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    April 23, 2012

    Ghost The Musical Appears: My Review

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Four Gay Movies You Could Have Seen This Year

    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 >>

  • Columns

    August 24, 2011

    Vera Farmiga On Faith, Madonna, and Mo'Nique

    The actress bares her soul to me.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Eric Bellucci's Madness and Murder of Mom and Dad

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Melissa Leo's Oscar Campaign Brouhaha: My Final Thoughts​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Please Vote This Year

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Please Click On This Post! (Vagina! Penis!)

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    April 27, 2010

    The Duchess of York Speaks Out About the Queen

    Living high with Sondheim. Other heroes include Sean Hayes, Denzel. On the other hand, Kelsey Grammer . . .

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Let's Give Gaboureh Sidibe A Career!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Oscar Nominees Announced; Extended Best Picture List Includes Up, Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man

    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 >>

  • Film

    January 12, 2010

    Fifteen and Pissed: Fish Tank

    Newcomer Katie Jarvis's teen misfit swims upstream

  • Columns

    January 5, 2010

    Oscar Winner Turned Away From Gay Beer Hall!

    Academy Awards heads-up: Basterds and biopsies.

  • Film

    December 22, 2009

    Film Poll 2009: An Introduction

    As the '00s become history, an Iraq war movie finally wins us over. How fitting.

  • Film

    December 22, 2009

    10th Annual Film Critics' Poll: The Abridged Results

    94 critics voted. The results are in.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    SAG Award Nominations Heat Up Movie Prize Fever

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Golden Globe Nominations Favor Up in The Air, Hurt Locker

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    LA, NY Film Critics Launch Award Season, Favor Hurt Locker

    ​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 >>

  • Film

    November 3, 2009

    Precious Is the Diary of a Sad Black Woman

    Pushing the limits of taste, but locating the heart—and hell—of its heroine's struggle

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Let's Cast The Miss Saigon Movie

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Mo'Nique Holds Out For The Cash

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    October 6, 2009

    Is Precious, With Mo'Nique, The Movie of the Year?

    Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Dine and Dash: Memphis Hotel Says Al Sharpton Owes Them $87,300

    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 >>

  • Film

    February 4, 2009
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    January 25, 2009

    Push Wins 3 Prizes at Sundance

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Less Money, Fewer Hits at Midpoint of Sundance 2009

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Film of Popular YA Novel Push to Premiere at Sundance

    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 >>

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    August 3, 2004

    Sex, Lies, Death

    The irresistible pull of the down-low myth—uh, story—hooks reporters and their readers