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Academy Awards

  • Voice Choices

    June 11, 2014

    NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

    This festival of global affairs returns to NYC

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Six Coffeeshops Ideal for Writing in Queens

    In his introduction for the Best Screenplay award at Sunday's Oscars, Robert DeNiro described writers as "crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy." True enough -- and how better to wade through that morass of debilitating doubt and p ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 7, 2013

    WILD THING

    A popular movie gets a live musical accompaniment

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Jodie Foster Raves About Jennifer Lawrence

    This appreciation by Jodie is from the Time 100: "...I remember going to the cutting rooms of Winter's Bone. I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be. All of those painful secrets in her face, the feeling that there's some terrible past that's left impossibly angled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    My Guide To This Year's Oscar Movies

    The holiday film classics piled up last month--and when I say holiday films, I mean stuff about tsunamis, plane crashes, shipwrecks, and bin Laden. It's all pretty horrible--except that when quality films result, the ennobling glow can be felt all the way to the Academy Awards ceremony. So I've de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    A Free Screening Of Cabaret's Restoration, And Liza Will Attend!

    Bob Fosse's landmark 1972 movie of Cabaret--which was deemed so swirlingly brilliant it beat The Godfather for the Best Director Oscar--will be shown for free at the Ziegfeld, where it originally premiered, on January 31. And some pretty special people are coming, namely Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Seth MacFarlane Talks About What He'll Do As Oscar Host

    Like his creations Stewie (from Family Guy) and Ted, Seth MacFarlane is kind of impishly cute yet snickeringly barbed and racy. And I imagine that's exactly the combo he'll bring to his job hosting the next Academy Awards. I can't say I'm surprised Billy Crystal isn't coming back for a 10th hostin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    A Shiny Celebrity is A Wasted Celebrity

    The first thing celebrities learn, practically out of the womb, is "Never let them see you sweat! Sparkle, but don't shine, honey!" And I've done a lot of TV, where the most common refrain you hear is, "You're getting a little shiny. Get out the powder pronto. No, not the coke, dummy!" A compact i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Woody Harrelson Tells Me: "I Wish My Indies Were Blockbusters"

    From Cheers to two Oscar nominations to the Hunger Games franchise, Woody Harrelson has never stopped surprising--especially when you throw in his hemp campaigns, veganism, and other causes. And now he's going back to the theater! Check out my column, in which Woody tells me about his latest proje ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Hilariously Bitchy Tweets From Female Comics

    I've scoured the twitter feeds to come up with today's most tart emissions from funny ladies with a delightful axe to grind: Kathy Griffin, responding to someone who tweeted, "Get some class. Ur mouth is like a sewer.": "Ahhh blow me. Love, KG"

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Jane Fonda As An Eccentric Mom: New Photo!

    Yes, I know I just wrote that Jane Fonda plays an eccentric granny in the upcoming Bruce Beresford film Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding. But her character is also a mother. You can't be a granny without being a mommy first.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Angelina's Leg Has Started A Phenomenon

    Angelina Jolie with her leg sticking out of that slit in her dress may well become as iconic an image as Marilyn with her shmatte flying up. When she swiveled out on the Oscars with her hand on her hip and her chickeny leg out, it prompted instant homage (The Descendants' writers did it with tuxes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2012

    T-Minus Three Hours Until The Oscars: Some Hopes And Anticipations

    via​Unless you've been living in a box, you're aware that the Oscars are tonight. While we won't be live-blogging the event like we did last year, we do have some hopes and anticipations for tonight's ceremony. So get in your gown (you do have one, don't you?), sit down in front of your laptop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2012

    My Thoughts On The Oscars As They Happen!

    The show started with great dignity. Morgan Freeman came out and a friend of mine said, "Is that the one who fucks the granddaughter?"

  • Film

    February 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Keira Knightley Spanks Me Into Submission!

    Check out my sassy column in which the gorgeous and talented co-star of A Dangerous Method tells me all about her hysteria-laden role, the assurances she needed before delving into it, and the reality behind the sadistic spanking scene. Keira (Oscar nominee for Pride and Prejudice) is very frank an ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011

    LUCK OF THE IRISH

    The hit indie film Once moves Off-Broadway

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Abigail Breslin Is All Grown Up, Sort Of

    ​At last night's Gramercy Park Hotel party for her new movie, Janie Jones, Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin exuded all the signs of an ex child star who was rapidly maturing but was still charmingly girlish and cute in a semi-transitional sort of way. After costar Alessandro Nivola sang a song, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Celebs Who Are Only Children: Here's The List

    I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too! I'm not alone! And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without sib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    The Top Five Music Videos Directed By Oscar Winners

    MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. ​Earlier today, we counted down the best music videos directed by people who took home (or, more likely, left at the podium) the Razzies' "Golden Raspberry" award for worst director. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Ann-Margret: A Montage Of Her Most Vavoomy Looks

    ​No one's sexier--or sweeter--than Ann-Margret, the Scandinavian-American gal who always came off like sex on a stick while providing a kind of chaste optimism that kept it from ever being dirty. And she's talented!

  • Voice Choices

    April 20, 2011

    WINNING COMBINATION

    No longer just on YouTube

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    'Sex and the City' Ladies Clean Up at Razzies

    ​Congratulations to the cast of Sex and the City 2 for winning a collective worst actress prize at the Razzies, the awards show that honors the worst in film. Now please stop ruining my favorite show. Other winners included Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba, for a bunch of movies that aren't re ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 26, 2011

    HIGH TIMES

    The kids are not all right

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    What's Left Out of Hilary Swank's Conviction?

    ​The new movie Conviction has Hilary Swank angling for a third Oscar while playing a real-life woman who put herself through law school just to get her brother, who was wrongly convicted, out of prison. It's a feelgood moment when she does so and you cheer that this poor man has finally been ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 13, 2010

    Blind Items About Abortions And Trannie Chasers!

    Who's doing what to whom? Your guess is not as good as mine.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Who Gets Top Billing in Driving Miss Daisy?

    ​The marquee is up for the Driving Miss Daisy revival on Broadway, and James Earl Jones's name is the first one listed! He's on the left and Vanessa Redgrave comes next, on the right. This might be an alphabetical way to handle two titans of such magnitude, but isn't Vanessa slightly bigger, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Jesse James' Girlfriend Is a Webcam Model

    ​Jesse James obviously has an affinity for porn stars. In fact, he clearly favors them over Oscar winners. The disgraced husband of Sandra Bullock was recently revealed to have dated some self-promoting heat-seeking ball of tattoos named Michelle Bombshell. And the latest bombshell on Michel ... More >>

  • Film

    February 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Embarrassing Moments From My Life, Part 3000

    via Wowowow​Last night, at Patricia Field's party for her "Keith Haring Paradise Garage Collection," a friendly man barreled up to me and said, "Hi, Michael! Thanks for all the support of my film." I wasn't fully sure who he was, so to cagily fish out more details, I replied, "You're welcome! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    With Jennifer Jones Gone, Who's Left?

    ​I adored the chipmunk-cheeked Jennifer Jones, who was sublime in The Song of Bernadette, but also shone in neglected gems like Portrait of Jennie and Beat The Devil, and whose life was so richly dramatic it would have made a great David O. Selznick movie. And now that she's bye-bye, the only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Performances Lost in the Awards Shuffle

    ​The Oscar nominations aren't out yet, but the Golden Globe ones were announced and all the critics' groups have declared their faves, so it's becoming clear who's being royally shafted this year. These are the best performances that I feel are sadly being pushed under a truck in favor of big ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2009

    A CRIMINAL MIND

    Film Forum celebrates the 60th anniversary of The Third Man

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    The Oscar Buzz Is Deafening

    ​2009 is still in full swing, but I happen to know just which films are going to get nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award next year. They are: Up in the Air with ever charming man of many hats, George Clooney Up, which has extra relevance due to headlines about "balloon boy" The Hu ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Are Brangelina Automatons?

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are so beautiful they look like some kind of constantly polished Renaissance sculpture, completing each others' features in a way that makes them into one sumptuous being known simply as Brangelina. But might the fame game be getting to these conjoined icons just a teeny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Week in Review: You Be Da Man! You Be Da Man!

    This will seem strange, but the Oscars were not even a week ago. Not that they were all that memorable--at this point, we only retain a foggy recollection, something about a Beck song and James Franco recommending a certain book on the red carpet... To be fair, a lot's happened since. Tom Jones was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Some Burning Questions About Last Night's Grammys

    There were precious few awards presented on last night's Grammys, but there was a helluva lot of entertainment, and though some of it was downright bizarre (Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers?), there was plenty to enjoy and gossip about. Still, some questions continue to nag:

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    I'm Talking Oscars at the Center

    You KNOW you're going to watch the gay Super Bowl--aka the Oscars--on the 22nd, so why not get a gay jumpstart on who's going to wear what (and whom) by coming to see me host an awards-worthy panel discussion at the LGBT Center on the 18th. I guarantee that if you show up and listen good, you will e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Thumbs Up For Hugh Jackman as Oscar Host

    Hunky Hugh Jackman won an Emmy for hosting the Tonys, so maybe now he can get a Grammy for hosting the Oscars. The Aussie costar of Australia and X-Men was recently selected to M.C. the Academy Awards in February in a desperate attempt to get the telecast out of the ratings toilet bowl and attract s ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 26, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    February 19, 2008

    CAN THIS BIRD FLY?

    Great casting may make this one soar

  • Voice Choices

    February 19, 2008

    OSCAR BOWL

    Starring: You!

  • Columns

    November 14, 2006
  • NYC Life

    February 8, 2005

    You're Wearing His Shirt

    Clothing mogul Marc Ecko on designing for 50 Cent, the Oscars, and that regular dude on the street

  • Columns

    January 27, 2004
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    March 11, 2003
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    December 4, 2001
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    June 27, 2000
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