After making three unsuspecting passersby potentially very rich on Saturday, Banksy started off week three of "Better Out Than In" with a stencil in Queens. It's a simple design of a man erasing a movie quote written in hot pink scrawl.
I really admired Les Miserables. No, it's not perfect--there are too many crying, singing closeups--but I still found it astonishingly done, the first great movie musical since Chicago. But as you know, it's been dividing people more than anything since Coke Zero. Here's what someone on the All Th ... More >>
The annual Glam awards for the best in gay nightlife have gotten so big that they've spawned an offshoot/homage/satire/counter-argument. The second Slam awards for the worst in nightlife took place at XES last night, and they were a star-spangled riot. Kittin Withawhip was a funny host, bringing ... More >>
Les Miserables has been drawing extreme reactions from people, from "I sobbed the whole time" to "I winced, then vomited, then ran for my life." That's actually good. Anything that polarizes people so strongly has obviously got something going on. In this week's column, I tell you what I think of ... More >>
American Idol personality Adam Lambert feels the movie of Les Miserables is more than a near Mis. It made him crazy! Lambert tweeted: "Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywood's mov ... More >>
I talked about it as a guest at Molly Equality Dykeman's show at the Laurie Beachman. Molly (the zany yet slightly dazed comic creation of Andrea Alton) is a lesbian traffic guard slash poet who I feel is the new Emily Dykenson, or perhaps a nouveau Vadge-inia Woolf. And she gamely gave me the gre ... More >>
When you've got Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried in a film, how do you decide which of them to put on the poster without pissing off whoever's left out? Easy! You don't put any of them!
Les Miserables--based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit that Andrew Lloyd Webber actually had nothing to do with--is coming to the screen in all its stirring pathos and musicality. And here comes the trailer, which consists of Anne Hathaway singing an anguished "I Dreamed A Dream," as we see brownish ... More >>
She'd be Carnie Carney. Yes, it's time for the imaginary hookup game again. The one where you put two celebs together at the altar just so one of them can end up with a hilarious name.
For me, it would have to be A Beautiful Mind, the 2001 Ron Howard-directed drama in which Russell Crowe played John Forbes Nash Jr, a mathematical genius who unfortunately was also schizophrenic.
The New York Times review asks that very question and concludes, "Kind of, though that description makes the movie sound both more fun and more provocative than it actually is." I had a couple of problems with the film. The added backstory and increased action sequences seem a little too cal ... More >>
If only every day's news could start out like this. Why is the universe obsessed right now with a misspelling of our neighbors to the north, swashbuckling scalawags, and the Prince of Nottingham Forest?
Deadline Hollywood reports this morning on Russell Crowe at Cannes - whose turn in soon-to-be gigantic summer blockbuster Robin Hood is apparently a thing - giving a press conference at the French film festival. And in this press conference, Crowe offered up some trenchant, Robin Hood-esque m ... More >>
They say there's a fine line between comedy and tragedy. But what about the lines between despair and hilarity? Brooklyn's band of the moment, The National, knows where they lie, and they also know how to blur them, argues Michael D. Ayers, writing this week's Voice cover story: The National' ... More >>
Railing against the no-good tax-and-spend Nottingham elite
In Hollywood, the men are allowed to pork it up, but if a dame does so, she's sent out back to scrub the toilet and freshen the laundry. It's a crazy double standard that would instantly end if I were in charge of da movies. I say let 'em ALL eat cake! In the meantime, put down your own bag of Ho-H ... More >>
50 Cent and Rick Ross have a beef. Will it be settled with guns? Actually, it will more likely be settled with internet videos and rapid response units. What what? Erik Parker explains the new state of the art. Burial societies are supposed to assure their members of a grave when their time comes. ... More >>
Haven't had enough of George Weber's murderer, John Katehis? The fullest internet trail is at True Crime Report. Remember the rightwing har-har story about Obama's Irish teleprompter "gaffe"? Turns out it's bullshit. What is true, apparently and amazingly, is that the Farrelly Brothers are close t ... More >>
Josh Brolin: "Great actor, Sean Penn. Great actor. Not an asshole like Russell Crowe." The second juiciest one--if rather bizarre--was Brolin saying he thought Ben Brantley was a "motherfucker" and not a good writer. And the cutest was Jenny Lumet's remark, "Dad, that's mine," as Sidney Lumet acci ... More >>
The mother of short-film festivals comes to NYC
Aussie doc digs into an outsider culture
James Mangold remakes a classic western for our ADD times
Attempting romantic comedy, Sir Ridley Scott conquers neither
Crowe keeps swinging in a naval-gazing epic about the agony and ecstasy of leadership
A Patriotic Hollywood Celebrates Its Own Beautiful Mind
What Went Down in the Cabaret of Contradictions
Battle Royale: Crowe vs. Nietzsche