On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson admits her surprise at actually enjoying Wes Anderson's latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and discusses her recent longform piece on the death of the romantic comedy. The Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephan ... More >>
By 1975, many acts had walked through the doors of Don Davis's Groovesville Productions offices in Detroit. None of them were quite like this, a band of three related-by-blood African-American brothers who played louder, faster, and weirder than anything anyone in the city that gave birth to Motown ... More >>
Too Scattered to transcend its genre
I always push the G word in celebrities' faces and they--or at least their publicists--sometimes respond by using their own G word, Goodbye! For example: *When I interviewed Dolly Parton on the phone once, she was nothing but delightful, as she always is. But when the interview turned to the vari ... More >>
An enfeebling hollowness characterizes HEALTH's dark electronic pop. On 2007's HEALTH and 2009's Get Color, the Los Angeles-based quartet seemed to specialize in what might be described as "Grim Reaper ambient": vocals and tinny synthesizers bled through filters until impossibly brittle, riding a fo ... More >>
Adam Yauch, better known as MCA and one of the founding Beastie Boys, died today after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. He was 47.
Diana Levine/Bushmills Elijah Wood The Wooly Thursday, February 2 Better Than: Reading about Bon Iver on the internet today. After attending a party called Macaulay Culkin's iPod two months ago, during which I watched the love of my kindergarten days supervise a six-hour playlist and the tw ... More >>
Macaulay Culkin's iPod (le) poisson rouge Thursday, December 8 Better than: I would say Elijah Wood's iPod but I don't think that's true. The giddiness set in about four hours before Macaulay Culkin's party at (le) poisson rouge's gallery bar last nightyes, that Macaulay Culkin. Upon ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXThis week's endless two-hour American Idol was the annual show where the three remaining contestants all return to their hometowns to wave out of car windows at screaming children. It's an annual Idol ritual, and it really goes a lot way toward proving just how completely al ... More >>
The Beastie Boys' video for their throwbacky new single "Make Some Noise"--off Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, which comes out May 3--picks up right as the rager chronicled in the "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" video is letting out, with Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood pl ... More >>
George Clooney might be well-known as the face of Nespresso, and the image of Padma Lakshmi munching away at Burger King is forever ingrained in the minds of fourteen-year-old boys. Other celebrities have endorsed food products, too...only in roles before they hit stardom. The Daily Meal has a fun ... More >>
Spotted in Park Slope by Runnin' Scared friend @stvspl: a casting notice for "9-13 year-old Caucasian boys" to appear in the upcoming Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel about a nine-year-old boy's life in the aftermath of September 11t ... More >>
Photos by Angela Ashman. It was the kind of avant-garde spectacle that fashion outsiders would mock. Models, one by one, snipped away pieces of a spiral white dress worn by a model in the center of the room, until she was left wearing nothing but a bandeau top and high-waisted briefs. But ... More >>
WALL-E would never get out alive.
Vodka Stinger and Tallulah De Bayous Like a bar beamed in from another city—anywhere, USA—Pieces (8 Christopher Street) is my favorite, most reliably unreliable hangout in the world. With its cutely homespun decor (large crepe butterflies are currently stapled to the stage for spring) and utter ... More >>
Elijah Wood at the Playboy party; photo by Lacy Weathersbee/Playboy If you've deigned to scroll through the thousands of blog droppings about this year's South by Southwest, you'll notice that, as usual, the coverage is littered with an inordinate amount of (oft-faux-) celebrity sightings. Juvenile ... More >>
With star-studded hero porn, Emilio Estevez blames the ills of the world on RFK's murder, but what about the man?
Gogol Bordello's mastermind single-handedly improves your boring life
Ukrainian frontman reveals his plans for world domination
Tsunami benefits and political parties, oh my! Stars shine.
An affair to misremember: Gondry and Kaufman reinvent the amnesiac romantic comedy
Conclusions of grandeur: Peter Jackson's opus hobbitus goes out in a blaze of digital glory
J.R.R. Tolkien Still Feeds the Nerd Nations Imagination
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