This week in the Voice, out today, Araceli Cruz and Steven Thrasher tell the tale of landlord Moshe Samovha's bad Upper Manhattan building and the lone resident who fought for better living conditions: "This is a landlord who has acted with impunity for decades, content to let the city repair his bo ... More >>
Normally, reviews and mentions of a movie are embargoed by the film studio until a few days before the opening, but in the case of The Dark Night Rises, participating press have been warned by Warner Brothers to not tweet, review, or mention the film in any way until opening day (July 20)!
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On last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Keith and I chewed over the weird way TV and movie cameras have been diving onto Occupy Wall Street, from the Real World casting notice looking for activists to the alleged Dark Knight Rises flirtation with marching extras.
On Friday, a link to three-minute making-of video for a scrapped, Hype Williams-helmed clip of "XXXO" appeared on M.I.A.'s twitter. The footage shows M.I.A and a small group of dancers (including Beyoncé choreographer Jonté) painted head-to-toe and gyrating to the song's hissing, whirling beat. Th ... More >>
The New York Times ArtsBeat blog managed something resembling an apology from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for lifting huge segments of dialogue for their Inception parody, which aired Wednesday, from CollegeHumor's "Inception Characters Don't Understand Inception," created ... More >>
Who ever thought that little Leonardo DiCaprio from Growing Pains would emerge as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation?
After showing enough quirk appeal to get an Oscar nomination with What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, he developed into heartthrob material, almost making us bel ... More >>
Every summer, Coney Island gets taken over for a Saturday by a mass of incredible music, and the mass of fans who hop on the F or the Q to get to one of the furthest edges of Brooklyn to hear them. The best part? It's free, and it's ours: The Siren Fest is here again. This year's headliner? Mod-r ... More >>
Ted Leo, blowing a vuvuzela. Photo by Mark Hewko.In this week's Village Voice, we get ready for Siren Festival by talking to Ted Leo about the rumors of his impending retirement (not true!), while Rob Harvilla attempts to sort through former Siren headliner M.I.A.'s new Maya, Chuck Eddy round ... More >>
Additional, excellent live-blogging here with Allison Benedikt at Sound of the City.
The King of All Oscar Predictors walks among you in Part III. Will this hubris bring us low? Watch and judge!
Oh no, Ben Stiller, you are not. Natalie Portman, good straight woman. Stiller probably thinks he's C ... More >>