Our review of this week's Dracula Untold doesn't inspire much hope: "This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, 'What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out all that bare-neck sensuality for some video-game ass-kicking?'" But for every genre ... More >>
Women writers actively explore the passive.
Kristen Stewart spent five Twilight films getting rescued by werewolves and vampires. Consider Camp X-Ray her rebuttal to a half-decade of playing damsels in distress. As Guantanamo guard Private Cole, Stewart is punched, bloodied, and spat on -- and that's just the first 10 minutes. When her comman ... More >>
Jennifer Lawrence is both on fire and in the process of becoming, and it’s magnificent to watch.
If you've ever worked on a movie, it's usually a matter of hurry-up-and-wait, but that's a joy compared to flying, which has become a case of wait-and-wait-and-wait-and-wait-some-more-then-hurry. But some air routes are more delayed than others. A recent report says that Chicago has two of the most ... More >>
Sex takes center stage on his sophomore album
There's a lot of sex in On The Road, director Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic semi-autobiographical post-war drifter novel from the Beat generation. It's in cars, in fields, and even in beds. It's with men, women, and men and women. They're Beating it, all right. At a special ... More >>
I recently told you that Kristen Stewart is one of the best interviews out there, because she'll actually spill what she's feeling at the moment, sometimes in rather graphic terms. And what she's feeling right now--as she told Marieclaire UK--is like a big c word.
Get ready for the ruins
It's that time of year again! Let's look at what we all named our babies in New York City in the last year, and figure out which name is the "most popular," which really means your kid is just going to get called by a first and last name, or some other nickname, all his or her life, so as to differe ... More >>
Yesterday, a bipartisan congressional committee was unable to come to an agreement on a new budget. The New York Times reports Democrats rejected the Republican deal because they said it did not contain enough new revenue. "Central to the impasse is a fundamental disagreement over how much r ... More >>
Bella and Edward lock it down in Breaking Dawn–Part 1
Mind further blown.Today in mind-blowing but otherwise completely immaterial news (we think): Today is 11/11/11. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all those ones together in one date! Also! When your clock turns 11:11:11 it will be particularly moving, especially when you realize ... More >>
It's time for our weekly Comments of the Week roundup. Here's what we do: we choose the funniest or most thought-provoking or least asinine comments and reward the authors of those comments with a tasteful Village Voice t-shirt. If you're a winner, email our Web Editor Francesca Stabile (fsta ... More >>
Unless you are a fan of the Twilight saga (and if you're not, what is WRONG with you?), you may not be aware that Breaking Dawn, the finale of the series, in which Bella and Edward actually make a vampire-human baby, will be out in theaters on November 18. This is only part one of the finale, ... More >>
Yes, I know he is a film star, thanks to a little something called the Twilight franchise. But can Taylor Lautner make it as a bonafide movie star apart from that? If you can't pull that kind of thing off, then you might as well be Francis the Talking Mule. And face it, it hasn't been all ... More >>
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner from Taylor Lautner Funny or Die, the comedy film company co-started by Will Ferrell, almost makes the NFL lockout worthwhile with Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout, a deadly little spoof that combines the oh-so-easy-to-parody Field of Dreams with the ... More >>
Blurbed on the cover of Betty White's new book If You Ask Me is none other than vampy, scampy Robert Pattinson, who offered: "Betty White is one of the sexiest women in America." Take that, Kim Kardashian. Well, at Betty's TimesTalk last night, critic Frank Bruni asked the Hot in Cleveland ... More >>
When best-selling books like The DaVinci Code or the Twilight series become movies, their fans take to the internet to share their excitement. They argue over the film's fidelity to their favorite characters and scenes, and revel in their love-object's moment in the cinematic sun. So too it has bee ... More >>
Earlier today, the National released a video for the song "Think You Can Wait," from the "quirky" Paul Giamatti film Win Win. The video is a misguided combination of film dialogue transposed over a staged performance (the YouTube comments have already begun trashing it, and Matt Berninger's voice ... 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 >>
The Sleater-Kinney howler goes solo and identifies with Bella big-time
The New York City Health Department has announced the city's favorite baby names for 2009, and despite Twilight falling off the top 50 of USA Today's Best-Selling Books list, Stephenie Meyer's characters (at least one of them) will live on in posterity for the next 80-some years. Isabella, t ... More >>
A movie not meant to be watched so much as texted through.
The Twilight series keeps sucking the energy out of wallets and souls. True Blood continues drawing blood on HBO. Vampires Suck, a reputed spoof, will bite down on August 20.
That's the title of this abcnews.com story detailing the way Lady Gaga seems more desperate to shock nowadays now that her music hasn't evolved enough and her public antics have gotten more needy. I'm quoted saying that Gaga was better off when there was a divide between her onstage behavior ... More >>
They brought dolls. We all have our opinions on whether or not a group of abdominal-flaunting werewolves should be getting their thang on to Grizzly Bear via Twilight, but it's time we hear it straight from the fans themselves. Thus, I ventured to Union Square's Regal Cinema last night; ther ... More >>
Newcomers, not so much.
Vampire movies and real life... Where does one stop and the other begin? Reporters desperate for another Robert Pattinson headline (see "R. Patz Sports Sweaty Pits" in 2008, and...yesterday) have dug deep into the fascinating and soulful family tree of the guy who plays Edward and uncovered a ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the books were... um... compelling. But seriously, must we now name our children after vampires, girls who love vampires, and werewolves who hate vampires yet can't help loving girls who love vampires?
The No. 4 album on this week's Billboard albums chart, which is topped once again by soft-underbelly country act Lady Antebellum's Need You Now (93,000 sales, down 11% from previous week), is The Edge, a compilation of songs that you might hear on your local "active rock" station or at your l ... More >>
Sex, drugs, and feminist thought
We're into biting, but a support group for vampires? Come on!
Christian Serratos of Twilight has done one of those PETA ads in which a celebrity appears nude to attract interest in the organization, which has to do with children in Darfur or something. Full poster after the jump; alternatively, you can see footage of her nude photo shoot interspersed w ... More >>
Young Directors Take Charge