The Sound of Music is a perfect movie, no matter what Christopher Plummer has been muttering for decades. It happens to be sweeping, enchanting, funny, adorable, and scary--the perfect mix of puppets, moppets, and Nazis. And now that it's been announced to come to TV in a whole new version, I want ... More >>
I had avoided seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel because the trailer looked so awful, but it's a hit, so I checked it out and found it pretty charming (except for the young couple's love story and all the platitudes). It's basically Enchanted April, Cocoon, and Love Actually meet Slumdog Million ... More >>
Admiring the attributes of the sixth annual male-escort awards
The Rendez-Vous With French Cinema series at Lincoln Center kicked off last night with a gala showing of the French smash The Intouchables, with Francois Cluzet as a disabled rich aesthete who bonds against all odds with his boisterous, lowbrow, lovable Senegalese caretaker (Cesar winner Omar Sy). ... More >>
Tonight, we'll be covering the 84th Annual Academy Awards, live from a computer. Stay here on Runnin' Scared for exclusive insight and commentary from a Hollywood insider who has seen THREE movies this year (not including a two-part episode of The Mentalist that looked pretty big-budget). Who ... More >>
The show started with great dignity. Morgan Freeman came out and a friend of mine said, "Is that the one who fucks the granddaughter?"
An article by Sheila Marikar on ABC.com points out that Billy Crystal has returned to Oscar-hosting amidst a whole new cultural landscape. Says the piece, there is now "a general sense that movie stars can't be covered in a wholesome, fun for the whole family sort of way." Enter Billy Crystal.
This is the only ballot you'll need at your viewing party
No, he's not just walking up and down the street. He's actually in a show. His own show, called Shatner's World: We Just Live In It.
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline. BEST PICTURE (Ranked in descending order of likelihood) 1--The Artist 2--The Descendants 3--The Help 4--Hugo 5--Mo ... More >>
WWI gets Spielberg’d; Fincher’s new girl in town
Two of the candidates for this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar are really extraordinary old people. Christopher Plummer shines in Mike Mills's Beginners as the father of the Mills character (played by Ewan McGregor), who comes out of the closet at 75 and really starts to live. Plummer himself i ... More >>
The big news to emerge from yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle voting--held early this year to scoop the other year end awards--is, of course, the second coming of homeboy Harvey Weinstein. Not only was The Artist voted best picture and its director Michel Hazanavicius anointed Best Director ... More >>
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
With more than 250 films to see, there is no one, definitive festival experience. Here's mine.
You will cherish your pet after this
In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>
Hot on the heels of the big critics' awards and the Golden Globe nominations, the Screen Actors Guild has unveiled its annual award nominations for films and television. SAG has been handing these out for 16 years, but only in the past few years has awards fever caused non-professionals to pa ... More >>
I'll tell you some I feel deserve better reps. *The Sound of Music Yes, I know the 1965 musical won Oscars and made shitloads of money, but some critics (and costar Christopher Plummer) look down on it as if it were nothing but hokey treacle. But the film works for me, from the second you se ... More >>
WALL-E would never get out alive.
"A mixture of orphan and clown" is what the great Natalie Wood played in 1965's musical melodrama Inside Daisy Clover, but that could also describe Natalie herself--a porcelain anti-waif whose radioactive spunk seemed to be a compensation for never quite feeling she was good enough or truly b ... More >>
Alert Julie Andrews! Doug Elkins brings Fraulein Maria back to Joe's Pub
Commiserating with fellow club columnist Romano. Plus playgoing and going to play.
Two revivals of classic dramas show America's knack for denying the truth
Kevin Kline prepares to scale the mad king's heroic heights and war-torn politics
By-the-numbers heist flick Spiked with ethnic vaudeville
Traffic writer's slick oil thriller oozes with intrigue but crams too much into its drum
Tousled bleach jobs, one-eyed stiffs: Neo-epic drops its veils but keeps the nookie offscreen
Keeping even Plummer un-plummy, Jonathan Miller makes Shakespeare make sense
What's the Trick of Staging Shakespeare? Directors Spill Their Trade Secrets.
Alienated Dreamers and Lusty Rebels