Judging from a raucously well-received New York screening of Les Misérables on Friday afternooon, the most exciting aspect of the 2013 Oscar race will be a contest between the precision of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and the passion of Tom Hooper's epic musical. An enthusiastic audience that included Anne Hathaway's actress mother Kathleen Ann (she gave her daughter a big thumbs up from the crowd), applauded and sniffled its way through the two-hour-39-minute feature and a post-screening at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. more »
South Park is either getting seriously meta, or bizarrely free-associative in its advanced age. The beginning of Wednesday night's new episode of the Comedy Central series saw the relentlessly cheerful and naively optimistic character Butters Stotch become a pint-sized rageaholic that is initially attributed to his Hawaiian roots, but later turns out to be about the charmed life of Ben Affleck. more »
"James Cameron is who James Cameron is because James Cameron does what James Cameron does." At least I think that's what James Cameron's doppelganger said on Wednesday night's new episode of South Park after diving into the depths to "raise the bar" and save the world from Honey Boo Boo and fat people who terrorize the world on motorized scooters. more »
Sony has debuted a new chase scene from their upcoming sci-fi sequel Men in Black III, in which Will Smith and Josh Brolin (playing the young Tommy Lee Jones) hop onto a pair of newfangled high-tech monocycles to chase some alien perps. But where have we seen these super-speedy circular vehicles before? Mr. Garrison, take "It" away...
As usual, South Park has looked into the abyss of self-serious cultural absurdity and spotted a gleaming beacon of common sense. That Trey Parker and Matt Stone applied it to Bully's manufactured ratings "controversy" — and Harvey Weinstein's blatant hucksterism — only makes the payoff sweeter.
Word around Hollywood has Russell Crowe officially committed to star in Darren Aronofsky's Noah, with the long-gestating, big-budget biblical epic making its way in front of cameras this summer. Should be great — but can it ever really match up to Crowe's legendary seafaring exploits from South Park?