Shameless showrunner John Wells seeks the Real America in August: Osage County
The 58th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, were given out at a ceremony tonight at Webster Hall. The awards ceremony was co-hosted by Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos. The awards were presented by Bobby Cannavale, Tracee Chimo, ... More >>
August: Osage County is the Pulitzer winning play by Tracy Letts (see above) about the disappearance of a father and how it further spirals one of the more dysfunctional families in American literature. It was a powerful experience on Broadway, and now, inevitably, it's become a Meryl Streep movie. ... More >>
The first female prime minister of Britain and a woman with a checkered, controversial legacy, Margaret Thatcher has died at 87, after a stroke. For those of us who only know her through some distant headlines, an Oscar-grabbing Meryl Streep performance, and a few cutting lyrics in Billy Elliot, he ... More >>
Guess I'm giving a party on May 20th. I hadn't been thinking about this year's Obie Awards. I was too busy getting depressed about the state of the theater. (It's a known fact that critics always get depressed about the state of the theater.) So the theater, that tricky place, decided to cheer me up ... More >>
The Oscars are this Sunday and I'm trembling with anticipation but a little queasy, knowing that certain acceptance speech patterns will surely crop up on the telecast along with bad surgery and uneven bosoms. In case it's not too late to avert them--the speeches, that is--the nominees should read ... More >>
Now that you've stocked up on water, soup and booze, we suggest you make like the New York Stock Exchange and take the rest of the day off. To help combat fears of Armageddon, curl up on the couch and spend a few hours with one of our five favorite food movies. Did your favorite film make the list?
Last night at xl, the nominations were announced for the GLAM awards (formerly the Glammy awards, until the Grammies got bullyish). Those are Cherry Jubilee's illustrious honors for the best in LGBT nightlife. And the choices for Entertainer of the Year--which were glamorously announced by yours t ... More >>
Meryl Streep has certainly never played a role as racy as in Hope Springs. (SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT!) The three-time Oscar winner goes to sex therapy sessions, plays with herself, attempts a blow job in a theater, and even tries to learn oral techniques with the help of some bananas. It's a f ... More >>
I'm not even going to name names here. You all know who I mean (because you follow the music world so closely--yeah, that's it!) But whenever I hear about some ripening porn idol who has a new "dance hit," I cringe, knowing it will probably be off key, off kilter, and way off my personal chart.
There are more and more of them, all loudly conversing into thin air as they bizarrely breeze past you. Psychos? Acute schizo nutjobs? No. You quickly realize that they must be talking into some invisible gizmo or other which actually connects them with another human being. You hope.
In her illustrious career, Meryl Streep has played every type of human and accent under the sun, but I've always thought, "And yet she's never tried to go down on a banana! Onscreen anyway!" But now she's attempted it.
Next Tuesday morning, the Tony nominations will be announced, and people--even some people not on ropes--will be looking to see if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is one of the four nominees for Best Musical. A year ago, that would have seemed as outlandish a proposition as a musical about a flying a ... More >>
We've all dreamed of that moment and what we would say. Well, every year, all those awards shows bring together all sorts of people who are finally forced to say something to Meryl Streep. And this time, at the Golden Globes, it was Melissa McCarthy getting her first, fabulous chance at bat. So w ... More >>
Well, I'm Italian! (And she's half.) It's part of You Like Me!, a wacky revue in which an assortment of wonderfully offbeat performers re-enact classic acceptance speeches in all their weepy glory.
Or he will, but he'd actually rather not. At an Empire Hotel party for his fashion line yesterday, Miami Ink's Ami James told me he's not starstruck when it comes to doling out tats. "I'm a street guy," he said. "To me, it's like street art.
Remember that Grinch movie that added the title character's backstory so we could see how he got so evil? Boring! It was better as subtext! Or left to our imaginations! And now, the upcoming Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess is supposedly going to add a little background to flesh out the c ... More >>
According to forbes.com. (10) Meryl Streep $10 million per picture. What???? She should make that just for waking up. (9) Sandra Bullock $15 million. I bet she'd trade all that in for one normal man. (8) Cameron Diaz. $18 million. I guess there's something about Mary.
Meryl finally gets what's coming to her
It happened at the Laurie Beechman Theater last week. It was You Like Me, a show in which various performers acted out notorious trophy-clutching speeches made by golden folks like Meryl Streep (wickedly witty), Patti Lu Pone (mildly cantankerous), and Elaine Stritch (out of her mind). La Daily ... More >>
What would you do for love?
Are there any big names who've never made a huge, public mess of themselves? Who've never been caught doing drugs, engaging in a DUI, philandering on a spouse, pushing a parent down the stairs, cutting a lover in the eyeball, or stealing Sephora products?
In the "top five" list I'm about to share, I wish I could have squeezed in some more of my old favorites, but their filmographies had some holes in them. I also wish I could have included a few more current names, but I can't honestly say Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, or Cate Blanchett have e ... More >>
I made a fool of myself at last year's Glammy Awards for downtown club culture, when I lost Best Writer/Blogger to Lady Bunny and grabbed the mic to say, "This is an outrage! This is like when Pia Zadora beat Meryl Streep for the Golden Globe!"
I'm gazing into my Oscar crystal ball again and predicting the 2009 Best Actress category, the only one that matters to anyone with half a brain. Take it from Mikey that this year the nominees will be:
Just spotted Meryl Streep in the Gourmet Garage at 10th Street and Seventh Avenue South. She had the adjacent checkout line to herself, and was buying several bags of fruits and vegetables. The last thing I saw go into the sack were some granny smith green apples. She kept her head down, wore ... More >>
I became overwhelmed with hope after reading in Next magazine that superstar DJ Junior Vasquez is now 60 years old! It's inspiring that a sexagenarian can still spin from such a high perch! Between Junior and some other names they mentioned who are the same age, I can now cling to the possib ... More >>
That bombshell is in the column this week, and I hope you'll read it even though the President turns out to be Abe fucking Lincoln! CLICK HERE and you'll also learn about:
Yes, there's been a return to those old-school bashes where club kids descend on unsuspecting fast food places and wreak friendly havoc while engorging themselves with cholesterol. Click here for my new column in which I talk about musical artist Cazwell's attempt to bring back this nerve-wr ... More >>
First Alan Richman listed his faves, then we did ours, and now Frank Bruni is getting in on the pizza judging action. Looking only at pizza places that have opened since 2004, he deems Motorino's Pugliese pie "a masterpiece," but "got almost no pleasure from the soggy pies at Keste." [NY Times] Mer ... More >>
Visit Minnesota's Mayberry
All year long, I draw up crazy, neurotic lists for myself of who will surely get Oscar nominations, sometimes before the films have even been made. So it makes perfect golden sense that I've been chosen by Tom O'Neil, the editor of the esteemed Goldderby site, to be one of his stellar Oscar prognost ... More >>
It's only four months to the Oscar nominations (sorry, I'm a sick queen), so it's time to start separating the frontrunners from the back-of-the buses. Here come my never-too-early choices for the definite-probable-maybe nominees. And not to brag, but I'm usually about 80% right with this shit.
Thank you for the music. But your movies kinda drab.
At the buffet table with Rachel Dratch, missing Osama, and why Harvey Fierstein is always right
On Broadway, Mamma Mia is a fairly cheesy, lightweight jukebox musical which opened to raves that were mystifying—until you realized 9/11 had just happened and people were anxious for ANY piece of entertainment to lead us out of the smoky gloom. Carrie the Musical would have even gotten good revie ... More >>
Meryl as Mother Courage: All there, but maybe a little short of Brecht
Bryan Singer resurrects Superman, while Meryl Streep sinks her teeth into the fashion world
How to remake a classic paranoid thriller without stepping on any toes