| Dec 6, 2011
| 11:56 PM
When producers asked me to compile a list of the best holiday films, I didn’t think that would be very fun. Everybody has seen Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life a million times.
I remember when I worked morning radio, we did a...
| May 13, 2011
| 7:31 AM
In novels and songs, in movies and plays and TV shows, addiction to drugs and alcohol is a frequent theme. Steve Earle's new novel "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the latest, but here are some previous standouts...
| Dec 12, 2011
If you’ve seen Gary Oldman play Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”), Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) or Dracula (“Dracula”), you know Gary can be scary. In fact, “Scary Gary” was reportedly his on-set nickname...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 11:03 AM
By Willie Waffle on December 18, 2011 10:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)I had a chance to sit down with Gary Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson to talk about their new movie, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. We talk about the movie, the challenge of...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 10:50 AM
This week had the release of some of my favorite movies of the year and some of the worst.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is not only a bad movie title, it’s a bad movie. Don’t let the critics fool you into seeing this boring mess.
| Jul 26, 2011
Ever the tough guy, even Marlon Brando would have been delighted by the new unexpectedly feminine direction being taken this summer and fall by that staple of macho menswear, the biker jacket.
The mercurial actor, who died in 2004, became an eternal...
| Sep 7, 2008
NEW YORK-- The stars descended on New York Fashion Week on
Sunday, with Olympian Dara Torres hitting the catwalk, Justin
Timberlake putting on a runway show and the likes of Jennifer Lopez
and Uma Thurman lining the front rows.
The high wattage came on...
| Sep 11, 2008
ATRUE "radical" filmmaker is not satisfied to merely bloviate from the red carpet or screening room. One must turn art into action.
Alex Cox is ready with a personal manifesto: He calls feature filmmaking a dying art form in the Digital Age, has open...
| Oct 12, 2008
"Immoveable Feast" by John Baxter (Harper Perennial)
Baxter, the film critic and biographer of Spielberg, Buñuel and others, fell in love and moved from Los Angeles to Paris some years back, from whence he has dispatched a series of fluent, witty and...
| May 18, 2008
The Chelsea Hotel had a beleaguered look. A tenant had draped several banners across the legendary establishment's red brick facade: "Stanley Bard is my hero," one banner proclaimed.
The signs referred to the hotel's part-owner and longtime manager who...
| Jul 22, 2008
OUT IN the hardscrabble world of rock concert touring, promoter Sean Carlson has learned a thing or two about eateries. "Japanese restaurants are the best," said Carlson, founder of the F Yeah Fest that's hitting 27 cities in 27 days this month. He isn'...
| Jan 24, 2008
A selected Heath Ledger filmography
Over a wildly eclectic 15-year movie career, Heath Ledger rose from relative obscurity in Australia to become one of the finest actors of his generation. Disappearing into many of his roles -- he could do glamorous,...