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Billy Crystal’s book provides welcome relief from grief

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STAGE version of “700 Sundays” returns to Broadway this year. Right: The comedian as a precocious, young performer.

The passing of our dear dad months ago has shaken our world in ways we could not imagine. Being a daddy’s girl, I feel a deep sense of loss and sadness every time I realize that I will no longer see him.

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Spot-on casting buoys up Crystal-Midler starrer

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CRYSTAL AND MIDLER. Portray beleaguered grandparents in “Parental Guidance.”

We hastened to catch the current film, “Parental Guidance,” at our favorite cineplex, because we usually enjoy the screen performances of its stars, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.

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Stars recall their favorite Golden Globe moments

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CRYSTAL. Supportive costar. photo: ruben v. nepales

In the weeks leading to the 70th Golden Globe Awards held last Jan. 13, stars—from Billy Crystal, Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Hobbit’s” Ian McKellen to Sylvester Stallone—shared their most memorable moments at Hollywood’s party of the year.

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Meryl’s Oscar record and other Academy trivia

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STREEP. Most nominated thespian in Oscar history.

Meryl Streep’s Best Actress nomination for her terrific portrayal of Maggie Thatcher through several decades in “The Iron Lady” is her 14th in this category. The nod increases Meryl’s lead as the most nominated thespian in Academy history, with 17 nominations overall.

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Billy Crystal’s comeback is Oscarcast’s biggest plus factor

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CRYSTAL. Best Oscar host ever.

THE Oscars are still popular with viewers, but ratings went down last year. For its 2012 telecast on Feb. 26 (early Feb. 27 here), the show is trying to recover by coming up with a number of special attractions. In our view, the biggest plus factor it’s offering is the return as program host of Billy Crystal.

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