Bear in mind I loved Sofia Coppola in The Godfather III and enjoyed Pierce Brosnan's singing in Mamma Mia! But still, hear me out. Adam Sandler is roundly derided for putting out crappy, unfunny comedies which get scathing reviews and tons of awards--Razzies, that is. But I just saw Just Go With ... More >>
Take a class (sort of) with Fred Armisen
The pop and the profound
At four, the festival grows into a grand celebration
Last night at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Friars Club saluted Tom Cruise with its Icon Award, so I was there like a top gun, all cocked and sitting at full attention. Tom's Rock of Ages costar Alec Baldwin MC'd a lineup of speakers like Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kevin Pollack, but Jerry Lewis, who was supp ... More >>
Way before Adam Sandler did wacky comedy movies opposite himself, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the reigning goofball team of 1950s cinema. Well, I just dug up a book about the singer/shticker duo by Arthur Marx (son of Groucho), and it points to some real affection that lurked beneath the animo ... More >>
Hollywood used to have a habit of putting slanty-eye makeup on non-Asian stars and passing them off as from "the Orient." Here are some of the more egregious examples:
Darren Criss is attracting screaming Gleeks to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and they're filling the seats once occupied by screaming Potterphiles. Which brings to mind the topic of Broadway replacements and how they fare in light of all the hoopla generated by the original star ... More >>
Not all Christmases were great, mind you. There were the ones with zippered turtlenecks from the Sears Roebuck catalog and slacks from the Robert Hall down on the avenue. But one year, I ripped off the wrapping paper in anticipation and bugged to a brand-new chemistry set! Exactly what I wanted!
Every get tired of too many questions from your servers, and too many menu options?
They were all in the same room at yesterday's Friars Club event declaring Cheadle and Gleeson the best buddy comedy duo for their work in the fish-out-of-water romp The Guard.
John Hansen, The Christine Jorgensen StoryThere seems to be a bottomless well of these. Screen fame obviously equals a throbbing desire to get into heels if you're a man and a bowler hat if you're a dame. These are thanks to the J.C. Suares-edited book, Hollywood Drag. Let the glamorous, a ... More >>
An assassin for Christmas, or maybe some witchcraft and depraved subordia?
He's been described as the new Olivier, but I don't recall Olivier ever taking on the Jerry Lewis role in Boeing Boeing or playing a street clown who spits, farts, and spews rhymed couplets of narcissistic nonsense in La Bete. Mark Rylance has done that--and more--throwing himself fearlessly ... More >>
Liza! The gayest night since Stonewall! Some plays are already dead.
All in one week! CLICK HERE for my new column in which I go all old school and infiltrate a very intimate concert by Liza Minnelli, a private dinner for Sinatra Family Estate wines, hosted by the delicious Nancy Sinatra, and a Friars Club tribute to Jerry Lewis, whose wacky comedy I'm a big ... More >>
I actually said that out loud to a Lincoln Center bigshot a few years ago, begging them to do a Tony Curtis film festival, but that illustrious tribute never happened any more than an Oscar for Jerry Lewis. I've always felt that Curtis was priceless in Some Like It Hot, keeping up with Jack ... More >>
If you think feeding your family at Christmastime is tough, imagine what poor Mrs. Claus has to go through. St. Nick's spouse opens up about what The Jolly One likes to eat, why elves are bad cooks, and the dining scene at the North Pole. Pardon me for saying it, but you look a lot younger t ... More >>
You know you're a NYer when . . . you recognize locations in these movies. Ba da bum.
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 >>
Working for the respect he never got, the funnyman as director
Directors in the twilight of their careers
What a dirty column this week--you'll have to shower while reading it! There's an account of my evening as a presenter of the Hookie Awards, for the best male escorts and the johns who pay their rent. There's an interview with the directors of American Swing, the saucy documentary about a legendar ... More >>
As per usual, the Globes went for any movie personality who's famous (Brangelina, Tom Cruise, etc.) and with only a few exceptions dissed actual actors who aren't enormous stars. Uninvited from the buffet table were such underpublicized critical darlings as:
Jerry Lewis talks to Peter Bogdanovich
The King, all wryly shook up
Tashlin's eye-popping '50s artifacts pile on gags like live-action Looney Tunes
Tawdry showbiz Rashomon rethinks Martin & Lewis breakup, ends up dazed and confused
Gay cowboys and masturbatory pet projects steam up fest
Pith and Vinegar
The Fall 2000 Collections