The first Disney princess film to completely root itself in anything like the true feminine experience.
Pay attention to newspapers long enough, and you'll realize that they assign obituaries in advance so that they're ready to go when some august presence exits this planet. That's possible because the arc of a life, even a great one, usually has become apparent by the years before its end. (Of course ... More >>
This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
Big news! Novelizations are still a thing! Here's the one you've no doubt been looking for, because, like any reasonable person, you just know that your time would be well spent reading a cheap-o paperback rewrite of the nonsensical script story of the new movie remake of an old movie and its sequel ... More >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
You'll believe a man can fly -- and is mostly worth watching
Because you’ll never forget your first time
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate). SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 2--S ... More >>
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Eastwood’s return is a decidedly slow-pitch affair
(1) Because it's brave. Going against Scientology (and in fact anything that preaches a "Cause") is a bold move, though as the film continues to make lots of money, it will probably seem a little less brave. (2) Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman give a master class in screen acting. Th ... More >>
This time, the Public does Sondheim in the Park
Into The Woods--the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine show about fairy tale characters coming together and learning lessons--is being done in the woods of Central Park in a gimmicky but vigorous production directed by Timothy Sheader with codirection by Liam Steel. The show has always basically be ... More >>
Amy Adams stars in Into the Woods
Four Tony winners have collaborated on a show that's so light it's almost as if Picasso got to work on an Etch-A-Sketch. It's a loose adaptation of the 2000 film Bring It On, the white school/black school cheerleading comedy, though the plot has been dramatically changed and the whole thing has bee ... More >>
I love predicting Tony award categories 10 whole months before they're announced because there's something so perverse about guessing who'll get the nominations before some of the shows have even started rehearsing! Even more deliciously, I usually get at least 60% right. So here are my predix f ... More >>
The second trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film The Master was just released, and this time we get a look at Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams along with Joaquin Phoenix. We gave PTA credit for being wily with his first trailer -- for years, we've all been waiting to see how much The ... More >>
Our tipsters continue to funnel us the best Scientology material at a rapid rate. May 9 was Dianetics Day -- 62 years since the day in 1950 when L. Ron Hubbard first published Scientology's Ur-text, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health -- and already we have in our hot little hands the vid ... More >>
Shakespeare in the Park gets country
Not long ago, a British newspaper interview with Stephen Sondheim mentioned that Meryl Streep was a rumored possibility to portray the Witch in the revival of Steve's Into The Woods, playing the Delacorte this summer. No, not Miranda Priestly. Another witch. Well, Sondheim didn't confirm or deny t ... More >>
Remembering the genius of Jim Henson
Ok, get this, kids. The worst sitcom ever--except for My Mother The Car--has become James Franco's obsession to the point where he's threatening to take it to the stage and/or big screen. You see, Franco just did a Three's Company-related art installation, and the original show's creators w ... More >>
She won an Oscar for her performance as June Carter Cash in Walk The Line and now Reese Witherspoon is in negotiations to play sultry jazz singer Peggy Lee in a biopic done by Norah Ephron, who's fresh off doing Julia Child. Questions, questions.
Today, that is. (Spare me votes for Carole Lombard). Your choices are:
Gosh, I hate to pit actors aganst each other, especially when show biz is so competitive to begin with and they probably have to grab scripts out of each others' hands with sharpened talons on a regular basis. But what the fuck: Anne Hathaway or Amy Adams. Which one is better, brighter, and ... More >>
Cazwell's 20-minute bashes.
First Alan Richman listed his faves, then we did ours, and now Frank Bruni is getting in on the pizza judging action. Looking only at pizza places that have opened since 2004, he deems Motorino's Pugliese pie "a masterpiece," but "got almost no pleasure from the soggy pies at Keste." [NY Times] Mer ... More >>
Yes, Carly Simon won an Oscar, but not for Costume Design. Photo by Alan Light. The Oscars are tomorrow night, and an alleged leak of the winners is making it more interesting than usual. The Academy has denounced the list as a "complete fraud." If so, it should be exposed tomorrow, though the ev ... More >>
You read it here first! You'll be all chirpy and happy!
Costumes pass for plot in WWII update
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
Who did what to whom? When? How? Where? (Don't ask why.)
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Fairy-tale land and the real world collide to no good end in Enchanted
Choreographing the march of time as a slow freeze
Glamour, heartbreak, and some interpretive dance