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!"
Return of the greed creed
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.
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 >>
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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
Sally Hawkins just grins, while Greg Kinnear spills the Soup
Sorting through trailer trash, trying not to nod off during the Emmys.
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
A rundown of the season's movies handpicked for their potential wondrousness or probable woefulness.