• Aphrodite Moves

    This is Aphrodite, they think. She is the Getty Museum’s most prized classical sculpture, the only example in this country of a cult statue, meaning the figure that stood in the midst of a temple in ancient times, worshipped as the deity herself. But she, just like a heartstopping gold wreath that just went back…

  • Ouch!

    Chris Albrecht, the chairman of HBO, has temporarily stepped down from his post, in the wake of his arrest in Las Vegas over the weekend. He was charged with assaulting his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Las Vegas hotel where he’d gone to watch a championship boxing match on Saturday night. Albrecht, 54, …

  • Spidey Rules

    "Spiderman 3" smashed a half-dozen box office records in its opening weekend, taking in $375 million worldwide. I give you chapter and verse in tomorrow’s paper. The summer is looking good for Hollywood and, hopefully, for moviegoers.

  • A Schlub is Born, too

    If I say so myself, I loved writing about this topic – the American man-child, as seen through the prism of the Judd Apatow comedy machine. The article is in Sunday’s summer preview section, and observes: "In the world of “Knocked Up,” the latest big-ticket comedy to take on American mating rituals, the formula is…

  • A Yenta is Born

    Here’s one matchmaker. And there’s another one. In Sunday’s Styles section, I uncover the intriguing news-let that high-profile celebrities are now hiring matchmakers to fix them up, since they’re tired of dating on the Hollywood merry-go-round, and are afraid to approach a girl in the bar on their own. Said Barbie (who will take your…

  • Valenti Passes

    Jack Valenti, my friend and sometime-adversary, has passed away. He was 85. Here’s the Times’ lovely obituary by my colleague David Halbfinger. We made peace, finally, despite his being ever-peeved at a magazine story I wrote about him many years ago. The magazine, George, no longer exists. (But it was a very fun article, I…

  • Women in Hollywood

    I’m already getting lots of mail from readers in Hollywood and elsewhere, weighing in today’s story on the dearth of women executives at the top of the moviemaking power structure, and its effect on the movies. To me, the most remarkable fact I learned in reporting this piece is that only 15 percent of those…

  • Alec’s Rant

    I tried hard to ignore the sordid affair of the leak into the public domain of Alec Baldwin’s private rant to his daughter on a phone message. Alas, reporters don’t always get to choose what is newsworthy. Here’s my take on the brave new world we’re now in, published in today’s Styles section: "Did anybody…

  • A Sudden, Terrible Loss

    I am still reeling from the news that one of my journalistic heroes, David Halberstam, was killed in a car accident yesterday near San Francisco. This is a terrible tragedy, a loss to journalism, the passing — without warning — of one of the greats of the last half of the 20th century. Halberstam, who…

  • Santa Barbara Soap Opera

    Here’s the latest craziness up in Santa Barbara. Nasty stuff; one wonders where it all will end: "An ugly conflict involving a wealthy local publisher turned even uglier Sunday as The Santa Barbara News-Press published a front-page article suggesting that the paper’s former editor had kept child pornography on his work computer, a claim that…

  • Carlos Picon at the Met Opening

    This is Carlos Picon, the curator of the Greek galleries, in front of a beautifully restored fresco from a home in southern Italy, only about 1,000 years old. This photo was taken on the day of the press preview of the new Greek and Roman galleries. He told me of the new collection: "We are…

  • Curtain’s Up On the Met

    Beautiful. Breathtaking. Inspiring. I was in New York all last week, in part to be present for the opening of the new Greek and Roman galleries at The Met. The galleries, vast and spacious, have made room for no less than half of the Met’s classical antiquities collection, which has been hauled out of mothballs…

  • Curtain’s Up On the Met

    Beautiful. Breathtaking. Inspiring. I was in New York all last week, in part to be present for the opening of the new Greek and Roman galleries at The Met. The galleries, vast and spacious, have made room for no less than half of the Met’s classical antiquities collection, which has been hauled out of mothballs…

  • Who Is Anand Jon?

    There’s a lot to be said, and a lot more that will be said, about the story I’ve been intensively working on this past week (hence my quietude in this space) and that appears in tomorrow’s Styles section. Anand Jon is a young, Indian-born designer who is facing 32 counts of rape and other types…

  • addendum to dog years

    Housekeeping stuff: Just wanted to note that I had the unique pleasure of speaking to a director in the wake of his getting first whiff of a glowing, almost poetic review by my colleague and pal, Manohla Dargis. I happened to be talking to Mike White (see below, writer-director of "Year of the Dog") in…