By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
It's been three days since Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a West Village apartment, reportedly surrounded by the detritus of his addiction: a needle, baggies full of heroin, other empty bags, prescription drugs. News stories have retraced his last days, speculated tastelessly on what his d ... More >>
Pay attention to newspapers long enough, and you'll realize that they assign obituaries in advance so that they're ready to go when some august presence exits this planet. That's possible because the arc of a life, even a great one, usually has become apparent by the years before its end. (Of course ... More >>
In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same damn time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but audiences had plenty of ... More >>
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 >>
Jennifer Lawrence is both on fire and in the process of becoming, and it’s magnificent to watch.
If there is any lingering question about the mass popularity of electronic music, one need look no further than Electric Daisy Carnival. We'd be remiss to call EDC the "Woodstock of EDM," because even one of rock's most iconic festivals doesn't hold a candle to the production, logistics, and near in ... More >>
Tiger Eyes is a breath of fresh air -- and an opportunity
Last Tuesday was the State of the Union address, in which the President laid out a bunch of plans and Republicans denounced them. Rightbloggers got into this with the aplomb you'd expect. But when rising GOP star Marco Rubio had a comical moment in his official Republican response, and people had ... More >>
Think about it. Hear much about Sandra Bullock lately? Gwyneth's movie career? Natalie Portman? (Yes, I know she has another Thor and a Terrence Malick film coming, but still.)
"Wait a minute-- something's changed," Donald Glover says just moments into the premiere of the final season of Comminuty, NBC's rococo and weirdly earnest meta-analysis of the sitcom form. For Glover's character, the Greendale Community College student Troy Barnes, the thing that's changed involves ... More >>
Quvenchane Wallis will be the youngest anything if she wins. But let's talk about Jennifer Lawrence. She was nominated before, for Winter's Bone, when she was even younger. She's in the huge franchise The Hunger Games, which will surely pay for her old age. And in the meantime, she's nominated for ... More >>
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
The Follies of 1832
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 >>
It's been two never-ending weeks since we witnessed the Queen and James Bond fly in on some sort of parachute thing over the Thames River. And Mr. Bean. And the timeline of London's growth, from the capital of a colonial power to a lovable, quirky center of British haute couture. Yes, the Olympics a ... More >>
My favorite Olympic quote so far came this morning from Allen St. John at Salon: "Over the first weekend, I've watched equestrian, dressage, women's table tennis, women's fencing, archery, bicycle racing, volleyball, team hand ball, and men's water polo. It's like Wide World of Sports on steroids. ... More >>
The actor comes back to theater with Bullet for Adolf
From Cheers to two Oscar nominations to the Hunger Games franchise, Woody Harrelson has never stopped surprising--especially when you throw in his hemp campaigns, veganism, and other causes. And now he's going back to the theater! Check out my column, in which Woody tells me about his latest proje ... More >>
The filmmaker gets his close-up after 40 years of Troma (more or less)
The rare family film about courage that actually has some
Very few things have remained the same since 1984. The highest grossing movie that year was Beverly Hills Cop; now, we have The Hunger Games. Michael Jackson's Thriller ruled the airwaves; 28 years later, Adele's 21 hasn't budged from Billboard's top spot. And who had heard of the Internet yet ... More >>
Good morning! Start your Sunday off with some comedy, courtesy of your commander-in-chief. Last night was the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which gave President Obama an opportunity to poke fun at himself, Donald Trump, the Secret Service, and of course, his rival Mitt Romne ... More >>
I was a guest on last night's Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN, discussing Samantha Brick, the woman who wrote an editorial about how being so beautiful and alluring has ruined her friendships with bitterly jealous and resentful female friends. I should have such problems.
No, it's not a trick photo. It hasn't been digitized, Photoshopped, or wiped clean. There ain't no food.
Tomorrow is the last day of March, as you might already know, and it also marks the end of the first quarter of 2012. What better way to close out a three-month span than to size up its musical offerings via playlist? Below, please find the contents of my "2012 awesomeness" playlist, a running-all-y ... More >>
New York, get ready, Tebow's in town and you're going to hear about every move he makes. First up: Tebow sees a show! Though we're not sure if he needs any lessons on how to be popular, Tim Tebow went to see the Broadway musical Wicked in New York last night, according to the New York Daily News. Do ... More >>
Last night, after much anticipation, we finally saw The Hunger Games. We're assuming that you are aware of this dystopic young-adult novel turned blockbuster film about a noble and bad-ass girl fighting in a government-mandated death match with other teens and children. If not, you have likely not b ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: Steven Thrasher discovers that some nonprofit managers in New York -- including at the Jewish Guild for the Blind -- aren't just rich, but among society's wealthiest: "Although he runs a nonprofit, Alan Morse is comfortably in the 1 percent that Occupy Wall Street ... More >>
A major movie release is a mock must
Fancy a groosling recipe?OMFG, the Hunger Games movie is just a few months away, and really, who isn't secretly super excited for the teen post-apocalyptic book trilogy to make it to the big screen? Watching the trailer on repeat is pretty fun and all, but now comes an even better way to sate ... More >>