New York is currently giddy with Shakespeare. Tony and Oliver-winning actor Mark Rylance is going the distance in a Bard biathlon on Broadway, starring in both Twelfth Night (as Olivia) and Richard III (as the king). Orlando Bloom has been mooning under a balcony as Romeo, and Ethan Hawke brings a bold and modern interpretation to the murderous Macbeth. Hawke may be best known for movies, including Before Midnight which opened this summer to rave reviews. But he’s proudest of his position as an accomplished stage actor, and he spoke to me the morning after his Broadway premiere as the Scottish king.
Congratulations on the show which is gripping. But you’re awake early for a man playing Macbeth.
There’s no rest for the wicked. But I have to say this is one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. It’s shockingly fun.
You’re the sexiest Macbeth I’ve ever seen. Tell be about the scene on the sofa where you and Lady Macbeth are plotting while scantily dressed. Continue reading →
Once she was the only virgin. Now she’ll have sex with anyone. As Shoshanna on HBO’s “Girls,” Zosia Mamet has a quirky, wide-eyed innocence that endears her to fans. On a break from shooting the TV hit, she takes on a completely different role, as a manipulative college girl in the off-Broadway play ‘Really Really.’ Just 25, the determined actress has a strong work ethic and a fast-talking style. Here Mamet talks to Janice Kaplan about selfishness, awkward sex and her famous father.
Early in author Lee Child’s newest thriller, A Wanted Man, hero Jack Reacher stands hitchhiking by the side of the road. A former tough-guy Army cop who has no home and no job, Reacher is described as 6-foot-5 and ugly. The image doesn’t quite fit the actor who will be playing him in the movies: Tom Cruise. Continue reading →
To understand Barbra Streisand, you have to know why she loves the color burgundy.
“I got sent to a health camp when I was about 6 years old, and we all had to wear the same starchy blue uniform,” she says with a shudder. “The lady who took care of me after school knit me a burgundy sweater. It was the only thing that gave me any individuality.”
One of the most extraordinary singers in the world, Streisand, 67, has sold more than 100 million albums —making her the top-selling female artist in the U.S.—and won Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys. She amazes as a woman who can do anything and has everything, yet the rebellious girl, wanting to be different, is never far from the surface.
“There’s a part of you that always remains a child, no matter how mature you get, how sophisticated or weary,” she says. Continue reading →
Barbra Streisand, famously private, had suggested we meet at her home in Malibu. As we walk around the main house, with its beautiful decor and glorious view of the Pacific, I realize that some of the paintings and furniture could easily be in a museum. But the atmosphere Streisand creates is warm and comfortable.