As video-on-demand continues to become the preferred route of distribution for a certain kind of independent film, much is being made of Nicolas Cage's willingness to slum for a paycheck, with recent examples including already-forgotten, small-screen-friendly items like Seeking Justice, Trespass, St ... More >>
Catch John Water's Serial Mom
The Ken Russell-directed Crimes of Passion is a heady, hilarious, raunchy, maddening romp about an unhappily married magician, a psychotic reverend, and a female fashion designer who whores at night as the multi-personality-laden China Blue. That the latter two characters were played by Anthony Per ... More >>
You deserve two or three lumps of Chuck Jones
Yes, I came face to face with legendary boxer Jake LaMotta and he didn't punch me out! This was at Kevin Clement's Chiller Theatre--held this past weekend at the Parsippany Hilton--which had scores of my icons meeting, greeting, and turning on the star juice. In the new column, I give you some of ... More >>
The actress goes from alkie nun to matriarch of the year
My column this week is a bouncy interview with husky-voiced talent Kathleen Turner, who has a new movie out! It's The Perfect Family, in which she's nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year, though the fact that her daughter is a pregnant lesbian might get in the way of the prize. The film has a g ... More >>
Kathleen Turner might be cursing and smoking up a storm in a play called High, but she's got nothing on the Sister Act gals. They're dolled up in glitzy habits and putting on Vegas-style revues in Sister Act, the rote but pretty enjoyable adaptation of the 1992 movie comedy about a down low ... More >>
A feisty nun and a fidgety priest battle it out over a teen with sexual problems. Sound like the Pulitzer wining Doubt? You wish. High is more like a standard-issue play, with TV-style melodramatics cozying up to one-liners and some pretty banal religiosity. ("You've got to meet me halfw ... More >>
Saturday's Rally for Women's Health in Foley Square served as a reminder that activism in America is alive and well, contrary to whatever the Internet might have been telling us. An estimated 6,000 people gathered at the event held by New York City's Planned Parenthood in an attempt to tell W ... More >>
LIFE.com With sparks flaring across the globe, from the Middle East to the Midwest and even our very own SoHo, what seems to be a moment for change is spreading rapidly. This weekend, New Yorkers will take to the streets in honor of two particularly relevant issues: women's health, and violen ... More >>
Leave it to Norway. They have united every single fame-challenged celebrity whoever lived, and who wasn't busy at the autograph convention I recently went to in Parsippany, and shot them synching to "Let It Be" as a promo for some TV show or the other. Stick with this amazing clip and you'l ... More >>
Is that your card catalog or are you just happy to see me?Hold onto your library cards, peeps. Will Manley has released the results of the librarian sex survey that Wilson Library Bulletin refused to run in 1992 -- the one which he got fired over. The results are... less than scintillating. B ... More >>
You may have heard of the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judith Kaye. But do you know the man who replaced her, Jonathan Lippman? Do you know he never practiced as an attorney, and barely served as a judge? So how'd he get appointed to this exalted position? Connections, baby -- chief ... More >>
Charles Busch delves deep in narrative; Will Ferrell skims over Bush's veneer
And finding people who, surprisingly, aren't all wet.
Credit: David Rodgers Playwright and actor Charles Busch has just opened his latest play, The Third Story--an MCC production at the Lucille Lortel Theatre that counts Kathleen Turner among its fine cast. On the occasion of the new piece, which naturally features Busch in copious amounts of female ... More >>
A local playwright takes Oscar Wilde to Joan Riverss House
Ken Russell and other crazy people we love.
The onetime Hollywood A-lister climbs back in the ring with Darren Aronofsky's latest
A review of the Broadway season's best leg-breaking, plus some arm-twisting
Is Albee's Virginia Woolf a great play? At any rate, it's one that can live again and again.
From protests to plays and films to forums, New York 'makes nice' with the RNC