade of dominating the city’s portrayal onscreen. While it may be tough to buy that a woman of Parker’s not uncertain glamour could be struggling to get noticed in Hollywood, her performance as Becca is both assured and emotionally refined. Her signature qualities as a performer—a certain innate vulnerability, and warm, sometimes goofy charm—are in fine form and a pleasure to see on stage.

These are in many ways Ms. Danner’s signature qualities as well, and the two make a well-matched mother-daughter pair. Commons marks something of a reunion for the two, having first performed together in this same theatre in A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia in 1995. As the wife of a man who deceived and ruined many (including herself), Danner toes a delicate balance—between rolling with the indignities of aging (including a proportionately large number of fart jokes in the play’s swift 80 minutes), and holding on to her own dignity with a sharp wit. 

Commons 2Others in the cast, including Nilaja Sun as Judith’s attentive maid, deliver fine supporting performances throughout. But it’s when the commotion clears leaving mother and daughter alone to face each other that the play delivers its most powerful moments. In startling emotional outbursts and silent exchanges of intimacy, Becca and Judith ultimately reveal their most guarded truths to stirring results. 

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Have Dinner with Carrie Bradshaw and Obama: VIDEO

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Sarah Jessica Parker debuted in a new campaign ad during last night's MTV Movie Awards plugging a chance for dinner at her house with the President and Michelle Obama.

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Says Parker in the spot: "The guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, the guy who created four million new jobs. That guy – President Obama – and his wife Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th."

Also hosting the dinner? Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who appeared in a similar spot last week.

The RNC is blasting the ads:

"There couldn't be a better demonstration of this president's misplaced priorities than a glitzy fundraising video release on the same day that marked more unemployed Americans," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

The national group released a web video on Monday that played the Wintour video alongside economic figures, including the unemployment rate among women, Hispanics, African Americans and young people.

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Movies: Run To "Drive", Keep Ryan Gosling Working

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 Ryan Gosling Plants One On His "Drive" Director. As Well He Should.

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

 
YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
Dear Readers,

Go see DRIVE this weekend. It's the only sensible decision.

Sincerely, Nathaniel

You're just going to have to trust me on this one because I'd also urge you not to read any reviews before plunking down the cash. Yeah, I'm bossy. It's better to know nothing about Drive beforehand. The movie won't even give you its protagonists name (he's simply 'the driver' or 'the kid') so don't go digging for info you don't need. I will always be grateful that I saw it "cold". After you've seen it, you'll want to read the reviews anyway. Drive, which erases any lingering doubts (were there any?) that Ryan Gosling is the most exciting young movie star on this side of the Atlantic, also won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Nicolas Winding Refn. He's already hinting at another movie with Gosling and after Drive they'd be crazy not to bottle lightning twice.

Ryan-drives Drive is just one of those movies, the kind that unfold with such individuality and confidence and sense of possibility that you can almost imagine the celluloid standing up and strutting right past you, knowing full well you're going to turn and look. Yeah, I'm hot shit, it might say, if it weren't so obviously the strong and silent type.

ALSO OPENING

James Marsden tries to fill Dustin Hoffman's shoes in the remake of 70s classic STRAW DOGS co-starring Alexander Skarsgård. Some critics are mad that the new version predictably dumps the smarter meatier elements and subtext for standard thrills but at least Roger Ebert likes it; THE LION KING returns to the big screen for just two weeks in 3-D and they say it's just beautifully retro-fitted. But all moviegoers must ask themselves this question before purchasing a ticket "Can I sleep at night if I continue to enable Hollywood's 3D addiction?"; Two buzzy horny foreign films, Germany's "3" about a straight couple that both fall in love with the same man (from Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer) and Norway's Oscar submission HAPPY HAPPY a marital sex comedy are opening on both coasts;

Finally... SJP is back! (Not that she ever goes away). MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Isaac Katz, Bloomberg Won't Dignify Paladino's Remarks, And GOP Tequila Shots

Obamastreaker Towlesmall Isaac Katz, son of Jonathan Katz, the Washington University professor whose essay, "In Defense of Homophobia" got him booted from the government's oil spill team, has come out of the closet: "When I told my dad I was gay, his immediate response was, "No, you're not." (My mom, by the way, was and is more supportive.) When my insistence finally overrode his denials, he echoed his online essay that I should deny who I am rather than to engage in an act so abhorrent as to love another man... To me, though, it is undeniable that removing him from the team for reasons unrelated to his scientific knowledge, academic credentials or intellectual capacity was a mistake."

Towlesmall The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund has named "Ten Races to Watch," which means the candidates are LGBT and could use a little boost.

Towlesmall President Obama and Joe Biden's rally in Philadelphia was quite a scene: first there was a streaker, and then someone threw a book at the President's head. Guess which one was arrested? [Answer: the streaker.]

Towlesmall New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, suddenly infamous for his gay "brainwashing" remark, has some allies. Unfortunately, they're people like anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer, who thinks believes everything Paladino said "is so true and so evident and so obvious that the real controversy here is that there is any controversy at all."

Towlesmall New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg does not approve of Carl Paladino's remarks, saying, "[His speech is] not what America stands for and it's not what New York stands for, and I won't dignify it with anything else." The Mayor was then asked whether he thinks Paladino's fit to serve, to which Bloomberg replied, "I don't think I want to dignify comments like he's made, and I'll leave it at that." That's saying enough...

Towlesmall Will future generation of smart phones be "squishy?"

Chadallen-1Towlesmall  Actor Chad Allen has a message for coming out day: "I have long held the belief that those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender have been given an extraordinary gift. We are forced to go inside ourselves and determine, once and for all, that we are good. If we have anything at all to give the world, we are going to find it somewhere along that journey."

Towlesmall Diana Ross also has something to say about "coming out."

Towlesmall Sarah Palin hinted at a White House run this weekend, when she compared herself to another "unelectable" politician, Ronald Reagan. She also invoked the conservative icon in a message for Carly Fiorina: "This is still Reagan Country," she said of California.

Towlesmall Congratulations Joe Jervis for winning the Ali Forney Center Advocate Award.

Towlesmall Authorities describe a fire at a gay bar in Knoxville, Tennessee, as "suspicious."

Towlesmall Speaking of Carly Fiorina, the California Senate candidate spent some of her weekend downing tequila with Latino voters and another Republican candidate, Meg Whitman, who's running for Governor. Yes, beer on blue-collar "Main Street" and tequila with Latinos: the tradition of getting drunk with constituents just gets better and better...

Towlesmall Sjp-1 European Union officials say that Serbia's "failure" to prevent anti-gay riots during pride this weekend may hinder its chances at joining the Union. The United State embassy, meanwhile, praised Serbian authorities for protecting gay rights marchers.

Towlesmall Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, the Saudi prince accused of murdering his servant and alleged lover, had an erotic massage just three days before the incident - yes, with a male masseuse - say witnesses at his trial, where he denied being gay.

Towlesmall Sarah Jessica Parker left the option of a third Sex and The City movie open...

Towlesmall Take a first look at Glee's homage to Rocky Horror, guest starring John Stamos.


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