The following folk were excluded by the Oscar nominators and will have to either jump off a cliff or just learn to deal with it.
Maggie the Cat is back
Disclosure: I busted my ass to get from a TV appearance to Evita but got there moments late. I had to watch the first 15 minutes on a monitor in the lobby, then was allowed in to my seat. And it was worth the ass-busting. I always thought the highly conceptualized 1979 Harold Prince-directed prod ... More >>
Guess who? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Alright, let's do this, before I change my mind. With apologies to The-Dream, Sleigh Bells, Ted Leo, Kylesa, Swans, Zola Jesus, Marnie Stern, and all other vestiges of my punk rock past, and especially you Nicki Minaj, who missed both of my lists this year. ... More >>
A new look at an old classic
Sally Potter discusses Orlando with Tilda Swinton
Anna Wintour, Diddy, and Oprah got their rap on like it was 1998. MTV's Jersey Shore is being sued for profiting off of... being Jersey Shore. Letterman's extortionist is off to the hoosegow. The SexFraggle now known as Ke$ha played a Bat Mitzvah at Cipriani. These are Wednesday's Gossip Folk ... More >>
The 2010 Tony nominations are out, and the yearly ceremony that becomes more and more designed to persuade people from anywhere but New York City to spend money on theater is soon to follow. The idea behind the Tonys is simply to get Broadway to appeal to the rest of America in a big, fancy ... More >>
In case you live for the nominations like I do (and by the way, they'll be announced tomorrow morning), here are my guesses. Disclaimer: I'm at a disadvantage. I actually saw the shows!
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 >>
She released an incoherent polemic of a video featuring nudity (NSFW!) and some truly distasteful violence (child murder! landmines!). For some reason, Pitchfork handed her the keys to their Twitter feed; she's spent the day spewing out streams of "go egosurfing DRINK A SHOT OF TEQUILLA spamouflag ... More >>
The biggest aha moment regarding the Wall Street Journal's recent piece on girly men seems to have thus far focused on a portion of Arthur Sulzberger's ear and whether that snippet of ear was intended as a personal attack by Rupert Murdoch upon Sulzberger, as discussed by Michael Wolff in Van ... 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:
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Jude Law's Hamlet at the Broadhurst Theater -- perhaps aided, publicity-wise, by his recently-revealed, alleged love child -- is a big deal. The Times' Ben Brantley says Law "approaches his role with the focus, determination and adrenaline level of an Olympic track competitor staring down an ... More >>
The Film Society of Lincoln Center/LionsgateSize matters: Gabourey SidibeCLICK HERE to read my new column and find out about Precious, the acclaimed new film about a fat Harlem girl who gets knocked up by her own father--twice! You'll learn how Mariah Carey, of all people, replaced Helen Mir ... More >>
Jude and Sienna keep their distance on Broadway
Bouncing off complaints from Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone, that he's homophobic, British auteur Guy Ritchie is trying to prove otherwise by directing Sherlock Holmes, in which Holmes and Watson apparently do some light detective work into each other's private parts. That the charact ... More >>
We knew you were wondering, so we rush to tell you that the heretofore-unidentified woman made pregnant by Jude Law -- early news of which led to rampant speculation by (sniff) less reliable sources -- turns out to be Florida model/actress Samantha Burke, or so her lawyer says, waving DNA evi ... More >>
So we've all heard that one silver lining to the whole economic meltdown is that New York is
Devout banter about a very different Bible class, plus sleuthing about Sleuth and ragging on Rita
Jude Law gets his urban renewal on in Anthony Minghella's dramatic dud
Second screen adaptation of all-American mega-fiction drowns in ponderous metaphors
Stash the rocker belts, it's time to go Bohemian
The art of four play: Cruel lies and crueler truths in a tastefully sordid relationship drama
A phenomenon in Chelsea: Men in tears, women in love
Cinematic campaigning: This fall, filmmakers assault the status quo at a theater near you
Speaking of slavery, Cold Mountain doesn't. Its pale version of history is a whitewash.
Ain't no Mountain high enough to keep the American patient from his lonely Southern belle
Why the resistance to Cher's single? One insider told me, 'American radio doesn't go for older artists.' Perhaps they'd like some of her boyfriends.