Posts Tagged ‘george clooney’

Arts Roundup: I Wanted to Get a Burger, But Some Shithead Lawyers Filed an Injunction Edition

While we've got the Transformers 3 crew in town, would it be too much to ask that Michael Bay include a scene of one of the Decepticons smashing the burger-hating, anti-small business law offices of Steptoe & Johnson?
Yeah, the big robot show is underway on the Eastern end of the National Mall. TBD's Ryan Kearney [...]

Far Out vs. Hot Dang: Vol. 3

The city provides us with stories, but not all of them involve sharks and shooters. People make stuff and say stuff and write stuff, and sometimes we wholeheartedly reply "far out!" or "hot dang!" Sometimes it's more of a retort than a reply, but whatever. Still confused, young'in? The dossier is as easy as one, [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: 9:30 Records and Its “Aggregator,” Foul Swoops, Boring Clooney

This week, I examine the new 9:30 Records, its unusual business model, and what that says about the recording industry. Amrita Khalid talks to Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth about the company's replacement for the canceled Imagining Madoff—it's another controversial play that happens to involve real-life analogues. For One Track Mind, Ryan Little chats [...]

Pre-Pretension Pasts: A Look at Oscar Noms before the Big Nod

With the Academy Awards coming up in the next few weeks, the entertainment world is abuzz with who deserves what. And because of this year's expanded best-picture category, there are even more actors and films to fawn over.
Unfortunately, along with Oscar nominations comes the usual pretentiousness—"If you haven't seen An Education, then you're missing out [...]

Arts Roundup: Grammy Predictions and Martha Stewart Pitches

*Gold Derby is predicting that Taylor Swift will win Best Album at Sunday's Grammy Award ceremony, edging out fellow nominees Beyoncé, Dave Matthews Band, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. Not predicted? Everyone's favorite category: who will show up the biggest drunken mess?
*Despite George Clooney's appearance on every awards show and television commercial lately [...]

New Year’s Eve: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at the 9:30 Club

The best moment of Jason Reitman's Up in the Air has nothing to do with George Clooney or the film's, you know, relevance at a time of national insolvency. Actually, it's a lot more simple, and it happens over the opening credits: a Woody Guthrie song recast as dark soul-groove with an estimable female belting [...]

Avatar, Considered: Being Also an Inquiry Into Ross Douthat’s Cultural Puritanism

In this week's column, Ross Douthat ascends the pulpit to lambaste "The Gospel According to James." (I think he means James Cameron.) Douthat's beef? That Avatar, Cameron's decade-in-the-making opus, is merely a "long apologia for pantheism," 161 minutes of New-Agey sermonizing about the perils of preemptive strikes, imperial genocide, Manifest Destiny, carbon emissions, and, presumably, [...]