Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
Statecraft and stagecraft across the pond
Shouldn't the making of Psycho be more interesting?
It's never too soon to start guessing Oscar nominations, so I've done some exhaustive research--like talking to one friend in the biz, as well as plumbing the depths of my own usually-semi-right instincts--and decided that the five nominees will probably come from these seven bigshots: Marion Coti ... More >>
Good evening. There's a biopic being done about the portly, macabre genius who directed one-word classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rebecca, Suspicion, Rope, and Spellbound, among other films. So which stars are dropping by for a paycheck? Here's the answer to the mystery:
Check out my new column, in which I detail my exclusive, highly knowledgeable takes on who will win the major categories at the Oscars this Sunday, causing them to exude a kindly glow at least through Tuesday. Not among the victorious for the kazillionth time in a row is my gal Meryl Streep. She w ... More >>
I think that sounds nicer than "omnipresent," since it's not her fault that every movie she's ever done seems to be coming out all at once. She's Jessica Chastain, the 31-year-old beauty who's showing her range--and incredible aptitude for achievement--in the following 2011 films:
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
With Julie Taymor's The Tempest on the horizon, starring Helen Mirren as a vengeful lady magician, one is tempted to look back at all the classic filmed versions of the bard's plays and magically pick one's faves, forsooth. To see or not to see? Some of the best in my highbrow memory bank h ... More >>
Helen Mirren will cut you, and other awesome old-people things, in Red
Liza! The gayest night since Stonewall! Some plays are already dead.
All in one week! CLICK HERE for my new column in which I go all old school and infiltrate a very intimate concert by Liza Minnelli, a private dinner for Sinatra Family Estate wines, hosted by the delicious Nancy Sinatra, and a Friars Club tribute to Jerry Lewis, whose wacky comedy I'm a big ... More >>
Courtesy Def-Jam Records In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla marvels at the brilliant stupidity of r&b lothario The-Dream. Theon Weber examines the calculated rebellion of Miley Cyrus. Jesse Serwer reports on the Great Dancehall Freeze-Out of 2010, during which many of Jamaica's biggest act ... More >>
Not nearly fit for a queen
mckellen.comI've only split shows midway a handful of times--most notably a one-person bore starring a valiant Olympia Dukakis and a strained revival starring the great Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. With names like those involved, you can only blame other people for the torture. But at lea ... More >>
The surest signs of spring are upon us: flowers blooming, scantily clad NYU students smoking in the park, and most importantly, coworkers who have never showed any semblance of sports fandom live-streaming basketball for the next two weeks and yelling at their computers things like "Cinderella!" "B ... More >>
Straining at the ropes at the International Escort Awards.
Avatar has grossed over $1.6 billion and is third in the all-time box-office list with a bullet, but couldn't be said to have made its mark on popular culture until a porn version surfaced. Hopes were raised, then dashed, by news of a sexy Avatar out-take which turned out to mainly involve l ... More >>
I'll tell you some I feel deserve better reps. *The Sound of Music Yes, I know the 1965 musical won Oscars and made shitloads of money, but some critics (and costar Christopher Plummer) look down on it as if it were nothing but hokey treacle. But the film works for me, from the second you se ... More >>
I'm gazing into my Oscar crystal ball again and predicting the 2009 Best Actress category, the only one that matters to anyone with half a brain. Take it from Mikey that this year the nominees will be:
2009 is still in full swing, but I happen to know just which films are going to get nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award next year. They are: Up in the Air with ever charming man of many hats, George Clooney Up, which has extra relevance due to headlines about "balloon boy" The Hu ... More >>
The Film Society of Lincoln Center/LionsgateSize matters: Gabourey SidibeCLICK HERE to read my new column and find out about Precious, the acclaimed new film about a fat Harlem girl who gets knocked up by her own father--twice! You'll learn how Mariah Carey, of all people, replaced Helen Mir ... More >>
Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.
Directors in the twilight of their careers
How long before we get a sequel to the Oscar winning The Queen, with Helen Mirren recoiling as American First Lady Michelle Obama (played by Angela Bassett), dares to touch her royal-assed self? The film will examine the conflicting emotions inherent in a situation involving the first time the Queen ... More >>
Golden girls get their groove on past 60
How the British monarchy survived the death of the people's princess
Monster's Ball producer makes directing debut with garish, heavy-breathing neo-noir
Sedgwick's grating detective ingratiates herself despite all her gimmicky quirks
Really ordinary people: Robert Redford and family keep their patrician chins to the wind
Chick flicks flip the script: Julia does a Robin and Yorkshire's finest go the full mumsy