Snikt-ing in the '70s
At 8:30 a.m., this year's Oscar nominations will be announced, also known as national Gah! What Were Those Idiot Voters Thinking Day. We can't wait, so in the meantime, we give you this:
In her new movie called Family Weekend, Kristin Chenoweth gets abducted and strapped to a chair by her daughter, who demands more quality time with her. So for my brand new column, I did the very same thing--minus the abduction and duct tape--and got the multi-talented star to talk: What was it li ... More >>
Last night, eternal wit Fran Lebowitz was quizzed by Wickham Boyle (and audience members asking their own questions) in the Surrey Hotel's Presidential suite as the centerpiece of a salon hosted by Watch! magazine. At one point, Lebowitz was asked what she thinks of Hugh Jackman. She didn't pause ... More >>
It's a HollyScoop story titled: HUGH JACKMAN STARSTRUCK BY JOHN TRAVOLTA. And it goes something like this: "Hugh Jackman is a big-time Hollywood star who we're assuming NEVER gets starstruck, because he's the one doing the star-striking (Is that a word? Nevermind) but there is one A-lister who ha ... More >>
Movie 43 is the outrageous new comedy anthology film in which Hugh Jackman finally has balls. (He takes off his shirt to reveal testicles hanging from his chin, as Kate Winslet looks appalled.) On the set, Halle Berry wanted to be part of the wacky fun and bump up the shock value of her performanc ... More >>
I really admired Les Miserables. No, it's not perfect--there are too many crying, singing closeups--but I still found it astonishingly done, the first great movie musical since Chicago. But as you know, it's been dividing people more than anything since Coke Zero. Here's what someone on the All Th ... More >>
American Idol personality Adam Lambert feels the movie of Les Miserables is more than a near Mis. It made him crazy! Lambert tweeted: "Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywood's mov ... More >>
That's what insiders are saying--the kind of insiders who are usually right sometimes. Oscar's Best Actor locks already seem to be: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln Duh. We knew this the second the movie was announced. Denzel Washington for Flight People are so happy he got a quality script agai ... More >>
There was talk of just such a project right before the male-disrobing epic opened, and since it had a boffo (or buff-o?) weekend at the box office, the musical will surely come. And I know who should star! It has to be the Broadway types I've pictured for you; these guys have truly got it and know ... More >>
Tropfest celebrates 20 years
Read my column now or see the musical later
Relax. It was a peck on the cheek for Theater Talk cohost Susan Haskins upon filming the long-running weekly TV show. And the whole interview was a dream, apparently.
An action star who scored on Broadway as hip swiveling gay singer Peter Allen? That's just one of the unusual textures that make Hugh Jackman such a fascinating performer, and he's amply aware of that.
The Australian star gives New York the ol' song-and-dance. And aboriginals.
Lord knows whenever I work out, I run around in my swimsuit all along Bondi beach in Australia as a photographer captures the action. And I'm pleased to know I'm not alone in this rigorous routine. Apparently the ageless and sinewy Hugh Jackman does the very same thing!
This week in food blogs... Eater enlightened us about 10 NYC food and dining trends that are officially dead. Grub Street discovered that Hugh Jackman has always been something of a foodie. Midtown Lunch tucked into a steaming pot of Pro Hot's Korean tofu stew even though it was a bajillion degre ... More >>
She's even talked to him about it! Hugh Jackman! That's a long stretch from the kvetchy Jack Klugman in the original show and pinched-faced Karl Malden in the movie. And as our friends at lemonwade.com point it, it would make the character of Rose a big time cougar (not just a barracuda).
Simon Oren, a partner in Nice Matin, Marseille, Barbounia, and Five Napkin Burger, is expected to take over the space that once occupied Ed Brown's Eighty One, and is currently hunting for a chef. [Grub Street] Jean-Georges Vongerichten spars with actor Hugh Jackman in season five of the Su ... More >>
Red Hook gets tragic: Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in "A View From the Bridge." Photo by Joan MarcusThat's what'll happen if this year's batch of giant movie-and-TV-stars-turned-theater-actors gets nominated! (Or even if they're just asked to present--or usher.) This will probably b ... More >>
Can one man eat at 10 Danny Meyer restaurants in one day? Apparently so. The author's Meyer Marathon started at Shake Shack, then continued with stops at Tabla, Gramercy Tavern, and ended at Maialino. [Wall Street Journal] Looking for your favorite gourmet food truck? There's an app for that ... More >>
Out and about, and then back here to walk in Nancy Sinatra's boots.
Fighting off the recession with priceless gems. Plus, a few Debbie taunts.
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 >>
Welcome to the Village Voice's not-really-annual Oscar liveblog! Feel the electricity. Not sure if you've heard, but: This year's Academy Awards will be UNLIKE ANY YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE! First of all: They've hired an architect to design the set. Money well spent. Next: Taking a page from The Mic ... More >>
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 >>
Additional, excellent live-blogging here with Allison Benedikt at Sound of the City. The King of All Oscar Predictors walks among you in Part III. Will this hubris bring us low? Watch and judge! Oh no, Ben Stiller, you are not. Natalie Portman, good straight woman. Stiller probably thinks he's Ch ... More >>
Photo by Ryan Dombal. Who else? In the week we published the long awaited oral history of Maroon 5's Call and Response, we also celebrated the release of Fall Out Boy's Folie á Deux: Their secret/totally badass non-show in Washington Square Park; the video from the same fiasco; and a real show, at ... More >>
Hunky Hugh Jackman won an Emmy for hosting the Tonys, so maybe now he can get a Grammy for hosting the Oscars. The Aussie costar of Australia and X-Men was recently selected to M.C. the Academy Awards in February in a desperate attempt to get the telecast out of the ratings toilet bowl and attract s ... More >>
Twilight has emerged as a cinema phenomenon--Harry Potter with fangs--and it's clearly because it knows its target audience (moist teen girls), it delivers dreamy, hypnotic goods based on a popular book, and it stars a really cute guy (though I have to admit I could barely keep my eyes open to enjoy ... More >>
Somewhere over the dateline, the not-quite-marvelous land of Oz
That Darren Aronofsky sure is ambitious. Too bad his movie makes no sense.
Dead and hating it: Atrocious accents and bad hair days in a Mummy-less monster mash
Wherever Broadway's fault lies, dear Brutus, this week it is definitely not in our stars