Coming of rage
So writes Roger Ebert, and he oughta know; he cowrote Beyond The Valley of the Dolls, that 1970 fantasia of drugs, music, and lunacy which is a kitschy coup of kook-culture entertainment (though to me, it's not trash at all; it's pungent satire). And The Paperboy--the Lee Daniels-directed tale of S ... More >>
Today in NYFF reviews: Nick Schager on The Paperboy and Our Children. The Paperboy Directed by Lee Daniels Crass southern-fried exploitation with laughable pretenses toward gravity, The Paperboy takes as its inspiration Pete Dexter's novel about a 1969 true-crime tale and drenches it in sweat, blo ... More >>
Former Page Six-er Richard Johnson* (see below) is reporting at The Daily that Tom Cruise's daughter, Isabella, 18, is fed up with Scientology and has moved out of her father's house. A Cruise publicist denied the report. Johnson quotes two of our favorite Scientology sources, Marty Rathbu ... More >>
It was announced the other day that James Franco will join Nicole Kidman this fall in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, about a gigolo's attempt to relaunch his dreams via an aging movie star.
Since winning the Oscar for 2002's The Hours, Nicole Kidman has made some bold and varied choices. The problem is, the vast majority of them turned out to be giant bombs. In chronological order, Nicole made movies like:
In the "top five" list I'm about to share, I wish I could have squeezed in some more of my old favorites, but their filmographies had some holes in them. I also wish I could have included a few more current names, but I can't honestly say Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, or Cate Blanchett have e ... More >>
via Wikipedia.orgWe unanimously decided last week that the worst male actor is...a lot of people. But as the Oscars approach, who's the worst female movie star?
So Q-Tip is writing a book, called Industry Rules, that will elaborate on the music-biz hostility informing the A Tribe Called Quest great's most famous line (one assumes that record-company people, however few of them are left at this point, nonetheless remain pretty shady), balanced with more pers ... More >>
I went to an inauguration ball long ago--SO long ago that I'm too embarrassed to even specify which President it was for. (All right, Millard Fillmore.) And I was amazed at all the glitzy, gawdy opulence on display--on the people! Clearly these folks had the expression "One more bugle bead won't hur ... More >>
Twilight has emerged as a cinema phenomenon--Harry Potter with fangs--and it's clearly because it knows its target audience (moist teen girls), it delivers dreamy, hypnotic goods based on a popular book, and it stars a really cute guy (though I have to admit I could barely keep my eyes open to enjoy ... More >>
Somewhere over the dateline, the not-quite-marvelous land of Oz
It's only four months to the Oscar nominations (sorry, I'm a sick queen), so it's time to start separating the frontrunners from the back-of-the buses. Here come my never-too-early choices for the definite-probable-maybe nominees. And not to brag, but I'm usually about 80% right with this shit.
If there are 8 million stories in the naked city, how many of them are related to Harvey Weinstein's trash? It's looking like a bunch as Tony Ortega's "Trash Talking with Harvey Weinstein" has illuminated quite a few dark corners of the entertainment mogul's empire. Gawker seized upon an $8-mill ... More >>
Juicy details plucked from the garbage of a movie mogul
The days when Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen starred in cutesy flicks like How The West Was Fun are as over as era when Nicole Kidman had an expressive forehead. Nowadays, of course, Mary-Kate shows up on Weeds, playing "Tara, a devoted Christian girl who falls in with a family of drug-dealing suburbani ... More >>
Recently I was reading an online gossip column and came across this un-electrifying bit of non news: "Tobey Maguire is not set to become a dad again." Fine, whoever said he was? (Oh, yeah, a trashy tabloid magazine.) The late-breaking non item reminded me that my least favorite type of informational ... More >>
Avoiding its anti-dogma roots, The Golden Compass veers off-course
Doc treats Sudanese lost boys as feel-good fodder, ignoring their plight and their history
Playing legendary photographer Diane Arbus, Nicole Kidman is an unconvincing weirdo
Where everyone from Parker Posey to Miss Guy played during the holidays
What the foreign press really thinks of us (hint: it's not all kittens and rainbows)
Light motifs: Music video pro Jonathan Glazer conducts a moody symphony of shadows
About a boy: Upper East Side widow finds love with underaged object of obscure desire
Speaking of slavery, Cold Mountain doesn't. Its pale version of history is a whitewash.
The Other of Invention
Talking Pictures and Silent Valentines Leave Human Stains at the Venice Film Festival
Cannes-Cannes Kicks Off