This week in Cheap Laughs, we have grind-core rawness, hyperdermic madness, kitschy gladness, marital slackness, trophy wackness, gateway drugs, and Andy Kaufman's jacket. Also, special mention for The PIT's four-day sketch comedy festival, which is taking over their 24th Street theater from Thursda ... More >>
In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same damn time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but audiences had plenty of ... More >>
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 >>
There was a growing anti-Anne Hathaway sentiment on the part of the bitchy (and often accurate) people who populate the gossip boards in the last several months. They felt her Les Miz performance was a little too conscious of its own power, and started resenting the tour-de-force of a cute person s ... More >>
Meaning the Big One. Argo has been picking up so much steam lately--it copped the PGA, the Golden Globe, and the SAG--that it's looking like a much healthier Best Picture Oscar candidate than it did when they snubbed Ben Affleck for a Best Director nomination. As has been pointed out, Hollywood li ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Victor Garber was one of the people onstage at the Golden Globes after it was announced that Argo--which he's in--had copped Best Picture, Drama. He's also in the series Deception. But I guess he doesn't want any more deception.
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 >>
Ben Affleck was surprisingly shut out of an Oscar nomination for Best Director last week, but he's not down yet. He stunned all the experts by copping Best Picture and Best Director at last night's Golden Globes as Lincoln looked distinctly un-Presidential. (As I just noted on CNN, the only award t ... More >>
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were a scream as hosts of the Golden Globes last night. They were wicked, witty, and spontaneous, and added some lovely tones of mirthful mockery to the proceedings, which could otherwise bog down in self congratulation. If Seth MacFarlane can do even half as well at the Os ... More >>
You know, the bizarre costarring vehicle for lippy Angelina Jolie and owlish Johnny Depp, and I can't believe it not only didn't sweep the Razzie Awards for 2010, it wasn't even nominated! Someone had to have been paid off! (Which would also explain its Golden Globe nominations for Picture, Actor, ... More >>
A few years back the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences switched up the rules for Best Original Song, making the hurdles a track had to clear in order to get nominated a little more difficult and introducing the possibility that no songs at all would be nominated during a particular year. ( ... More >>
Madonna had just won Best Song for cowriting something that pops up in the February release W.E.. Sir Elton (who's British royalty just like Dame Madge herself) hadn't won for "Hello Hello" from the animated movie about lawn gnomes in love.
Out of Nashville, out in New York
Terroir In the wake of the Chris Cannon/Michael White divorce, the merry pranksters at Terroir have made their allegiances very clear with a tribute to "our hero" Chris Cannon so hilariously unsparing it makes Ricky Gervais's Golden Globes commentary look like a Hallmark card. Cannon's year ... More >>
Take a chance on Casino Jack
Not once but twice, Annette Bening has lost the Oscar to Hilary Swank, but this could finally be her year to grab for the gold. The problem is she's in TWO big movies.
No one's safe around Ricky Gervais
Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are big old troublemakers who finally had to face three hours in the clink. They had allegedly skipped out on their bill at a California inn. Then they brazenly missed court dates related to that case. And when they finally appeared in court, they flashed Rand ... More >>
Everywhere you go, people are asking for donations to help the people in earthquake-devastated Haiti, and one can't help responding by immediately opening one's heart and wallet. Even at D'Agostino, they ask you at the checkout counter if you want to give a dollar for Haiti. For God's sake, ... More >>
Did anyone think the Best Actress Oscar race would boil down to a battle royale between the greatest actress of her generation, Meryl Streep, and Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock? No, but with both ladies' Golden Globes wins, that exactly what it's shaping up as. Mind you, I've always trum ... More >>
Forget saving the Navis. James Cameron's biggest mission these days should be to beat his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, for a slew of awards! Alas, though I'm desperate for their golden competition to turn into the most bitter battle royale since Olivia deHavilland and Joan Fontaine, there seems ... More >>
The Oscar nominations aren't out yet, but the Golden Globe ones were announced and all the critics' groups have declared their faves, so it's becoming clear who's being royally shafted this year. These are the best performances that I feel are sadly being pushed under a truck in favor of big ... More >>
Hot on the heels of the big critics' awards and the Golden Globe nominations, the Screen Actors Guild has unveiled its annual award nominations for films and television. SAG has been handing these out for 16 years, but only in the past few years has awards fever caused non-professionals to pa ... More >>
The Academy Awards are planning all kinds of ways to jazz up and reinvent their ceremony--like making the Best Picture category include 10 entries, no doubt so G-Force can catapult to the nominees' list. But I have a great idea for rejuvenating the show. How about if every year they announce ... More >>
See Pineapple Express the way Mother Nature intended
Who's the grandest, most baby popping mother in our great tabloid nation? Here are your mo-fo choices: *Nadya Suleman, the octuplet lady. She's popped out 14 human lives in total, all thanks to the very same sperm donor (Jodie Foster?). The woman spews children out of her privates like a Civil War ... More >>
I was walking with a friend down 12th Street Friday night when I heard a man at the wheel of a parked car call over to me, "Hello, sir!" I looked in, and it turned out to be Alec Baldwin! The movie star, constant SNL host, Golden Globe winner for 30 Rock, and Baldwin brother! I've interviewed Alec a ... More >>
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 >>
Really F-word-deleted brilliant: If anyone gets annoyed by anything, it's profane!
Joan Rivers, Bohemia, and the Oscars
Choose or Lose
''How can you dislike a Barbara Walters co-anchor who had a birthday party at Hooters?''