ALL IN A DAY'S WORK
For actors, 24 hour plays are like the last day of class – the illusion of working remains, but everybody knows it’s just a thinly veiled disguise for goofing off with your friends and wearing fake Mexican mustaches. And at Monday night’s event at the American Airlines Theater, the pranks were in full swing and the faux facial hair put to good use as a host of stars took to the stage to support the Urban Arts program. “This is the most fun you can have with your clothes on that benefits children and is sponsored by Mont Blanc,” joked the charity’s Executive Director Philip Courtney as he stood under the spotlight, eagerly watched by his A-List peers.
Mischief and mishaps undeniably characterized the event, but a wave of hush fell over the audience as student poets Janessa Terry and Canice Munroe performed their work at the show’s opening. Their words had audience members and celebrities alike enthralled, and highlighted the excellent forum provided by Urban Arts in enabling young creatives from underprivileged backgrounds to showcase their talent.
Big Apple Idolatry
– Just in time for the vice presidential debates, here’s Paul Ryan looking like Zach Morris’s stand-in during a TIME Magazine photo shoot that teased him by saying it was considering naming him its man of the year. Yeah, right!
Garbage comes in all sizes, and every one of them seems to fit into a load of violent, hateful and incomprehensible trash called Seven Psychopaths. Written by talented Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, who shocked Broadway audiences with dark, funny, gothic creepshows like The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan and A Behanding in Spokane,this movie is proof that moving to Hollywood is poisonous Kool-Aid to the creative process. Kneeling at the trough of Hollywood pop psychobabble that has come to symbolize the New Cinema, Mr. McDonagh seems to have taken leave (temporarily, I hope) of his senses. He proved in 2008, with a brooding job called In Bruges, about hit men on holiday in Belgium, that he cannot stretch his bristling ideas into one full-length feature. Unfortunately, he also thinks he’s a director—a job for which he shows no patience, aptitude or proficiency. The result is a twitching convulsion of vicious drivel passing itself off as a movie, which can be best appreciated by the kind of people who dig Showgirls, the Saw franchise and Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman flicks.
For starters, the title means nothing.
Monday night The Observer found ourselves pulled into a full-on huddle with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell and Billy Crudup.
“Sam is our spokesman,” Hoffman said, pointing to his fellow actor.
The three of them had come to the Hudson Hotel for a particularly raucous after-party celebrating LAByrinth Theater’s “Celebrity Charades 2010: Fight Night,” in Read More
Conviction, directed by Tony Goldwyn, is the inspirational true-life story of a high-school dropout named Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) who devoted 20 years of her life to becoming a lawyer in order to prove the innocence of her brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell), who was wrongfully accused and sentenced to life in prison for Read More
Hilary Swank Goes for Oscar Number Three in Read More
Running time 100 minutes
Written and directed by Kirk Jones
Starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale
The week’s second remake (never a good idea) is Everybody’s Fine, an Americanization of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Italian comedy Stanno tutti Bene. Originally, Marcello Mastroianni played a retired bureaucrat who discovers his five Read More
When Zack and Miri Make A Porno and The Haunting of Molly Hartley could only combine for just over $15 million in box office grosses on this weekend last year, Hollywood learned a harsh lesson: don’t open movies on Halloween! In an effort to rectify that error in judgment, this Halloween we’re being treated to Read More
Not to be confused with Mercy, here comes Trauma. This new NBC series—which has the snazziest ad campaign of the fall (non-Man Men edition)—eschews whiny nurses for tough-as-nails EMT workers and hopes to give action junkies a boost of adrenaline. Of course, that all sounds perfectly generic, but remember: Peter Berg Read More
With June Gloom in full swing (apparently it’s not just for California anymore!), perhaps it might be best to spend the weekend watching some movies. Three titles hit theaters today, and, as usual, there is something for everyone. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Taking of Pelham Read More