The recent Golden Globes telecast was so rivetingly entertaining that the Oscars need to do exactly what they did in order to approach watchability on February 24. IMHO, they should: *Tell Seth MacFarlane that he will now have two cohosts--Tina and Amy. They were brilliantly wry and need to be ad ... More >>
Jesse Eisenberg is ready to chat
I've already ignited a hailstorm of pro and con arguments with my simple statement that Jodie Foster should have said "Yep, I'm gay" rather than the defiant apologia she gave for the celebrity closet the other night at the Golden Globes. So let me just add one more thing. A friend of mine said it ... More >>
HBO's girlie-ensemble shows are great at giving sex symbol status to those who might not otherwise attain that. (Sex and the City, anyone?) And on Girls, Lena Dunham is a refreshing new lady star--a natural looking, offbeat but cute gal who attracts the guys on the show, and who's not afraid to rol ... More >>
Quvenchane Wallis will be the youngest anything if she wins. But let's talk about Jennifer Lawrence. She was nominated before, for Winter's Bone, when she was even younger. She's in the huge franchise The Hunger Games, which will surely pay for her old age. And in the meantime, she's nominated for ... More >>
On tonight's Golden Globes awards, special honoree Jodie Foster gave the most defiant almost-coming-out speech I've ever heard. It was sort of a coming out mixed with an apologia for not coming out combined with an explanation that she supposedly has long been out (at least to everyone around her), ... More >>
The little film that could, Beasts of the Southern Wild, has captivated critics and audiences with its audacious, raggedy, beautiful look at a New Orleans girl and her daddy surviving the elements as melting icecaps flood the bayou. Not surprisingly, it's emerged as an Oscar contender (though the G ... More >>
Roger Ebert called the Iranian melodrama A Separation "the best film of the year." What's more, it won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and it's nominated for two Oscars. And it's indeed remarkable -- a far cry from slick, bloated, soulless Hollywood fare.
There were commercials for it all through the Golden Globes, and two of the presenters were stars from the show. Every Broadway site has large wraparound ads for it on the homepage. The trade magazines are brimming with ads and articles about it.
Have you seen the extremely popular British period drama called "Downton Abbey"? It's all the rage right now. It won a Golden Globe! People are talking about it, watching it, DVR-ing it, weeping with joy and raising their glasses to it as we speak. And people and news organizations, which are bigger ... More >>
Madonna has done the impossible. Just by sticking it out, playing the game, and being simultaneously fabulous and appalling, she's made herself buzz-able again. Among her strokes of genius: *The annoying but hugely watched fashion-line promo video with the daughter, which some slow-witted observe ... More >>
This is how they looked every single time they were shown on the Golden Globes. It was so bizarre to have them angled in different directions, making them look like a Jeff Koons statue of themselves or maybe like a glamorous movie couple with whiplash.
Far away, in a place known to some as "La-La Land," the region's princes and princesses are preparing for a big magical celebration. Yeah, no. It's just that the Golden Globes are happening tonight in Los Angeles. Will you watch? Will you not watch now that you know that Ryan Gosling will not be att ... More >>
No, not out of residual guilt over Jennifer Aniston. And not over the pressure of mothering 350 kids and counting.
Sure, the Golden Globes are a big excuse for celebrities to get soused and congratulate each other, but this year's offering of Best Original Song nominees has a neat wrinkle: Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing off against one another, with Gaga up for her weirdly Bee Gees-evoking Elton John co ... More >>
I'm alive. I don't have allergies to anything edible. Some of my old outfits are coming back in style. I just found some change in the couch.
When awards shows get nominated for awards, it's a little like a dog sniffing its own butt. And sure enough, the Emmys have nominated the Tonys, the Oscars, and the Golden Globes, all of which will probably end up competing for a Pulitzer! It's all so creepily incestual it's like a cult in ... More >>
You had us at beard. At Refinery 29's Oscar Viewing Party at the W Hotel in Union Square last night, we waited eagerly to be wowed by the celebs on the red carpet. Alas, that moment never came. We mostly shrugged, "meh"ed, and nodded. Not even Helena Bonham Carter, whose eccentricity has kept ... More >>
And here are some saucy samplings of what I said. About Melissa Leo's F word: "It was in keeping with her character in The Fighter. And it was the only sign of life all night. It's just sad that it was the highlight of the whole telecast and you couldn't hear it! You had to read her lips! ... More >>
I got sucked into the worst event of all time last night, only because I agreed to accept some bizarre "Shitz," I mean "Glitz" award, for being a gay icon, at club Rebel. The whole thing made the Golden Globes look credible by comparison. They said I should get there at 10. I did and was g ... More >>
Guitar master takes the MOMA
The kids are not all right
Kanye West dominates the 38th Annual Pazz Jop Critics' Poll as albums winner, with 3250 points and 266 mentions for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, while crowd favorite Cee Lo Green snags singles winner with 187 mentions for "Fuck You." But there's tons more in this week's musical retros ... 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 >>
Honoring the best canceled TV shows
Niko TaverniseAccording to People magazine, Natalie Portman, that little girl we really loved back when she was in that hit-man movie with Jean Reno, who we also love, and then that little girl who was all wise and glorious in the oddly wonderful despite being a little pedophiley when you thi ... More >>
Movie awards fever proceeds apace with the Golden Globes nominations. The once-derided Hollywood Foreign Press Association prizes are now considered legit and a predictor of Oscar behavior, so the Best Motion Picture - Drama nominees -- NY/LA Critics' laureate The Hurt Locker , along with Ava ... More >>
I made a fool of myself at last year's Glammy Awards for downtown club culture, when I lost Best Writer/Blogger to Lady Bunny and grabbed the mic to say, "This is an outrage! This is like when Pia Zadora beat Meryl Streep for the Golden Globe!"
8:30 pm. Hmmm, Laurence of Arabia with a Cugat beat... pretty stage, more "intimate" than usual as promised, but a bit flat -- Oh no Hugh Jackman is doing a Billy Crystal. No, Hugh, you're too good for this. And we mean that literally. It's like watching Pavarotti play Jackie Gleason. At last, a g ... More >>
Because he's released a book and done everything else, too
Here it is, folks--the list of lucky and talented people who will compete for the final glory on the Gay Olympics on February 22. My predictions were 80% correct (four out of five in each category), which is not embarassing, but hardly worthy of a trophy either. I underestimated the Academy a bit, ... More >>
Click here on my new column and you'll find out which sexy superstar--Brad or Angelina--will get an Oscar nomination next week, since my inside source in heaven swears the deities have decreed that BOTH divas can't be so honored. That would just be too much glory for people who already have it all ... More >>
We weren't even going to mention the Golden Globes until we saw it on the front page of the New York Times -- who ever thought the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, once described as "100 stringers living off hors d'oeuvres," would gather such respect! -- but now we're duty-bound to mention tha ... More >>
No, no, no -- you're supposed to get arrested for soliciting after you're famous, and announce the winners during the award ceremony. The Smoking Gun reveals that James Nevan Donahue, who plays a friend or something of "social" Olivia in the MTV car-wreck "The City," was arrested in 2007 for approa ... More >>
Fashionable highlights and lowlights from last night's Golden Globes
The Bourgeoisie and the Rebel