Richard Gere has been in a lot of pretty memorable movies, including Days of Heaven, Yanks, American Gigolo, An Officer and Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Unfaithful, and Chicago. But he's never been nominated for an Oscar! And that should be his Oscar campaign!
A journalist I know has grilled even more top-drawer stars than I have, so I asked him for his five faves--the ones who play the Q&A game with so much smarts and appeal that you long to shove a tape recorder right up in their face and watch them go at it. Here are his choices: (5) George Clooney ... More >>
I usually don't do well at games of chance. I've rarely even gotten three numbers in a row on a Bingo card. But I scored big the other night when I went to see the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones middle-aged romcom Hope Springs at Chelsea Clearview. On the way in, my friend and I were given promotio ... More >>
I detest any kind of mendacity--except for an occasional white lie--but some untruth-tellers are way worse than others. Here are your two basic types: *The ones who really believe the shit they're telling you. You know, "My grandmother was the Duke of Windsor's real mistress....As a child, I was ... More >>
Not long ago, a British newspaper interview with Stephen Sondheim mentioned that Meryl Streep was a rumored possibility to portray the Witch in the revival of Steve's Into The Woods, playing the Delacorte this summer. No, not Miranda Priestly. Another witch. Well, Sondheim didn't confirm or deny t ... More >>
Rank them in order of their talent, their careers, their legend. In other words, who was/is the best? And second best? And third best? (With these three, even "third best" is pretty amazing, so don't be trepidacious about putting someone in that slot.)
Check out my new column, in which I detail my exclusive, highly knowledgeable takes on who will win the major categories at the Oscars this Sunday, causing them to exude a kindly glow at least through Tuesday. Not among the victorious for the kazillionth time in a row is my gal Meryl Streep. She w ... More >>
If the experts at GoldDerby.com (including me) are right, Glenn Close will tie Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter for the most losses in female-acting categories in Oscar history. They each have six nominations. Deborah was actually a bigger loser than Glenn because all six of her noms were for Best A ... More >>
American Composers Orchestra Carnegie Hall Tuesday, January 31 Better than: A date with Justin Bieber for a 13-year-old girl. Last night at Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra ("the only orchestra in the world" dedicated to music by American composers) celebrated Philip Glass's 75th bi ... More >>
The star of the Oscar-nominated film The Artist is making a press appearance at the Empire State Building today. No, not Jean Du-whatever. I'm talking about Uggie, the nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier who is currently nominated for two Golden Collar Awards (for The Artist and Water for Elephants ... More >>
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline. BEST PICTURE (Ranked in descending order of likelihood) 1--The Artist 2--The Descendants 3--The Help 4--Hugo 5--Mo ... More >>
After her Oscar nominated turn as split-pea-soup-spewing Regan in The Exorcist, Linda Blair was catapulted into a career playing runaways, alkies, rape victims, and inmates, and she never looked back. If she did, her drop earrings would have swung uncomfortably. The girl was fearless in her ... More >>
Just like it's already Christmas in certain department stores, the Oscar predix business happens to be in full swing, with goldderby.com asking us pundits for our premature (I mean extremely mature) guesses as to who will get nominated. Here are mine as of this very moment. Bear in mind tha ... More >>
viaYeah, you wish. Listen, we (that is, Jen) loves summer. But maybe not everyone does. And because it's our dear intern Esther's last day, we're letting her sound off on the subject. Let the summer-hating commence! It's August, and it has been for two weeks now. Summer is almost over. We ma ... More >>
Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a heavily researched, carefully made up film called The Iron Lady? Reeks of Oscar, right? Well, I know the answer.
charo.com Charo is the Spanish singer/guitarist who cuchi-cuchied (and shed) all over The Love Boat and who, after many decades living in this country, still speaks English with an accent thicker than a Meryl Streep character's. It's part of her shtick, and she's muy delightful at it. But ... More >>
This is from the book Crawford's Men by Jane Ellen Wayne: "She allowed her fans (she called them 'friends') to gather near her Bristol Avenue home. "She put them to work doing odd jobs around the yard and house or helping with the mail. "They scrubbed floors and cleaned out the garage and ... More >>
In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>
The Oscars have given Julie & Julia fans something to smile about. Here at Fork in the Road, we generally don't concern ourselves with moving pictures unless, of course, they happen to concern themselves with the preparation and/or eating and/or politics of food. Which, it so happens, two of ... More >>
The imminent release of Julie & Julia has so far launched about five thousand articles, and this weekend, Michael Pollan will bring us one more. The film has inspired Pollan to pen over 8,000 words in the New York Times Magazine about, among other thing, the rise of cooking as a spectator sport, ... More >>
Jeffrey Katzenberg's cure for an ailing movie economy, in all three dimensions.
Peggy Noonan has the Catholic equivalent of a hard-on for Hillary Clinton, who is the subject of Noonan's book The Case Against Hillary Clinton and, in political season, her every third or fourth column. When Meryl Streep based an evil movie character on Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter told p ... More >>
Meryl Streep singing ABBA might seem like the height of absurdity--like Pavarotti doing REO Speedwagon—but as the queen of accents and the foremost screen interpreter of international culture, she did play a Danish lady in Out of Africa, so why not sing something a little Swedish? At last night's ... More >>
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Smiley Face the stoner comedy to end all stoner comedies. Plus it's funny!
Chick-flick genre to Evening: Why you gotta make us look bad?
Commiserating with fellow club columnist Romano. Plus playgoing and going to play.
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Boy turns bug in redemptive kiddie-lit adaptation
From 'Memoirs of a Geisha' to Gwen Stefani's Harujuku Girls, Asians get lost in translation
Why peroxide rot is, like, officially over
The Coens dispense incidental gospel music and diarrhea jokes in a desperate remake
Maybe, in Our Hemmed-In World, One Step Back Could Mean Two Steps Forward
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''In the new George Michael video, two very arresting male cops are locked in a passionate kiss, bringing new meaning to the word entrapment.''