By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... 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.
Alicia Silverstone before she became a weird mom
Hard-bluesing, hard-boozin' wailer Janis Joplin's story has long seemed like a natural for the big screen, but any realization of that has always sputtered out like an empty bottle of Southern Comfort. Bette Midler did some kind of riff on it in 1979's The Rose, but it was very loosely based. And ... More >>
TV interviewing legend Larry King gets a Friars tribute Monday night at the Sheraton. In anticipation of that glittery gala, I turned the tables and gave Larry a grilling. Here's part two of our chat. Me: Hey, Larry. You're doing TV specials these days. What else?
McSweeney's is getting itself ready to launch Lucky Peach the quarterly food journal from David Chang, Peter Meehan, and Anthony Bourdain's Zero Point Zero Productions. It will come out in June, but the folks at McSweeney's have sent over a preview to whet the media's already considerable app ... More >>
Gaga for Google and every twittle thing that made the Aughts fraught with fakery and fun
Actress Brittany Murphy, 32, was pronounced dead at 10:04 this morning at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. TMZ is reporting that Murphy's mother found her unconscious in the shower in her husband's home and called 911. Paramedics determined she was in cardiac arrest and performed CPR, bu ... More >>
So the above is nominally 50 Cent's revenge on Rick Ross for a crime whose origins are already murky at best--Ross made fun of him for burning his baby mother's house down in "Mafia Music," back in January, and things just got more upsetting from there. 50 struck back with "Officer Ricky," a barely ... More >>
Writer-director Karen Moncrieff knows her way around a dead body
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