Carol Leifer grew up loving I Love Lucy like today's comedy fans loved Seinfeld. And as a writer on the seminal "Show About Nothing" (she was responsible for episodes including "The Lip Reader," "The Hamptons" and "The Rye"), Leifer deftly chiseled her experiences into the bedrock of an entertainmen ... More >>
Last year, Paul Iacono, best known for MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger, came out on this blog to kudos and roses. And that's not the end of his gay news. A film Paul costars in, GBF (which just played the Tribeca Film Festival) brings a refreshing gay spin to the glib, colorful teen comedy genre ... More >>
On TNT's hit Dallas--a continuation of the original series, set 21 years later--Jesse Metcalfe plays Bobby Ewing's adopted son Christopher, alongside such original Dallas stars as Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. I just caught up with Jesse to find out what's cooking in Texas, TV-style. Hi, Jesse. Wh ... More >>
Wysteria Lane is off the map--in a bad way--as of this Sunday, when the Desperate Housewives divorce themselves from the reality of having a TV series. It's the finale. And Felicity Huffman (who has won awards for playing Lynette for eight years) spoke to Parade about the big kissoff: The final ... More >>
Uptown cabarets are generally the places for high-priced, reverent song stylings performed on various well-oiled standards. Well, at the Cafe Carlyle until May 12, Emily Bergl is infusing that format with some freshness and originality, bringing a little bit of downtown uptown. She's utterly deli ... More >>
The HarvestDesperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is promoting a documentary that exposes the ugly truth about child labor in this country's agriculture system. If you missed The Harvest's short run this summer, the film is now out on DVD. Some 25 percent of the food we eat is harvested by c ... More >>
Brooklyn post-punk trio Household has all the taut, jittery rhythmic propulsion of vintage art-pulsers like LiLiPUT and Delta 5, but the band adds a gorgeous, infectious layer of minor-key harmonies taken from the first wave of '90s twee. Guitarist Talya Cooper says the twin vocal dynamic bet ... More >>
No, not Judi Dench. Anyway, tonight's attractions: Jackie Hoffman will sing "Swanee." Tony winner Daisy Eagan will do "The Trolley Song." Emily Bergl (Desperate Housewives) will croon "Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart" And there will be more. They'll sing 'em all and they'll stay all n ... More >>
What's that URL again?Noel Biderman, the CEO and founder of married-person dating website Ashley Madison (tagline: "Life is short. Have an affair."), like any observer of powerful men in America, was not all that surprised by Anthony Weiner's obsession with cyber sex, but he does appreciate t ... More >>
jimwIf you're like us, you started the Year of the Rabbit by waking up with a hangover in the butt-end of a discarded parade dragon in Flushing. After brushing the taste of Tsingtao out of your mouth, you probably wondered, "What's this all about?"
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
Richard TermineThat's what I'm hearing, and it'll surely be a rewarding read. After all, Vanessa Williams came to national attention as a lovely beauty queen whose crown was ripped off her pretty head when a lesbo-nudie spread surfaced.
Polaroids from another long, strange trip by Bridget Finn. Todd P, far right. In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla talks with the director and main subject of the new doc Todd P Goes to Austin: "A documentary or other such deification was inevitable, though Austin, directed by longtime Todd ... More >>
"I faked my own death and everybody believed me: even my mum cried when she read about it in the paper." In 2000, Australian artist Ben Frost faked his own death, sending out newspaper funeral notices that doubled as invites to his solo exhibition. Some, of course, saw this in poor taste--but wha ... More >>
Isn't it nice that someone has actually turned down an offer to appear on television? In the age of reality TV, where people push their disintegrating families into your face for the glamour of it all, saying "no" is so very rare. And yet longtime club goddess Susanne Bartsch just refused the chanc ... More >>
When times are tough, just marry up
This time, it's visceral
Our longtime film critic J. Hoberman spent this year's Cannes filing regular dispatches. This is his last one. Enter the Void Memorable for its in-your-face sensationalism, the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened with the 3-D computer animation Up, saving the "Yours" for the final minutes of the comp ... More >>
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