Film Awards

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Oscar winners! Rock Legends! Michael Jackson's Sperm Donor! All In One Room!

    Well, one Oscar winner (Patty Duke) plus plenty of offbeat, appreciated stars of every medium there is, all converging at the Chiller Theatre autograph show out in Parsippany. It happened, and I was there, greeting them all for this week's column.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Lena Dunham Nominated For a Webby Because Lena Dunham is Everywhere

    The past year has been a big one for Lena Dunham, to say the least. Her HBO series became the most talked about show on television, and the 26 year-old renaissance woman (or girl) quickly became a "voice of her generation," as her alterego Hannah Horvath would phrase it. She won two Golden Globes. S ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 27, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Kristin Chenoweth on the Oscars, Adele, Hugh Jackman, and S&M

    In her new movie called Family Weekend, Kristin Chenoweth gets abducted and strapped to a chair by her daughter, who demands more quality time with her. So for my brand new column, I did the very same thing--minus the abduction and duct tape--and got the multi-talented star to talk: What was it li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Melissa McCarthy's Next Movie

    You may well have seen the trailer already. (There was a commercial on the Oscars just the other night.) It's The Heat, directed by the Bridesmaids guy. Plot description: "Uptight FBI special agent Sandra Bullock is paired with testy Boston cop Melissa McCarthy to take down a ruthless drug lord. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    I'm Sending Up Susan Lucci Again!

    Just in time for the Oscars, along comes You Like Me, the riotous recreation of celebrity awards acceptance speeches, created by Michael Schulman and Rachel Shukert. Next Saturday night at Ars Nova--the night before the actual Oscars--you will gag to the procession of performers re-enacting the gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Twilight Film Gets The Most Nominations!

    Relax! I'm talking about the Razzie awards, for worst of the year. The latest vamp epic scored 11 nominations, making it the Lincoln of the Razzies (or maybe the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Kathryn Bigelow's Winning More Awards! Only Because She's A Woman?

    When Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker won the Best Picture and Best Director awards three Oscars ago, a few icky people started bitching that it was only because she's a woman. (I found that pretty kooky reasoning considering a woman had never won before. Finally, one does, and then they congra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    All 85 Best Actress Winners Hilariously Impersonated By One Spunky Dude

    The Doomsday Diaries guy is back. He's the wiry, versatile talent who does videos where he uncannily recreates Oscar winning performances and comes off better than the originals (partly because his versions are way shorter and pithier). Well, he's gone for the big one this time--Best Actress--and ... More >>

  • Film

    October 10, 2012
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    July 25, 2012

    Woody Harrelson Tells Me: "I Wish My Indies Were Blockbusters"

    From Cheers to two Oscar nominations to the Hunger Games franchise, Woody Harrelson has never stopped surprising--especially when you throw in his hemp campaigns, veganism, and other causes. And now he's going back to the theater! Check out my column, in which Woody tells me about his latest proje ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Will Spider-Man Get the Nomination?

    Next Tuesday morning, the Tony nominations will be announced, and people--even some people not on ropes--will be looking to see if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is one of the four nominees for Best Musical. A year ago, that would have seemed as outlandish a proposition as a musical about a flying a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Brangelina Is Engaged! Why?

    It's for real, people. But they said they were going to wait till gay marriage was approved everywhere. Couldn't they have just waited 140 years???

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Adam Sandler Turd Sweeps The Razzie Awards

    It's beyond The Artist. The Adam Sandler starrer Jack and Jill--in which he played both a guy and his annoying twin sister--has won every single category in the Razzie race, designed to honor the year's rottenest non-achievements du cinema. It's bagged all 10 awards, topping the eight once nabbed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    I Hate Movies And Will Never See Another One! Here's Why!

    Check out my hot new column, which is the latest addition to my "Why I Hate..." series that's sweeping the nation. This one deals with: *The horror of 3-D used for films that don't really warrant it (or don't even take advantage of it)! *The sequels to films you didn't want in the first place! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Will Octavia Spencer Have A Career?

    This ABC News article examines the rough road African American women have in Hollywood, even when they've won the all-important Oscar. The piece discusses Jennifer Hudson, Monique, and Gabe Sidibe (who was nominated) and the challenges they face, despite all the acclaim and hoopla showered on their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Angelina's Leg Has Started A Phenomenon

    Angelina Jolie with her leg sticking out of that slit in her dress may well become as iconic an image as Marilyn with her shmatte flying up. When she swiveled out on the Oscars with her hand on her hip and her chickeny leg out, it prompted instant homage (The Descendants' writers did it with tuxes ... More >>

  • Film

    February 22, 2012
  • Columns

    February 15, 2012

    Facebook and Twitter Have Rotted Our Brains!

    And I don't mind as long as you click on my link, genius

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    I'm Discussing Oscars At The LGBT Center

    Those who can't, teach. And so, on Wednesday, February 15, at the LGBT Center, I will be moderating an OutProfessionals panel on the Oscars, with a gay-for-no-pay twist to the proceedings.

  • Columns

    August 24, 2011

    Vera Farmiga On Faith, Madonna, and Mo'Nique

    The actress bares her soul to me.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    How Bette Davis Lost Out on Gone With The Wind

    ​In a Fringe Festival show called Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies, Jessica Sherr portrays the screen legend talking to her two Oscars in between indulging in flashback confrontations with various Hollywood moguls. And this is how Scherr's version of Bette's version of not getting to play Scarle ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 18, 2011

    Why I Hate Celebrities!

    49 Furious Reasons!

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Susan Ungaro Reveals the Behind-the-Scenes of the James Beard Foundation Awards and Responds to Anthony Bourdain's Criticisms

    Chefs gonna be winning!​April showers bring May flowers, but also the James Beard Foundation Awards! The second week in May the awards will celebrate the country's best chefs (and journalists and writers), and are a big ole party of who's who in the industry. Wanting to take a peek behind th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    James Franco As John "Junior" Gotti?

    ​It could happen, even though John"Junior" Gotti himself doesn't know anything about Franco! According to the New York Post, a movie is being readied for 2013, with John Travolta as Gotti Sr., and director Nick Cassavetes apparently wants Franco for the offspring. (Well, after hosting the O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Gwyneth's Singing: What's Up With That?

    ​ Gwyneth Paltrow took an abrupt left turn in career emphasis when she made Country Strong and sang on Glee plus three awards shows, doing everything from slinking on a piano and crooning to a feathery Cee Lo Green and the Muppets, to standing upright at the Oscars and doing her best Carrie U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Katie Holmes, Don't Sue Me, Girl!

    ​ Katie Holmes is reportedly suing American Media for 50 million smackers because of their cover story, "Addiction Nightmare: Katie Drug Shocker!" which seems to be misleading and damaging (but don't sue me, American Media!) But anyway, my main point is, don't sue me, Katie Holmes!

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Video Revels In Its Inherent Yuckiness

    ​Below please find the seven-minute clip for Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," the perfect mass-market vehicle to assist in purging the Oscars from your brain, though instead now you'll be dealing with a great deal of alarmingly gooey Cronenberg-style birth imagery, the "When Doves Cry" video repur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Oscars 2011: Live Blogging the Awards Show

    Courtesy ABC​And now for the awards portion of the evening! Full disclosure: the three of us have seen only five of the Best Picture nominees. Not that it matters. So:

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Huge, Glaring Omission in Alan Arkin's Memoir!​ There's something screamingly missing from Alan Arkin's new memoir, An Improvised Life. And that would be any mention of Little Miss Sunshine! You know, the 2006 comedy classic about the absurdity of kiddie beauty pageants, in which Arkin played gramps and for which he wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    The Social Network Cleans Up at the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais Burns Them to the Ground

    ​Last night's Golden Globes were...weird. They were sad, they were awkward, they were kind of bleak and sinister, like a cocktail party gone on way too long, till everyone's smiles are forced and dresses rumpled. The Social Network did well, winning four awards, as did Glee, which took home th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Good Buzz on The Beaver

    ​Kindly stifle your chortling so I can keep going with this important news report. It's a serious posting about what insiders are murmuring about The Beaver, the Jodie Foster-directed film starring Mel Gibson as a disturbed guy with a special relationship with his puppet.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Sandra Bullock's First Public Appearance Since The Oscars

    ​It was at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards--a slight step down from the Academy Awards. But I guess Sandy felt it was finally time to face the world with a mixture of gratitude and humor, and this op came up, so she showed up. And, like the charmer she is, Sandy managed to get in a joke about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Sandra Bullock To Jesse James: Buh-Bye!

    ​When I win an Oscar for Best Actress, I am certainly not going to accept it with a morose pout, then promptly go into hiding in humiliation in order to work out the details of my shattered personal life. But that's just what poor Sandra Bullock had to do because her man, Jesse James had date ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Winslet and Mendes Breakup: The Oscar Curse Again?

    ​ I'm a big believer in the Oscar curse on celebrity marriages: When one party in a couple wins the award, especially if it's a woman, the relationship often crumbles to the curb even harder than Meryl's chance for a third trophy. It's just too much for a show biz ego, particularly a male on ... More >>

  • Film

    March 2, 2010

    The Oscars' Six Most Outrageous Moments

    Statues of no limitations—the Academy Awards bring the crazy

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Embarrassing Moments From My Life, Part 3000

    via Wowowow​Last night, at Patricia Field's party for her "Keith Haring Paradise Garage Collection," a friendly man barreled up to me and said, "Hi, Michael! Thanks for all the support of my film." I wasn't fully sure who he was, so to cagily fish out more details, I replied, "You're welcome! ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    The Female Stars of Nine!

    ​Also known as five Oscar winners, a blonde nominee, and Fergie. Discuss.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Charlize Has OCD! Crack Out The Purell!

    ​Oscar winner Charlize Theron is the latest boldface name to admit she suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, an anxiety ailment which plagues so many people that I'm starting to worry about it! Most celebrities stress out about things in closets, but Charlize says she frets about stuff ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009
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    December 16, 2008
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    December 11, 2008
  • News

    March 4, 2008

    Post-Oscars, the Dress Knock-Off Crowd Gets Busy

    . . and the debate over copies crops up again

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    June 9, 2006
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    May 16, 2006
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    January 17, 2006
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    October 18, 2005
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    January 27, 2004
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