Two weeks ago, Phil Mushnick, a respected veteran sports writer for The New York Post, published a column about the Brooklyn Nets’ new brand identity, as designed with the help of Jay-Z. The team—previously known as the New Jersey Nets—had switched their colors to black and white. “Why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?” Mr. Mushnick suggested, referring to the team’s part-owner. “Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s. The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—hes or Hoes …”
Watching Mel Gibson’s relentlessly reckless self-destruction has been about as much fun as standing by helplessly, observing a truck jackknife on a crowded turnpike. This is what it must have been like in the old days, when Fatty Arbuckle ruined his career with a Coke bottle and Frances Farmer went from Cary Grant’s leading lady Read More
Plenty happens each day—how to keep up with it all? Time to test your memory!
–How did Tina Fey acquit herself as a tertiary character in a fake Bravo reality show?
–…and how does Mel Gibson do in Jodie Foster’s new dip into directing?
–Speaking of which! How did the husky-voiced Read More
Winona Ryder, seemingly absent for the better part of a decade, has a featured role in the giant Oscar-bait extravaganza that is Black Swan. This qualifies the icon of a bygone era as glossy mag comeback-profile fodder; the feature in this month’s GQ, “Winona Forever,” compares her to Robert Downey, Jr.
(A Read More
“Your voice,” Simon Cowell says to a singer in a story from Ben Greenman’s latest collection Celebrity Chekhov. “It rattles like a pan under a car. What is Bono going to think when you take his song and treat it like an advertising jingle? I would be surprised if you are here a week from Read More
The Last Critic
Eric Yaverbaum has more than a few techo-sins to account for: ignoring his wife, tucking his kids into bed by text message, sleeping with his Blackberry cradled under his chin. This Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day of atonement, Yaverbaum is asking the world to join him in repentance by disconnnecting from the digital world. Read More
I have two reactions to the latest Mel-gate. The first is that I couldn’t give a hoot about Mr. Gibson, a mega-celebrity who has clearly lost control of his life. The second is: There but for the grace of God go we.
I don’t mean that we all harbor barely suppressed racism, Read More
Audiences everywhere are ranting about Despicable Mel: the unraveling of an actor whose career as an entertainer seems like it ought to be kaput.
In the past two weeks, the Aussie-born Mel Gibson has supplemented past anti-Semitic outbursts with leaked recordings that use the N-word (in an especially off-putting reference to rape) Read More
To find the last time Avatar wasn’t the most popular film in America, you have to go all the way back to the weekend of December 11 when The Princess and The Frog topped the box office with $24.2 million. So huzzah to Dear John for doing what has felt like the impossible: Read More
We get it, America: you really love Avatar. For the seventh week in a row, the number one film in land belonged to James Cameron and the Planet Pandora. Enough already, everyone! Go see something else. As we do each Monday, here’s a breakdown of the top five at the box office.
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