Ramin Setoodeh

Stories by Ramin Setoodeh

  • Ingrid Michaelson, Post-My Space

    Michaelson, the first MySpace-created music star, has a new album called Everybody. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh: ...
  • Kevin Smith Plays Carnegie Hall

    Kevin Smith has been performing a sort of unplugged stand-up act since his movie Clerks came out in 1994. He started by traveling to college campuses to talk about the movie. That evolved into a verbal burlesque where he'd stand onstage answering anything and everything, even if it took eight hours. "The caliber of questions starts sucking at hour six," Smith says, "when people are going, boxers or briefs? Batman or Superman? It sounds kind of staid and dry, but it doesn't feel like a normal Q&A." At a Vancouver event recently, a guy got up with a bucket list of 100 things he had to do before he died, including getting naked in front of a large audience. "I was like, 'Get the f--k up here now'," Smith says. "The audience went crazy." The act has taken him as far as London's Piccadilly Circus and sold-out Canadian opera houses. And on June 17 he's playing Carnegie Hall. That's right, Carnegie Hall—and you're not the only one who's shocked. "I don't even know how it happened,"...
  • The Hangover: The Bromance of Summer

    We've all seen the damsel-in-distress movie before, but in The Hangover the damsel is a dude. The Hangover is a comedy about three guys who take their buddy Doug on a bachelor party to Vegas. When Doug disappears after a night of amnesia-inducing debauchery, it's up to his friends, like a squad of Prince Charmings, to rescue him. The Hangover is poised to be the sleeper comedy of the summer, thanks in no small part to gags involving a stripper's baby (and the stripper being played by Heather Graham), a missing tiger and Mike Tyson. The movie is probably even good enough, following a string of others like it, to allow us to officially declare that the bromance is the new romantic comedy.The genre started with Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, followed closely by I Love You, Man, about a hapless guy who goes on a series of "man dates" to find a best man for his own wedding. (Considering that Paul Rudd appeared in all three of those movies, you might also say he's...
  • "American Idol": And the Winner Is ...

    By Ramin SetoodehWhoa. So it's really true: Kris Allen is the new American Idol. Really. Seriously? This is the biggest upset—well, ever, in the show's eight seasons. Even more than when Chris Daughtry was voted out or when Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken. It wasn't just that Adam was pimped out by the judges more than any Idol contestant this season—Paula practically crowned him the winner when he sang "Black or White" 11 weeks ago—it's that he really was the best vocalist we've ever seen on Idol. Simon Cowell has even said that he thinks Adam's going to be an international star. So what went wrong? Here are the top seven reasons why Adam Lambert lost American Idol. 1. Blame the judges. Just like it's now bad karma to be the front runner in the Oscar race (as Frost/Nixon can tell you) or the presidential election (as Hillary Clinton can tell you), it also doesn't help if you're the foregone winner of Idol long before the seaso...
  • When Would Adam Lambert Come Out of the Closet (if He Happened to Be Gay)?

    By Ramin SetoodehLet's play a game. Let's pretend that you're a 27-year-old male finalist on American Idol and that there are photos on the Internet that appear to show you tongue-wrestling with another guy. Entertainment Weekly said you "might be gay," and TV Guide said you were "openly gay," though you haven't spoken a word about your sexuality to your adoring, screeching, OMG-tween public. Then again, to be fair, you do have a man friend in the audience every week, who even smiled, waved and stuck out his tongue at you playfully when you sang "If I Can't Have You I Don't Want Nobody, Baby." And just yesterday, Perez Hilton reported that you introduced a man as your boyfriend—perhaps the same guy?—to a couple of other finalists at a dinner at Outback Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif....
  • "American Idol" Roundtable

    Four former winners and two popular finalists talk about what happens backstage, who will win this year and the singers who influenced them the most.
  • Kal Penn Abandons House, MD, for White House, D.C.

    Kal Penn has hung up his hospital scrubs. His character died on "House" last week so that Penn can start a new job—in the White House. He'll work as associate director at the Office of Public Liaison, as the point person for the arts and Asian-American communities. He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Newsmakers: Emily Blunt Q&A

    In "Sunshine Cleaning," Emily Blunt's job is even worse than being an assistant at a certain fashion magazine. She scrubs up bloody crime scenes. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • The Gossip Queen, Still On The Scene

    Gossip columnist Liz Smith got laid off too—and she's 86. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh about life before and after print. ...
  • Books: Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Once upon a time, Eric Carle wrote a children's book that was so comfy, it came with its own cocoon. Turns out that cute little bug went through a very big metamorphosis.
  • 8 Reasons Why the Oscars Bombed This Year

    Was it just me, or were the Oscars like the longest episode of "American Idol" ever? First, Ryan Seacrest interviewed all the contestants—oops, make that nominees—on the red carpet. Then, the stage was suspiciously similar to the circular "Idol" platform, and the live show began with a musical number from host Hugh Jackman. The first winner was announced by a panel, though unfortunately Paula Abdul wasn't on it. And at some point in the evening, Jackman appeared with Beyonce, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens to cover a strange assortment of Broadway tunes....
  • Harvey Weinstein: Back on Top

    It looked like Harvey Weinstein had been 'aufed,' as they say on 'Project Runway.' Then came 'The Reader.'
  • Joaquin Phoenix: Before the Letterman Fiasco, There Was THIS.

    Some actors travel everywhere with an entourage. Then there's Joaquin Phoenix. He arrived at a press junket in New York on Wednesday for his new movie, "Two Lovers," with an entire camera crew. They were filming Phoenix—who says he's giving up acting for a new career as a rap star—for a documentary about his new life, and they taped all his interviews. It's strange enough to talk to a movie star with five cameras on you. It's stranger still when you walk into the room and see that the lead cameraman is Casey Affleck (who is married to Joaquin's sister Summer). ...
  • 7 Things You Don't Know About Me: Chris Evans

    Chris Evans, the Human Torch in "Fantastic Four," is back to playing with fire. This time, he dodges explosions in the superhero epic "Push," which stars him as a telekinetic drifter living in Hong Kong. One afternoon, he's mysteriously contacted by a teenage girl (Dakota Fanning) who can peer into the future and needs his help.  With the movie opening today, Evans, 27, opens up about his life as an actor in the new Newsweek video feature "7 Things You Don't Know About Me." Click to find out which movie inspired Evans to be an actor, the first time he saw himself on the big screen and who is girlfriend is right now.