Aronofsky on his transformation
Jack Ferver does Liz Taylor
Last month lots of ink and pixels were spent on Lulu, the collaboration between downtown bard Lou Reed and thrash lifers Metallica"worst album of the year or maybe ever" declarations; "you just don't understand what Lou is trying to do" cries from partisans/people suspicious of the unw ... More >>
The Brooklyn duo plumb bass music's depths
The ever-evolving microgenre of "trollgaze" isn't just limited to whippersnapper up-and-comers. Today we look at one of this week's most chattered-about albums, the Metallica/Lou Reed collaboration Lulu, to try and deduce one thing: Can a 90-minute double album based off German Expressionist ... More >>
They all came up at Daniel Nardicio's "Sh*t Show" last night at Bowery Poetry Club, where I gleefully addressed them all as a gossipy guest star. Here are the topics, followed by my educated stabs at responses to them: 1--Natalie Portman didn't do most of her dancing in 'Black Swan', accor ... More >>
Jack Ferver is the new swan queen!
Leading up to the Oscars, the big fashion speculation was whether Natalie Portman would wear Dior, which she's under contract to promote, or Rodarte, who did the costumes for Black Swan. Well, it's a good thing she chose Rodarte, because as she walked the red carpet to the awards, the huge ... 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:
An Academy Awards party you'll actually want to go to
In: Portman and Franco. Out: Moore and Wahlberg.
You figure out the names.
At the New York Film Critics Circle Awards last night, critics' chairman ARMOND WHITE brought up 'Black Swan' director DARREN ARONOFSKY to present an honor to his cinematographer.Immediately, Aronofsky seemed to be channeling his own black swan."Keep it up," he said to White, "because you give us al ... More >>
Perhaps recalling the strange success (?) of their not-so-vaguely-racist "How to Date an Indian (Advice for the Non-Indian)" column by Andrea Miller, which beget a mini-online uproar, including the oddly aggressive, nearly misogynistic but well-received parody "How To Date A White Bitch (Advi ... More >>
Niko TaverniseAccording to People magazine, Natalie Portman, that little girl we really loved back when she was in that hit-man movie with Jean Reno, who we also love, and then that little girl who was all wise and glorious in the oddly wonderful despite being a little pedophiley when you thi ... More >>
Four actors and their very good year
The results are in
Plus, camping out at Burlesque
Colin FirthHere it is: Unfounded, un-called for, and way too early. Best Actor nominees will surely include Colin Firth (The King's Speech), James Franco (127 Hours), and Robert Duvall (Get Low). Firth is the favorite to win right now, especially since he was so good in A Single Man last ye ... More >>
With more than 250 films to see, there is no one, definitive festival experience. Here's mine.
The 67th Venice Film Festival, where I'm currently on jury duty (although not on the jury headed by Quentin Tarantino) opened majorly pop with Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky's warmly received and borderline risible follow-up to his 2008 Golden Lion winner The Wrestler. Although a generic horr ... More >>
A mesmerizing chat with the star of gangster epic Mesrine