John Oliver's temporary stint behind "The Daily Show" desk has paid off.
HBO announced Thursday that Oliver will be the host of a similar satirical news show starting in 2014. "I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," the 36-year-old British comedian told Deadline.com.
Oliver subbed during the summer for Jon Stewart, who took... » 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 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
"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
Noticed a proliferation of nascent facial shrubbery at work this month? That's because it's still mid-Movember, a portmanteau of mustache and November.
The international effort encourages men to grow mustaches to raise awareness of -- and money for -- men's health issues, including prostate and testicular cancers.
Men register at us.movember.com and commit to growing a 'stache for November.... » more
In a stunning move, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pulled the plug on his crucial rezoning plan for east midtown, a 73-block area around Grand Central Terminal. The blueprint was expected to result in about 12 new skyscrapers -- some of them replacing older buildings -- and to boost the area's workforce by 7 percent.
Unfortunately, the mayor was forced to punt by a City Council that seems remarkably... » more
The north-central Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, once associated with high crime and racial tension, has recently been transforming into a hot spot for investors, developers, young artists and entrepreneurs.
Known for its large Caribbean community, which thrives alongside another large population of Hasidic Jews, Crown Heights is mainly a melting pot of the two cultures with a few... » more
Grim new data released by the Partnership for New York City shows that only 57% of NYC's working age population is employed compared to 71% in London, NYC's historic international competitor, and more than 80,000 people have been unemployed for more than one year. Another 40,000 are discouraged unemployed who have given up looking for jobs. The study called for public-private partnerships to better... » more
Commuting to work can be grueling and costly whether you're using mass transit or your own car. Although the government can't do much about the exasperation factor, a federal tax break does defray the cost.
Unfortunately, there's a rub.
This commuter tax benefit happens to treat transit riders like stepchildren compared with the way it treats motorists. It shouldn't be this way.
If... » more
When I bought my Marmot-brand Mammoth parka at Paragon in Union Square a few years ago, I had no idea I was buying a jacket that was so popular.
I thought I'd found a great buy -- on sale at the end of winter. Filled with goose down, it's incredibly warm. I love the inner and outer pockets, and the detachable hood is great during snowstorms.
When my community college students told me... » more