Harper Lee’s Lawyer Takes Over Monroeville

You think small towns are sweet places where nobody ever vies for power? Hah! Wall Street Journal: ‘Harper Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, is the author’s chief spokeswoman and advocate. She is the trustee of Ms. Lee’s estate and a partner in the firm where Ms. Lee’s sister practiced law. Recently, Ms. Carter has taken on a new role: theater producer. Ms. Carter has gained national attention for her role in the rediscovery and publication of the 89-year-old writer’s recently released novel, “Go Set a Watchman.” She also figures in a protracted conflict between Ms. Lee and the Monroe County Heritage Museum, which is dedicated in part to the writer’s legacy. On Tuesday, the Read more »

Marilyn Monroe Is A Big Fat Fraud

That’s what my friend Dee Sushi always says. Dee says that Marilyn didn’t have a tenth the talent of Judy Holliday or half the campy appeal of Jayne Mansfield. Yet it was Marilyn who became the global icon. But in 1949 she was just another struggling young actress trying to make it in Tinseltown. Tight on cash with a car payment looming, the starlet, who was just days away from her 23rd birthday, agreed to pose nude for $50 for photographer Tom Kelley. The photos would go on to make up the now-iconic “Golden Dreams” calendar and would appear in the first issue of Playboy in 1953. Now, 21 never-before-seen photos from the original shoot have just been released and can be viewed this summer in a traveling exhibition across the U.S. courtesy of Limited Runs.

When Tom Cruise Did Good Movies

Tom Cruise has been everywhere this week, promoting his new “Mission Impossible” product. The insightful Mark Harris reminds us when Cruise was interested not just in being a movie star but in taking the occasional risk with his choices: “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Magnolia.” Harris wonders why Cruise pulled back from such risks. He overlooked the elephant in the room: Scientology. When you are the co-leader of a cult as well as an actor it does tend to affect your business decisions.

Tyler, The Creator Raps New Dr. Seuss


This week, a long-lost Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get?“, was finally published 50 years after it was originally written. To celebrate, Jimmy Kimmel did the only logical thing on his show Wednesday night: He recruited Tyler, The Creator to rap the whole book. Dressed in full “Cat in the Hat” attire, the rapper tried to give the children’s book some “flow,” before telling Kimmel the segment was “wack.”

Will Radiohead Record Next Bond Theme?

Think Radiohead, and what comes to mind? It’s obvious, really: fast cars, gizmos and gadgets, semi-clad women, high-stakes gambling, and brutal violence delivered with a raised eyebrow. In fact, putting Radiohead and a James Bond thing together seems like the most reasonable pairing since Dexys Midnight Runners recorded the theme to “Brush Strokes,” the 80s sitcom. That’s clearly what some people think, at any rate. The bookmaker William Hill suspended betting on the identity of the next Bond theme singer, for “Spectre,” on Tuesday, after a customer in Middlesex tried to put a $22,000 bet on Radiohead having recorded the song.

“Leonard Pelkey”: My FT Review

The Financial Times has posted my review of “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” which has opened off-Broadway. Bottom line: ‘James Lecesne (pictured) is that rare actor: he can play men and women with equal believability. His dexterousness is on ample display in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, a solo show that Lecesne adapted from his 2008 young-adult novel, Absolute Brightness, and in which he performs. In both its simplicity and its storytelling, this 75-minute evening shines.’

Horrors! Kate Middleton Is Going Grey

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) was happy to let a few of her glossy chestnut locks go grey while she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte, but hairdresser to the stars Nicky Clarke has urged the future queen never to do so again. Clarke, who tended the tresses of Princess Diana and the Duchess of York, among many others, says women should never let their hair lose its color, although different rules apply for men. ‘Kate needs to get rid of her grey hair — it’s not a good look,’ he says. ‘She does have amazing things done to her hair and it can look great, but unfortunately it’s the case for women — all women — that until you’re really old, you can’t be seen to have any grey hairs.’ In other words: grey hair is bad grooming.