Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 26, 2013 1:02PM ET
Now that the Academy Awards have come and gone and the winners have had their trophies engraved, it's time to look forward, to an uncertain future. If they heed our unsolicited advice, a decades-long bounty of roles and accolades awaits them. Should they ignore it, there is only doom and obscurity.
Feb 26, 2013 12:00PM ET
Beck has now "chickened out" of the WWE's challenge to fight in the ring, all of which would be pretty funny, if Beck understood that the WWE didn't "love to hate the Tea Party" so much as love to entertain its Latino audience.
Feb 26, 2013 11:12AM ET
The host's much criticized "We Saw Your Boobs" song during his opening number of the Oscars was all about celebrity nude scenes, and now the website that's all about just that has done MacFarlane's homework for him.
Feb 26, 2013 10:44AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Some juicy tidbits from Sunday night's Oscars parties, word on what other famous people were doing that night, and some unsurprising news about Anne Hathaway's speech.
Feb 26, 2013 10:00AM ET
Just a normal couple driven insane by a couple of bizarre, androgynous celebrities.
Feb 25, 2013 9:53PM ET
After failing to win all but one* of its Oscar nominations, Zero Dark Thirty's filmmakers got some good news on Monday, when the Senate Intelligence Committee dropped its investigation into the movie.
Feb 25, 2013 9:01PM ET
William Shatner's had quite the colorful post-Star Trek career, a career that now includes not only being a spoken word poet but also naming one of Pluto's moons after Spock's home planet, Vulcan.
Feb 25, 2013 6:46PM ET
Today in (non-Oscar) show business news: Every nerd's favorite FBI agent might soon be back on American TV, Michael Jackson's son continues his professional development, and Maya Rudolph wants to do a variety show.
Feb 25, 2013 5:26PM ET
The numbers are in and, well, you win, MacFarlane. Turns out, if the Academy Awards hope to survive on network television, cultivating a base-level appeal with a "risky" non-traditional host might just do the trick.
Feb 25, 2013 3:45PM ET
The Economist has a chart examining the frequency of gushing onstage clichés in Oscar history, and the words of Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence weren't as bad as usual.
Feb 25, 2013 3:04PM ET
Back in August, the Wire's Rebecca Greenfield predicted an oncoming Greek yogurt backlash. While this hasn't quite happened yet, the knowledge that our world is now inhabited by something being deemed "brogurt" implies perhaps the end of days for this thick, creamy snack.
Feb 25, 2013 2:57PM ET
After an Oscar night uproar over a tweet that used the c-word to describe Quvenzhané Wallis, The Onion's new CEO is attempting to put the incident behind the paper of satirical record. But beyond the offensiveness, can The Onion still be The Onion now?
Feb 25, 2013 1:20PM ET
The criticism is still raining down on the Oscar host — "sexist" and "racist" and "worst ever" are not uncommon from all over today. But was he funny? Some professional funny people seem to think so.
Feb 25, 2013 12:48PM ET
Mumford & Sons strummed and harmonized their way to a Grammy for Album of the Year, but now they're ready to ditch the folksy acoustics for rap. Everyone on the Internet is already stopping their ears.
Feb 25, 2013 11:51AM ET
DC Comics decided it's time to kill Batman-sidekick Robin again which is notable because this incarnation of Robin has actually been popular, unlike the last Robin to be unceremoniously killed off.
Feb 25, 2013 11:07AM ET
Today in a special Academy Awards edition of celebrity gossip: A look at all the post-Oscar bashes and their fabulous attendees, from Vanity Fair conversations to Britney Spears's new hair. Plus an award-show lobby full of toilet water.
Feb 25, 2013 10:57AM ET
If you think you're tired after staying up late to watch the endless Academy Awards, just imagine how these people are feeling.
Feb 25, 2013 10:49AM ET
The notorious recluse, occasional Simpsons joke, and perhaps America's greatest living writer is releasing a novel in 2013, and the word leaked in pretty reclusive fashion.
Feb 25, 2013 10:13AM ET
Before you get all worked up about what "degrading" porn looks like or make a free-speech argument, here's an outline of Iceland's would-be policy, and why it might not work anyway.
Feb 25, 2013 9:44AM ET
It looks like Ben Affleck will not be receiving any congratulatory phone calls from Iran today, after the media there dismissed his film's triumph at the Academy Awards as "Hollywood insiders sacrificing quality and artistic cinema to political slogans and distortions."
Feb 25, 2013 8:03AM ET
In a season of Girls which is growing increasingly more interesting and rewarding, last night's episode, "Video Games," shed light on perhaps the most mysterious character of the four ladies, Jessa (Jemima Kirke).
Feb 25, 2013 7:43AM ET
The routinely funny, usually quick-witted satirical newspaper called the 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word, and needless to say that did not go over well. The Onion offered an apology.
Feb 25, 2013 2:36AM ET
Where are we most likely to see dresses inspired by the ladies on the Oscars red carpet? At the mall.
Feb 25, 2013 1:46AM ET
There was the monologue, which didn't go over so well in some parts, and then there was the rest of the Oscars, which didn't either. The first-time host was, as expected, kind of a jerk. Here's a sampler.
Feb 25, 2013 1:32AM ET
There were hints of invention and humor throughout the Academy Awards on Sunday, but all told the show was remarkable only in its moments of jaw-droppingly bad jokes from the off-putting and unsteady host — and in its agonizing waste of time.
Feb 25, 2013 1:13AM ET
She won hearts when she tripped on the way up to the stage to collect the award for Best Actress. Then she won some more in the press room. She had been drinking.
Feb 25, 2013 12:24AM ET
The Best Picture denouement turned into a surprise appearance by the First Lady, via satellite from the Governors' Ball in Washington, D.C. — where earlier she had sat next to Chris Christie — to introduce and announce the winner, Argo.
Feb 24, 2013 11:23PM ET
Kristen Stewart was using crutches on the red carpet at the Oscars, and appeared to be limping when she came out on stage to present. And backstage, Hathaway told her to "break a leg."
Feb 24, 2013 10:58PM ET
Musicals were the them of Oscar night, and the movie musical tribute about halfway through the seemingly endless show featured Jennifer Hudson, Anne Hathaway, and only part of Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Feb 24, 2013 10:35PM ET
Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty tied for Sound Editing. While it is rare, it is not unprecedented: Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for Best Actress in 1969, and were other ties!