The way to make it in music these days is to play cruise ships and theme parks, but if you want to be a movie star, break out on TV first. Oz The Great and Powerful--opening today--features no fewer than four major film folk who started on the small screen.
No one plays a legendary movie star like another movie star--I mean, they really know how it's done, or at least they're willing to trot out their best mannerisms and try. Here are some of the most memorable examples (some because they're brilliant, others because they're glittery trash) of filmla ... More >>
On the release of her second feature, the filmmaker stares down emptiness
In Take This Waltz, Michelle Williams gives a superb, textured performance as a married woman who's straying from the comfy confines of her domestic life, with potentially damaging results. Sarah Silverman is also good as her sister-in-law, an alcoholic who occasionally gets loosened up enough to s ... More >>
They were all cuddly and romantic at the Tribeca Film Festival party for his The Five-Year Engagement. And then they got all publicly snuggly again at the festival's bash for her Take This Waltz.
As you may have heard, Nicole Kidman is negotiating to play Princess Grace Kelly in the movie Grace of Monaco. The film, directed by the guy who did La Vie en Rose, will be set in 1962, during a period when the movie-star-turned-princess tried to save Monaco from a potential catastrophe.
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 >>
This is the only ballot you'll need at your viewing party
While her husband hawks underwear -- as well he should -- Victoria Beckham has become a rising star in the high-end fashion world. She's bringing her stuff back to New York's own Fashion Week in a matter of days, and she's also dressing various stars for the real Fashion Week, i.e., the imminent Os ... 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 >>
Contenders are piling up in the theaters-here are the ones to watch
The big news to emerge from yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle voting--held early this year to scoop the other year end awards--is, of course, the second coming of homeboy Harvey Weinstein. Not only was The Artist voted best picture and its director Michel Hazanavicius anointed Best Director ... More >>
A friend of mine is a journalist covering the junket for the Muppets' new filmic extravaganza, and he was forewarned by a publicist, "You won't get a one-on-one with Miss Piggy. You can do the roundtable."
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5 complex female characters, 5 remarkable performances
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 >>
Last week, the birth of rap's newest star-to-be happened suddenly. Kreayshawn, a California rapper with Amy Winehouse's tattooes and piercings, Queen Latifah's earrings, and a modified version of Michelle Williams' pixie bob, dropped her video for "Gucci Gucci," and every person who was tweeting abo ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science will use the latest scientific research and news from the world of nature and technology to figure out exactly how you are going to die. Our findings have been proven to be 100 percent accurate*. SPOILER ALERT: This week, you will die after a one-celled organism dr ... More >>
Plus 'Cruel Cinema,' Rudy Wurlitzer, and other spring film picks
Chupacabra, the mythical goat-killing creature that comes from the depths of Mexico, has been revealed a total phony. The bloodsucking fairytale started in 1995, making it the only urban legend ever to scare people wearing the holy fashion trinity of jean jackets, slap bracelets and flannel. ... More >>
You had us at beard. At Refinery 29's Oscar Viewing Party at the W Hotel in Union Square last night, we waited eagerly to be wowed by the celebs on the red carpet. Alas, that moment never came. We mostly shrugged, "meh"ed, and nodded. Not even Helena Bonham Carter, whose eccentricity has kept ... More >>
Yes, a Dynasty movie is in the works--in Hollywood, imagination knows no bounds--but bear in mind that it'll be a prequel, set in the '60s. This way, if it's a hit, they can turn it into a series spinning into future decades through eternity--even past the Moldavia massacre. So who should p ... More >>
In: Portman and Franco. Out: Moore and Wahlberg.
Last night's Golden Globes were...weird. They were sad, they were awkward, they were kind of bleak and sinister, like a cocktail party gone on way too long, till everyone's smiles are forced and dresses rumpled. The Social Network did well, winning four awards, as did Glee, which took home th ... More >>
Speechifying on Broadway, plus plenty of cussing and discussing
No, not Marilyn Monroe. Not even Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe. I'm talking about Marilyn, the drag queen singer friend of Boy George who slinked around the '80s looking for various forms of applause. For years, Marilyn has said that she and the Bush singer were lovers for quite a wh ... More >>
With more than 250 films to see, there is no one, definitive festival experience. Here's mine.
This year's NYFF manages both. Plus: Our best of the fest
From Meek's CutoffMidway through the Venice film festival, the competition is notable for a pair of features by American women: Sofia Coppola's Somewhere and Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff -- both minimalist, open-ended exercises in myths debunked and protagonists lost. Evidently inspired ... More >>
Stuck in the asylum with the good kind of insane
That's Michelle Williams?? Kelly Reichardt's new film, Wendy and Lucy, will screen Saturday and Sunday at the New York Film Festival and as with the director's debut, Old Joy (2006), I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Old Joy, a modest and talk-heavy portrait of two men in their 30s whose fri ... More >>
Newspapers serve many functions in society: government watchdogs, history's first draft, keepers of time and tradition. Another role newspapers can play is the calm voice of reason in emotional and turbulent times. Or they can do what the Daily News did today in announcing that six Al Qaeda conspi ... More >>
The end of relevance: Wenders whiffs at social commentary
With Friends Like These . . .