As often happens in the madhouse that is the rightwing blogosphere, a conservative recently got mad about an old TV show: Big Hollywood denounced Sesame Street for a 2007 episode in which Oscar the Grouch said, "I am watching 'Pox' News. Now there is a trashy news show." The episode actually ... More >>
Bright StarIn the old days, Hollywood effortlessly churned out glossy commercial vehicles about history makers like Louis Pasteur, Alexander Graham Bell, and Madame Curie--schoolbook-like material turned into films which, against all odds, managed to get good notices and an audience too. And ... More >>
Tina Fey (pictured) reveals that she "couldn't give it away" -- meaning her virginity -- when she was a young lass, prompting respected journalistic organization ABC News to run a slide show of "Stars' Sexperiences." You would imagine these Sexperiences would be calculated to include simila ... More >>
If you don't know who Paul Rudnick is, I'll come over and personally take away your gay card and your Britney collection too. He's a well known playwright (Jeffrey) and screenwriter (Addams Family Values, In & Out), and now the effortlessly witty author has a book out--an essay collection ca ... More >>
Magyars invade tinseltown, and the rest is history
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives April 29, 1965, Vol. X, No. 28 Movie Journal By Jonas Mekas Here is another column of ramblings. My head is rambling because I have seen a beautiful movie and I have plenty to think about. My readers, particularly those who think that ... More >>
There's a new book that's to die for! It's Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of The Famous and Infamous by Alan W. Petrucelli, and it's a Hollywood Babylon-style rundown of the best (as in worst) star deaths--how they croaked, what they last ate, what they last said, and who smoked the ... More >>
Click here and find one travel writer's idea of the most hyped U.S. attractions that leave you appreciating your home the most intensely. Among his choices for the sorriest destinations are:
"Going through life with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on," said Sammy Glick, the Hollywood antihero of What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Shulberg, who died this week at age 91. In that light, Shulberg may be said to have had his brakes on for decades, but he still came quite ... More >>
Lionel DeluyMore like an interpreter of hitmaking: Fabolous In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla hops the trans-Brooklyn express with Oneida, New York's finest purveyor of impromptu noise-punk trilogies. Sean Fennessey on Fabolous's new Loso's Way: "A classic mixtape rapper with no cl ... More >>
The latest Hollywood attack on the Divine Sarah comes from the Conan O'Brien Show, where the treasonous Irishman unleashed liberal media's secret weapon, William Shatner, to read a section of her resignation speech as jazz poetry, which their apparatchiks have disseminated on YouTube. Palin's den ... More >>
Playing a tortured writer in a paranoid Hollywood, Bogie kicks off Film Forum's Nick Ray fest
The MPAA have announced they'll nominate 10 rather than five Best Picture nominees next year, and the commentary has flown thick and fast. Each side has a point: Pro: Fans point out that in early years the Oscars frequently named ten or more nominees at a time. The fabled 1939 crop, for example, i ... More >>
via bumpershine's photostreamOK, fine, this kid rules Last year, when the Boredoms announced 88BoaDrum--the lame, limp sequel to 2007's 77 minutes, 77 drummers, on 07/07/07 blowout, 77BoaDrum--we unapologetically prayed for rain. The erstwhile noise punk veterans had better things to do, basically- ... More >>
That desperate headline was the only way I could draw your attention to my column (CLICK HERE) reviewing Debbie Reynolds, who was Hollywood's original girl-next-door-who's-man-left-her-for-a-vamp, way back in the '50s. Anyway, Debbie debuted at the Cafe Carlysle last week with a fun act of singing, ... More >>
Yes, it's the whitest woman ever born--eternal film virgin Doris Day--in blackface for 1951's screen musical I'll See You In My Dreams. Apparently black was the navy blue of Hollywood in the '50s. Discuss.
Thanks to all my years spent watching hilarious works of cinema camp--some of them even intentionally funny--I've compiled my favorite lines, the kind that can only be uttered by over-the-hill divas in too much hair and makeup. My all-time faves: "So they drummed you out of Hollywood and you come ... More >>
Mind you, I'm not including anyone from the silent era because I'm always too busy reading their lips to assess their attributes. But looking through my old issues of Hollywood Confidential--and skimming through some Peoples for updates--I've decided that the 10 runners-up for "most stunning cinema ... More >>
Directors in the twilight of their careers
The W slideshow about kids in Williamsburg dressing in "Recession Fashion" -- described in the text as "vests and newsboy caps," but shown to include floral headpieces, suspenders, and vintage dresses -- reminds us of nothing so much as the brief vogue 35 years ago for modified 20's-wear inspired by ... More >>
We here at Sound of the City stand 100 percent behind this post, if only for "Lemony Ickitt and the Series of Unfortunate Tamil/Sri Lankan Events," but it may shock you to learn that the Internet has misled us. From M.I.A.'s MySpace blog (her page is a disaster, by the way, don't go there): MY BA ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: Actual talent in the third round of semi-finals! all photos by Michael Becker / FoxNathaniel Marshall Tonight was a toughie. After two pretty lousy rounds, the last 12 semifinalists actually contained some talent--and another ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: "do or die" in Hollywood! Last day of Hollywood Week and it's "do or die," explains Ryan Seacrest. Tonight, contestants all have to sing solo, and they can use instruments if they want. Then at the end of the day, the judges ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. We're finally in Hollywood! Is this our next Idol? God I hope so. Hollywood! Finally, American Idol is about something, even if only remotely. So here on the road to Sucker of '09 are 147 people who got the yellow slip over the past thr ... More >>
Brother, can you spare $12?
Bikini Girl, Katrina Darrell Like the cockroaches after the apocalypse, American Idol is still here. And so, Idol fans and haters, the eighth season begins with some 16 hours of auditions from eight cities. Last night, we got two hours covering two days of auditions in Phoenix, Arizona--Archuleta- ... More >>
American idol Clay Aiken only became gay because "the gay mafia"--myself include--SAID he was and he obediently started to believe it. That's the contention of one poster on the "Pop Life" blog on Tampabay.com, and I can only hope it's meant satirically. Knowing the delusionary psychology behind s ... More >>
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