As Bob McCall in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays a regular Joe who turns into an eye-gouging, brain-drilling nightmare for Boston's Russian mob. At first Washington "toodles about a Home Depot-like store, helping customers, decked out in New Balance shoes and jeans so last-century you'll be l ... More >>
Home is where the art is
Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun
If you love the Bard, hurry to the Pearl
For a grim slog, the Oscar movies are pretty fun
Get sick on screen, cough a little too hard, and you've got a nomination all locked up. Here are some of the frontrunners for nomination consideration, who will suddenly feel much better if they're announced among the chosen this Thursday. Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone (above). The French favo ... More >>
Sidney Poitier was 32 when he played the upwardly mobile Walter Lee Younger in the original 1959 Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in The Sun (the play that recent Pulitzer winner Clybourne Park so interestingly riffed on). And Sean Combs was 35 when he played it in the 2 ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
As you know, Scientologist Will Smith was greeting the press at the Moscow premiere of the esteemed Men In Black III the other day when he was approached by a male reporter who double kissed the star on the cheek, which is apparently the guy's shtick. At first, Will smilingly went along with it and ... More >>
The Devil Wears Prada Movie stars don't get older, they get better, especially when it comes to my five fave hotties over 50. (5) Mark Harmon. Mamma like, mamma like. (4) Pierce Brosnan. Come to me, Pierce. Your singing in Mamma Mia! will be totally forgiven.
Youll never want to ride the 6 again
The Broadway revival of Fences is star-studded enough, thank you, due to performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. But last night, the celeb wattage increased significantly when Will and Jada Smith walked into the audience.
"...in the history of the motion picture business." That's what it says in Eddie's bio in the press notes for Shrek Forever After, and press kits never lie, right? To double check it, I looked up lifetime b.o. gross totals on boxofficemojo.com and sure enough, Eddie tops other heavyweights like De ... More >>
The 2010 Tony nominations are out, and the yearly ceremony that becomes more and more designed to persuade people from anywhere but New York City to spend money on theater is soon to follow. The idea behind the Tonys is simply to get Broadway to appeal to the rest of America in a big, fancy ... More >>
In case you live for the nominations like I do (and by the way, they'll be announced tomorrow morning), here are my guesses. Disclaimer: I'm at a disadvantage. I actually saw the shows!
Red Hook gets tragic: Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in "A View From the Bridge." Photo by Joan MarcusThat's what'll happen if this year's batch of giant movie-and-TV-stars-turned-theater-actors gets nominated! (Or even if they're just asked to present--or usher.) This will probably b ... More >>
Denzel Washington comes to Broadway in Fences
via Wikipedia.orgFor something so nobly dubbed "the good book"--and which Denzel Washington carts around so lovingly in The Book of Eli--the Bible has certainly been the source of a lot of bad feelings. For centuries, people have used it as a tool to badger already oppressed people further i ... More >>
The theology is a little warped, even for the post-apocalypse
I'm always bitching out all those Academy Awards given to undeserving actors simply because they didn't get it the year before or because they just had a tracheotomy. But occasionally, Oscar gets it right, actually conferring gold on the person who gave the best performance of the year in th ... More >>
So we've all heard that one silver lining to the whole economic meltdown is that New York is
The trailer for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 is out. Trailers are of course a bad way to judge a movie (usually the movie is much duller), but this one has us already missing the 1974 original (which you can see on Hulu) very badly. Here's a checklist: Lt. Garber 1974: Walter Matthau, r ... More >>
The non-dish on Nancy McKeon; the worst recession sale in town.
No—others had it worse
Premieres can be achingly tedious affairs where you stare at the floor as the filmmakers get up to publicly admire each others’ spunk and perspicacity. ("Thanks, Vince. You helped make Fred Claus a life-altering labor of love!") But at the recent premiere of The Orphanage, the spooky-dooky film Sp ... More >>
By-the-numbers heist flick Spiked with ethnic vaudeville
On the Set, the Street, and at Dinner With 'X' Director Spike Lee
In the revival of Fuller's A Soldier's Play, its parallel plots have at last become a continuum
A Patriotic Hollywood Celebrates Its Own Beautiful Mind
The Academy Award Nominations Were Announced Last Week. Do You Have Oscar Fever?
Slow Racial Progress and a Cloud of Dust
In the Movies, Men Are Bigger Than Women Even When They Aren't
My Man Jesse