The Follies of 1832
Les Miserables--based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit that Andrew Lloyd Webber actually had nothing to do with--is coming to the screen in all its stirring pathos and musicality. And here comes the trailer, which consists of Anne Hathaway singing an anguished "I Dreamed A Dream," as we see brownish ... More >>
Or: The Netflix meltdown, the resurrection of Harvey Weinstein, and Kristen Wiig's box office coup all in one list
Remember that Grinch movie that added the title character's backstory so we could see how he got so evil? Boring! It was better as subtext! Or left to our imaginations! And now, the upcoming Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess is supposedly going to add a little background to flesh out the c ... More >>
That's the trajectory that Steven Daigle has taken, as you avid observers of pop culture's ups and downs well know. Well, in a Sword column in the new issue of JustUsboys.com magazine, Daigle says everyone he knew was pretty fascinated with his career twist--except his family. Daigle rememb ... More >>
Yes, we're the King's Speech of the prestigious AltWeekly honors. In fact, we got eight nominations! And I'm one of them! Congrats to Steve Thrasher, Camille Dodero, Robert Sietsema, Graham Rayman, Runnin' Scared (Tony Ortega, Jen Doll, and Foster Kamer), John Tucker, and the "Sound of the ... More >>
Beer archaeologist Patrick McGovern is working with Dogfish's Sam Calagione to investigate brewing methods that go as far back as 18,000 years ago. [io9] Sparkling rosés might not be the most complex or sophisticated wines, but they are great for summer picnics, which would explain their gr ... More >>
On Friday, we talked about how Beyoncé's participation in Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program showed how the Obamas were interested in including a wider (and younger-skewing) swath of culture in official political life. On Saturday, President Obama's speech to the White House Correspondent ... More >>
Maybe you haven't heard: Today is National Public Sleeping Day. That means it's your duty as an American citizen to fall asleep in a public place because somehow this will help America. Maybe it's your duty to fall asleep at work because you're very tired since you stayed up watching the Osca ... More >>
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithThe Gregory Brothers at the Village Voice Web Awards in December 2010 Among the rusty Web 2.0 jokes, Anne Hathaway's cornball hooting, and all the precious air Oprah breathed, there were a few redeeming aspects to last night's Oscars. Coincidentally (or not?), they tended ... More >>
Courtesy ABCAnd now for the awards portion of the evening! Full disclosure: the three of us have seen only five of the Best Picture nominees. Not that it matters. So:
I didn't give a royal shit about Prince Charles marrying Princes Diana way back when that wedding was crammed down our throats, but at least that one had some glamour and promise to it. But now that we know the horrors--from adultery and divorce to lethal stalking by paparazzi--that can ensue from ... More >>
Let me explain. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush -- nominated once again, for The King's Speech -- was interviewed onstage at the Directors Guild Theater the other night, and I was there to soak in his wit and wisdom.
Are you an optimist? Do you think winter will be over after the upcoming deathstorm kills you and everyone you love? If Las Vegas is to be believed (which they always are), brace yourself for six more weeks of this crap.
Is there any living being alive -- even a slug -- who doesn't know by now that the same four people who've won every acting award in tarnation are going to win the Oscars too? Yes, as sure as silk, Colin Firth will be stoic, Natalie Portman will cry, Christian Bale will have bulging eyes, an ... More >>
Actually, not that many people. Though I predicted the royal shafting of quality actors like Jacki Weaver and John Hawkes, they actually got in there because Oscar has decided it likes grit and realness! (I got 29 out of 35 right, which is not embarrassing.)
In: Portman and Franco. Out: Moore and Wahlberg.
Social and economic turmoil? Don't ask. At least we had Lady Gaga to tell us what to do.
Nicki Minaj, the O. Henry of rap. Photo by Howard Huang.In this week's Village Voice, we present our Winter Arts Guide, featuring Mikael Wood on Iron & Wine's new record, Aaron Hillis in conversation with British actress Lesley Manville, James Hannaham's winter books picks, Ben Davis on artis ... More >>
Speechifying on Broadway, plus plenty of cussing and discussing
The imminent The King's Speech is all about how King George VI might as well have sung "K-K-K-Katie" instead of describing how they were going to fight the Nazis. But then he worked with therapist Lionel Logue, and his speeches came out way more royally. So stuttering can be curable---and e ... More >>
The King's Speech...along with those of other esteemed movieland pundits, as told to Goldderby.com. The gum-flapping gang has anointed The King's Speech, Colin Firth, Annette Bening, and Danny Boyle as the golden ones who will step up to the podium without that much in their way.
Colin FirthHere it is: Unfounded, un-called for, and way too early. Best Actor nominees will surely include Colin Firth (The King's Speech), James Franco (127 Hours), and Robert Duvall (Get Low). Firth is the favorite to win right now, especially since he was so good in A Single Man last ye ... More >>
Either The King's Speech or The Social Network. Duh. Neither has officially opened yet, but people are saying that The King's Speech, a Weinstein brothers historical epic with Colin Firth as King George VI and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, is a wow, while David Fincher's The Soci ... More >>
With more than 250 films to see, there is no one, definitive festival experience. Here's mine.