I thought Seth MacFarlane was pretty funny as the Oscar host--he made Tommy Lee Jones laugh, for God's sake--even if some of the jokes didn't land, or at least not safely. But a liberal thinkprogress.com review found him utterly childish and unredeembale.
He's good. Funny and relaxed. Smiles at his own jokes, which deflates them of any real harm. Loved the Ron Jeremy reference, laughed at the Rihanna/Chris Brown joke, like the crack about Meryl not being nominated.
Oscar know-it-all Tom O'Neil asked me to chat with him on his site goldderby.com for updates on the Oscar race and how it's been morphing by the minute. But it turned out to be just a trick to get me there so he could bitchslap me for my boring predictions!
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate). SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 2--S ... More >>
A tall, tall film
Spoiler alert (though it's actually more of a non spoiler alert). They had a surprise screening of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln at the New York Film Festival the other night, showcasing the film about a pivotal period in American history regarding both war and slavery. A friend of mine who works in ... More >>
I usually don't do well at games of chance. I've rarely even gotten three numbers in a row on a Bingo card. But I scored big the other night when I went to see the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones middle-aged romcom Hope Springs at Chelsea Clearview. On the way in, my friend and I were given promotio ... More >>
That's what I hear will happen next year, thanks to her performance in Hope Springs, in which Meryl plays a woman seeking to jazz up her marital love life via bananas and other fruity accoutrements. The trailer makes the film look just cute, but an insider who's seen it says it's more than that, es ... More >>
The franchise goes back in time, but you still get to pay the 2012 price
SPOILER ALERT! I'm going to give away some lines from Sacha Baron Cohen's new spoof, The Dictator, about a genocidal Wadiyan nitwit who learns some values in Brooklyn. You should see the movie--it's fun--so consider this giveaway a naughty little appetizer tray.
In her illustrious career, Meryl Streep has played every type of human and accent under the sun, but I've always thought, "And yet she's never tried to go down on a banana! Onscreen anyway!" But now she's attempted it.
by Chris Gray "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of ... More >>
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
Not this kind of swan.The United Kingdom has a swan serial killer on the loose (we mean a killer of swans, not a swan who is a killer). In the past month, 31 swans have been shot to death with a pellet gun in Somerset, the Independent reports. The maniac appears to have good aim; all of the b ... More >>
In a lonely corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in the shadow of Philip Johnson's decaying New York State Pavilion, construction workers are filling the Astral Fountain with huge chunks of styrofoam, which will then be covered with concrete. Is styrofoam really a good idea as a building ... More >>
The good news: After months of uncertainty from the Tommy Lee Jones half of Men in Black's brilliantly deadpan duo, Agent Kay is officially signed on for the third installment of what we're hoping will be the final film in the MIB trilogy. Will Smith has reportedly been on board for quite some time. ... More >>
Will we ever tire of seeing American celebrities shilling for foreign -- and especially Japanese -- brands? Not bloody likely. Tommy Lee Jones catches the bad guy in this spot thanks to Boss coffee in a can. Hai! [via Tokyo Mango]
Presenting a '70s hit list where the results aren't pretty
A documentary about a legendary Ivy football game—fought to a tie
Bring your own monocle
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
Alzheimer's is a big winner is at the Oscars! I got 19 out of 25! Correctly predicted Oscar nominations, that is! The big winners? Anyone playing an assassin, a gangster, a greedy whore, a vengeance queen, a queen period, or an Alzheimer's patient. The losers? The Simpsons Movie plus most of the pe ... More >>
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Coen Brothers transcend themselves with No Country for Old Men
Musto zings tenor and Lance sings bass. Plus gossip hot enough to roast a Friar.
Devout banter about a very different Bible class, plus sleuthing about Sleuth and ragging on Rita
South of the border film fest proves Peter Bart wrong
Western tale of reburial knee deep in grimy detail, marred by Jones's simplistic persona
An anti-oater searches for the Man With No Name, who happens to be in town this week
The Right Way to Infest
Its Not a Popularity Contest. Its a Fact.
Skim.com Wants a Net ID on Your Shirt