About a year and a half ago, singer-songwriter and former Rilo Kiley principal Jenny Lewis was in a difficult spot. Crippling writer's block had stopped her in her tracks right in the middle of work on her third solo album, the follow-up to 2008's Acid Tongue. Her father had just passed away. Her lo ... More >>
He's believable as a hip-hop star because nothing he says is true
I'll list some currently alive siblings (or semi-siblings) and I'll highlight my favorite of each bunch by putting them in boldface. You tell me your own personal faves in these same groupings. Break the rules and you're no sister of mine. Toni Braxton....Her sisters Joey Luft.....Lorna Luft, ... More >>
The 1962 Granny Guignol classic Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? is being remade by Walter Hill, and it's time to line up two stars who are over the hill to play the parts. You know the drill. Jane is a nutjob who's stuck in her cutesy-pie kiddie routine and is so adorable except that she viciously ... More >>
Angela Ashman Could there be anything more thrilling to the Fashion Week crowd than waiting for a Marc Jacobs show to start? The excitement had been mounting all week with talk that Jacobs was in negotiations to take over at Dior after the departure of John Galliano. Adding to the anticipatio ... More >>
Famous for being almost famous
They say it's your birthday . . .
Tao Lin as Jonathan FranzenMaybe it is a thing that some people who write reviews of art never use Google to read anything that might provide a context for the art they are writing about because the art should stand on its own, and an assessment of a piece of art should not be influenced or f ... More >>
Even casual observers of this blog know of our great esteem for Das Racist, and our great excitement at the release yesterday of their latest mixtape, Sit Down, Man, featuring guests from Diplo to El-P, Boi-1da to Devo Springsteen. Samples include "People Are Strange" and "Return to Innocence ... More >>
We read Richard Yates and thought about it and it kind of 'bums' us out
Newcomers, not so much.
Michael Becker /FOXWho Won't Be on the Idol Tour?9:04pm. I'm contemplating life right now, and the course it takes when in one day you can go from interviewing Johnny Rotten to live-blogging about the 11 remaining contestants of American Idol snapping and lipsynching "Wake Me Up Before You Go ... More >>
So The Runaways movie opens today, with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning prancing about trashing hotel rooms and leering and whatnot; our friends over at LA Weekly have a long, excellent feature on a figure with alas only a bit part in the film: drummer Sandy West, who died of cancer in 2006 aft ... More >>
Still trying to wrangle your landlord to get your door to stop squeaking? You ain't seen shit. As long as they didn't make Elizabeth Dwoskin's beautifully terrifying work on this year's list of New York's Worst Landlords, you might end up wanting to hug your own building's capo. And if they a ... More >>
Sex, drugs, and feminist thought
Last nights' No Reservations: Hudson Valley was not our favorite of Bourdain's adventures--that The Shining hotel interlude with an uncomfortable-looking Michael Ruhlman took up 20 minutes that could have been devoted to food. And what was up with the Dakota Fanning doppelganger? Still, the scene in ... More >>
The words "legend" and "icon" are thrown around so effortlessly these days at anyone who's accomplished what any ordinary person could achieve in a couple of New York minutes that I sometimes want to ask my legendary doorman if the iconic UPS man has arrived yet.
Thank heaven for little girls
The American International Toy Fair is on at the Javits Center. The big opening day news is that Lego and Disney have entered a licensing deal, and you know what that means: Land of the Legos, starring Brendan Fraser and Dakota Fanning, in which they, the Power Miners, and lovable Lego George Wen ... More >>
Things are not as they seem in Henry Selick's stunning stop-motion fairy tale
Up against another film about Lennon's killer, first-time director digs in
Sundance kiddie porn, from Dakotas rape to Cusacks daddy issues
You'll Be a Woman Soon: Two Pairs of It Girls Grow Up Too Fast, or Maybe Not Fast Enough