The slobs won. Then it got complicated. In film after film from the late '70s into the mid-'80s, the slobs -- often led by writer-director-actor Harold Ramis, who died today at age 69 -- trounced the snobs in each of their face-offs: at Faber College, at Camp North Star, at Sergeant Hulka's Fort Ar ... More >>
Like all ridiculous things, the story starts with Twitter. Shira Knishkowy, publicist at Partisan Records, asked if anyone wanted to give her and Leeds, England, band Eagulls tattoos; they wanted something stupid and permanent. A friend recommended me, and I obliged. I've never actually given a ta ... More >>
"You're never too old to not have a real job." I'm on a J train to Jamaica, Queens, with Pete Feigenbaum and Liam Andrew of Brooklyn synth-psych group Dinowalrus, and guitarist/frontman Pete is giving me life advice. It's not like he's being defensive, either; of the three of us, I am the only one ... More >>
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On His Majesty's secret service
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 >>
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 >>
Bill Murray leads the Poets House walk
One more time, but with feeling
It's 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky, isle-strewn coast of New England. Sam (Jared Gelman), a scrawny, bespectacled outcast with an unusual aptitude for cartography, disappears from the Khaki Scout camp supervised by Scout Master Randy Ward (Edward Norton), absconding with a couple of bed ... More >>
Yes, it is Groundhog Day again, which means that across the country, many small rodents are delivering their verdicts on whether we will have six more weeks of "winter." The most famous groundhog authority, Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow and is reporting that we will indeed have six more w ... More >>
The abridged version of the chain, at Newark's Terminal A National burger chains are flying into town and running up their numbers so fast, we can't keep up with them. One of the latest to arrive - along with Smashburger, Fatburger (which tried twice in the last two decades, failed, and is ... More >>
A new book called Low Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies With John Waters by writer/producer/production manager Robert Maier offers proof of that. Maier remembers when Bill Murray came aboard as the person to sing the "love theme" of John Waters's 1981 Odorama epic Polyester. "John was livid," ... More >>
Grammy fresh. Photo via @questloveYou'd think between the tapings of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, being shuttled from to gig to gig, and freaking out at Prince concerts, it'd be hard to pin down Questlove for 15 minutes, but it was surprising painless. We caught up with the Roots' drummer an ... More >>
Legend has it that Bill Murray is a weirdo. In one version of the infamous, widespread Bill Murray story, a kid is in Manhattan's Union Square late one night when someone comes up behind him and covers his eyes. When he turns around to see who it is, he notices it's Murray, as in the famous a ... More >>
All the comedic greats came from somewhere
Don the red cap in Red Hook
Is it bad etiquette to get drunk at a store?
Get ready to laugh around the clock
Park Avenue's trashy pool scene
Why is it only the male stars of Saturday Night Live who end up with the big movie careers? Flip back through the years, and think about it: John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Will Ferrell, and tons more e ... More >>
Here's a wonderful, pleasant way to start your morning: well-edited video of Bill Murray, reading poetry to the construction workers of Poets House, which, if you don't know (and many people don't!), is lower Manhattan's national poetry library. The video also has lovely music.
Improv's finest bring you a nonstop marathon of laughs
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, get back!
Jim Jarmusch shows you clips from his new sure-to-be-awesome film
The newest left-field, cool guy feathers in Jim Jarmusch's cap? SUNN O))), Boris, and Earth on the soundtrack to The Limits of Control, his new Bill Murray/Isaach De Bankolé/Gael García Bernal/Tilda Swinton-starring existential spy film, due in May. [Ideologic]
Doing his small part to form a more perfect post-racial America, next-gen Atlanta up-and-comer Young Dro is taking the fight to Cate Blanchett with his new mixtape Black Boy White Boy. The rapper's revolutionary philosophy of black dudes wearing scarves is set up nicely by the mixtape's cover: Dro ... More >>
Chi-town comics are first-rate
Catch Wes Andersons very best
Have son, will travel: Murray's sad-sack Don Juan stoically confronts the autumnal dead end
Desensitized to Cronenberg's 'Violence', jury anoints Dardennes over Jarmusch and von Trier
The old man and the sea: Bill Murray weathers a midlife crisis in a dawdling big-fish story
From wiseacre to wounded wise man: Murray as Bozo, bumbling dad, and bodhisattva
The Other of Invention
Bill Murray's Star Vehicle, Gus Van Sant's Double Comeback, and the Year of the Documentary
Coppola's Camera Karaokes Through Tokyo and Finds Bill Murray Singing Roxy Music
Why the resistance to Cher's single? One insider told me, 'American radio doesn't go for older artists.' Perhaps they'd like some of her boyfriends.
Definitely honor-free will be Joseph Fiennes for Shakespeare (sorry, but the Bard didn't look like Rob Lowe).