Like his creations Stewie (from Family Guy) and Ted, Seth MacFarlane is kind of impishly cute yet snickeringly barbed and racy. And I imagine that's exactly the combo he'll bring to his job hosting the next Academy Awards. I can't say I'm surprised Billy Crystal isn't coming back for a 10th hostin ... More >>
The writer/director on filming in NYC, George Romero, and saying no to bad script notes
As you know, this week's column is my tete-a-tete with Chris Rock, who told me about his new movie (2 Days In New York, in which he's a Voice writer who converses with a cardboard cutout of Obama), his animated film work, and his past as a guy who needed to be humbled. Well, here's more of what he ... More >>
Far away, in a place known to some as "La-La Land," the region's princes and princesses are preparing for a big magical celebration. Yeah, no. It's just that the Golden Globes are happening tonight in Los Angeles. Will you watch? Will you not watch now that you know that Ryan Gosling will not be att ... More >>
Debbie Cook and her husband Wayne Baumgarten, Christmas 2010Most of the press reporting on Debbie Cook so far has focused on her past as a high-ranking executive in the Church of Scientology and her sudden transformation this week into a whistleblower trying to rally her fellow church members ... More >>
"This Will guy is so cool! I can't wait to tell Dave."We're still taking your votes for Scientology Story of the Year, and in general, things here in the underground bunker are frenetic as we prepare for year-end festivities. We also managed to keep the beat going this week with some interest ... More >>
It's that time of the week, when Scientology workers scramble to get their statistics turned in. And with the Thursday 2pm deadline looming, we like to do the same, rounding up the church's stats for the past week. First up, a little political humor... Yesterday, Martin Bashir did a bit of editor ... More >>
I'm alive. I don't have allergies to anything edible. Some of my old outfits are coming back in style. I just found some change in the couch.
It's been a monumental week in the Suckadelic quest for world domination. Last Wednesday, the Sucklord found himself unceremoniously banished from BRAVO's Work of Art, after the endearing reality-TV character failed to impress judges in a street-art challenge. The masked Voice cover star's immediate ... More >>
The New York Comedy Festival has arrived. The festival turns eight this year, and will hopefully celebrate with humor children of that age can't understand. While always a showcase for chuckles, the first day of the festival has a higher purpose: supporting injured soldiers through the Bob Woodruff ... More >>
New York Comedy Festival tortures us
When awards shows get nominated for awards, it's a little like a dog sniffing its own butt. And sure enough, the Emmys have nominated the Tonys, the Oscars, and the Golden Globes, all of which will probably end up competing for a Pulitzer! It's all so creepily incestual it's like a cult in ... More >>
Courtesy ABCAnd now for the awards portion of the evening! Full disclosure: the three of us have seen only five of the Best Picture nominees. Not that it matters. So:
Terroir In the wake of the Chris Cannon/Michael White divorce, the merry pranksters at Terroir have made their allegiances very clear with a tribute to "our hero" Chris Cannon so hilariously unsparing it makes Ricky Gervais's Golden Globes commentary look like a Hallmark card. Cannon's year ... More >>
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 >>
It's the lament of Hollywood: the Emmy Awards are dry country. Why is that, exactly? Well, the event was teetotal, that is, until Ricky Gervais came along... [via Huffington Post] Have a restaurant tip or other food-related news? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
Vince Bucci/FOX Alice Cooper and the Idols 8:01pm. It's a sad night, and not because we're saying goodbye to another season of Idol, not because we're saying goodbye to Simon Cowell, but because they managed to drag this out to a two-hour production of group sings and product placements. 8: ... More >>
No one's safe around Ricky Gervais
Let no one say Shawn Carter is not reliable. For two decades now, through rap thick and rap thin, hip-hop's most prickly superstar has had the looking-disgusted game on lock. Oh, you're Benny the Bull, the Chicago Bulls mascot, and you're seized with the desire to do the "Single Ladies" dance mere ... More >>
Most definitely tonight's big whoop is Fucked Up, a/k/a that "brisk punk band from Toronto, with an unpublishable name," who will regale Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a/k/a New York's best venue for massive hearing loss, with a painstaking track-by-track recreation of their 2008 album The Chemistr ... More >>
New York Comedy Festival has the answer
Practicing self-deception as a survival technique
And then I compare Keats with Tila Tequila.
The email scribblings of someone covering the Toronto Film Festival were somehow forwarded to me as if by magic--or maybe it's just more spam--and it's my journalistic duty to pass them on to you, by way of an insider's report card that's leakable to the entire world. And so, dear readers:
Like everyone else on the planet (except yours truly), New York's very own White Rabbits will also be at All Points West this weekend. They're scheduled to regale ambitiously eager folks on the Blue Comet main stage tomorrow at 1:10 pm. It'd be worth your while to get there tomorrow early--forecas ... More >>
Yes, we are having a laugh
You've got a thing or two to learn. . .
New HBO comedy confirms there are no small parts—nor actors wih small egos
British sitcom gives fresh meaning to the banality of evil with beautician on the warpath
Laughs and Humiliation, Courtesy of the BBC