More great work from Melissa Leo, who still isn't getting the big trailer
She won an Oscar for her hard-driving mama in The Fighter, but in her new movie Francine, Melissa Leo takes a total U-turn and rocks all over again. My new column describes how Leo plays an introverted, traumatized ex-con taking baby steps towards adjustment in this arty, carefully done work.
The Times' Real Estate section just ran a piece on Shaokao and Niki Cheng, who own a chain of upscale BoConcept furniture stores, and who talk about their home, their background, and their love of fabulous coffee tables. Anyway, enough about them. The most important part of the article is the line ... More >>
The filmmaker gets his close-up after 40 years of Troma (more or less)
Any serious camp lover has surely seen classic films like Valley of the Dolls and The Love Machine, adapted from the works of the queen of glossy Hollywood sexcapades, the lacquered-haired Jackie Susann. But another gem from her cinema canon, 1975's Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough, is a cri ... More >>
The director's Hollywood spectacular at BAM
The most sizzling press release in ages is this outraged one on behalf of Francesca Hilton in response to the Count VonAnhalt's plan to have an anniversary party. Francesca feels this is another blatant publicity stunt for the no-account Count, so she's responded with a press release aimed a ... More >>
You'll have to do your own private research to get total nudes. But in the meantime, historian and "La Daily Musto" reader Gregory Moore has found some wondrous shots of old-time movie idols in their bathing suits and ready to take a dive, or simply shirtless because they felt like rotating ... More >>
If you thought the ceremonies weren't funny, don't blame him.
Or at least since the Rob Lowe/Snow White one. Here's why: *ZERO suspense. Any random person on the street has known the winners for months. *The tug between "young and hip personalities" and ancient film references was as schizo as Cate Blanchett's dress. *The acceptance speeches were either da ... More >>
How far the mighty have (not) fallen
Hey, what's going on with the Chilean miners right now? Because you know this is all you're going to be talking about at that cocktail party/dinner at home/after-work drinks sesh with your buds. Be the one with the info that matters!
Navigating the trenches with Kubrick
Dope and dadCameron Douglas got sentenced yesterday to five years in jail for peddling meth to people beneath his station, but he won't languish nearly that long with the requisite time off for good behavior and drug rehab. What do you expect for a kid who was born with a silver coke spoon in his m ... More >>
In a letter to the judge in an attempt to soften the sentencing of his drug-dealing son Cameron Douglas, Oscar winner Michael Douglas bravely points out that Cameron is "a single child of a bad marriage." Imagine how much courage it took for a star to admit he wasn't always around for his s ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 29, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 20 A Last One for Lenny by Nat Hentoff A civil liberties lawyer called me Monday morning a week ago, before I'd seen the story in the Times. "Hey, Lenny's conviction was reversed!" I remembered a long ... More >>
Jennifer WildThe Chicago-based poet Michael Robbins is heroin for literary nerds and music nerds alike. Britney Spears, Pink, and Buju Banton have all crashed the gates of Robbins's poetry, which began appearing last year in the New Yorker; his newest piece in that magazine, "Lust For Life" ( ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 12, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 30 The Voice Will Be 15c Increased production cost and the expansion in the size of the paper have made it necessary for The Voice to raise the price of newsstand copies by five cents. Next week The Voice w ... More >>
At 93 and the subject of a new documentary, Norman Lloyd is still in the biz
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