David Geffen

Mad Murdoch Maligns Mousy Mitt
August 24, 2012

What's behind Rupert Murdoch's mistrust of Romney?

Traitors to Their Class
June 25, 2010

For Barack Obama’s inauguration, Washington Dulles International Airport had to close a runway to accommodate private jet traffic. According to aviati

Simon-Gate, The Mystery Continues
March 01, 2010

I suppose I deserve this for trusting the British press. It appears David Geffen is probably not the subject of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." Roger Freidman at Showbiz 411 observes: David Geffen had nothing to do with Carly Simon in 1972. He ran Asylum Records. She was on Elektra. Jac Holzman ran Elektra and was in charge of the album “No Secrets” and the song “You’re So Vain.” It wasn’t until the next year that Elektra was merged with Asylum. In 1974, Carly released another album, called “Hot Cakes,” on Elektra.

Second Biggest Mystery Of The 70s Solved
February 26, 2010

Now that we've learned the identity of Deep Throat, the one remaining thing we needed to know before we can close the books on the 1970s is, who was Carly Simon singing about in that annoying but catchy tune "You're So Vain"? Numerous romantic figures have been named, including Mick Jagger and Warren Beatty. And now...

The Cool Presidency
March 03, 2009

If one were to gather together a dozen of our society's key arbiters of cool—ad execs, movie stars, fashion designers, music critics, pollsters, suburban tweens—and instruct them to generate the profile of a "cool" politician, what are the odds that their efforts would result in a gangly, jug-eared, overeducated, workaholic with a fondness for Scrabble? Not to denigrate our freshly minted president, but, when you tick through some of the basics, Barack Obama comes across as an inveterate dork.

Defining Populism Down
March 01, 2007

From a New York Post article about prominent black New York pols taking Hillary Clinton to task for attacking Obama over David Geffen's comments: State Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens), who has yet to back a presidential contender, added, "I think she overreacted. They should have left the issue alone. Geffen has the right to raise money for whoever he likes. "It doesn't do well to get into spats over issues like David Geffen's statements. I don't think anybody really cares for that," Smith added. "Why pick on the little guy?" [Emphasis added.] Little guy?

The Clintons And Money
February 23, 2007

I came down with Clinton fatigue somewhere near the end of the first term. I don't mean to one-up my friend David Geffen in this. He is not as temperamentally judgmental as I am, and--after all--he did have a more intimate station from which to view Bill and Hillary. If you're close to the first family when it is in the White House you are bound to a certain discretion. But, as someone once said, intimacy breeds contempt ... so, it follows, that longer-time intimacy breeds greater contempt.

TNR Film Classics: The Case Against Hollywood (April 10, 1995)
April 10, 1995

I. I just got back from Hollywood, where I had breakfast with Ricardo Mestres at the Bel Air Hotel. Mestres shot from Harvard to the head of Disney’s Hollywood pictures, only to release a string of flops so unremittingly horrible that finally, after a deathwatch that seemed to go on for years, he lost his job. But there he was, with a spanking new title, dressed with casual confidence in khakis and a plaid shirt, working on his second breakfast of the day. The head of Warner Brothers’ film division sat across from us, the new chairman of Disney in the corner.