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.
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 >>
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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 >>
Victor Garber was one of the people onstage at the Golden Globes after it was announced that Argo--which he's in--had copped Best Picture, Drama. He's also in the series Deception. But I guess he doesn't want any more deception.
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).
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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???
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
And I don't mind as long as you click on my link, genius
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.
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 >>
[Insert obligatory "And you get an Oscar! And you! And you!" joke.] Oprah Winfrey, ruler of Earth, is rumored to be a candidate to host next year's Academy Awards, although nothing is official at this stage in the game. Look, anything beats Franco and Hathaway. At the Oprah Oscars, winners won't ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
FilmReference.com 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Statues of no limitations—the Academy Awards bring the crazy
via WowowowLast 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 >>
In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
Also known as five Oscar winners, a blonde nominee, and Fergie. Discuss.
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 >>
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are so beautiful they look like some kind of constantly polished Renaissance sculpture, completing each others' features in a way that makes them into one sumptuous being known simply as Brangelina. But might the fame game be getting to these conjoined icons just a teeny ... More >>
No one cares about Judy Garland anymore because Beyonce weirded up her memory with just 10-seconds' worth of "Over The Rainbow" at the Oscars. But one pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy as she pranced to the Emerald City are gone, and attention must be paid! Thankfully, someone in Minnesota has ... More >>
There were precious few awards presented on last night's Grammys, but there was a helluva lot of entertainment, and though some of it was downright bizarre (Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers?), there was plenty to enjoy and gossip about. Still, some questions continue to nag:
It's true, people: Two-time Oscar winner Marlon Brando was desperate to sell stuff on QVC, according to a new book by his aide, Alice Marchak. Could you just gag? This is the first real shocker since Madonna wrote a children's book! Marchak swears that shortly before his death in 2004, Brando was a ... More >>
All year long, I draw up crazy, neurotic lists for myself of who will surely get Oscar nominations, sometimes before the films have even been made. So it makes perfect golden sense that I've been chosen by Tom O'Neil, the editor of the esteemed Goldderby site, to be one of his stellar Oscar prognost ... More >>
Last year it was announced that an unfinished Tennessee Williams play called In Masks Outrageous and Austere would be completed and would eventually head to Broadway in a version directed by Oscar nominee Peter Bogdanovich. Well, here's who I hear they're lining up for the juicy roles in this heated ... More >>
I mean, come on already, is she??? You know, Lebanese! She certainly dresses like a, you know, tomboy. And if you google "Ellen Page boyfriend," not a whole lot comes up, except for a link to some interview where she refers to an old beau. And if you google "Ellen Page dating," you get the news that ... More >>