Some of the most amazing and effective ads ever developed, some of which have become iconic, faced incredible odds before being approved for production, when in production and postproduction, and even after being placed on air or in magazines. A few do not, but very few.
"Bass Player Wanted" opened what I'm hoping will be a door to a different kind of final season, focused on the mother, the gang and the big stuff. It was the last episode of 2013, the midseason finale, and it was lovely.
Despite my critical acclaim for the album itself, I feel the discussion about her "non-marketing" must be revisited. To the media and fans alike who have been praising the superstar for her ability to release an album with no marketing at all must not have been living in 2013.
The Desolation of Smaug is filled with significantly more visual hyperbole than its predecessor, indeed some moments so preposterous in their construction and so outrageous in their deviation from Tolkien's text that they resoundingly deserve a listicle of the sort provided here.
Today every classic movie fan mourns the death of Peter O'Toole at 81. The spirit of mischievous exuberance he brought to his life -- and all his roles -- somehow made me believe he could never die, even when you could see the smoking and drinking had taken its toll on his once startling good looks.
When she won an Oscar for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, Huston continued her family's extraordinary film legacy, which began with her grandfather, Walter Huston, and her father, John Huston. She's had memorable turns in film and on TV, most recently starring in the musical drama television series Smash.
"I sort of buried the emotion of 'Mad World' under a whole heap of percussive synth, if you see what I'm saying. For me, it always worked as an up-tempo song. But the way that Michael Andrews and Gary Jules did that is just straight to the jugular, it's just amazing."
The current transformation from zombie to witch as the go-to horror storyboard is representative of a nuanced shift in our ever-changing sense of collective self-identity. Zombies are genderless.
Zombies are identity-less. Zombies are, well... less.
Some might find some of the performances in American Hustle to be maudlin (I did not); some might find that hairdos and costumes render some of the characters to be caricatures (I did not); but the profundity of the pathos elicited by Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner is undeniable.
Last night's season finale of Homeland was at once less suspenseful, more elegiac and more heart-rendingly emotional than we were expecting it to be, and left very few of its main characters still in the running.
Kenneth Cole was on Chelsea Lately and rewrote history by erasing the role of the LGBT community in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The problem was that too few others were listening -- not that we weren't speaking up.
When we don't see the footprints of time, and forget the battles that were waged, and the people whose lives were lost, then we have no understanding of ourselves. The Archives help us to make sense of the events of the past and perhaps will help influence our future.
It goes without saying that gays have become more and more accepted in our culture, making gains in the workplace, Hollywood, and in legislation, but has that acceptance come at a price?
I see few comparisons between Jordan Belfort's autobiography to my memoir, Bust. What Belfort and I do have in common is that we have a story, just like everyone else. The nature of our bad acts just gave us a platform to tell it.
Between twenty-five albums and fifty songs, I figured I could a halfway decent job in sharing my favorite music of the year.
Vienna Teng is upfront about the ways she creates and performs music that's daring and dynamic. The classically trained pianist and Californian-born singer-songwriter embraces technology to enhance her sound, and isn't afraid to let everyone know it.
In a singles-oriented music landscape, it's easy to forget that these radio hits are part of a larger body of work. So who released the best albums of 2013? Here's a look at my top 10 picks for the year.
Theodore has no luck with the ladies -- even when they're practically drawing him illustrations of the human reproductive act. He's bereft after a break-up, convinced he's doomed to a life of solitude. Then he installs Samantha and she not only organizes his life -- she gets him, in a way that no one ever has gotten him.
The beauty of live TV is that viewers can chatter on Internet platforms while watching, which serves to drive even more viewers to the live program.
Shows have off seasons. It happens. What worries me about Homeland is that it seems to have made structural and thematic choices that limit where it can go next and how effectively it can get there. For three seasons, Brody and Carrie kept finding their way out of impossible situations. I wonder if Homeland can do the same.
His posture, his diction, his height -- what a presence. We understood why he was being called the next Laurence Olivier.
The Wolverine actor sat down with me after rehearsals to share some of his most memorable and hilarious Christmas stories. (If you recycle Christmas gifts, you're not alone!)