This week, CUNY announced that it would be bringing on an exciting new staff member: Former CIA director David Petraeus, who has been named "Visiting Professor of Public Policy" and will start in August. But what exactly will Petraeus be teaching? Public policy is a pretty broad topic. With respect ... More >>
One hundred thousand truths
Writing a critique of Seth MacFarlane's duties as Oscar host on the website of The New Yorker this morning, Amy Davidson found herself defending Chris Brown. At least sort of. "Relationships are complicated," she wrote in the midst of a stern rebuke of MacFarlane's Chris Brown/Rhianna joke, "and it ... More >>
It's neck and neck between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Actress Oscar, and in hopes of deciding which of them will get it--to avoid a hideous embarrassment like last year--I'm going to lay out all their individual pros and cons. JESSICA CHASTAIN PROS: She's very strong in ... More >>
It could happen. In a press conference that was covered by Stephen Schaefer for the Boston Herald, the Oscar nominated actress (currently in Zero Dark Thirty and opening in the horror film Mama)--offered some clues about what her next film project might be. "I'm not sure yet," she said, choosing h ... More >>
The following folk were excluded by the Oscar nominators and will have to either jump off a cliff or just learn to deal with it.
For a grim slog, the Oscar movies are pretty fun
Meredith Vieira was delightful as the MC of last night's National Board of Review awards at Cipriani. She kept things zingy, and after Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli took the stage for a tribute to 50 years of Bond films, Vieira quipped, "So James Bond is 50 and he still looks good. I'm 59 and I ... More >>
The holiday film classics piled up last month--and when I say holiday films, I mean stuff about tsunamis, plane crashes, shipwrecks, and bin Laden. It's all pretty horrible--except that when quality films result, the ennobling glow can be felt all the way to the Academy Awards ceremony. So I've de ... More >>
Get sick on screen, cough a little too hard, and you've got a nomination all locked up. Here are some of the frontrunners for nomination consideration, who will suddenly feel much better if they're announced among the chosen this Thursday. Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone (above). The French favo ... More >>
Pungent and informative and so cute I wanted to pinch my cheeks through the screen when I got home and watched it. On CNN International, I was the featured guest brought on to prognosticate about the Oscar nominations, which are coming this Thursday like a whole other Christmas morning.
Santa was extra generous this year! Here are some of the kitsch treasures he bequeathed me with: Homework, a sublimely trashy film with Joan Collins as "Sheila's mother," a horny lady who pounces on the ass of a teen boy who's classmates with her daughter. The film is filled with gratuitous sex fl ... More >>
Darkness on the edge of town