Music | Sound Bets
My partner, Jaime, lost her dad on Holy Thursday. Her family lives in Los Angeles, and I’m writing this riding down the Pacific Coast Highway so we can put his ashes in the ...
For the record, when Henry-Alex Rubin’s phone buzzed during this interview, he didn’t move. It wouldn’t have looked good if he did, seeing as how his film “Disconnect,...
Film | The Reelist
Conditions of Enjoyment
I am about to absolve you of something. Are you ready? It’s OK if you don’t like “To the Wonder.” The film, which opened last week, was directed by Terrence Malick, wh...
It’s Just So Complicated
Actors don’t have to like their characters, but they do have to understand them. When it came to his role as a self-centered adulterer in “The Last Five Years,” now at S...
Do You Speak Artist?
American artist Jeff Koons has exhibited giant, shiny, stainless-steel balloon dogs, a 40-foot-tall puppy made of flowering plants and self-portraits of himself in X-rated pos...
This Mortal Call
In “Disconnect,” opening Friday, Jason Bateman’s character essentially has an emotional affair with his phone, which rips his family apart. Still, he fares somew...
Comedy | Television
While NBC executives were staying up late last month pondering the fates of Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and “The Tonight Show,” a relative newcomer was unknowingly changing the...
Who the Heck Is? … Jen Kirkman
She doesn’t have kids, she doesn’t want to have kids and she doesn’t plan to have kids. The title of the 38-year-old comedian’s new memoir, “I Can Barely Take Care o...
Broadcast Muse | Television
Mindy Makes Good
Mindy, you get better every week! “The Mindy Project” is the Fox sitcom in which actor/writer/producer Mindy Kaling plays a Big Apple doc obsessed with rom-coms and unluck...
Comedy | Inside Jokes
An Off-Beat Path
Since “Portlandia” premiered in 2011, IFC has been reinventing itself as the home of off-beat original comedy. Last week, the network announced 11 concepts it’s consider...
Special Election Preview
Anita Bonds Democrat DC Democratic Party Chairwoman, and Interim Council Member What is the single biggest problem or issue in the District right now? The lack of affordable h...
Let the Record Show
Saturday is Record Store Day, that hallowed annual event when record stores say, “Hey! Remember us?” Vinylheads line up at the coolest stores (Jack White’s Third Man Rec...
Books | Food & Drink
Face Time: Alex Guarnaschelli
One of only a few women to have earned the title Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli — a Food Network host, judge and competitor — has released her first cookbook, “Old-School...
In the Bigs
Chadwick Boseman delivers a crowd-pleasing performance in “42.” Which was a problem. The crowd was supposed to boo. While filming the biopic, in which the Howard Universit...
Minding the Gaps
There goes Danny Boyle again, venturing deep into the mind of another main character. It’s what the director did with “Trainspotting,” “127 Hours” and “Slumdog Mil...