I'll give that honor to Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence. She was succinct, sweet, and sincere--everything a speech should be, including acknowledging the four losers, but not in a patronizing, humiliating way. And she did this even after falling on her face on the way up to the podium, and making a ... More >>
Ben Affleck was surprisingly shut out of an Oscar nomination for Best Director last week, but he's not down yet. He stunned all the experts by copping Best Picture and Best Director at last night's Golden Globes as Lincoln looked distinctly un-Presidential. (As I just noted on CNN, the only award t ... More >>
Pungent and informative and so cute I wanted to pinch my cheeks through the screen when I got home and watched it. On CNN International, I was the featured guest brought on to prognosticate about the Oscar nominations, which are coming this Thursday like a whole other Christmas morning.
If the protean Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Oscar for Lincoln--which there's a much better chance of happening than Liz & Dick nabbing an Emmy--he'll be the first three-time Best Actor winner in the Academy's history. Other actors have won three Oscars, mind you, but not all for Best Actor. (Ja ... More >>
On His Majesty's secret service
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate). SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 2--S ... More >>
It has been almost a month now since America went to the polls and re-elected President Obama to another four years of running this whole place. Since then, we've collectively done well in the whole "taking our minds off the election" business. We've had Petraeus, the progress of the Sandy recovery, ... More >>
A tall, tall film
That's what insiders are saying--the kind of insiders who are usually right sometimes. Oscar's Best Actor locks already seem to be: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln Duh. We knew this the second the movie was announced. Denzel Washington for Flight People are so happy he got a quality script agai ... More >>
Spoiler alert (though it's actually more of a non spoiler alert). They had a surprise screening of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln at the New York Film Festival the other night, showcasing the film about a pivotal period in American history regarding both war and slavery. A friend of mine who works in ... More >>
Ben Affleck was a Hollywood golden boy who got sucked into some crappy pictures as well as a destructively over-publicized relationship before settling into a simpler life and emerging as a fine director with films like Gone Baby Gone and The Town. And now he's getting Oscar buzz all over again. A ... More >>
Prankish doc exposes the ol' heart of darkness
Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie about Abraham Lincoln doesn't make the President look like E.T., Jaws, or something out of Jurassic Park. In fact, it makes him look exactly like Daniel Day-Lewis, who's playing the part. With a hint of Walter Huston. Here's' a stirring image from the film, whic ... More >>
At last night's hilarious Assdance awards (for outrageous short films) at Bowery Poetry Club, Janeane Garofalo took the stage to present an honor for Best Overacting By A Female Lead. She told the crowd: "Think Elizabeth Berkley. "Or Jennifer Lopez when she's trying to laugh like a human would la ... More >>
My choices in ranked order: (1) James Stewart (2) Robert DeNiro (3) Spencer Tracy (4) Jack Nicholson (5) Jack Lemmon
The Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien thing is all over the place, with Leno being invited to move his underwatched show from 10 to 11 p.m. and Tonight Show host O'Brien, facing a later start and feeling the squeeze, reportedly in talks with Fox. Should O'Brien jump ship? Or sit tight, and pick up whate ... More >>
Ladyfag: The future is now, apparently. Photo by Randy BurkeCLICK HERE for my new column which tells you all about the splashy new movie musical with Daniel Day-Lewis trying to "Be Italian." I also delve into:
Showstoppers and rip-offs in the blowsy movie musical. Plus: Paper's Nightlife Awards
Married in the 'burbs—can we really expect anything but comatose?
Nine is the all-star musical film based on the Broadway show, which in turn was based on the Fellini flick 8 1/2, about an Italian director who's surrounded by scads of exasperating yet titillating women. Well, the trailer makes it looks like a gorgeous melange of Italianisma, as directed by Rob ... More >>
"I'd like to do something that involves an older woman, perhaps in the vein of The Graduate or Harold and Maude." Gigantic: Dano and the girl of your dreams There's a genuine quality to all the varied roles --whether killer (Taking Lives, 2004), mute older brother (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006), or ... More >>
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
So, at last night's budget meeting (which, if you're watching this season of The Wire, you'd know as the meeting when editors determine what goes where in the paper), were the powers-that-be swilling coffee out of their Garfield "Mondays Suck" mugs? We think so, because that has to be the only reaso ... More >>
What was your favorite part of last night's SAG awards? Daniel Day-Lewis's drippy Heath Ledger speech or Julie Christie's witchy and wanton Alzheimer's joke? Don't answer! Julie wins by a landslide! But since her speech had a rah-rah Writer's Guild bent to it, Jules probably shouldn't have neglected ... More >>
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Watching a career sore. And hearing amid the praise for Day-Lewis: 'Huston. We have a problem.'
An epic gusher, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood strikes oil, and then some
Oscar Declares War on the War
The Many Sides of Indie Film's Newest Siren
Relax, Yankee Fans. Everything's in Good Hands.