This year's dumbest controversy has been over whether Santa Claus, who is 100 percent real, is permitted to be any color or ethnicity other than the whitest white. But a spin through the archives of the New York Times reveals that Santa has been intermittently black for more than 100 years. Someone ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
There are actors (like Peter O'Toole and Glenn Close) who've gotten nominated a whole lot of times and never won. Yet. But how about the ones who've never even been nominated? In the case of the dead ones, I'm pretty sure they never will be! Now that's gotta hurt. Here are some of the top omission ... More >>
The gold standard in flops, Moose Murders was the 1983 Broadway bad-taste comedy set in a motor lodge, where a blind singer, burn victim, German nurse, twisted Shirley Temple type, incestuous mother, and other loonies converged for parlor games and foul play. AARP magazine ranked it as the fifth wo ... More >>
Why so many? It's got to be that either they came from that sort of background--people who want to deprive certain segments of rights are often the kind of folk who push their kids into show biz. Or that when the fame fell, these ex supernovas became desperate and sought some meaning to stay afloa ... More >>
Now that the days of dropping five bucks on a jumbo, movie theater Coke will be going the way of smoking in bars, New Yorkers might want to consider a carbonation contingency plan. Despite Mayor Bloomberg's approved soda ban, plenty of NYC restaurants are crafting their own sodas in-house. Although ... More >>
Hanging with the upper crust as the recession finally lifts
Steven Spielberg's War Horse (above) is about to trot into theaters, and lordy is that a beautiful creature! I like the horse, too. Anyway, here are some of my other favorite equine stars from Hollywood history.
While food shopping at Polpette (254 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-399-8800) recently, we chanced upon a soda we'd never seen before: Saranac's Shirley Temple. Having drunk many a Shirley Temple in our youth (gotta train for cocktail consumption early in life!) we were excited to see the beverage in ... More >>
Andrea McArdle charmed Broadway audiences as Annie in 1977, but she grew up to do a lot of other stuff--and she's still surprising! Andrea is in Greenwood, a New York Musical Theatre Festival entry about a theater camp, which I talked to her about at the last Times Square Social. Me: Hi, An ... More >>
Here's why we hate being gay
No pics or video allowed, so let's just let "God's Song" crush us all over again. Randy Newman Town Hall Saturday, March 6 Better Than: James Franco, Anne Hathaway, and the whole lot. There was a seven-year-old boy at the Randy Newman concert. He sat in Row O, between his parents. It made sense, ... More >>
What if you lived in a city where there was a bar with a happy hour, for every hour of the day? Guess what, New Yorkers: You do.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 22, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 36 Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper': The Album as Art Form By Tom Phillips A lot of people seem to have misunderstood the new Beatles album. Richard Goldstein, reviewing "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in las ... More >>
Abigail Breslin made a spectacular child star at age 10 in the Oscar winning Little Miss Sunshine, and she's now onto a full-fledged career as an adolescent, making even more movies than La Streep and heading to Broadway in a Miracle Worker revival that could turn her into the new Patty Duke. ... More >>
We know that Michael Jackson was a brilliant musical artist, but as a person, he often seemed conflicted and a tad self-loathing. Still, now that's he's gone, it's not polite to remind people of stuff like that, so let's go out of our way to find only positive things to say about the man and his eye ... More >>
Brother, can you spare $12?
A discussion with a notorious filmmaker
The Queer Precursor to Southland Tales
We interrupt regular programming to take you back to 1976's darkly comic masterpiece.
Tashlin's eye-popping '50s artifacts pile on gags like live-action Looney Tunes
Bonus: Halloween with many Connie Chungs
Fifty years after that triple trip of the tongue, Nabokov's nymphet is as mesmerizing as ever
Porn and Republicans on the Runways
Fornes's Saloon of Visions; Beane's 'Shockumentaries'
Cult Classics, Not Bestsellers
Old Hollywood's Mr. Practicality
Art, Commerce, and the Persistence of Mammaries
In the Movies, Men Are Bigger Than Women Even When They Aren't
Robert Ashley Releases His Most Accessible Work
The Temperature Changes From Uptown to Down
On The Ups And Downs Of Hollywood's Parting Shots