Stiller's the best comedy director of his generation, hiding in plain sight
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival
A communist party
If the protean Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Oscar for Lincoln--which there's a much better chance of happening than Liz & Dick nabbing an Emmy--he'll be the first three-time Best Actor winner in the Academy's history. Other actors have won three Oscars, mind you, but not all for Best Actor. (Ja ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language
I had avoided seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel because the trailer looked so awful, but it's a hit, so I checked it out and found it pretty charming (except for the young couple's love story and all the platitudes). It's basically Enchanted April, Cocoon, and Love Actually meet Slumdog Million ... More >>
Two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn can be a hit-or-miss type of actor, but he's scored a golden coup with his new movie's poster alone. It's for This Must Be The Place, opening March 30, and it's described like so.
Ashton and Demi and Sex Trafficking
What a day for ladies and crime. First we had the innocent Trader Joe's Thai Food slapper and then the stealing socialite. Now, the marauding model gets her case dismissed. Jessica White was arrested outside Avenue Lounge after she allegedly hit a woman and pulled her hair in a dispute over a ... More >>
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
When best-selling books like The DaVinci Code or the Twilight series become movies, their fans take to the internet to share their excitement. They argue over the film's fidelity to their favorite characters and scenes, and revel in their love-object's moment in the cinematic sun. So too it has bee ... More >>
Have a drink with your indie cinema
So now it's even more official: after confirming to the New York Times yesterday that he was running for the Haitian presidency, Wyclef Jean went on CNN last night to formally announce his campaign. Don't vote for him. Meanwhile, NPR questions whether he's even eligible to run, and the internation ... More >>
Clarinet in hand, the director defends one of America's disappearing art forms
Eighty years ago today, on May 22, 1930, Harvey Milk was born in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island. As the first openly gay elected official in California, Milk became an icon of San Francisco's 1970s Castro District and more generally, gay activism as a rising phenomenon. As Sean Penn showe ... More >>
So we've all heard that one silver lining to the whole economic meltdown is that New York is
The National Society of Film Critics named Waltz With Bashir, an animated fable of the 1982 Lenanon war, its Best Film of 2008. Critics including our own J. Hoberman ("a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature") praised the film highly, though its chance ... More >>
Baggage from Marc Jacobs, Josh Brolin's take on Harvey's killer.
The non-dish on Nancy McKeon; the worst recession sale in town.
Che wins the only Cannes award that really matters: ours
Guileless dervish emerges from the subway, (real-life) guitar in hand
Talking with Gerald Lefcourt, attorney to stars many, motley, and magnanimous
Flirting with Disaster: Discussing Days of Heaven and Dylan classics with Sam Shepard
With an ambitious crime thriller, Clint Eastwood opens NYFF and returns to top form
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