2013 was a good year to be bad. This year's best villains weren't just goons with guns -- although there were a few great examples of those. (Here's looking at you, Sean Penn.) We also hissed at slave-owners, inventors, seducers, producers, and a couple amazing women who left an impression without b ... More >>
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Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Vitality Supreme Author: Bernarr Macfadden Date: 1915 Publisher: Physical Culture Publishing, which was in the Flatiron building Discovered at: A junk shop in do ... More >>
"I think I'm done with the sad-gay man drama," writes film critic John DiLeo in his new book of essays. Mind you, DiLeo raved about Brokeback Mountain, loved Sean Penn's performance in Milk, and admired a lot about A Single Man. But he's right in pointing out that it would be nice to also have mor ... More >>
After eight days in Park City, I'm back in Los Angeles; the festival continues through the weekend, with the awards announced Saturday night. Here are some notes on films I didn't get a chance to write about at length. Keep an eye out for my wrap-up of the festival in next week's print edition.2 ... More >>
Two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn has played a killer, a gay, and a psycho--all on screen, that is. And now he's stretching his muscles by donning some very vivid makeup and hair design (not to mention wrist jewelry) to play an aging Goth rocker in a movie called This Must Be The Place.
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And Kurt Russell! According to the Hispanic fireball's new Broadway one-man show, Ghetto Klown, all those stars hit him on various movie sets, usually because Leguizamo was trying to jazz up the script and ad lib so he could become more of a breakout star. The guy was punched around more th ... More >>
Well, this will surely be awkward when Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean have to share whatever inevitable Haiti-relief benefit stage in six months from now. Hours after Haiti's electoral council knocked out Wyclef's appeal of their ruling that he couldn't run for their presidency--because he hadn't ... More >>
Wyclef Jean, as the world now knows, is running for the Haitian presidency. He's doing so despite a complete lack of political experience, a checkered financial past, major accounting and tax problems with his NGO, Yele Haiti, dubious Haitian residency, and the lack of an endorsement from fel ... More >>
My choices in ranked order: (1) James Stewart (2) Robert DeNiro (3) Spencer Tracy (4) Jack Nicholson (5) Jack Lemmon
Let's play an amusing little pretend-they-got-married game, the type long perfected in my pal Cindy Adams's column in the New York Post. Just think of the riotous names that could emerge with the right pairings. If Jenna von Oy married Timothy McVeigh, she'd be Jenna von Oy Veigh.
How gay were the Oscars? Well, Queen Latifah sat with her trainer girlfriend; Hugh Jackman sat on Frank Langella's lap; Beyonce sang "Over The Rainbow"; Milk writer Dustin Lance Black and star Sean Penn gave stirring speeches about how God loves the gays; and kisses from that film were included in t ... More >>
We're still congratulating ourselves on beating Nate Silver and other geniuses with our Oscar predictions. But, as you might imagine, rightbloggers had a worse night -- not just in predicting, but in reaction to Sean Penn's win for Milk. "As I emphasized in my article from earlier this week," harrum ... More >>
Here they are, boys! Here they are, world! Here's predictions! *Best Picture. Slumdog Millionaire. This is the biggest "duh" since Julia Roberts won. *Best Actor. Sean Penn for Milk. Mickey Rourke will come in a close second, but the Academy usually can't resist the "bravery" of a straight person ... More >>
Forbes notices that these creatures called liberals may have some influence in this Age of Obama, and dispatches Wall Street Journal conservative Tunku Varadarajan and others to compile a list of "The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media." These include Kevin Drum (without the hated name o ... More >>
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Critics turn into optimists, pick WALL-E as year's best.
All year long, I draw up crazy, neurotic lists for myself of who will surely get Oscar nominations, sometimes before the films have even been made. So it makes perfect golden sense that I've been chosen by Tom O'Neil, the editor of the esteemed Goldderby site, to be one of his stellar Oscar prognost ... More >>
The New York Film Critics Circle has split its top four honors between two films. Milk was named Best Picture and Sean Penn's eponymous role won him the Best Actor Award; Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky's title-describing lead took Best Actress and Mike Leigh won Best Director. A 3-1 division in the ... More >>
Sorting through trailer trash, trying not to nod off during the Emmys.
Reflecting its moment, Cannes 2008 takes a decidedly serious tone
A jury divided unites around Laurent Cantets schoolhouse drama
Stranded by Oscar
Sean Penn delivers a soulful road movie and refuses to define his subject
Rated X crew walk out, MisShapes smokes, and Axl Rose's assistant gets into scuffle
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Fans get suckered at the Purple One's 'secret' gig
Turning literature into confession, a so-called documentary goes backstage with Shepard
Hopscotching chronology elevates New Age mysticism in a heart transplant melodrama