| Jul 21, 2014
| 9:36 AM
If you thought Rex Reed's reviews of Melissa McCarthy were harsh, his recent assessment of James Franco's debut as a theater director is even more withering.
The cranky New York Observer critic was one of several reviewers who panned Franco's staging...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 11:55 AM
Melissa McCarthy recalls a time when she wanted to conform to certain standards of beauty, but looking back, she thinks that girl was an "idiot."
"In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn't thinner or prettier, but I want to add that I also used to...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 9:00 AM
It is a good time to be Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy was nominated for supporting actress for her performance in "Bridesmaids" two years ago, won an Emmy for her TV series "Mike & Molly," was second to Jennifer Lawrence in a recent poll of best-liked...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 8:00 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. — One humid night last June, on a dock along one of this port city's winding creeks, Melissa McCarthy and Kathy Bates took their places for a scene in the new movie "Tammy." Five years earlier, McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone,...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 12:30 PM
No offense to entertainment journalists and film critics, but Kate Winslet doesn't read what they write about her. It's nothing personal. And it's not as if she's inaccessible. In fact, she's one of the more engaging interviewees one is likely to...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"The most important thing is generosity. That is the decision to use your mind and reason as well as you can in each situation," said Descartes.
If you read my friend David Patrick Columbia in his New York Social Diary yesterday when he covered the Maria...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 12:00 PM
On paper, "The Monuments Men" has a lot going for it, including a starry cast led by director and co-writer George Clooney and a remarkable true story -- about a group of soldiers on a mission to protect priceless works of art in World War II Europe -- as...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The parallels between Tennessee Williams' Blanche DuBois and Woody Allen's title character in "Blue Jasmine" have been well-documented. But the complexity of Cate Blanchett's performance puts Jasmine in a class of literary predecessors that includes Jay...
| Nov 3, 2013
We're approaching the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that wrenched this nation and spawned countless conspiracy theories. Was Kennedy killed by the Cubans? The CIA? The Mafia? The military-industrial complex?...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The work of Wes Anderson has been dividing critics for years, ever since his short film, "Bottle Rocket" (later expanded into a feature), played Sundance in 1994, and announced the presence of a unique new voice in the indie world, as well as calling...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 2:34 PM
They were the swinging, sassy voice of the homefront for U.S. service personnel overseas during World War II, singing catchy hit tunes such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola" that delighted Americans and catapulted the Andrews Sisters to...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:27 PM
No one dreams of being a book reviewer when he grows up. You might dream of writing poems or novels or essays or even, if you are perennially picked last for teams in gym class, literary criticism (“We don't want Robbins, you can have an extra...