Desolation of Smaug is the fullest realization of the fantasy-entertainment complex
Catch two legends onstage
Two legends onstage
This might be your only chance to get a glimpse at Vicious, the Britcom with Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as squabbling old lovers with arms flailing and pinkies up. The critics hated these old biddies, but they should revisit the old movie Staircase--with Richard Burton and Rex Harrison as sq ... More >>
Also: Sir Ian McKellan outs everyone
Getting neither there nor back again
CLICK HERE for my new column in which Courtney Love tells me that she wants to get out of "movie prison" just like Robert Downey, Jr did. Anyone have the keys? Also in the column:
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
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 >>
A breathless call came in from a friend the other day. "I saw Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on TV," she said, panting, "and I realized something: They're gay! They're bearding for each other! They come off completely 'that way'!" Yikes! Could it be true? Two actors in a movie actually ... More >>
R.A. the Rugged Man: More dirty laundry than you can imagine. Photo by Calvin Godfrey.In this week's Village Voice, Ben Westhoff recounts the long, setback- and STD-ridden journey of Long Island's own R.A. the Rugged Man, Jed Lipinski talks to the players involved with the semi-embargoed Lil ... More >>
CLICK HERE, read my new column, and find out which famous hottie Sir Ian McKellen eyelash-battingly said that to last week in public! Not quite as butchly, I also dive into:
You read it here first! (Whatever it is.)
When their pets die, most New Yorkers can't bury them in the backyard. They can put the earthly remains in the trash (properly marked). If that's too weird, there are people who will handle the deceased animals. They are, as you might imagine, an interesting bunch. Steven Thrasher walks among ... More >>
Emmy-nominated The Family Guy featuring Emmy-nominated Seth MacFarlane. For us the joy of the Emmy Nominations, announced this morning, is in the less-well-known categories. We see that there are only two shows, for instance, up for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Grandpa, Do You Know ... More >>
Praying for a boy/boy encounter with Michael Phelps, and other wooden dreams By Michael Musto
In the cabaret, shots of Bachardy (with Isherwood chasers). Plus, glory holes—do ask and do tell.
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
Ian McKellen plays Shakespeare and Chekhov, but nobody wins
For New Yorkers there's no place like home, of course, but the U.K. can come awfully close
The X-Men survive explosions, a threat to mutant rights, and Brett Ratner
In the shadow of Da Vinci, Cannes '06's first great film: A visionary American comedy about the end of times
Hanks and Howard turn bestselling Christian skullduggery into long-winded History Channel special
Two preppy '80s sneakers are primed for a comeback
Selections from the Village Voice's annual Queer Issue
On Divas Live '99, the bewigged trio of Cher, Elton John, and Tina Turner rocked on Elton's theme song, 'Proud Mary.'
I chatted up Debbie Matenopoulos, whose mantra was, 'How sick is it that I'm up for an Emmy?'
Definitely honor-free will be Joseph Fiennes for Shakespeare (sorry, but the Bard didn't look like Rob Lowe).
The Lost World Of Custom-Made Endings
Footloose turns out to be like Stupid Kids without the irony, but not as bad as that sounds.
Previewing the 36th New York Film Festival