There's a moment in every Marvel comics movie where all the husbands/boyfriends in the audience whisper to their companions, "That's Stan Lee!" (The companions know it is Stan Lee, but endure this anyway.)
Warning: This discussion is thick with spoilers.
In their first movie Unclear Holocaust, the anonymous crew of remix provocateurs who call themselves the Anti-Banality Union sliced up decades-worth of Hollywood disaster movies to create a troubling and frequently hilarious critique of the post-9/11 security state and Hollywood's own civilizational ... More >>
Yesterday, I told you about individual performers and directors who were touted as serious Oscar contenders, but who got bupkiss. But here are three films that were in a lot of people's prognostications, but got completely shut out.
The Hollywood Reporter listed the top 20 of the year a few days ago, but let's zoom in on their big 10--the ones that really rocked the box office, a handful of them going over the billion mark! Bear in mind that some of these epics are still playing, so they'll be racking in even more dough. (I've ... More >>
From a deranged Dirty Harry to the rise of Honey Boo Boo, it was a long, strange, sad, and silly trip
In my extremely entertaining and informative annual wrapup, I break 2012 down for you, starting with the groundswell of libertarianism which helped Obama get re-endorsed despite the still faltering economy. I explain how we can partly thank the fact that Mitt Romney didn't provide a solid alternati ... More >>
The way we die now
Last year, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was approaching and the rest of America seemed to be preparing for a memorialization in keeping with the previous decade of jingoism and revenge, three young filmmakers were hard at work on a different sort of commemoration. Calling themselves the Anti-Ban ... More >>
At a BoConcept dinner at Chateau Chang last night, I met Dany Wolf, who executive produced Lawless, the period drama about a bootlegging gang. On command, Wolf graciously gave me some insight into the all-star shooting. *Said Wolf: "Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy showed up on the set looking bigger ... More >>
Yes, I'm aware that the boxofficemojo.com figures I'm about to give you don't factor marketing expenses into the budget. But they also don't toss in the often huge international grosses. So do some adding and subtracting of your own and take these domestic results with a grain of hot buttered popc ... More >>
Is it too soon to attempt a calm discussion about the contents of The Dark Knight Rises? Anyway, when I saw it, my friend kept murmuring, "Catwoman's a lesbian!" The truth is, you do wonder a lot about Anne Hathaway character, Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Her affection for men seems distinctly manipulat ... More >>
A man named Scott Smith had a weird bag of weaponry when he went to see Dark Knight Rises in an Ohio theater the other night.
On Franklin Road and North 21st Avenue in Caldwell, Idaho, this little sign above exists. Even though it really bears no repeating, here's what it says.On the left is a picture Aurora shooting suspect, James Holmes - the man behind the largest mass shooting in American history - and a count of the n ... More >>
On Friday, America witnessed true terror on the television - in Aurora, Colorado, over 70 people were shot by a madman at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. James Eagan Holmes, the suspect now in custody, had been planning the attack for months and, inside of his apartment yesterday, poli ... More >>
Last week's terrible incident in Aurora, Colorado in which 70 people were shot, 12 fatally, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises made many of us think about how awful these episodes of senseless violence are, how precious and fragile life is, and that we should stay close and be good to ou ... More >>
As we all know by now, yesterday marked the largest mass shooting in America's history, as suspect James Holmes, who is now in police custody, gunned down a total of 71 people, leaving 12 dead and 59 injured at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado - a t ... More >>
A crazed gunman opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in a Denver suburb and killed 14 people, injuring 50 others.
A mass shooting took place at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado last night. Aurora is a suburb of Denver, a short distance from the suburb Columbine, where 13 people were killed in a mass shooting in 1999. Although initial stories reported 14 dead, WNYC's The Takeawa ... More >>
More details on the massacre at last night's midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado have trickled in throughout the day. According to Aurora police, the suspected gunman, a 24-year-old male named James Eagan Holmes, appeared near the front of a movie theater wearing a gas ma ... More >>
The summer's big old buzzy Dark Knight Rises has risen up at two hours and 44 minutes, and I'll be on CNN International tomorrow to talk about. But let me give you a little preview of my thoughts.
Oh, yes, he went there. Radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh said that by using a villain named Bane, Dark Knight Rises is trying to make a negative association with Mitt Romney, whose former employer is Bain Capital. He's certain that whenever there's mention of the creepy man with the steel mask and the ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today, Araceli Cruz and Steven Thrasher tell the tale of landlord Moshe Samovha's bad Upper Manhattan building and the lone resident who fought for better living conditions: "This is a landlord who has acted with impunity for decades, content to let the city repair his bo ... More >>
Killing time and fighting crime in the heart of Gotham
On last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Keith and I chewed over the weird way TV and movie cameras have been diving onto Occupy Wall Street, from the Real World casting notice looking for activists to the alleged Dark Knight Rises flirtation with marching extras.