‘One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories’ is an absurdist, scathingly funny literary collection from Ryan from ‘The Office.’ B.J. Novak on his surprisingly personal fictional debut.
Plenty of actors have written books lately, but none as original, smart or literary as B.J. Novak’s collection, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. It’s a sign of his freshness that reviews, most with extravagant praise, have strained for comparisons. Woody Allen’s sketches? Sort of, in their comic philosophical questioning, but Novak can be far more narrative. David Sedaris? Novak is less autobiographical; his characters include “The Man Who Invented the Calendar.”
His stories are absurdist yet have a surprising emotional undercurrent; they are scathingly funny about pop-culture language and clichés; they have a strong sense of character that takes him to strange places, including the minds of the tortoise and the hare as they prepare for a rematch of their classic race. You can hear Novak’s distinctive voice as he describes the tortoise’s training regimen: “Simple diet, some walking around…He didn’t want to overthink it.”
Get your TiVos ready. A comprehensive guide to watching the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Sochi Winter Olympics begin Thursday and there’s one question on everyone’s minds: When does the figure skating start?
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In case you’re among the many who just want to see women in bedazzled leotards do triple lutzes, or maybe you’re just interested in the U.S. vs. Russia hockey match up or the snowboarding finals, we’ve narrowed down the glut of Olympics coverage to the ones you want to see—and where and when to see them.
The pop star with a voice of an angel may have hotboxed an airplane. And he may have been the gateway drug for Selena Gomez.
For normal people, an underage arrest for a DUI incurred while drag racing expensive cars on the streets of Miami would be understood as a turning point; a time to re-examine one's life choices, and attempt to regain a semblance of sanity. But Justin Bieber is not a normal person—he's a pop star with the voice of an angel, goddammit, and if he wants to have more pot in his bloodstream than actual blood, than that's his own prerogative! Following his January 23 Miami arrest, Bieber has been drag racing down the road to recovery, crashing into scandal after scandal. It's been a wild ride.
An angry Justin Bieber has to be "restrained" by his body guard to keep him from attacking the photographers waiting outside his hotel this morning in London, England on March 8, 2013. (FameFlynet)
It's looking like Bieber's next big tour will be of various courthouses around the world. Only a week after he was arrested for intoxicated drag racing in Miami, Bieber was charged in Toronto with assaulting a limo driver. The alleged assault took place on December 30, when Bieber and six other revelers were picked up from a nightclub in an early morning limo. Reports indicate that one of the passengers, supposedly the baby-faced, under-aged Canadian crooner himself, hit the limo diver on the back of the head several times over the course of the drive. The attacker, who may or may not have been Justin Bieber (but probably was, according to these new charges) fled the scene of the crime. Biebs is set to appear in court on March 10—of course, given his penchant for destructive driving, he'll probably have to take another limousine to get there.
The prolific actor, who stars as Private Preston Savitz in this week’s ‘Monuments Men,’ is also a successful children’s book author.
Where did you grow up?
Well, I was born in Chicago. My family moved there in about 1898 or so, escaped from some pogrom in Russia, got there, and eventually set up a chain of movie theaters. I got hooked on movies as a little kid and never really got over it. I love Chicago and I go back whenever I can.
Is there a film that you remember seeing, an earliest one that you really loved and made you want to be in the film industry?
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis was quite a character. He sported hair curlers in the dugout, took handfuls of amphetamines before games, and pitched a no-hitter on LSD. He was also, in his own unique way, a torchbearer for racial equality.
He was, in the immortal words of Pulp Fiction’s Jules Winnfield, “a mushroom-cloud-layin’ motherf—ker.” His style was pure Youngblood Priest, a mélange of gold rings, colorful polyester suits, and hair-curlers, cruising in the front seat of a big, shiny Cadillac with a vanity plate that said, “DOCK.” His attitude was bold, intimidating batters with his menacing glare and violent gum chewing, and planting verbal dynamite in the belly of institutional racism. According to filmmaker David O. Russell, he even served as the inspiration for American Hustle’s hotheaded-yet-sartorially fresh FBI agent Richie DiMaso, played by Bradley Cooper.
Meet Dock Ellis.
After 35 bitter years with her starving artist husband Ushio, Noriko Shinohara is in the spotlight for her Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which follows their chaotic marriage.
In 1972, a 19-year-old art student named Noriko left Tokyo for New York and wandered into a SoHo studio, where she met 41-year-old artist Ushio Shinohara. The morning after they first had sex, he asked if he could borrow rent money. She wrote him a check.
Artist Noriko Shinohara attends the "Cutie And The Boxer" New York Premiere during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2013 in New York City. (RADIUS-TWC)
Six months later, she was in love, pregnant, and, as her furious parents cut her off, destitute. It was not the beginning of a fairy tale.
The former SNL cast member, who's running for local office in Tennessee, has created original songs about Obama’s communist ties and spouted conspiracy theories about the Muslim brotherhood.
It was only a matter of time before former SNL cast member-turned-rabid Tea Partier Victoria Jackson tried her hand at politics. After two years of spouting vitriol about the communist Obama administration, the false science of global warming, and the Muslim plot to infiltrate the U.S. government from every platform she could stand on, she’s now running for a seat on Tennessee’s Williamson County commission. In honor of Jackson’s first bid for elected office, here’s a look back at some of her craziest, uh, greatest hits.
Her Original Song About Obama’s Communist Tyranny
Police are reviewing the personal diaries of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the hopes of finding answers.
Along with the envelopes of heroin, detectives found a rambling journal in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment, police sources say.
Investigators are said to have reviewed the contents of the journals in case they shed some light on the circumstances of his death. The particulars are not known and presently remain within the bounds of privacy.
Amid the slush and snow, Greenwich Village parents find delight in playing with their kids—just as actor Philip Seymour Hoffman would’ve done in his most important role as dad.
One continuing mystery of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death is this: Why was he in such abject need of a shoddy, solitary and dangerous chemical high when he knew the pure joy that comes with just being with your kids?
Philip Seymour Hoffman with his children. (Splash News)
He certainly looked real-life happy to those of us who saw him standing with his youngsters in a black coat and knit cap at the caroling in Washington Square Park this past Christmas Eve.
A solo show at the Working Theater in New York called ‘Mercy Killers’ reminds us that whatever the merits of Obamacare, having a lot of uninsured people is no good.
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama defended his signature health care plan, the Affordable Care Act, saying it will cuts costs, cover more people, and increase choice. In her response to the address Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican representative from Washington state, voiced what other critics of the act say—that it’s not working and “health care choices should be yours, not the government’s.”
The debate over health care and how to reform it has been extremely heated, bringing up such emotional issues as access to care, bankruptcies over health care costs, the pharmaceutical companies’ role, and insurance companies denying coverage. All of these get addressed in Mercy Killers, a solo show at the Working Theater in New York through Feb. 16. Julliard-trained actor Michael Milligan doesn’t pretend to be neutral—he wrote and performs the story of a man who loses his house, his business, and finally his wife after she gets cancer, ending up with him in the police station telling his story, to show how the lack of access to affordable health care can devastate people’s lives.
Best-known as a judge on Chopped, chef Amanda Freitag opens her first restaurant—a recast New York icon. She tells Tim Teeman about celebrity, fighting sexism, and where she goes for a greasy burger.
There are great, only-in-New-York stories of the old Empire Diner in West Chelsea: the debauchery that would ensue when the nearby leather bars emptied out in the early hours, the limousines that deposited fancy, sozzled punters outside for some late-night chow, the piano playing, the celebrities, crush, and craziness. It was one of those places you might have to wait 45 minutes for a table at 3 a.m., and where businessmen coming in for a morning coffee might be seated inside the distinctive railroad-style spot next to club-kids ending their evening revelry.
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Before bidding it farewell in 2010, its former owners said they served “Chelsea residents, actors, police commissioners, athletes, gangsters, such luminaries as Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, and anyone carrying a New York City Guide Book.”
Nic Pizzolatto was a college writing professor who’d never penned a TV script. Now, as the creator of HBO’s revolutionary ‘True Detective,’ he’s the hottest showrunner in Hollywood.
Four years ago, Nic Pizzolatto was a college writing professor with one little-known collection of short stories to his name. He’d never written a single TV script. Now, as the creator of HBO’s True Detective, he’s the hottest new showrunner in Hollywood.
HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 (Jim Bridges/HBO)
How did he do it?
The internet convulsed with outrage that Bob Dylan, star of a Super Bowl car commercial, had "sold out." It's an accusation he's been hearing since 1964.
According to everyone on the internet, the 1960s ended with a whimper on Sunday, when Bob Dylan rasped and gasped through a Chrysler commercial, barely an hour after his song “I Want You” played in the background of a Greek yogurt ad. Cue the inevitable and stupendously dumb Twitter storm, during which musicians, journalists, and assorted know-nothings insisted that Robert Zimmerman--who famously wasn’t so keen on racism and nuclear weapons--had sullied his legacy by plumping for a car company. There were scattered defenses of his “selling out” (but no one doubted that it was a sellout). Young Ronan Farrow, bless his soul, declared that Dylan had “earned the right to sell out.” The rest of Twitter, it seemed, disagreed.
If you’ve made records like Blonde on Blonde and The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, vindicated Rueben “Hurricane” Carter and convicted William Zanzinger, and are unwittingly anointed the “voice of a generation,” you’ve attained a level of sanctity and moral purity that demands resistance to crass commercialism. One cannot go from Hattie Carroll “emptying the ashtrays on a whole other level” to advising football fans to hand over $30,000 for an SUV.
A new PBS documentary about writer Alice Walker finally tells her powerful story and has already moved audiences with its message writes Agunda Okeyo.
The documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth is a cascade of impressive words and images revealing the life’s journey of a renowned author and activist. Although, British filmmaker and activist Pratibha Parmar has been a friend of Alice Walker’s for twenty years, she only decided to do this documentary when she realized that American Masters, perhaps the most prestigious televised U.S. documentary series, launched in 1986 by Susan Lacy, mostly featured men and often white men at that. After six years of filming and raising capital to complete a feature-length documentary, Parmar and producer Shaheen Haq, achieved their goal. Beauty will premiere on PBS on February 7, 2014 as part of American Masters; in honor of Walker’s 70th birthday and Black History Month.
This unprecedented documentary provides the viewer with a unique opportunity to hear Walker speak about her own life’s journey. The film also includes archival materials from her ancestry, childhood, and key influences, as well as, interviews from her colleagues and friends.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead with a needle in his arm and envelopes of heroin stamped with an Ace of Spades logo. This isn’t the first time the brand has been in the news.
At approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment. He lay on his side in a t-shirt and shorts with a hypodermic needle in his left arm. According to police, five empty heroin envelopes were in the trash, and two full ones were found near his person. Some of the envelopes were branded with an Ace of Spaces logo, others with an Ace of Hearts. Whoever sold Hoffman this brand of narcotic aided in his untimely death.
He left behind his longtime partner and creative collaborator, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three young children.
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