First, lets start with the ending: the closing credits disclaimer that insists that none of the lead actors in Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac filmed penetrative sex. If there is real sex in the movie, and it sure looks like there is, it must have been done by one of the eight credited sex doubles, li ... More >>
This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimming pool; in Do Not Dis ... More >>
Now look what you've done. Last night Glasslands played host to a "secret" show by Lana Del Rey, an up-and-coming singer who was described by the one press release I received about her (in July) as a "gangster Nancy Sinatra" and whose overall aesthetic is like what would happen if you asked C ... More >>
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 >>
Norman WongTake a look above at Holy Fuck. Those blank, wide-eyed creatures make berzerker caveman grooves, a primitive stomping of drums and keyboard mashing. This vented fury is best exemplified by their MySpace quote: "Who the fuck is Bilbo Baggins?!" They begin your Friday night at Cake S ... 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 >>
Ellen Silverman PhotographyYesterday, we talked to Michael Anthony, executive chef at Gramercy Tavern, about the James Beards, his most embarrassing kitchen moment, and the advent of ramps. Today, in the second half of the interview, find out how Anthony feels about health care, the mayor's ... More >>
Talking with the stars of French cinema
Hail to The Victors, and revolting youth, and confused assassins
"Billboard's 'Tastemakers' chart is the one we should all paying attention to, don't you think?"This week's Billboard 200 is headed once again by Lady Antebellum, the milquetoast country trio whose second album Need You Now moved 481,000 copies in its debut week, and 209,000 copies in the sal ... More >>
See where Charlotte Gainsbourg got her talent from
We bleed for this thing. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week Jay-Z went all the way to the top of the singles list on our 2009 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, the rapper told SOTC that his two favorite songs of last year both came from Kings of Leon. With an honorable mention tip of the cap to the ... More >>
Charlotte Gainsbourg Bell House Tuesday, January 19 Last night at the Bell House was Charlotte Gainsbourg's first live solo show "literally ever," in the words of her publicist, and the experience was a little like watching a rare Shoebill Stork at the zoo. We stared at her curiously, she sort of ... More >>
Two nights with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck pals
As the '00s become history, an Iraq war movie finally wins us over. How fitting.
94 critics voted. The results are in.
Musical chairs with nuns and a Jew.
An interview with Cannes's 2009 Best Actress
This time, it's visceral
Our longtime film critic J. Hoberman spent this year's Cannes filing regular dispatches. This is his last one. Enter the Void Memorable for its in-your-face sensationalism, the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened with the 3-D computer animation Up, saving the "Yours" for the final minutes of the comp ... More >>
Our longtime film critic J. Hoberman is filing regular dispatches from this year's Cannes. The Festival is nearly over, but the question still remains: who will win the Palme? Penelope Cruz in Broken Embraces: Is this Pedro Almodovar's year? The marche has closed up shop, the trades have published ... More >>
The latest (though not all greatest) in French cinema hits town
Guess who's coming to dinner? Your boss's unstable wife and a host of hauntings
Hopscotching chronology elevates New Age mysticism in a heart transplant melodrama
The Results Are In
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