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Princess Diana Holds A-List Court
Former New Yorker and Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown held her own royal court Monday night.
Her book, â€œThe Diana Chronicles,â€ just out this week, is already getting rave reviews. So it was up to local royalty, Sir Howard Stringer, head of Sony Entertainment, to entertain Brownâ€™s loyal subjects in the 35th floor Sony Club in New York City.
For a while, the topnotch media guests just kept coming and coming, despite the lack of air conditioning (certainly â€œSpider-Man 3â€ profits could be used for some nice Friedrichs in the windows of the Philip Johnson-designed aerie!)
Bette Midler sneaked in toward the end, arriving by herself but still managing to get noticed by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, NYPD chief Ray Kelly, CBS chief Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, Liz Smith, Charlie Rose, “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, actor Ron Silver and Kate Castelbajac, CBSâ€™ Steve Kroft, New Yorker editor-writer Rick Hertzberg, former Viacom chief and MTV creator Tom Freston and Harvey Weinstein and famed attorney David Boies.
And those are just a few of the names. The Sony Club was brimming with New York media types, almost to the point of distraction. A lot of necks were injured with quick turns this way and that to see which important person had just entered the main room!
Of course, there were the requisite jokes about the royal family. My favorite though was Tinaâ€™s about Sir Howard: â€œWeâ€™ve noticed the resemblance to Prince Harry, but no oneâ€™s talking about it.â€
Sir Howard blushed appropriately.
Reeling in the Years; ‘Today’ Is Hot
Steely Danâ€™s show at the Beacon Theater Monday night couldnâ€™t have better artistically. The level of Walter Becker and Donald Fagenâ€™s musicianship has never been better, and their jazz rock-inflected songs remain sturdy little enterprises studded with gorgeous surprises.
However: $145 per person seems a little high for a ticket price when a show is less than two hours long and doesnâ€™t feature the groupâ€™s biggest hits like â€œDeacon Bluesâ€ or â€œDo It Again.â€
On top of that, the Beacon has become a rather foul venue. The seats are small and dirty, and the floor is caked with dried beer. Maybe itâ€™s time new owner Cablevision put a little money into the place instead before soaking customers â€” literally and figuratively.
Even seeing beautiful Vanessa Williams in the audience didnâ€™t help, and she must have been surprised by the heavy cloud in the air. …
Monday morning, when â€œSoul Manâ€ Sam Moore performed on the “Today” show, his album â€œOvernight Sensationalâ€ was off the charts and nowhere on Amazon.com. This morning, itâ€™s at No. 14 after hitting a high in the afternoon at No. 9. Not bad.
As Billboard magazine recently observed, â€œTodayâ€ sells CDs like no other show with the exception of â€œOprahâ€ and â€œLive With Regis and Kelly.â€ Itâ€™s quite a phenomenon. …
And yes, that was â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ creator Lorne Michaels with Paul Simon and Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore sitting right behind home plate Saturday at the Yankees-Pirates game. The Yanks won, 9-3. …