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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Riedel’

Is Tina Brown’s Favorite Shakespeare Quote a Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink?

In the bios, he is known as Sir Harold. But more informally in NYC, London and elsewhere,  Tina Brown‘s husband Harold Evans is quite often referred to or tagged as “Harry.”

Which got us wondering today about the favorite Shakespeare quote provided to blogger Bill Lucey by the head of Tina Brown Live Media, for his fun item tied to the 450th anniversary of The Bard’s birthday. He asked journalists to share their favorite line of stage dialogue, and, well… You be the second judge:

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The ‘Unnerving’ Experience of Auditioning for Woody Allen

New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel has a fun item about the leading-lady audition procession for Bullets Over Broadway. The 1994 film version allowed Dianne Wiest to beat out co-star Jennifer Tilly and three others for that year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and now, every conceivable name is trying out for the stage version of Helen Sinclair.

Zach Braff and Vincent Pastore are already lined up for the Broadway musical, scheduled to start previewing next March. But no decision has yet been made in connection with the plum part of Sinclair:

Auditioning for Allen is, I’m told, unnerving. For one thing, he seldom makes eye contact with the performer.

“He looks down at the floor,” a source says. “[Director] Susan [Stroman] is warm and gracious. He says nothing. Not even ‘Thank you.’ ” [Patti] LuPone came in with diva guns blazing, wowing everybody with her pipes and wit. When she left, Woody mumbled: “I don’t see her in the part.” Next!

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David Zinczenko, Jack Kliger and The Man Most Unlikely to Wind Up at Michael’s

LunchAtMichaelsAs faithful readers know, we endeavor to give our rundown of the movers and shakers who show up at Michael’s every Wednesday a cheeky spin so as not to take ourselves too seriously about the whole power lunch thing. Today, aside from the obvious reason not to make light of an already featherweight subject, I’m too dumbstruck by a new acquaintance I made while making my rounds in the dining room to come up with a pithy opener.

When TV Guide‘s acting CEO Jack Kliger motioned me to come over and meet the handsome young man dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, I couldn’t imagine who he might be. An actor starring in a new crime procedural for CBS? A new reality star ready for his close-up? A family friend getting the full-court “Lunch at Michael’s” treatment? Well, I was half right. “This is Jonathan Alpeyrie,” said Jack. “He’s a combat photographer who was kidnapped in Syria and just released a few weeks ago.” The French-American photographer told me he was on his third trip to Syria when he was abducted at gunpoint by masked men at a checkpoint near Damascus and was held for 81 days. During his harrowing time spent in captivity, he was often chained to a bed and narrowly escaped execution after enraging a guard because he went to the bathroom without getting permission. The solider held a machine gun to Jonathan’s head before being called off by the other soldiers standing guard. Jonathan didn’t seem to want to talk much about his experience, so Jack, who is a close friend of Jonathan’s father, filled in the blanks.

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Randy Quaid Adds Phone Hacking to Star Whacking

Just when you thought the story of Randy and Evi Quaid couldn’t get any weirder, along comes AP Los Angeles reporter Anthony McCartney with a juicy “Celebrity Docket” exclusive.

McCartney spoke with Quaid last Friday via telephone from British Columbia. The actor alleged that the only way New York Post reporter Michael Riedel could have written a certain February 2008 article about the troubled Seattle stage production of Lone Sar Love was by eavesdropping on a cell phone conversation between Quaid and his attorney. To McCartney’s credit, he contacted the Post for comment:

The paper rejected the allegation in a statement released to the AP late Friday. “Michael Riedel categorically denies this claim,” the paper said in a statement, stating that Quaid has provided no proof he was hacked.

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Tablet Editor Jesse Oxfeld Takes On Theatre Reviewing Duties At The Observer

observerlogo.jpgJesse Oxfeld, the current executive editor for online Jewish magazine Tablet and former editor at Mediabistro.com, Gawker and New York magazine, is taking on a new title: theater critic.

Last week, New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel revealed that Oxfeld would be assuming the critic’s role at The New York Observer, after the paper’s longtime theater critic John Heilpern stepped down from his post.

Oxfeld, a self-proclaimed “theater obsessive,” told FishbowlNY that he “fell backwards” into the Observer‘s critic spot, “which is ridiculous and fun and a classic Broadway plotline,” he said.

Earlier this year, Oxfeld jumped at the chance to do theater coverage for the Observer as part of the paper’s plan to expand its culture coverage under new editor Tom McGeveran. But since the summer is a slow time in the theater world, Oxfeld only had the chance to write one review before Heilpern decided to depart. Now instead of playing second fiddle to Heilpern, Oxfeld will primarily take on meaty Broadway show reviews.

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