When you first saw the 1990 afterlife romantic comedy thriller Ghost, did you think, "This needs songs! Like a number for a ghost telling the Swayze character, 'You gotta let go'. And a mopey power ballad every time the Demi girl looks sad without her man and her pottery wheel"? Did you also muse, ... More >>
Of course, the filmmakers will say, "They're not gay movies; they're actually about the human experience," blah blah. Yeah, well, anyway, the four gay movies are: Pariah (above) Sort of a lesbian Precious, with a Fort Greene girl gradually emerging into her lesbianhood, despite a gal pal who won ... More >>
The actress bares her soul to me.
In our weekly edition, Elizabeth Dwoskin's cover story "Killing Mom and Dad" tells a horrific, but humanizing tale about Eric Bellucci, whose slip into schizophrenia culminated in the stabbing deaths of his mother and father late last year. For the first time, the surviving children of the Be ... More >>
MelissaLeo.com Melissa Leo has won every award in tarnation for The Fighter and she was the frontrunner for the Oscar too, until some whoop-to-doo happened over ads she took out in Variety. They showed her being all glammed up and lovely, a far cry from the spunky, ragtag, cigarette chompin ... More >>
Do it for mama. For one thing, we can send a message to Carl Paladino, the gubernatorial candidate who said gays aren't created by God the way straights were, and they can't possibly make decent family units together. As he frantically flip-flopped to save face, it became clearer and cleare ... More >>
In the old days, you simply wrote an article and if it was acceptable, it was published it and then you went on to the next article. There was no way to measure exactly how popular your stuff was--except for some vague signs of response--so as long as you didn't totally disgrace yourself, yo ... More >>
Living high with Sondheim. Other heroes include Sean Hayes, Denzel. On the other hand, Kelsey Grammer . . .
Mo'Nique will always have a career, and even when she ends up back at the Comedy Shack in Secaucus, they can advertise "Oscar winning Mo'Nique!" But I worry for her Precious costar Gaboureh Sidibe. Most people are acting like the nomination was the beginning and the end of the road for her-- ... 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 >>
Newcomer Katie Jarvis's teen misfit swims upstream
Academy Awards heads-up: Basterds and biopsies.
As the '00s become history, an Iraq war movie finally wins us over. How fitting.
94 critics voted. The results are in.
Hot on the heels of the big critics' awards and the Golden Globe nominations, the Screen Actors Guild has unveiled its annual award nominations for films and television. SAG has been handing these out for 16 years, but only in the past few years has awards fever caused non-professionals to pa ... More >>
Movie awards fever proceeds apace with the Golden Globes nominations. The once-derided Hollywood Foreign Press Association prizes are now considered legit and a predictor of Oscar behavior, so the Best Motion Picture - Drama nominees -- NY/LA Critics' laureate The Hurt Locker , along with Ava ... More >>
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 >>
Pushing the limits of taste, but locating the heart—and hell—of its heroine's struggle
So producer Paula Wagner is starting to prepare the inevitable movie of the Broadway smash Miss Saigon--the most popular bunch of wet Saigon noodles in history--and Precious director Lee Daniels reportedly might direct.
Mo'Nique turns out to have a plus-sized talent as an actress in the ghetto-fabulous Precious, and as you know, there's been Oscar buzz on her performance for months now. But the word is that she's so caught up in demanding money for appearances to care much about her self promotion as a risi ... More >>
Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.
If Al Sharpton owes you money, you better not count on collecting any time soon. Last year the Rev hosted a convention for his National News Network at the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis -- and what a party it sounds like, with invited guests including Harry Belafonte, Mo'Nique and Danny Glover (th ... More >>
Last week we mentioned that the novel Push, written by Harlem schoolteacher and poet Sapphire and a popular multi-cultural reading assignment hereabouts, had been made into a film and was debuting at the Sundance Festival. Last night the film won the Festival's jury and audience awards in the U.S. d ... More >>
The Greatest: a mourning-family turkey with all the trimmings What is the shape and size of a human soul? Does it look like a chickpea? A gumdrop? A pet rock? And if you could somehow extract your soul from your body, what would be left? Would you still be you? These are among the concerns taken u ... More >>
Back when we were tutoring kids in Brooklyn, the gritty urban novel Push by Harlem teacher and poet Sapphire was in a surprising number of bookbags. We learned that the book about an abused teenager was considered a good way to introduce city youths to literature, and a sufficiently popular reading ... More >>
The irresistible pull of the down-low mythuh, storyhooks reporters and their readers