Sarah Ball

SHRIEK! Happy Tweetin' Birthday, Nick Jonas!

Twitter is the new fan mail—which is totally awesome, because nowwe all get to giggle at the embarrassing, TMI-filled missives that you blast to your idols. (Breathlessly awaiting the day someone learns how to program perfume and stickers.) That's why yesterday's microblog mailbag gave us such particular cheer: in case you missed the HUGE news that the U.S. has abandoned its nuclear missile defense shield Nick Jonas turned 17, Twitter went bonkers with birthday well-wishing of an, shall we...

Colin Firth Gets His Due

Colin Firth, to thee we sing: the Brit was named best actor at the Venice Film Festival last Saturday for his turn as a gay, English lit professor in Tom Ford's film adaptation of A Single Man, the Christopher Isherwood novel.

Dan Brown: Obscure German Woodcutting Is So Hot Right Now

  Today is day—or, just another day that Dan Brown will deposit a ginormous check (see Malcolm Jones' review of the book here). The king of the beach read tackles the secrecy of the Freemasons in his latest thriller, and leans on boldface names from art history to create several high-stakes puzzles. (If "puzzles" sounds too pedestrian for $29.95, slip on Doubleday's rose-colored glasses: "Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic...

Patrick Swayze, Dead at 57: A Life in YouTube

The American Film Institute named this immortal Swayze line from 1987's Dirty Dancing one of the top 100 most famous movie quotes of all time: "Nobody puts Baby in the corner." The native Houstonian was the son of a choreographer and a trained dancer, a skill he readily flaunted in this romantic-comedy classic.Swayze's hilarious (and, we admit, kinda sexy) Saturday Night Live Chippendale dance-off with Chris Farley is one of the variety show's most memorable skits.

Even Paul Bettany Can't Make Charles Darwin Sexy

The Telegraph has a story today about a floundering British film called Creation, which opened the Toronto Film Festival to fanfare, premieres in Britain this Sunday, and has been picked up by distributors in every area imaginable, "from Australia to Scandinavia." The movie homes in on the life of Charles Darwin at its most conflicted, when the 40-something scientist (Paul Bettany) mourns the loss of his young daughter and finds himself disenchanted with religion.