January 12, 1998 Issue
"Family court ruled that Olmos and his sons couldn't be alone in a room with Stella! ... Am I just being a wild man, an irrational fellow, as Mr. and Mrs. Olmos try to paint me?"
-- Harvey Keitel, "Circus of the Stars"
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Circus of the Stars
BY JOHN LOMBARDI
Imagine the Woody-and-Mia mess directed by Scorsese. Actually, you dont have to imagine: Harvey Keitel is trying to win custody of his daughter from Lorraine Bracco, whose current husband, Edward James Olmos, has been accused of sexual misconduct. Keitel is madder than ever. And Keitel is not a man you want to make mad.
Defender of the Faith
Yeshiva boy turned tough-guy lawyer Ben Brafman gained a reputation by successfully representing lost causesMafia types, drug dealers caught on tape. Now hes defending Central Park murder suspect Daphne Abdela and, in a trial beginning this week, club owner Peter Gatien. Not bad for an old Catskills comic.
Filling a Knead
The taint of massage parlors is history: Its massage therapy now, and its so useful to hyperstressed New York professionals that home delivery is standard and even some HMOs will kick in. Rubbing is ducky.
Time for some post-holiday pampering? Skip the Canyon Ranch: New York spas offer every kind of exfoliation, mask, and application imaginable. And if some of those highly touted new techniques (galvanic currents?) sound a bit bogus, they feel awfully good.
A Giant collapse; ads for a really captive audience; New Years predictions for select New Yorkers. Plus: Gotham Style finds a Prada outlet
Betsy Ross may be the new Democrat on the block, but shes hardly a viable candidate for governor
The Insatiable Critic
Gracelands: Tennessee Mountain offers barbecue fit for the King, but the Hog Pit is strictly Late Elvis
ruits of a glassblowers labors; spices in the fire; science meets magic on the Upper West Side
Sales & Bargains
BY DAVID DENBY
Robert Duvalls The Apostle is the most honest movie ever made about a man of God
Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge joins pomposity and mediocre acting
No more chestnuts: Skip those Nutcrackers and sample this seasons exotica