This festival of global affairs returns to NYC
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 >>
A popular movie gets a live musical accompaniment
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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"
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.
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 >>
viaUnless 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 >>
The show started with great dignity. Morgan Freeman came out and a friend of mine said, "Is that the one who fucks the granddaughter?"
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 >>
The hit indie film Once moves Off-Broadway
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
No longer just on YouTube
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 >>
The kids are not all right
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 >>
Who's doing what to whom? Your guess is not as good as mine.
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 >>
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 >>
via WowowowLast 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Film Forum celebrates the 60th anniversary of The Third Man
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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:
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 >>
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 >>
Great casting may make this one soar
Clothing mogul Marc Ecko on designing for 50 Cent, the Oscars, and that regular dude on the street