By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>
Darkness on the edge of town
The Jersey Invasion
A violent new drama argues crime is just business
Today, our Nick Schager rocks out with the Fest's centerpiece movie, David Chase's highly anticipated debut film Not Fade Away. It hits theaters this December. Not Fade Away Directed by David Chase Screens Saturday, October 6 Rock-and-roll proves the coming-of-age crucible for a young teen in 1960 ... More >>
The opening credits of the Brad Pitt-starring Killing Them Softly are set to snatches of Barack Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention speech, focused on the notion of "the American promise," jarringly jump-intercut with scenes of Frank (Scoot McNairy) making his way through a tunnel onto a dismal A ... More >>
I talk to her about her method, spank you very much
Talibam! with Sam Kulik The ubiquitous brainiacs behind Brooklyn's maniacally creative and hilarious duo Talibam!--beardo keyboards squelcher Matt Mottel and bizarro drums wizard Kevin Shea--are airing out their gripes, sort of, as they chill in their Wall Street studio at the Swing Space, an under ... More >>
Lt. Daniel Choi resembles so many other American soldiers in many, many ways: as a late 20s West Point grad who loves his country, a born-again Christian, as a soldier who's served two tours in Iraq, and as a soldier who's been kicked out of the military. But even that isn't the distinguishment t ... More >>
"Thank you, Woody."The makers of the documentary film The Cove, which won an Academy Award, have now released a PSA starring such Hollywood celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Woody Harrelson, and James Gandolfini. In English with Japanese subtitles, the PSA is meant to enlighten pe ... More >>
Earlier this week, I was having a drink with a fellow content producer after work and the internet came up (imagine that). We got into talking about the daily arc of a "blog" and the different types of posts that make up the web we read: news aggregation and write-arounds, original reported pieces, ... More >>
KW photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Lauren Ambrose is a monster -- with red hair, of course -- in Spike Jonze's cinematic interpretation of Maurice Sendak's
Max and the gang's all here. Let the mild rumpus start!
The run-up to the war, Brit satire–style
In the next column, I talk to Jeff Daniels about his new movie The Answer Man, but also about Broadway's Tony winning God of Carnage, in which he costars with James Gandolfini in a rare stage role. I had heard that Gandolfini wanted to do everything imaginable to not dominate the play p.r.-wise and ... More >>
Our sympathies with the guy who got thrown out of Yankee Stadium (and got paid for it) are obvious, but we side with James Gandolfini in his recent ejection of a fan who really overstepped his bounds, reported by the National Enquirer (yeah, we know, but why would they fake something like this? And ... More >>
In this subway series, the original Pelham wins
The Tony Award nominees have just been announced. The best musical nominees are Billy Elliot, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, and Shrek the Musical. (Rock of Ages being a jukebox musical, its place in the Best Score category was taken by 9 to 5; [title of show] replaced it in the Best Book list.) Best ... More >>
Staffers flee. New blood moves in. And still the question remains.
The trailer for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 is out. Trailers are of course a bad way to judge a movie (usually the movie is much duller), but this one has us already missing the 1974 original (which you can see on Hulu) very badly. Here's a checklist: Lt. Garber 1974: Walter Matthau, r ... More >>
I recently blogged about the worst musicals I've ever seen, but what about the straight plays, as it were? Surely even without people bursting into song at odd, embarrassing moments, a show can pierce through your skull like a runaway power drill. So I've dutifully looked through my vicious, sneerin ... More >>
Spike Jonze raises a glass to Maurice Sendak
The birth and life of the '9-11 Truth movement'
From 'Memoirs of a Geisha' to Gwen Stefani's Harujuku Girls, Asians get lost in translation
In the brave new world of outsourcing, you get to train your own replacement worker
They May Win the Cup, but Their Ways Leave Them Stuck In the Mud
Conservative, gifted, and black: too different for 'diversity'?
Even Mobsters Get the Blahs