March 15, 1999 Issue
"People listen when you mention Howard's name. I like to be taken seriously. Howard has taken me seriously. He's like my uncle. My samurai uncle."
-- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, from "Spinning As Fast As He Can"
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Spinning As Fast As He Can
BY MICHAEL GROSS
Nasty divorce? Image problem? Rumor to kill (or spread)? When boldfacers need a media blitz, they call Howard Rubenstein. Lately the power flack has been raising money for politicians (Giuliani and Gore) -- and questions about conflicts of interest.
Here's Paul with Rosie. Paul with Liam. Paul with Leo. Paul with Gwyneth. With Hillary. Even Yassir Arafat. Lonely guy turned obsessive shutterbug Paul Walton is always ready for his close-up with celebrity.
Nicole's gone; get over it. What Patrick Marber's Closer lacks in nudity, this new Broadway play more than makes up in take-no-prisoners sex talk.
Delusions of Grandeur
Go East. There's never been a better time. The Asian economic crisis has made luxurious digs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Bali accessible to the budget traveler. There's only one drawback: You may never want to leave your five-star room to check out the local color.
The Fourth Estate dines out on Christopher Hitchens
BY NIKKI FINKE
Has Miramax gone too far to win the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love?
Tabla achieves nirvana, even for Indian-food naysayers
Great escapes: a lamp that travels; a watch that's out of this world
The common burger goes gourmet
Sales & Bargains
Low-tech pens and paper for love notes, thank-yous, brush-offs
De Niro lightens up (finally!) in the too-earnest Analyze This
Searing? Wrenching? Two slim novels as thin as the tomes
BY JOHN SIMON
Bernadette Peters plays too cute in a p.c. Annie Get Your Gun
The prickly mood of the sixties avant-garde, recaptured
Jerome Robbins's talents (and tricks) in a lively City Ballet tribute
Big star, small movie: Brando weighs in on Free Money