F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz-age-set novel The Great Gatbsy has long been considered pretty unfilmable, despite it's having been filmed again and again. The story of a war vet peeking into the lavish life of the title rich man and finding parties, costumes, and lunacy, just might be better on the writ ... More >>
With the publication of the best-selling onanism epic Portnoy's Complaint in 1969, people would randomly shout at author Philip Roth on the street, "Leave it alone!" They may have had a point, but Roth, of course, was writing about a character--though he admits that having an alter ego on the print ... More >>
Philip Roth Unmasked reveals our most wicked writer as a charmer
There are actors (like Peter O'Toole and Glenn Close) who've gotten nominated a whole lot of times and never won. Yet. But how about the ones who've never even been nominated? In the case of the dead ones, I'm pretty sure they never will be! Now that's gotta hurt. Here are some of the top omission ... More >>
Woody Allen and co-stars talk movies, love, and death
Rutanya Alda--best known as Carol Ann in Mommie Dearest--just told me a remarkable story. Rutanya was Mia Farrow's stand-in for the 1968 suspense classic Rosemary's Baby.
Not the baby itself. He's all grown up now and working for the Tea Party. I mean the movie, that classic 1968 Polanski horror fest starring Mia Farrow as the unwitting recipient of the devil seed from hell, thanks to being neighbors with that cute little Satan shill Ruthie Gordon.
That is, if this was 1969--and I'm not convinced that it isn't. (5) Catherine Deneuve She looks like a French Barbie crossed with the Infant of Prague, her hair never moves, and she's so wry and chic that she struck me as the most brilliant import since crepes. My favorite movie: the screwb ... More >>
In 1992, it was considered the relationship that would wreck modern civilization, but it didn't--and as a testament to its own value, they're still together! For nearly 20 years, we've heard all the "Yuck! How could he?" arguments from the morality police, but that kind of self-important whi ... More >>
It wasn't always Academy Awards for Liz Taylor. When her movies were bad, they were truly rotten--though always in a highly entertaining way thanks to her verve and outfits. The five most fun stinkers she ever made are: (5) The Sandpiper. 1965. (Above) Vincente Minnelli directed this cra ... More >>
New York magazine asked me for quotes about the best piece of gossip in New York City history, knowing I was their man for something so salacious yet historic. I complied, for p.r.'s sake, giving the top slot to the 1992 hookup of film genius Woody Allen with Mia Farrow's adopted daughter So ... More >>
In 1974, the inaugural issue of People magazine was released, featuring Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan from Gatsby, "The year's next big movie." That film, what we would argue is the quintessential, and most beautiful/tragic Gatsby, also featured Robert Redford, with the screenplay written by F ... More >>
Perhaps you are familiar with Rap Genius, a useful interactive site that aims to "discover the meaning of rap lyrics" by painstakingly explaining every single line of various popular tunes -- at press time Lil Wayne's "Hoes & Ladies" is exactly 13 percent explained, with Rick Ross' "Made Men" ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 25, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 41 Films by Andrew Sarris "ROSEMARY'S BABY" has been blessed with such extraordinary popularity from the printed page to the silver screen that it seems superfluous if not presumptuous for a critic to reco ... More >>
The Addams Family: ghoulish turns into goulash. Get it?At least other nightlife isn't such torture.
Who's the grandest, most baby popping mother in our great tabloid nation? Here are your mo-fo choices: *Nadya Suleman, the octuplet lady. She's popped out 14 human lives in total, all thanks to the very same sperm donor (Jodie Foster?). The woman spews children out of her privates like a Civil War ... More >>
There are hundreds of great performances through the years that the Academy Awards have strangely neglected, but I like them, I really, really like them! They simply got shafted because they were in the wrong category, they didn't get the right buzz, they didn't ham it up enough, or they didn't give ... More >>
One of the scariest movies of all time turns 40
Stay away from clowns! Just continue to be ones yourselves. (And other Dear ABBA suggestions.)
170 writers from 51 countries in just six days
Caught on tape: the best of do-it-yourself indie culture in Be Kind Rewind
Pressuring al-Bashir by way of Coca-Cola and GE
NBC paid nearly $1 billion to broadcast from Beijing, but the stain of Darfur won't go away from these games
What can any of us actually do about the Darfur genocide? A new organization knows.
Using China's pride in the 2008 Olympics as a weapon against its shameful support of the Darfur nightmare
Just in time to wind down Hanukkah, a Woody Allen retro
About a boy: Upper East Side widow finds love with underaged object of obscure desire
Find out how many used Great Gatsbys it takes to build a boat
The Devil's Playground
Court Blasts State as Unfair to Tenants