President Obama yesterday calling out Kamala Harris as, "by far, the best-looking Attorney General," was, unquestionably, an odd moment. It was a clunky thing to do for a man with strong reputations as both an egalitarian and a glib orator; it'd be akin to watching Richard Petty driving slowly in th ... More >>
Frank Ocean July 16, 2012 Regency Ballroom Better than: Streaming Channel Orange Last night, it felt like the most natural move in the world to hear Frank Ocean sing, "You run my mind, boy . . . Running on my mind, boy." It was in a new song called "Forrest Gump," part of a sonic concept that cou ... More >>
People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all, in case you didn't know...
Billie Joe ArmstrongFirst it was an album. Then it was a musical at Berkeley Rep. Then it was a Broadway musical. Soon, Green Day's American Idiot will be a film. And no one other than Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong -- Rodeo native, ex-snotty Berkeley punk, and ridiculously talented ... More >>
Jack Passion in recent years; his beard has grown bigger, though no redderJack Passion is, quite simply, the John C. Holmes of beards. The Walnut Creek native's facial hair resembles a rhododendron bush. He's the only person we know who could smuggle a bottle of champagne into a ballpark in his b ... More >>
Angela George Tom Hanks: Giving Green Day the "Big" Treatment?Tom Hanks may produce the movie version of American Idiot [Deadline NY] Pitchfork likes what it sees in The Art Museums [Pitchfork] Who had a better mustache than John Oates? Call it right and win a copy of Bird and the Bee's new Ha ... More >>
Image Courtesy of: Courtesy of mellopix.comJohnny (John Gallagher Jr.) and St. Jimmy (Tony Vincent) in American Idiot. I wasn't crazy about Berkeley Rep's latest offering, but there's no denying that the company is a leading developer of nationally significant plays. Sarah Jones's Bridge & Tu ... More >>
This image is relevant to this story, amazinglyParking in San Francisco is such a rare commodity that people have literally killed each other over a spot. Spend 45 minutes cruising around late at night looking to get out of the car and even the most mild-mannered milquetoast can be transformed in ... More >>
Retail giant Costco -- the big box store that stoked America's Brobdingnagian appetite for eight-packs of cereal, 40-unit boxes of AA batteries, and mayonnaise jars the size of R2-D2 -- is being sued. The charge: Shorting its shrimp. A class action suit filed in New York City accuses Costco of sy ... More >>
The year's best characters
Anybody got a good anagram for "crap"?
Ledger and Gyllenhaal are cowboys in love in Ang Lee's wrenching Brokeback Mountain
Michael Garlington -- an enormously talented art photographer with a penchant for the macabre -- has a drunken, wild-man persona. Or is that a canny self-promoter we see behind the curtain?
Polar Express is a kids' action movie that parents will also warm to
Spielberg and Hanks spawn a daring new genre: the post-9/11 comedy
Van Helsing explodes monster movie legends with hip upgrades
A good idea grows up into a missed opportunity
Or, why Tom Hanks isn't Steve Guttenberg
It's the reel thing: Coke and other brands in a funny montage of product placements
Summer 2002 sees the little guys getting up to a lot of big things
Film Reps List for 12-05-2001
Donald Miller has (re)written one of the best books on World War II, but will anyone care?
The Green Mile
American movies once enthralled the world with their exuberance and clarity. What happened in the 1990s?
The Celluloid Closet ponders gay images in the movies