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The Late Movies: Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert in the Park

31 years ago today, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reunited for a concert in Central Park. It was September 19, 1981, and the concert was free — the plan was to use TV and home video royalties from the performance to renovate Central Park itself, which was in bad shape at the time. [...]

The Late Movies: “Paul’s Boutique” Turns 23

The Beastie Boys released their opus Paul’s Boutique today, July 25, way back in 1989. (To some of us that doesn’t seem so long ago.) It was their second record, and the band faced tremendous pressure to meet or exceed Licensed to Ill, known for anthemic party-rock/hip-hop hits like “(You Gotta) Fight for [...]

What Legal Authority Does Judge Judy Have?

Judge Judy reportedly makes $45 million a year. What kind of legal power comes with it? JIM RUYMEN/UPI /Landov While Judith Sheindlin was a real, live judge — New York City Mayor Ed Koch appointed her to criminal court in 1982 and then made her Manhattan’s supervising family court judge in 1986 — she’s not acting as one on her [...]

When Hizzoner Can Be “Your Honor”

In the aftermath of New York’s decision to approve gay marriage, news broke that Mayor Michael Bloomberg would officiate at the wedding of two of his office aides. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has also reportedly backed out on his promise to officiate at a friend’s wedding. This raises a question –- why can a mayor [...]

8 Memorable Sesame Street Celebrity Cameos

Over 400 celebrities have guest starred on Sesame Street, including actors, musicians, writers, politicians and athletes. The upcoming 40th season will feature appearances by Adam Sandler, Matthew Fox, Ricky Gervais, Judah Friedlander, both Gyllenhaals, Paul Rudd and Michelle Obama. Here are a few memorable guest spots from the first 39 years. 1. James Earl Jones Scares [...]