Zoe Kazan says Paul Dano drove her crazy

Zoe Kazan’s live-in actor Paul Dano co-wrote and now, for his first time, directed “Wildlife” with Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Zoe, who also co-wrote: “Over 11 years, Paul drove me crazy. As an actor, he’d read a script then say, ‘I just really don’t see the movie.’ I’d say, ‘That’s not your job. If it’s a great part, take it. Pay the rent.’ Now his first time directing became his job. And it’s what he’s always wanted to do.”

Gyllenhaal: “You just know when someone’s a filmmaker. It didn’t feel like a first because Paul knew what he was doing.”

Mulligan: “It’s an inherent skill. It was just in Paul’s nature.”

Meanwhile, Dano’s still acting. Paying that rent. Starring on Broadway with Ethan Hawke in Sam Shepard’s “True West.”

Please, do your best to pay attention

Les Moonves just moved back after two years redoing, redecorating, refurbishing his California house. Friends wonder might he and his family move out and away . . . Lorna Luft, in NYC promoting her book “A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away,” first brightened her smile with Dr. Marc Lazare, who’s just back from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, instructing 1,300 dentists in a new biomimetic (tooth conserving) dentistry.

Too busy on devices to live?

Bill O’Reilly: “Besides opioids, gaming and alcohol addiction, our scourge is Internet disorder. Devices are destroying human potential. Texting together replaces the family that once prayed together.

“It’s a bleak landscape. As a kid, I was outside playing ball. Now young backsides are on computer chairs or couches. Forget outdoors, you can’t charge a phone in the forest.

“E-mail is obsolete in urchin-land. Today, teens cannot spell, write, memorize or function. Their school is phones.
They don’t even call socially. It’s texting. Snapchatting. Shove words. Send pictures. Rare eye contact — since they keep looking down — has limited personal empathy. Minus voice, person and eye contact, a machine can’t feel a person’s pain or joy.”

O’Reilly’s 15th best seller, “Killing the SS,” has nearly as many copies in print as the Bible.

So are they reading?

“Devices affect concentration. It’s easier to Google information in 60 seconds. Why quit instant gratification long enough to devote time to a book or news show when flash headlines come in their hands. They want quick and short.

“And games? Fantasy football is the rage. You can shoot video zombies all day long without being arrested. Those who resist this pull and strive to be well-rounded may prosper. Sadly, most will not resist Internet addiction.”

Bless them!

Sunday Juicy, my Yorkie, age 16, and I host our 10th annual Blessing of the Animals. Christ Church, 60th & Park, 2 p.m. sharp. Doors open 1:30. No reservations, no special seats, no call in advance, no RSVP, no cost. It’s nondenominational. It’s owners with cats, dogs, turtles, gerbils, birds, rabbits — feathers, fins, fluff or fur. Only owners with pets. And, please, no creatures dropping by without owners.

It’s for the new year. To pray for their health, safety and well-being. The procession to the altar to bless and protect those best friends who love us and are there for us includes police dogs with handlers, farm animals like alpacas, pigs, chickens, goats, rescues up for adoption and then all of us with our Chihuahuas, mastiffs, iguanas or you-name-its.

For Christmas, Tiffany just inaugurated a new special express checkout counter. It’s for the “10 karats or less” line.

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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