In the video for Jonny McGovern's song "Sexy Nerd," guys strip down from cardigan sweaters, bow ties and pocket protectors to tighty-whities and black-rimmed glasses as McGovern sings, "Take your clothes off, but leave your glasses on . . . I need a man to sit on my laptop and open my download." T ... More >>
Katy Goodman is an east coast woman, through and through--born and raised and college-d in New Jersey, with stints living in both Boston and Brooklyn. With her band, Vivian Girls, she became one of the symbols of hipster Williamsburg. Not that that stopped her from abandoning us for LA, like so man ... More >>
And that works out really well because you will have very little desire to see them once you hear what they are. We're talking about too-bad-to-even-be-culty items like an amateurish Kiss TV movie, a weird little Leonardo DiCaprio/Tobey Maguire stunt, and a sucky Rolling Stones documentary classic ... More >>
Dan Slott faces his fans. Plus: Spidey's New York!
I have to admit I've sometimes found Andrew Garfield to be a bit irritating in other projects, but as The Amazing Spider-Man, he totally ensnared me into his web. First of all, I happen to like his looks. He's lanky, with large features--saucer eyes, bulbous nose, juicy lips--and the camera adores ... More >>
A PETA brochure I picked out of a box like Alicia Silverstone's baby picks food out of her mouth told me the answer. It's everyone from Alicia to Pamela Anderson to the Dalai Lama, with stops along the way for black swan Natalie Portman ("I really, really love animals") and ex-Spider-Man Tobey Magu ... More >>
Steven Spielberg's War Horse (above) is about to trot into theaters, and lordy is that a beautiful creature! I like the horse, too. Anyway, here are some of my other favorite equine stars from Hollywood history.
In 1974, the inaugural issue of People magazine was released, featuring Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan from Gatsby, "The year's next big movie." That film, what we would argue is the quintessential, and most beautiful/tragic Gatsby, also featured Robert Redford, with the screenplay written by F ... More >>
Important New York superhero Spider Man will no longer be portrayed in movies by Tobey Maguire, because Spider Man 2 was so goddamn amazing it just didn't really matter, is why. No Spider Man movie with Tobey Maguire in it was going to get any better. So now, they're restarting the franchise, ... More >>
A really good trailer--like the ones so many fine people were raised in--should provide the essence of a movie without blowing all the important script twists. They should offer a titillating tease that will make you feel like seeing the whole thing, rather than a Monarch's Notes-type rundown for ... More >>
Jim Sheridan is no slouch, having directed the powerful new film Brothers, in which Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal vie for honor and for Natalie Portman while dad Sam Shepard plays them like a deck of cards.
Toby Maguire produces slobber as effortlessly as Natalie Portman summons tears
This week in food blogs... The Feed rejoiced over Saveur magazine renaming its food blog Daily Fare, which it had originally -- cluelessly -- called The Feed. Following a kerfuffle at Schnitzels & Things, Midtown Lunch calls on all food trucks to stop fighting, lest the wars result in the end of s ... More >>
Oh yeah, Obama and McCain were at Columbia yesterday. We were too busy with floating lanterns, and didn't have a ticket besides, so we defer to the Columbia J-School site devoted to the forum. Despite their academic background, the cubs find some interesting nooks and crannies. For example, they get ... More >>
Stiller's satire is way past its expiration date
Love that cape, Batman!
Recently I was reading an online gossip column and came across this un-electrifying bit of non news: "Tobey Maguire is not set to become a dad again." Fine, whoever said he was? (Oh, yeah, a trashy tabloid magazine.) The late-breaking non item reminded me that my least favorite type of informational ... More >>
Third time brings harm to the Spidey franchise; Peter Parker to wear a bubble skirt in 4.
Will the public get off, or just the studios?
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
Michael Moore and Spider-Man fight evil in two new summer blockbusters
Once Upon a Time in America
Spider in the Archives
Stoppard in the Name of Love, Revolution, and More
'The Believer' Makes the Long Pilgrimage to the Silver Screen
Berlin's Body Politic
Curtis Hansons Second Coming
A rundown of the season's movies handpicked for their potential wondrousness or probable woefulness.