James Corden did not impress as Tony Awards host


Though I’m glad Bryan Cranston gained the Greatest Actor Tony for “Community,” I dearly liked Jeff Daniels in “Mockingbird,” and he advised me: “The present’s so particular. I can really feel the stress within the viewers. It’s 1,400 individuals not transferring.”

On Monday, somebody had simply referred to as me to complain Tonys host James Corden was higher earlier than he gurgled in a automotive. Again rolling round on 2012’s Broadway stage in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” he excelled. Now his physique’s fatter, ego’s greater and magic’s thinner. The Tonys’ splashy opening? Large rehearsal. Small twinkle.

As that decision about Corden got here in, the helicopter crash got here on. Its web site was exactly the place I used to be then headed. Award-winning set designer David Rockwell was organizing his Citymeals on Wheels that evening at that very neighborhood, Rock Middle. I advised him I’d be there — after which the entire world turned.

Deep water viewing

Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau’s grandchildren host Science Channel’s “Legends of the Deep.” Fabien’s 51. Age 4, he jumped right into a pool in California. “I’ve explored deep water all my life.”

OK, so how does one do that?

“Get permission, be taught issues, know your topic earlier than investigating UFO sightings, shipwrecks, sea monsters. An outdated Greek diver remembers. Verify clues, story origins. Learn mysteries like of the traditional wreck in Cyprus, Nova Scotia, one other which may’ve trafficked arms to the Palestine Liberation Group.

“Even trendy vessels sink. Scuba divers know one from 1981, transporting cargo within the Netherlands and trendy by shipwreck requirements. Obtained caught, difficulties counterbalancing, couldn’t stabilize and sunk.

“Diving into deep waters, 160 ft down, darkish, you may lose a foothold. Harmful to penetrate a cargo maintain mendacity on its facet or nonetheless hanging on ceilings. Particles is treacherous. You squeeze by means of rusty steel, damaged items.

“There’s a dive grasp. Important crew, my sister Céline and I, take six on every dive. Plus masks for communication, gear, backpacks, air provide, lights, cameras. We’re acutely aware of time. That’s restricted as a result of it takes lengthy to get there while you’re squeezing by means of with a tank in your again. It’s by no means simple.

“We’re related to a particular fuel combine. Excessive proportion oxygen and nitrogen. Dive time’s measured by the particular watch and pc display screen in your wrist. All the time go in with a buddy in case you in some way get hung up within the ship itself. And after we come up there’s decompression.”

Watch it on Sunday, 9 p.m., on a pleasant dry sofa.

Bits & items

Park East Animal Hospital, 72nd & Second, goes to the canines. Wed., July 31, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., it’s “Come meet our docs & employees.” Meals, wine, tchotchkes, vets. Open home — however not open kennel. Lest pets get cranky, we’re to depart furry associates house . . . Metropolis Corridor watches solely de Blasio? Fifth Avenue at 42nd and up a couple of blocks — all falafel carts, plus peddlers with sidewalk blankets and pretend purses. Close to retailers that promote actual ones. NYC’s well-known avenue now Canal Avenue? Our boro prez, Metropolis Corridor, no person’s watching?

Rocket threads

Park Avenue’s Richard James males’s store put in Elton John’s archival wardrobe. Bespoke Swarovski-trimmed tailcoats. “Dot” fits from the 2001 Grammy Awards. Displaying them to have fun “Rocketman,” the Savile Row tailor has now finished a restricted run of $260 T-shirts bearing a crystal rocket emblem.

Sunday’s Fathers Day. And the person who says he runs issues round his home might be referring to the garden mower, vacuum cleaner and washer.

Solely in lots of properties in New York, children, solely in lots of properties in New York.