Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
Once Les Miserables made tons of money, it was inevitable that the floodgates would be open for the filming of every musical ever made. (Can't wait to see movies of Carrie, Scandalous, and Nick and Nora. Kidding.) And so, Rob Marshall is directing a film of Sondheim's Into the Woods, and they're ge ... More >>
Today's the day you can get off your high horse and make a move that will actually affect your future. Get off your Facebook, de-tweet your Twitter, stop texting for a goddamned minute, and get your ass out to the voting booth to pull the level that will determine whether you'll live the next four ... More >>
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 >>
Female division. In the talking era. According to Michael Musto. Feel free to do your usual whining and add your own faves.
Sour grapes make for flat champagne once again. Bitter neighbors in Salisbury, Connecticut are claiming that Meryl Streep is more "Nasty Lady" than "Iron Lady." According to this writeup, "She lives on a very big multimillion dollar property in the area, but she doesn't give back."
Dear Ladies of the Red Carpet: Where's the shock of the swan dress or the pizzazz of the goth showgirl of yesteryear? Come on, ladies, this is the Oscars, and it's 2012! Why are so many of you million dollar actresses playing the Grace Kelly card? We are fully aware that all of you can't pull off ... More >>
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 >>
I provide the milk and cookies, you provide the names
Charlize Theron and I had a fun chat at a luncheon promoting her new dark dramedy, Young Adult, in which she deftly plays a woman who eerily believes she belongs with her high school boyfriend, even though they broke up 17 years ago and he's married. Charlize talked about her admiration for Meryl S ... More >>
The Guardian has seen The Iron Lady, with the esteemed Meryl Streep as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and they're not afraid to tell us about it. The film, they say, is a "breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times." They insist that it's l ... More >>
In her new memoir, Learning To Live Out Loud, wonderful actress Piper Laurie remembers being nominated for playing the crazed, bible thumping mama of the title character of Carrie, the 1976 horror classic. Writes Piper: "It was hard to look delighted when they announced that Beatrice Strai ... 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 >>
And if they do, at least pay the kids scale
The Emmy nominations came out today, but my mind is stuck on the Oscars and how there will be no shortage of leading actress contenders to pick from in 2011. Not only is Meryl Streep donning prosthetics and an accent again, this time as moxieish Margaret Thatcher, but we have the following o ... More >>
Valiant Sandra Bernhard, curious Mickey Rourke, and simply Divine
And I'm here, I'm still here. CLICK HERE for my column and I'll tell you how that happened and how I got out of it alive. Even more scarily, I also talk about a movie with disembowelment, rape/murder, and the words "I love cunt!" But the popcorn's really good. Plus I speak with Valerie Cru ... More >>
Who cares about the men? They always wear suits or sweaty T-shirts. But from the beginning of cinema, Hollywood's ladies have gotten swathed and feathered and dressed and undressed in ways that have made the fashion world rock with diversity and delight. My 10 all-time fave looks are:
The King's Speech...along with those of other esteemed movieland pundits, as told to Goldderby.com. The gum-flapping gang has anointed The King's Speech, Colin Firth, Annette Bening, and Danny Boyle as the golden ones who will step up to the podium without that much in their way.
Supposedly there will be a movie made of the Broadway show Memphis, and I bet they don't use the stage cast. They hardly ever do! And I wish they would! Remember when they made a movie of Doubt two years ago and Cherry Jones didn't get the part?
Did anyone think the Best Actress Oscar race would boil down to a battle royale between the greatest actress of her generation, Meryl Streep, and Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock? No, but with both ladies' Golden Globes wins, that exactly what it's shaping up as. Mind you, I've always trum ... More >>
Nancy Meyers can't keep making the same movie over and over again
What a relief -- the 2009 movie awards are rolling out, drawing our attention away from tedious realities and toward tinsel dreams of Oscar Night. The New York Film Critics Circle has just stepped up with The Hurt Locker for Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow); George Clooney (Up ... More >>
Rats, drug dealers, hookers, a gambling "casino' in one of the apartments: 2320 Aqueduct Avenue in the Bronx sounds like a terrible building. It used to be bad when one of the Voice's perennial "10 Worst Landlords" owned it. Then he sold out to fancy new owners -- including a Tishman Speyer a ... More >>
No, Meryl Streep's name is nowhere near this list. But if you click on this survey, you'll find no fewer than two Brad Pitt performances (one of his accents is described as sounding merely like a sore throat), a legendarily bad Cockney accent by Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (" 'Allo, Guvn ... More >>
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Cazwell's 20-minute bashes.
Gossip boards like this one so often become forums for venting and kvetching, and that's fine--in fact, that's my bread and rancid butter. But just for once--just for one teeny, tiny second--let's reflect favorably on the world and post a nice thought or two. Anything nice, as long as it's not sarca ... More >>
Spike Jonze raises a glass to Maurice Sendak
Stay away from clowns! Just continue to be ones yourselves. (And other Dear ABBA suggestions.)
The odd upside of Robert Redford's terribly earnest, utterly terrible war drama
Stage Acting Versus NYCs Hollywood High
Definitely honor-free will be Joseph Fiennes for Shakespeare (sorry, but the Bard didn't look like Rob Lowe).