Perverse heroines and supreme sacrifices in the year's best comics
Michelin three-star mixologist Brian Van Flandern was on the forefront of the cocktail revolution, and he made his name on his innovative cocktails that incorporate fresh and experimental ingredients. He's crafted drinks under a number of revered chefs--including Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, and Mic ... More >>
Monday in the Park with 007
Shirley Bassey was masterful singing "Goldfinger" as part of the James Bond tribute on tonight's Academy Awards. She did the song with measured tones, taking her time, and going for the gold (finger). She really throated it out, and by the end, as I was sitting there thinking "Will she hit the not ... More >>
Meredith Vieira was delightful as the MC of last night's National Board of Review awards at Cipriani. She kept things zingy, and after Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli took the stage for a tribute to 50 years of Bond films, Vieira quipped, "So James Bond is 50 and he still looks good. I'm 59 and I ... More >>
The most charmingly self-deprecating of all the James Bonds, Sir Roger Moore has a new book out called Bond on Bond: Reflections On 50 Years Of James Bond Movies and came to town to celebrate that plus the 50th anniversary of Bond flicks. We Bond-ed for my new column, in which Sir Roger told me: * ... More >>
License to feel
Fifty years in, out of time
The Economist has composed a chart of James Bond's alcohol consumption in relation to his take-downs and hook-ups. [See More Drink Up: 5 Great Sodas in NYC | 5 Best West Village Wine Bars | The 10 Best Draft-Beer Bars in New York]
A Star Is Born has been redone even more times than my living room. (See below for previous versions.) And the throbbingly emotional show biz tale, filled with music and suicide, was set to be done one more time, with chair-talker Clint Eastwood directing and Beyonce starring. But the singer had ... More >>
Who’s your favorite Bond?
If you're watching this video, we hope you have a huge smile on your face. If you're a cab driver who hates traffic, you might not. But, for the rest of us pedestrian folk, today is a great day to have feet.For the next three Saturdays, the New York City Department of Transportation is bringing back ... More >>
James Bond will no longer be ordering martinis "shaken, not stirred." The Bond franchise has sealed a marketing deal with Heineken, rumored at $45 million, to have the spy sip on the Dutch beer instead of the usual martini in the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall.
38 cinematic reasons why I dread the lights going down
Wondering what will end up in your obituary is really nerve-racking to think about. What will people say about you when you're dead and gone? Everyone hopes that they sound like a good person, at least like a nice guy or something. But an ocean rower has just set a new standard for obituaries, becau ... More >>
Dan Weiss is the author of the blog Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks and he's profiled in this week's feature, "Guys Who Like Fat Chicks." He put together a list of ten males who appreciate larger ladies in Western mass culture because, frankly, there aren't all that many. Fat Admirers do exist, and ... More >>
My column this week describes the riotous romp I had at "Chiller Theatre"--a New Jersey autograph convention--with pals Mickey Boardman and Angelo Pitillo. Well, here's the proof. Angelo Pitillo zoomed his loving lens in for some glorious interspecies moments between myself and the celebr ... More >>
Times running out to see The Clock
We already know that Mother Russia's sexiest spy, Anna Chapman, is, well...sexy. And sometimes topless. But there have been plenty of other good looking spies in fiction, movies and throughout history. And we're feeling patriotic on this day after the Fourth of July, so...how 'bout a roundup ... More >>
Impeccably cheesy, but the film develops an energy all its own
© Music Box FilmsCLICK HERE for my new column about the Hookie Awards, the esteemed honors for best "escorts," which I was handpicked to be a presenter at. (Well, those who can't, teach.) Even more outlandishly, I was assigned to present the award for BIGGEST DICK. As if I care!
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 15, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 35 Films By Andrew Sarris "CASINO ROYALE" is said to be doing spectacular business despite moderately unfavorable reviews. Most of the proceedings were too esoteric for this reviewer. At times, it seemed th ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesSeptember 19, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 48The Riddle AnsweredDear Sir:No admirer of James Bond can remain silent at your critic's discussion of "The James Bond Riddle" (September 5).First, Ken Sobol has misinterpreted the appeal which Ian Fleming offe ... More >>
Each week your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. License to Kill Author: David Perkins Publisher: BkMk Press Date: 1973 Discovered at: Thrift st ... More >>
Neither shaken nor stirred
Have you ever been squirted to death?
Talk? No, we expect you to watch
Tidbits that will make you rise again
The Uberbeat (and a war or two) goes on
From Al Basrah to the AMC, 2006 meant war
The Bond franchise takes a gamble on a new guy and comes up aces
Gifts for addicts and fanatics
Good old-fashioned movie music is as healthy as it ever was