Since the weekend’s weather forecast is looking all The Day After Tomorrow-y, you’d be forgiven for not realizing that Sunday marks the official start of summer. (It’s also Father’s Day; go buy a card already!) Three movies hit theaters today all bent on making you laugh. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy Read More
Running time 92 minutes
Written and directed by Woody Allen
Starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Henry Cavill
On the face of the Woody Allen canon, Whatever Works is a zit. I once wrote that Woody Allen on a bad day was better than everybody else Read More
As the Tribeca Film Festival opened last night with Whatever Works, Woody Allen‘s new film starring comedian Larry David, the procession of talent filing into the Zeigfeld Theatre seemed to collectively decide that the safest thing to do, considering the masses of screaming passersby, overeager reporters, and elbow-grabbing publicists, was to get inside as Read More
“It used to be Diane Keaton with me—she always used to tell me, ‘I’m terrible, I’m awful, I can’t do it, you should get someone else.’ And she was always brilliant. Well, Larry is like this,” said Woody Allen via telephone from his Upper East Side apartment last week. The 73-year-old director was discussing his Read More
It might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s just possible that the furor over this week’s New Yorker cover is attributable to the summer heat: For irony, as with sex, sometimes it’s too darn hot.
Even for Larry David, apparently. In the August issue of BlackBook magazine (due out July 22), Read More
My commenters below are right: the prejudices that Sacha Baron Cohen stokes in Borat are conventional ones, and the film is a form of Red-State blackface. All the juice in his journey happens between the coasts. When he’s on the coasts, the jokes feel forced. In the interior the ignorant peasantry are revealed.
It’s Read More
I’m sorry, I just can’t resist. Vindication this sweet, this complete, is just so rare and beautiful, I’m going to have to savor it at length. I’m going to postpone the second part of my exploration of David Berlinski’s heretical vision of the origins of man and the universe I promised in last week’s column Read More
Former FishbowlNY editor and Tomato aficionado Rachel Sklar has accepted a position in The Huffington Post‘s New York office. Working from the company’s base in Silicon Alley 2.0 (aka, Soho), she’ll be lending a hand as an editor and developing several projects for the site.
Fans of Read More
To the Editor:
Ron Rosenbaum’s “Larry David, Have You Jumped the Whitefish? A New Fan’s Lament” piece [The Edgy Enthusiast, Oct. 17] was right on the money—very funny and insightful. What I liked even more about it was that it wasn’t a cheap-shots free-for-all; it was constructive criticism of the show and actually reverent of Read More