Film buffs and fashion aficionados alike gathered at Harvard
Square's Brattle Theatre on Oscar night to watch
the red carpet the way it was meant to be seen - on the big screen! Custom
Oscar-inspired champagne cocktails and Cambridge Brewing Company beer flowed as
VIPs bid on auction items and noshed on snacks from foodie havens Harvest and
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in
their natural habitats.
Brattle TheatreAdam Shalvey
How did you
become the mayor here?I'm a volunteer. I come once a week to tear tickets, and
I get to see all the movies I want.
I came here when
they showed the Lost finale a few
years ago, but I can't talk about it without getting into spoilers.
As our city girds itself for the tsunami of book boosterism
that's about to sweep Copley Square this weekend (to refresh your
memory on just how incredible last year's Boston Book Fest was, check out our 2009 podcast archives), it seems like this is the perfect opportunity to wax introspective on one of the greatest novels of all time.
There's nothing that anyone reading this post could've done to prevent
the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Someone (or a group of
someones) with a lot of responsibility fucked up, finger pointing
ensued, and in all actuality, people may be better served saving their
breath. The irrevocable damage has been done and one of the richest
ecosystems on our increasingly faltering planet is now tainted beyond repair
Amanda Marcotte, as Bandolier-and-Secret Service Palin
Waaay back in 2007, before his reputation was massacred by his extramarital relationship with the oh-so-sage and graceful Rielle Hunter, “Johnny” Edwards was more concerned with how the ladies he appointed to blog for him could harm his presidential bid.
So JEREMY RENNER was one of few people associated with The Hurt Locker who didn't win an Oscar last night. But it's not like he's gone completely unrewarded for his role in the film: above, video from this past February of Renner accepting his Best Actor from the Boston Society of Film Critics, along with an interview by Loren King.
From the looks of things,
a lot of you folks intend to make 2010 the Year of More Writing. Need a
little inspiration to help you battle the blank page? Well, we can't
help you with that one -- but maybe these local authors can, as they
reveal their thoughts on the writing process, and give us a glimpse of
the forces that shaped their work.
What's the nexus between The Diary of Anne Frank and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking? Both were scooped out of the literary rejection piles by famed Knopf editor Judith Jones
and made into worldwide classics. Today, the 85-year-old Jones is
working alongside a culinary figure of already-epic proportions --
she's edited and mentored Italian cooking legend Lidia Bastianich throughout the publication of her new cookbook, Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy,
a collection of unusual recipes from lesser-known regions of Italy.
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The Brattle Theater is offering a free, first-come first-served screening tonight of DREW BARRYMORE's directorial debut, Whip It, starring Juno's Ellen Page as a "misunderstood small town teenager" who trades beauty pageants for hip-checks.
James Ellroy, the self-described demon dog of American crime fiction, has been pulling the same literary-Crazy-Eddie schtick for years -- he was doing it, for instance, way before Jim Cramer borrowed the act for Mad Money. The schtick is at once a useful mask and, at base, exactly what it appears to be: a meticulously cultivated, nakedly needy, vastly narcissistic self-promotional vehicle whose sole purpose is the further economic enrichment of James Ellroy.
Earlier this month, in a rare moment of media detente, Boston's finest film critics climbed onstage at the Brattle and talked b-movies, to promote DaCapo's new The B-List: The National Society of Film Critics on Low Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. Amazingly, even though Jay Carr was on the panel, the Globe's Ty Burr, the Herald's James Verniere, and the Phoenix's own Peter Keough were able to get a few words edgewise.
Four women from Harvard Book Store stood at the back of the Brattle Theater last night, before the crowds arrived, giggling. “I have the biggest literary crush on him,” said one, referring to the evening’s reader — MIT professor, Boston Review fiction editor, Pulitzer Prize-winner — Junot Díaz, a man, it appeared from listening to the women’s chatter, with many charms.