Fingertips: Anonymous; Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson; The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox; Woody Allen and Ethan Coen; Tom Waits; U2; Sara Zarr

Are you excited about Anonymous, the movie that's going to shock the world by revealing the shocking truth? No, me either. Check this out, from a New York Times take-down of the film: The most troubling thing about Anonymous is not that it turns Shakespeare into an illiterate money-grubber. It’s not even that England’s virgin Queen Elizabeth is turned into a wantonly promiscuous woman who is revealed to be both the lover and mother of de Vere. Rather, it’s that in making the case for de Vere, th … [Read more...]

Has Smaug Found His Voice?

Tom Waits as the voice of Smaug the Dragon in "The Hobbit"? … [Read more...]

Wild Things; Robert Clark; Ethix; Elvis Costello; Tom Waits; Darcy James Argue; Vince Vaughn; Moses; Chesterton; and more.

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. New headlines may be added as the day goes on. Stay tuned.1.One of the most surreal moments in my adventures online: … [Read more...]

Browser, 7/2: Billy Collins on Bugs; Lamb on Dobson, Obama, and Democracy; Tom Waits reviewed; How to Write a Movie; Mozart or Salieri?; Christianity in China

The Wall Street Journal and a Wascally WabbitBilly Collins pays tribute to his heroes... Looney Toons characters.-Distortions and villificationsIn view of Dobson's words about Obama, Stephen Lamb asks, "What hope is there for democracy?" And he offers some notable quotes.-Tom Waits' song for the decapitated?The funniest thing about this Tom Waits concert review is that the reviewer refers to the classic song "Hang Down Your Head" as... wait for it... "Hand Down Your … [Read more...]

Tom Waits interviews himself.

Brilliant. … [Read more...]

“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”: Starring Tom Waits?

In El Pais, Terry Gilliam reports (if I'm not misreading the French) that his next project is The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, starring Tom Waits and Heath Ledger. (This, according to Film Ick.)Excellent. Waits had an unforgettable cameo ("I'm like a moral traffic light, really...") in The Fisher King , my favorite Gilliam film, and I can't wait to see him in a larger role. Gilliam and Waits are a match made in heaven. And while I must say I was surprised by this, Heath Ledger was the best … [Read more...]

Sam Phillips rules. But don’t listen to me. Listen to Tom Waits.

Tom Waits was asked about his favorite records of all time.And guess what he picked... … [Read more...]


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