From a deranged Dirty Harry to the rise of Honey Boo Boo, it was a long, strange, sad, and silly trip
I've praised Frank Langella's memoir, Dropped Names, several times, admiring its candor and insight--though I did note the weirdness of him writing about Anthony Perkins coming on to him without ever revealing whether the author bit the bait. Langella's book serves up steaming truckloads of dish ab ... More >>
The full quote is: "You know, she was a nymphomaniac. And I'm a premature ejaculator. Not a good matchup." Yikes. It sounds even worse than the typical movie star pairing. Laurence Olivier said that quote to Frank Langella when they worked on Dracula, as recounted in Langella's colorfully rivetin ... More >>
Frank Langella's insightful new book, Dropped Names, does just that, devoting a short chapter to each of the famous people he's encountered in his career. I was most fascinated by the one on Tony Perkins, who visited Langella backstage after a 1960s play. The Psycho star said people keep telling h ... More >>
Frank Langella leaps for the flamboyant bits in a Rattigan revival
No, it's not about NAMBLA. Shut up. It's a 1961 Terence Rattigan play set in the Village in 1934, about a Ponzi schemer and all-around fraud who uses his son as a pawn against his gay financial opponent, whom he calls "that silly, pink-faced old fairy!"
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 26, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 32 Village Voice 'Obie' Awards 1965-66 The Eleventh Annual Village Voice Off-Broadway Award were handed out on Saturday afternoon in a gala ceremony at the Village Gate. Anne Jackson, herself a previous "Obi ... More >>
Constrained and restrained, the Donnie Darko director's latest is a hollow package
Fighting off the recession with priceless gems. Plus, a few Debbie taunts.
How gay were the Oscars? Well, Queen Latifah sat with her trainer girlfriend; Hugh Jackman sat on Frank Langella's lap; Beyonce sang "Over The Rainbow"; Milk writer Dustin Lance Black and star Sean Penn gave stirring speeches about how God loves the gays; and kisses from that film were included in t ... More >>
In Richard Ledes' new suspenseful thriller, The Caller, legendary actors Frank Langella and Elliott Gould team up to tell the story of two men whose lives turn in strikingly different directions but whose common past brings them back together. Reached on the phone in California, Gould took some ti ... More >>
The Best Picture Oscar nominees are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire. The other top nominations are: Best Actor: Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), ... More >>
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In memoriam: Daniel Nagrin (19172009)
Plus, singer-dancer Chita Rivera, drag queen Linda Simpson, and "Boys Gone Wild" at Mr. Black
Nixon goes from stage to screen, in a deep frost
When Ron Howard's big screen adaptation of the Peter Morgan play, Frost/Nixon, opens two weeks from today, a round of hosannas will greet the film's leads, Frank Langella (who plays the 37th POTUS in exile) and Michael Sheen (who plays talk show host David Frost). But here's hoping that some of the ... More >>
Sally Hawkins just grins, while Greg Kinnear spills the Soup
Sorting through trailer trash, trying not to nod off during the Emmys.
Premieres can be achingly tedious affairs where you stare at the floor as the filmmakers get up to publicly admire each others’ spunk and perspicacity. ("Thanks, Vince. You helped make Fred Claus a life-altering labor of love!") But at the recent premiere of The Orphanage, the spooky-dooky film Sp ... More >>
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Making lemonade from lemons; reflections about a golden eye; jousting with Joosten.
Academic PYT meets, seduces her literary hero in Starting Out in the Evening
Elvis sightings, ethnic humor, and tomcat cruising, plus a peek at Jodie Foster's panic room
The Brig and Frost/Nixon use yesterday's nightmares to mirror today's reality
Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune
Bryan Singer resurrects Superman, while Meryl Streep sinks her teeth into the fashion world
Albee's Seascape: Four sublime performers make it more than a simple day at the beach
Foe McCarthy: Clooney's compact, conscientious paean to a bygone era of principles
Electrifying Viola Davis adds wattage to Nottage; a far from perfect Match is totally Frank
The famous librettist, sans Sullivan, is most engaging with a play that's so old it's new again