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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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
The actress bares her soul to me.
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 >>
49 Furious Reasons!
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 >>
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!
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 >>
Courtesy ABCAnd 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:
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
. . and the debate over copies crops up again