She was a movie, then a musical, then a sequel, then a revisal of the musical, and now a remake of the movie. And she's here, she's still here... Stephen King's Carrie--the misunderstood outcast who redefines "this girl is on fire"--will be back this fall in a movie starring Hugo's Chloe Grace Mor ... More >>
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Free but still not quite exonerated, Damien Echols spent half his life in prison -- much on death row -- as punishment for a crime that he has never been linked to with, say, evidence. Many of those years he suffered in solitary confinement, even as the documentaries Paradise Lost and its sequels r ... More >>
Or is it a metaphor for the slaughter of American Indians? Both theories are floated in Room 237, a documentary playing the New York Film Festival, which has various cinephiles--some astute, some bonkers--spewing their ideas as to the hidden messages in Stanley Kubrick's 1981 horror classic based o ... More >>
Every Grasshopper jam starts with a great big nothing sound, on or near the cusp of silence, so soft and unassuming that it almost isn't there. Then, ever-so-glacially, the frame fills with sound: Josh Millrod's penetrative trumpeting fed through the maw of Jesse DeRosa's distortion-hemorrhaging Ele ... More >>
Yes, I came face to face with legendary boxer Jake LaMotta and he didn't punch me out! This was at Kevin Clement's Chiller Theatre--held this past weekend at the Parsippany Hilton--which had scores of my icons meeting, greeting, and turning on the star juice. In the new column, I give you some of ... More >>
The actress goes from alkie nun to matriarch of the year
Fresh off playing Sarah Palin, Julianne Moore has been offered the role of another crazed fanatic--Margaret White, the title character's bible-thumping mom in Carrie, the Kimberly Peirce-directed redo of the 1976 classic based on the Stephen King book. That's the one about the outcast who learns "i ... More >>
Well, at least she doesn't bother anybody else for it. For the finale of My Strange Addiction--airing Sunday night--they've saved this incredible whopper: A 53-year-old lady named Carrie who drinks her own urine, pours it into her bathwater, uses it as a lotion, and even brushes her teeth with it.
With ineptitudes removed, just another drippy musical
Every living being claims to have seen Carrie, the legendary 1988 Broadway flop musical based on the Stephen King novel about the small-town girl who gets revenge on the bullies via bloodying up the prom. It was the original "It Gets Better" video. Well, I really saw it and I have the Playbill to ... More >>
Every now and then a buzzword or buzz-term comes along, and you have no idea what it means, or why people are saying it, you just know that everyone's going to be saying it, or is saying it, and you have no idea what it means until someone sighs, shakes their head, and explains something to y ... More >>
Have you played with I Write Like yet? It's the site where we learned that Madonna's daughter and Kurt Vonnegut are basically the same writer. It's also been telling some users they write like Dan "Da Vinci Code" Brown, and people are getting pissed.
Experiments in terror from the master, at BAM
And you thought you were a freak in high school?
"It's no fairy tale... this girl really existed. She really levitated. It's all documented." For the most part, the master of horror himself, Stephen King, has already cemented the notion of all-things frightening (the site of a clown still gives us the creeps). But curators Deb and Dave T ... More >>
Legless little girls! Sexual predators! Fire-shooting arms!
Usually, when a party promoter sends out a mass email, it's about a two-for-one tequila night at some strip bar or other. But not Matt Tratner. He just forwarded everyone on the scene a grisly account of sheer horror that happened when a friend he trusted turned Matt's apartment into a Stephen King ... More >>
Three tales by Stephen King on stage
I have no idea, but I can tell you the worst ones I've ever seen! (And I've seen a lot, honey. I live for this shit—in fact, when I hear a show's a stinkbomb, I usually run to catch it in previews for fear it won't actually open.) And so, in descending order of rottenness:
Over three weeks of buffoonery
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