Call me a geek, but within a day of arriving in town for the Sundance Film Festival, I found the perfect formula for enjoying myself: skip the parties, stick to the movies.This year's festival, which ends this Sunday in Park City, Utah, was my first, and I quickly learned that there are actually two Sundances.
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman refuses to sit for photographs, and of course interviewers ask him why. When NEWSWEEK put the question to him at lunch last month, he started out by grumbling that his explanation--which he thinks is pretty reasonable--never gets into the story, forcing readers to conclude that he's either weird or disfigured. (He's neither.) So here you go, Charlie, the floor is yours. "The big thing is, I'm just not a public person.
If you're wondering what went wrong-well, a little bit wrong-with "The Sopranos" this season, the best place to start is actually last season and with a character whom fans of the show have come to call "the Russian."The Russian was a key player in the third season's best episode, "The Pine Barrens," in which Christopher (Michael Imperioli) and Paulie (Tony Sirico) allow a murderous Russian mafioso, whom they tried and failed to kill, to escape into the icy back woods of South Jersey.
All the people who've ever met Brittany Murphy most likely have one thing in common: they have all been hugged by Brittany Murphy. Over the course of an hour-and-a-half conversation in the lobby of Manhattan's Mercer Hotel, she issues 11 hugs, an average of one every eight minutes.
'Les Miz' Bows OutThey're ripping down the barricades at "Les Miserables," and even Broadway insiders are shocked. After all, "Les Miz" was the sturdiest of Broadway hits, a show that not only managed to make the French Revolution entertaining but over the years employed the likes of Debbie Gibson and Ricky Martin.
Ever notice how videos on MTV these days kinda stink? Good ones are still getting made--just not here. Europe is where it's at right now. Case in point: the British trio Dirty Vegas's "Days Go By," in which a man drops a boombox on a nameless city street and begins b-boying like he just stepped out of "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo." MTV eventually caught on, but the video wasn't seen in America until it premiered last year at RESFEST, a four-day traveling carnival of the world's most inventive...
So James Spader is starring in a weird, kinky sex movie? You don't say. What a stretch. The 42-year-old actor has made a career out of carnal deviance, most famously in 1989's "sex, lies and videotape" and most notoriously in the 1996 cars-and-copulation fantasy "Crash." In "Secretary" (review) the fetish du jour is S&M, but the office romance in question is so unexpectedly sweet it feels unlike anything Spader has done before. "The two of them seemed so innocent to me," says the actor. "[Grey]...
It's no surprise that Oprah Winfrey doesn't have all day to curl up with a good novel, but shelving her beloved book club? Didn't see that one coming. "It has become harder and harder," Winfrey said in a statement last week, "to find books on a monthly basis that I feel absolutely compelled to share." A spokesperson for Winfrey clarified that she will continue to pick books periodically.