The party's over -- literally -- for Jay Z and Barneys.
The rapper's holiday fashion line for the high-end department store is a go, but a swanky soiree celebrating the partnership has been axed following the store's recent racial profiling controversy, according to Women's Wear Daily. The event was slated to take place Wednesday night.
On Friday, Jay Z announced that he would continue... » more
For Trish Summerville, fashion is anything but a game.
The edgy, award-winning costume designer created the intricate, oftentimes outrageous looks for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the second movie in the futuristic, book-based film series in which kids are forced to fight to the death.
Summerville is new to the "Hunger Games" franchise, as is "Catching... » more
Lady Gaga is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Here are our tips for the flamboyant singer to get some deserved applause. (Get it?) Hopefully Ms. Gaga is reading our little guide to getting gags.
1: DO stay within your comfort zone. Play characters that have some connection to music. Maybe co-host “What’s Up With That?” with Kenan Thompson.
2: DON’T wear your weird stuff: meat... » more
"The Great Beauty" finds Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino channeling Federico Fellini and other masterful chroniclers of the surreal, absurd and unrelentingly beautiful Roman cityscape.
The impressionistic film is centered on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a 65-year-old writer who experiences many facets of the city over the course of heady nights and beautiful days.
It's... » more
Simmons asked to play Goblin in 'Spider-Man'
Rock musician Gene Simmons revealed last week via Twitter that he has been offered the role of the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" that was originated by Patrick Page and is currently being played by Robert Cuccioli. Although Simmons did not say whether he would accept the chance to join the production, he made a point... » more
The 2006 film comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," about a highly stressed family attempting a long road trip in a broken-down van in order to make it to a beauty pageant for little girls, no doubt had the potential to make a fine musical.
With songwriter William Finn and director-playwright James Lapine, who previously collaborated on "Falsettos" and "The 25th Annual Putnam... » more
Revues of Stephen Sondheim songs generally don't work. Given how carefully integrated his songs are into the shows for which they were originally written, they lose impact in a different context.
Yet "A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair," which marks an unusual collaboration between Sondheim and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, manages to provide a great deal of vibrant entertainment... » more
With some notable exceptions, movies set in the American heartland tend to regard Midwesterners as simplistic rubes living uncultured lives.
Omaha, Nebraska native Alexander Payne is one of the few filmmakers to have steadfastly resisted the stereotype over the course of several pictures set in his home state, including "Election" and "About Schmidt."
The spare black-and-white... » more
"Sunlight Jr." is an affecting drama set amid a hellish Floridian landscape of strip malls, sleazy motels and car-jammed commercial roads.
Writer-director Laurie Collyer treats her characters with high regard despite the fact that they're suffering through the depths of despair in this awful place.
Naomi Watts stars as gas station clerk Melissa, who is dating the unemployed... » more
Relief concerts are a tricky beast, because they require a balancing act between reverence for the event being confronted and the spectacle of musicians doing what they do best.
At the same time, documentaries centered on said fundraising showcases must spotlight the musical performances without sacrificing an awareness of the larger forces at play.
By the former standard, the 12-12-12... » more