A benign little time-waster called Don Jon marks the writer-director debut of momentary dweeb flavor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars as a pornography-addicted student named Jon Martello, Jr., a bartender with a reputation for bedding a different girl every weekend, which does not explain why he doesn’t seem to know any. Still, he’s the envy of his college buddies, even though they all seem more like high school sophomores. They don’t know he spends most of his time pleasuring himself while watching X-rated websites on his laptop. Even the film’s title is a takeoff on the libidinous legend of Don Juan—get it? There’s a lot of pressure to live up to the porn star image he has created for himself that young Mr. Gordon-Levitt cannot achieve. Most of the time he doesn’t even try. For a vanity showcase most wannabe actor-writer-director hyphenates would kill for, he appears to be coasting on cruise control.
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El Museo del Barrio is New York’s leading Latino museum and cultural institution. Its yearly gala is a who’s who of Spanish-speaking society figures, thanks to gala chairs like Valentin Hernández, Fe Fendi, Marie Unanue and Valentino D. Carlotti. This year’s black-tie 20th-anniversary bash honors Raúl Esparza, the Cuban-American stage actor, singer and Broadway star, Read More
Acutely observed, subtly but sharply written and expertly acted, What Maisie Knew transports Henry James’s 1897 novel to contemporary Manhattan with warmth, intelligence and grace, thanks to Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the astute directing team responsible for the devastating 2001 film The Deep End. This one is just as good, and is equally unforgettable. Read More
Golden Globes 2013
If you are too busy watching the Australian cycling thing and can’t understand what the hell is going on with Twitter (honestly, we don’t know who you follow, but no one on our feed actually bothers naming the winners of these things), here are the latest updates for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.
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Julianne Moore really can do it all, can’t she? The newly minted Emmy winner and perennial Oscar nominee takes a break from her low-key West Village lifestyle to host a benefit for Positive Exposure, an arts nonprofit designed to change public perception of genetic and cognitive differences. Her fellow hosts include designer Ralph Rucci and Read More
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Did you know recent Emmy-winner Julianne Moore owns $127,000 worth of Cartier jewelry? Or at least she did, before her baubles were stolen earlier this summer from her five-story West 11th Street brownstone. According to police reports, between June 6 and Aug. 28, the actress’s possessions were taken out of her possession, somehow without her noticing. (You know how hard it is to keep track of your designer duds when you are busy being super famous. Sometimes it takes months before you notice that someone’s made a dent in your jewelry closet.)
There are no suspects thus far, but there were contractors working on Ms. Moore’s home during that time. As one of them told The New York Times, “There’s a great deal of activity,” on the site, which Ms. Moore shares with her husband Bart Freundlich and their two children. As in, currently on the site. As in, if you want to try your luck again, go for it!
Paul Weitz is a writer-director (About a Boy) with talent and imagination. I can’t imagine what lured him to Being Flynn, a depressing and downbeat rendering of a book called Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, the offbeat, commercially challenging 2004 memoir by writer Nick Flynn about his fractured relationship with his creepy father, Jonathan, a failed writer himself, but mostly a Bowery bum and bona fide loser, played by Robert De Niro. Too small and dark to appeal to a large audience, it’s not a movie to cherish.
Sarah Palin has evidently been wigging out over Julianne Moore’s portrayal of her in the upcoming Game Change film on HBO. The TV movie shifts the focus of the campaign book from a panorama of the 2008 election to the aftermath of candidate John McCain picking Ms. Palin as his running mate. Ms. Palin published Read More
Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s gossipy, somewhat controversial bestseller about the 2008 presidential campaign—filled with plenty of juicy Sarah Palin anecdotes—recently received the HBO adaptation treatment. Julianne Moore’s role as the former Governess of Alaska and vice-presidential would-be is one of the more highly anticipated actor-politician roles in recent Read More
Alexander Skarsgard was in town? Really? For something other than the Straw Dogs premiere? If the filming for What Maisie Knew was a little more conspicuous, we might have gone down to Chinatown and tried to talk to the True Blood star himself.
As it was, we just happened to stumble into the wrap party for the movie — a Henry James novel adapted by way of The Squid and the Whale that costars Steve Coogan — as it was winding down at a bar near 46th and 10th street last night.
“You just missed Julianne Moore!” one enthusiastically wasted crew member told us.