Jackie Collins: The Woman Knew from Fame!

Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, who died September 19 at age 77, lived in a Beverly Hills mansion and frequented Hollywood’s toniest hot spots, collecting dish for her sex- and scandal-filled chronicles of Tinseltown’s rich and famous, notably Hollywood Wives. But Collins was just as likely to be spotted at a local Rite Aid or Target store. Shortly before her last novel, The Santangelos, came out in June, Collins came out to me about her surprisingly down-to-earth tastes: Writing is so …

This Weekend: Take Up Space with Matthew McConaughey

This week in theaters: A dazzling (if derivative) journey into deep space. At home: A visionary director’s whimsical look at love…Clint Eastwood gets musical…Weird Al breaks through. Interstellar As he transports his intrepid crew of space explorers (including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway) to a distant black hole, writer-director Christopher Nolan (Inception) nods to sci-fi classics from 2001 to Ziggy Stardust. The results are spectacular, but we’ve grown to expect more originality from this screen visionary.   Elsa & Fred …

This Weekend: Birdman, Bill Murray, Late-Life Love

In Theaters This Weekend: Bill Murray is an artful codger; Michael Keaton wings his way to Broadway; Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer discover it’s never too late to find love. At Home: Billy Crystal and Pee-wee Herman remember when. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Did Michael Keaton quit the Batman series 22 years ago just so he could one day make this dreamlike film about an actor who walked away from a smash superhero franchise? In the performance …

Shirley MacLaine: ’I don’t know anything about acting’

Shirley MacLaine stars with Christopher Plummer in Elsa & Fred, the story of a lonely old man’s emotional reawakening — thanks, of course, to his unexpected romance with an impulsive, high-spirited woman. Speaking from her home in the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico, MacLaine chatted candidly — as she’s been known to do — about her new film, how long she wants to live and the day she didn’t give a thought to Anita Ekberg’s “big boobs.” Bill Newcott: Are …

‘Downton’s’ Season 3 Brings Later in Life Love, Match-up of Matriarchs and More

“Downton Abbey’s” third season rolls out Sunday (Jan. 6) with a fresh batch of episodes that, judging by the first five, are as savory and delicious as ever.  Yes, Shirley MacLaine is aboard as rich, social climbing New Yorker Martha Levinson, mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern).  And, yes, her scenes with Dame Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess Violet Crawley are all fans heard and hoped they would be — a new defining moment in the Anglo American special relationship, class versus crass …