5:09 PM, February 27th, 2012
None of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees (The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse) counted as dark, nihilistic, or shocking—like some of last year’s leading contenders, including Black Swan, 127 Hours, and Winter’s Bone. None of this year’s major nominees featured the overt left-wing political messages of other recent Oscar favorites like Avatar or Milk, and all of this year’s Best Picture possibilities took affectionate, admiring views of marriage, romance, family, and community, with Moneyball also honoring baseball and business, while War Horse glorified some of the same battlefield virtues depicted in Act of Valor.
Did last night’s Oscars celebrate conservative values? (Was that why they were so bad?)
2:13 PM, January 30th, 2012


This just in:

Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine will join the cast of Downton Abbey for its third season, which is set to premiere on ITV in the U.K. this fall and will air on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic early next year.

Netflix queued.

Reblogged from Newsweek
1:47 PM, January 23rd, 2012
Aziz, barely audible over the jabbering crowd and telling jokes skewering everything from the gay hookup app Grindr to the sanctity of marriage, is bombing terribly. He’s visibly annoyed. All of a sudden, Cuba Gooding Jr. bum-rushes the stage out of nowhere, snatches Aziz’s microphone, and yells, “Everybody, shut the F**K up! Have some respect for the black men onstage.” Aziz—who is Indian— looks baffled, and when Cuba exits, remarks, “Y’all would be paying more attention if we were showing BOAT TRIP up here!” Aziz: 1, Cuba: 0.
So this is what parties at Sundance are like.
11:15 AM, January 20th, 2012

Our assistant culture editor Marlow Stern has landed in Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival (not jealous, nope, not at all!). He’ll be bringing us some reviews, behind-the-scene peeks, and exclusive interviews over on the Sundance Channel. We’ll be living vicariously through him.

6:26 PM, November 15th, 2011

This is a show that’s not just about the ways in which we come together as a collective (hell, the title spells that out) but also about pen-stealing monkeys, zombie apocalypses, alternate timelines, chaos theory, Dungeons & Dragons, paintball, and so much more.

10:27 AM, November 14th, 2011

We asked Regis who should interview him. He chose Jerry Seinfeld, and we made it happen.

Reblogged from Newsweek
1:00 PM, November 2nd, 2011

“I certainly gained a tremendous amount of sympathy and understanding for why Marilyn would be as late as she often was—or not show up,” Williams says. “The energy it takes to put your face on, put your body on, put your game on, and transmit that energy to the world, and to be what everybody wants you to be—to give joy, to give pleasure, to give your body, to always be putting out and not getting back—is exhausting in a way I can’t describe.”

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe for Newsweek

10:33 AM, October 18th, 2011
1:40 PM, October 7th, 2011

“Look at them, Smithers. Goldbrickers … Layabouts … Slug-a-beds! Little do they realize their days of suckling at my teat are numbered.”

1:26 PM, September 30th, 2011
7:41 PM, September 29th, 2011

The trailer for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” out Christmas Day.


6:49 PM, September 29th, 2011
Reblogged from jskaGON
1:07 PM, September 29th, 2011

Red Sox Collapse, Miss Postseason

How unlikely was the Red Sox’s late-season collapse, which, after last night’s loss to the Orioles in the final game of the season, saw the American League wild card go to the Tampa Bay Rays? 

Paging Billy Beane.

A speedy, smart summary of news and must-reads from across the web and around the Tumblrverse, brought to you by The Daily Beast.