Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
Fox is planning to do another movie version of the classic Runyonesque musical comedy Guys and Dolls, and reportedly they want Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Leviitt for the male leads. (I imagine Tatum would play gambler Sky Masterson, essayed by Marlon Brando in the 1955 film version, while Gord ... More >>
"Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic" The National Arts Club Mar. 13, 6:30, Free If you actually expend thought on something like the excessive (still developing) ado over Anne Hathaway's Oscar dress, it's true that Katherine Hepburn begins to appear very rebellious indeed. Today the film legend might emb ... More >>
Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson The Strand Tonight, 7pm, $10 Marriage is a tricky subject in film. This is probably because unlike, say, the central themes of Citizen Kane or many of the Terminators, the "marriage movie" concerns a topic that's close to what many viewers either have, or will experie ... More >>
I'll give that honor to Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence. She was succinct, sweet, and sincere--everything a speech should be, including acknowledging the four losers, but not in a patronizing, humiliating way. And she did this even after falling on her face on the way up to the podium, and making a ... More >>
Oscar know-it-all Tom O'Neil asked me to chat with him on his site goldderby.com for updates on the Oscar race and how it's been morphing by the minute. But it turned out to be just a trick to get me there so he could bitchslap me for my boring predictions!
I really admired Les Miserables. No, it's not perfect--there are too many crying, singing closeups--but I still found it astonishingly done, the first great movie musical since Chicago. But as you know, it's been dividing people more than anything since Coke Zero. Here's what someone on the All Th ... More >>
Les Miserables has been drawing extreme reactions from people, from "I sobbed the whole time" to "I winced, then vomited, then ran for my life." That's actually good. Anything that polarizes people so strongly has obviously got something going on. In this week's column, I tell you what I think of ... More >>
American Idol personality Adam Lambert feels the movie of Les Miserables is more than a near Mis. It made him crazy! Lambert tweeted: "Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywood's mov ... More >>
I discussed that in a spicy and informative webcam interview with Goldderby.com's Tom O'Neil. I pointed out that Nicole Kidman is getting Oscar nomination buzz for her role as a human Barbie in The Paperboy, even though her perf wasn't terribly good--with the emphasis on terribly. Tom points out t ... More >>
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 >>
After the premiere of Les Miserables the other night, director Tom Hooper explained what he was after when he boldly had the actors sing live as they filmed. He said that watching movies where actors lipsynch has a "slightly distancing quality" and even a "falsity" to it, which he was anxious to av ... More >>
As you know, this week's column is a wacky and poignant joyride through a Parsippany autograph convention where I hobnobbed with all sorts of bright lights, gamely pushing and shoving my way through the throngs to show my icons some sensitivity and love.
It happened tonight at Perfectly Marvelous, a benefit for the Public Theater at Joe's Pub, starring Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, and other biggies doing the naughty, bawdy songs from Cabaret. I'll let stylist to the stars Christian Freedom--who was there--lay it out for you: "It was a sit-down d ... More >>
When you've got Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried in a film, how do you decide which of them to put on the poster without pissing off whoever's left out? Easy! You don't put any of them!
Is it too soon to attempt a calm discussion about the contents of The Dark Knight Rises? Anyway, when I saw it, my friend kept murmuring, "Catwoman's a lesbian!" The truth is, you do wonder a lot about Anne Hathaway character, Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Her affection for men seems distinctly manipulat ... More >>
The summer's big old buzzy Dark Knight Rises has risen up at two hours and 44 minutes, and I'll be on CNN International tomorrow to talk about. But let me give you a little preview of my thoughts.
You know, pupils that make you go "Meow." Here are the fiercest of the litter.
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 >>
Julie Newmar was the original Catwoman on Batman (I hope she gives lessons to Anne Hathaway) and has had a prodigious life of creating and learning. And in her new book, The Conscious Catwoman, Julie shares some of that, telling you things like just how to know what to wear each day. As she ... More >>
David Shankbone/WikipediaI'm not thrilled about Eddie Murphy being chosen to host the next Oscars. First the good news: After the last telecast with poor, defeated Anne Hathaway and James Franco totally at sea, they're smart to go back to a comedian, someone with a standup background and so ... More >>
"It's a good date movie," I said to Jim Sturgess at the premiere party for One Day. "That is, until..." No, let me not give it away for those who didn't read the book. In the film, Sturgess--known from Across The Universe, The Other Boleyn Girl, and 21--hits it off with idealistic Anne Ha ... More >>
If you thought the ceremonies weren't funny, don't blame him.
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithThe Gregory Brothers at the Village Voice Web Awards in December 2010 Among the rusty Web 2.0 jokes, Anne Hathaway's cornball hooting, and all the precious air Oprah breathed, there were a few redeeming aspects to last night's Oscars. Coincidentally (or not?), they tended ... More >>
Courtesy ABCAnd now for the awards portion of the evening! Full disclosure: the three of us have seen only five of the Best Picture nominees. Not that it matters. So:
I was just on Judith Regan's show on Sirius radio when my husbear Bruce Vilanch phoned in and revealed that he'll again be writing the jokes for the Oscar telecast. Vilanch said he recently met with first-time hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway to see how to optimize their presence on the ... More >>
Second from the left, no? Credit: BBCIt's not quite Katie Couric busting the world's most unseemly move, but the above photo would seem to be evidence of Vogue editrix Anna Wintour's ability to clap her hands in a somewhat demonstrative and possibly even rhythmic way. Or is it just a lookalik ... More >>
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 >>
Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson. Harlem, the world. Greg Tate. Michael Jackson. Bed-Stuy. Jean Grae. Michael Jackson. Gary, Indiana. Jessica Hopper. The Village Voice Michael Jackson Archives. We all know about the Albany Coup and how bad it makes everyone look. But who really benefited ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we remember Michael Jackson: Greg Tate on the man and his legacy, rapper Jean Grae on what Jackson meant to musicians everywhere, and Jessica Hopper, reporting live from Gary, Indiana the night Jackson died. Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla describes the daffy sci-fi audacity ... More >>
He lives. He types. Per Vulture comes news of Bret's official statement regarding his rather unfortunate run-in with a piece of scenery live onstage at the Tony Awards Sunday night. A few rather unpleasant pictures, too. He's trying to laugh this off, people, give him credit. Key graf:
Gossip boards like this one so often become forums for venting and kvetching, and that's fine--in fact, that's my bread and rancid butter. But just for once--just for one teeny, tiny second--let's reflect favorably on the world and post a nice thought or two. Anything nice, as long as it's not sarca ... More >>
The Best Picture Oscar nominees are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire. The other top nominations are: Best Actor: Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), ... More >>
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Plus, singer-dancer Chita Rivera, drag queen Linda Simpson, and "Boys Gone Wild" at Mr. Black
New things to celebrate, and a newly reopened place to celebrate them
So, at last night's budget meeting (which, if you're watching this season of The Wire, you'd know as the meeting when editors determine what goes where in the paper), were the powers-that-be swilling coffee out of their Garfield "Mondays Suck" mugs? We think so, because that has to be the only reaso ... More >>
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Why the Caged Bird Sings