It's perfectly understandable that many actors and auteurs feel uncomfortable being urged to schmooze and booze it up to get awards consideration. Wasn't it enough that they already gave a great performance? Do they have to give another one at some embarrassing promotional luncheon? Wonderfully en ... More >>
The Director of Anvil! seeks out the woman behind the Master of Suspense
Shouldn't the making of Psycho be more interesting?
Last year was pretty decent, makeupwise, with Margaret Thatcher going against the apes for the Oscar, and winning paws down. But this year, movieland has come up with an even more exciting batch of blush jobs, the makeup artists going out of their way to use a full palette of cosmetics and prosthet ... More >>
That's what insiders are saying--the kind of insiders who are usually right sometimes. Oscar's Best Actor locks already seem to be: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln Duh. We knew this the second the movie was announced. Denzel Washington for Flight People are so happy he got a quality script agai ... More >>
Good evening. There's a biopic being done about the portly, macabre genius who directed one-word classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rebecca, Suspicion, Rope, and Spellbound, among other films. So which stars are dropping by for a paycheck? Here's the answer to the mystery:
Michael Becker/FOXHey, remember when enough people would get voted off American Idol and the show would go down to a much saner 60-minute running time? That was nice. Now, with only five people left, we still get a 90-minute show, with all the contestants singing twice. Maybe Fox is just dete ... More >>
But that brother from another mother sure does steal his thunder.
Whether they're afraid or simply dismissive, certain big names -- or at least their handlers -- have unceremoniously denied my requests to chat with them through the years. The glittery dishonor roll is as follows: LL Cool J. And I only asked because it was a slow news week. Betty White. W ... More >>
The cover of this week's Village Voice is the story of Zaire Paige, a budding young actor who went from playing a killer in the Ethan Hawke film Brooklyn's Finest, to becoming one in real life. He now faces 107 years in prison for the murder of suspected gangster Lethania Garcia, a killing ... More >>
That's easy. It was Meet Joe Black, the plodding, overlong meditation on life and death starring a wan Brad Pitt, a comatose Claire Forlani, and an annoying Anthony Hopkins. After the 20-minute mark, I had already met Joe Black and eagerly wanted to move on -- but there were two hours and 3 ... More >>
There are many lovely publicists out there--well, maybe three--but so many of them are mud-eating miscreants who either can't follow through with what they say or mean what they say or do their legwork before they bother a poor columnist like me with their hideous Indian-giving. (Sorry, Nati ... More >>
The new Woody Allen film, Whatever Works -- his 40th for those keeping count -- signals a return for the filmmaker in more ways than one. For starters, it is his first film to shoot on location in New York since Melinda and Melinda in 2004, interrupting a half-decade European vacation during which ... More >>
With grip and control, Ryan Gosling's done it again in this smart legal thriller
With star-studded hero porn, Emilio Estevez blames the ills of the world on RFK's murder, but what about the man?
Fashionable highlights and lowlights from last night's Golden Globes
How to get the public interested in campaign finance reform? Think Pam Grier.
Bad faith is back: a pair of Clinton-era allegories evoke free-floating late-'90s hypocrisy
Talking Pictures and Silent Valentines Leave Human Stains at the Venice Film Festival
Academics Look at the Social Phenomenon of 'Passing' and Ask: What Could Be More American?
Starchy Brits and Jungle Wits
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