The 1994 musical Passion--with a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine--was an adaptation of the 1981 Italian film Passione d'Amore, about a sickly, unattractive woman who fixates on a handsome soldier in 19th Century Italy and wills him to love her back. I loved the movie because th ... More >>
There are actors (like Peter O'Toole and Glenn Close) who've gotten nominated a whole lot of times and never won. Yet. But how about the ones who've never even been nominated? In the case of the dead ones, I'm pretty sure they never will be! Now that's gotta hurt. Here are some of the top omission ... More >>
Last night at xl, the nominations were announced for the GLAM awards (formerly the Glammy awards, until the Grammies got bullyish). Those are Cherry Jubilee's illustrious honors for the best in LGBT nightlife. And the choices for Entertainer of the Year--which were glamorously announced by yours t ... More >>
Into The Woods--the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine show about fairy tale characters coming together and learning lessons--is being done in the woods of Central Park in a gimmicky but vigorous production directed by Timothy Sheader with codirection by Liam Steel. The show has always basically be ... More >>
Dear Ladies of the Red Carpet: Where's the shock of the swan dress or the pizzazz of the goth showgirl of yesteryear? Come on, ladies, this is the Oscars, and it's 2012! Why are so many of you million dollar actresses playing the Grace Kelly card? We are fully aware that all of you can't pull off ... More >>
If the experts at GoldDerby.com (including me) are right, Glenn Close will tie Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter for the most losses in female-acting categories in Oscar history. They each have six nominations. Deborah was actually a bigger loser than Glenn because all six of her noms were for Best A ... More >>
Back in the '80s, when I started my column, Glenn Close was a rising movie and theater star who cut an imposing figure. She wasn't someone to tangle with. But when I spotted her sitting at a benefit dinner I was covering, I gamely requested a quickie interview.
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline. BEST PICTURE (Ranked in descending order of likelihood) 1--The Artist 2--The Descendants 3--The Help 4--Hugo 5--Mo ... More >>
A whole LOT of people. And they're pissed, baby. I mean they should be pissed, though they're no doubt carrying on with great dignity and occasional bouts of inner screaming.
In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland. But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.
Christian Freedom I mean Channing Tatum. I mean Channing McClaren! You see, some friends and I happened to be passing by New World Stages last night when we saw these posters outside and squealed, "Ooh! Ryan Phillippe -- Reese's ex and the divoonly good-looking star of Flags of Our Fathers ... More >>
Just like it's already Christmas in certain department stores, the Oscar predix business happens to be in full swing, with goldderby.com asking us pundits for our premature (I mean extremely mature) guesses as to who will get nominated. Here are mine as of this very moment. Bear in mind tha ... More >>
The Emmy nominations came out today, but my mind is stuck on the Oscars and how there will be no shortage of leading actress contenders to pick from in 2011. Not only is Meryl Streep donning prosthetics and an accent again, this time as moxieish Margaret Thatcher, but we have the following o ... More >>
I was onstage at Joe's Pub narrating the Super Bowl--a long story--when one of the other panelists, the charming Zachary Booth, went into a sexual revelation that woke me out of my stupor. Zachary--who plays Glenn Close's son Michael on the cable hit Damages--was quite refreshing as he talke ... More >>
Revived: Marilyn Maye and Sally Kellerman. Clubs aren't dead yet, either.
Leave it to Norway. They have united every single fame-challenged celebrity whoever lived, and who wasn't busy at the autograph convention I recently went to in Parsippany, and shot them synching to "Let It Be" as a promo for some TV show or the other. Stick with this amazing clip and you'l ... More >>
My column this week includes a lively Q&A with longtime TV star Sharon Gless, who's an ailing but feisty lesbian in Hannah Free and whose mouth is so captivating I wanted to throw you some extra snippets of our chat rather than drag them to the trash can icon.
Emmy-nominated The Family Guy featuring Emmy-nominated Seth MacFarlane. For us the joy of the Emmy Nominations, announced this morning, is in the less-well-known categories. We see that there are only two shows, for instance, up for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Grandpa, Do You Know ... More >>
Tivo alerts, anchors aweigh: Favorite moments from the year when TV went topsy-turvy
Gay Nazis, minimalist experiments, and maybe a Sokurov masterpiece at the Berlin festival
Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere
V-Days Charismatic Cuntism Rocks the Garden
On the Academy Awards, I loved the quick cut to Warren and Annette after Whoopi's crack about older men and younger women.
'The Vagina Monologues' Seizes the Means of Production