One of the many delights of Bernie, the offbeat new comedy by Richard Linklater, is that it is fresh, surprising and funny without going for sitcom punch lines or ridiculous, contrived situations inserted for guffaws. It’s not hilarious. It’s just warm and real enough to keep you smiling and awed at the same time. It is also the only movie I have ever liked Jack Black in, one of the few times Matthew McConaughey, a terrible actor, has ever come anywhere close to giving a tolerable performance, and features Shirley MacLaine’s best role in years. A lot to like here, and I liked it all.
Z’oh my heavens, Mr. Crawley! Terms of Endearment star Shirley MacLaine will be joining the cast of Downton Abbey, which has replaced This Old House and Ken Burns documentaries as PBS’ must-see TV.
Ms. Maclaine will be playing the proud American mom to ex-pat Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) on season 3. (This visit will not go over well with Dame Maggie Smith’s Lady Grantham, we’re sure.)
This news was accompanied by rumors that other stateside cameos might be in the works, so we made several educated guesses as to which American actors could hold their own against the upstairs/downstairs scheming of the McGovern household.
Shirley MacLaine is set to play Coco Chanel in a Lifetime miniseries about the rise of the fashion icon, starting with her upbringing in an orphanage outside Paris. The first part of the series will examine Ms. Chanel’s move to reinvent herself in her 70s, after spending years in exile. The show will premiere in Read More
Shirley MacLaine was just honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Santa Fe Film Festival, and according to the 73-year-old film star, the win meant more than her 1983 Oscar for a poignant, now-iconic turn in director James Brooks’ Terms of Endearment. “Of all the awards I’ve gotten all over the world—and I Read More
“ Proof is one of my favorite movies and Gwyneth gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen,” Harvey Weinstein e-mailed yesterday. “I’m really disappointed she was not nominated.”
“And come on, why is Scarlett Johansson unable to get a nomination?” fumed a former agent out in Los Angeles, not long after yesterday’s Academy Read More
In Her Shoes is pure joy. That’s not a word tossed around as freely as you think. In today’s movie market, there’s so little of it on view, and even if you get a glimpse, it’s fleeting. But this marvelous, up-with-the-lark movie stays sunny all day, with wit and intelligence to spare. After a Read More
The popular appeal of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the cavernous Hilton Theatre is a combo platter of the following:
Lots and lots of children and lots and lots of dogs. One adorably jolly song reprised five million adorable times: “Oh! You! Pretty Chitty Bang Bang / Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you …. Read More
We pet owners are being bombarded by manipulative marketers who are hell-bent on exploiting our increasingly deranged obsessions. Deranged? At this point it’s a safe bet that somebody, somewhere in Manhattan is having sex with his or her dog, such is the level of canine fetishization currently gripping our pet-infested isle. Though bestiality has never Read More
More proof it’s fall: The New York Times ‘ Styles section is getting even weirder (is it just us, or does reading that section feel like being stuck seated next to your Uncle Seymour at Thanksgiving while he tries to relate to you by using lingo he picked up from 8 Mile Read More