Throne-clogged Hollywood’s anointed Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman in “The Favorite” about England’s 18th-century queen Anne and now — ta-da! — crowns Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie within the 16th-century “Mary Queen of Scots.”
Robbie, ungorgeous as Elizabeth, is made up with hen pox, scars, white make-up, shaved eyebrows, Lucille Ball purple wigs.
Margot: “Took longer to create pox scars than the precise pox blisters, hours every morning starting at 4:30 a.m. The thinner scar tissue prosthetics had been even more durable to placed on.”
The Aussie has dialect coaches for various movies. Co-star Man Pearce can also be from Down Beneath. “Between takes, we talked in our Australian accents driving the director loopy.”
Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Dench, Blanchett, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson, Claire Foy, Vanessa Redgrave and a hash of others have immortalized Brit majesties. She says: “Nice actresses have performed these roles. I didn’t need to see any of them.”
Pleasant, straightforward Saoirse liked principally visiting Scottish landscapes and its historic castles.
Alright already with queens. Subsequent it’s cameras in Greenwich Village.
Crooner goes to see comedian
Tony Bennett on the Reducing Room to see Ronnie Marmo’s “I’m not a Comic . . . I’m Lenny Bruce.” Took selfies with the viewers and advised Marmo he labored with Bruce in San Francisco within the ’60s . . . Me, I took no selfies, however I’m telling you about probably the most scrumptious French restaurant. It’s Demarchelier on East 86th.
People loopy for film
“Loopy Wealthy Asians” is loopy wealthy. The money register reads a gross of greater than $234 million so far on the worldwide field workplace. Michelle Yeoh, who performs the bitchy mother: “It’s implausible. In case you simply see my script strains, it reads identical to a severe drama.” Extra implausible is that Singapore, the place I’ve spent years, has snarky stiff guidelines, but its Chamber of Commerce embraced the movie. Helped tourism. Everybody now needs to go there.
Phrase on a sequel? “We’ll get the gang again collectively, then take it from there.”
New York’s Archbishop, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan’s annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon bestows the Christmas Angel Award to restaurateur/chef Lidia Bastianich’s “outreach to the poor and struggling.” Catherine and Christopher Kinney get the St. Nicholas Award for bringing “generosity into the lives of others.” Mary Higgins Clark, chairwoman.
The so-called Paper of File simply lauded the Oscars for altering our panorama. As in additional girls, minorities, female-led movies, black administrators. OK. However creating Academy Awards was to evaluate the perfect films. That’s now simply an afterthought?
And Normal Motors? Main mess. Former captain of business. Now privately a ache. Inflicting corporal punishment on our automotive business, which now seems as much as Cuba. Quickly solely “Actual Housewives of New Jersey” will discover Camaros. Shove cheaper vehicles. Make costly vehicles that value much less. As soon as the down cost, $2,500 is now gross sales tax. GM: Cease guaranteeing elements for the lifetime of your fashions. Assure them for the lifetime of the funds.
Normal Motors additionally bought its Hummer bummer to China. Nice thought. An adversary ought to at all times have the perfect of our military tools.
As I’ve reported, this Sunday, 2 p.m. sharp, Christ Church, 60th and Park Avenue, is my Blessing of the Animals. Free. No reservations. Clergy bless every chicken, canine, cat, rabbit, turtle, no matter. No pet with out an proprietor; no proprietor with out its pet.
A woman holding a cellphone requested me: “I’ve no pet. Can I include my digital canine?”
Solely in New York, children, solely in New York.