Movies about hopeless losers living below the poverty level don’t pack much entertainment value for the holiday season, and despite the presence of Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, a depressing dirge called Sunlight Jr. seems headed for a box office burial long before anybody brings out the eggnog.
A good cast enlivens a labored farce called Girl Most Likely, another holdover from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival that is surfacing at last with the hope of cheering up forlorn filmgoers escaping the summer heat. It fails, thanks to the dubious combined efforts of co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman and a deadly screenplay by Michelle Morgan that is not funny, just pointless.
Kristen Wiig, the former Saturday Night Live star who wrote and starred in the vile, gross-out Bridesmaids, plays a hopeless, hapless underachiever named Imogene, who deserted the tacky Jersey shore for the literary lights of Manhattan, found mild success as a writer, then lost her fiancé and her job at a magazine in the same day.
If it’s the last weekend in August, it’s time for some truly forgettable mainstream movies! Why waste time on studio dumps, however, when you can see a plethora of well-received indies? Well, those and Avatar again (it’s getting re-released).
The Last Exorcism
Premise: From executive producer Eli Roth — who you either remember as the Read More
Madoff-tainted Walter and Monica Noel managed to rent out Yemanja, their Mustique vacation home, to someone willing to pay their $55,000-per-week asking price. [P6]
People paid around $300,000 for the first pictures of Bristol Palin‘s son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. [The Scoop]
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs doesn’t Read More
Morgan Freeman and his wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, were the first to arrive. They stepped out of a town car in front of the French restaurant Tocqueville on East 15th Street and made their way to the empty bar area. Neither knew what to expect; the hostess, Ruda Dauphin, had called it a “salon.” They were Read More
To the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala on Monday, May 5, themed “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy,” Gossip Girl star Blake Lively wore black gloves and a snug black Ralph Lauren gown involving feathers. She said that her favorite superhero was “Spider-Man. Cause he’s awesome! He gets to swing around, and, I don’t Read More
Is that Tito Puente I hear in the distance?
It’s hard to tell, what with neo-classical shred violinist Michael Shulman just down the corridor, in black leather pants, loudly noodling to an instrumental track of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean."
But, yes, upon closer inspection, the sounds of salsa emanating from the Read More
The actress Winona Ryder stood onstage at the Public Theater on April 17, wringing her hands and squealing with adoration.
“The first time I met J.T. was during my first heartbreak,” she said of the author J.T. LeRoy, whose work had just been read by a group of performers including musicians Debbie Harry and Shirley Read More
Harold Becker’s Mercury Rising , from a screenplay by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Pearson, places an autistic child-savant named Simon Lynch (Miko Hughes) in dire jeopardy because he has solved a secret code that no one was supposed to be able to solve. He is Read More