Labor Day is just a week away. It's your last chance to see comedians work dirtier, push envelopes harder, and tell industrial quantities of Ben Affleck/Batman jokes before "real life" resumes. Here are our picks for the best of the bunch. See also: Comedian Kurt Braunohler Misses You All the Time, ... 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 >>
Ben Affleck was surprisingly shut out of an Oscar nomination for Best Director last week, but he's not down yet. He stunned all the experts by copping Best Picture and Best Director at last night's Golden Globes as Lincoln looked distinctly un-Presidential. (As I just noted on CNN, the only award t ... More >>
The following folk were excluded by the Oscar nominators and will have to either jump off a cliff or just learn to deal with it.
Minutes after the nominations were announced this morning, I whooshed to CNN to give my thoughts to host Carol Costello on who was chosen and what was omitted. I also talked about how the Best Actress race contains the youngest and oldest nominees ever in that category.
Meredith Vieira was delightful as the MC of last night's National Board of Review awards at Cipriani. She kept things zingy, and after Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli took the stage for a tribute to 50 years of Bond films, Vieira quipped, "So James Bond is 50 and he still looks good. I'm 59 and I ... More >>
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Not so tight that the wife, Jennifer Garner needs to worry, mind you. But Ben Affleck--who has an important new movie called Argo coming out--tells The Hollywood Reporter about his former flame, Jennifer Lopez: "We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do ha ... More >>
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Since Miss Cleo was driven out of business years ago, the Gold Derby site had to fall back on asking various pundits like myself to start predicting what will win the Oscar for Best Picture next year. Alas, I'm still working on last year's predictions. (The Artist doesn't have a chance. Trust me! I ... More >>
Ben Affleck was a Hollywood golden boy who got sucked into some crappy pictures as well as a destructively over-publicized relationship before settling into a simpler life and emerging as a fine director with films like Gone Baby Gone and The Town. And now he's getting Oscar buzz all over again. A ... More >>
I was stunned to find this list posted on imdb.com. But bear in mind I think it was put up there by a single feisty human, and also "favorite" implies a personal like for someone as opposed to a definite feeling that they're masterfully talented.
Valiant Sandra Bernhard, curious Mickey Rourke, and simply Divine
It's been a while since I rammed some tidbits of gossip down your throats and then made foie gras out of it. So the time is nigh! Click here for my new column, in which I dish on everyone from Ben Affleck to Sandra Bernhard--and yes, those are two different people. Plus Selena Gomez, Micke ... More >>
George Clooney might be well-known as the face of Nespresso, and the image of Padma Lakshmi munching away at Burger King is forever ingrained in the minds of fourteen-year-old boys. Other celebrities have endorsed food products, too...only in roles before they hit stardom. The Daily Meal has a fun ... More >>
I'm leaving out the obvious ones, which get enough attention, thank you. OK, here goes: Mesrine. A two-part tour de force for Vincent Cassel as a real-life gangster who loves his children. The Town. Male nuns robbing banks? That's just one thread of this seamy, Ben Affleck-directed melodra ... More >>
I never thought anyone from Gossip Girl would be considered one of our premiere thesps any more than I felt Justin Bieber should sing at the Met. But I can finally admit that in Ben Affleck's searing criminal drama The Town, Blake Lively happens to be amazing in her supporting role as a ragg ... More >>
Jamey Johnson: Bon Iver, only good! Photo by James Minchin.In this week's Village Voice, Chuck Eddy on the charms of schizophrenic stoner country guy Jamey Johnson, Jessica Hopper reviews Superchunk's excellent new Majesty Shredding, Ryan Dombal talks with Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, an ... More >>
Have I been hallucinating or is that really said in the commercials for the new Ben Affleck film The Town? Isn't it a little bit of a vague recommendation? What next --
Pop culture -- especially music -- has always had its own respectively fringe and seemingly misunderstood populations. From Phish Phans, to Justin Bieber's bloodthirsty teenage following, and beyond, there always seems to be a group of people deeply saturated in a culture of fanatic obsession ... More >>
It takes the New York Times exactly 700 words today to admit their trend piece on the length of movie titles may very well be another entry into the canon of article-length specious claims. The crux of the article is that "with studios churning out more sequels than ever, and eager to link th ... More >>
The country's greatest living director, Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), has a new release in the offing, due Labor Day. "Extract" concerns Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of a flavoring company called Reynolds Extracts, which manufactures "a patented brand of culinary extra ... More >>
50 Cent and Rick Ross have a beef. Will it be settled with guns? Actually, it will more likely be settled with internet videos and rapid response units. What what? Erik Parker explains the new state of the art. Burial societies are supposed to assure their members of a grave when their time comes. ... More >>
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On the Academy Awards, I loved the quick cut to Warren and Annette after Whoopi's crack about older men and younger women.