Heidi Patalano

Snowden: In control of ‘No One In Control’

Jordan Jeffares is the soul of Snowden. He performs at T.T. the Bear’s in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and at the Mercury Lounge in NYC on Saturday, Feb. 23.Snowden mastermind Jordan Jeffares is emerging after more than six years off the scene with...

Monday, February 18, 2013, 9:52 PM

Paul Giamatti talks "John Dies at the End" and "Twelve Years a Slave"

Most people think of Paul Giamatti’s characters as tightly-strung fussbudgets with sweaty palms. Paul Giamatti the regular guy, is quite a different story. As we meet to discuss the latest film that he both acted in and produced, Giamatti is every bit the relaxed, engaging professorly type anyone...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 12:07 AM

The Postal Service is reuniting

The album that made every twee little heart break in 2003 will have a come back with this year's 10-year anniversary reissue of The Postal Service's only album, "Give Up" on April 9th, 2013. Sub Pop announced today that the album will feature a second disc loaded with B-sides, live takes, rarities...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7:10 PM

Marlon Wayans gets laughs in 'A Haunted House'

Marlon Wayans knows parody. He knows what it should and what it shouldn't be. As one of the creative forces behind the sketch show "In Living Color" and the first two "Scary Movie" films, he's become one of the foremost experts on the topic along with his six famous siblings."I'm not saying that we...

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:10 PM

The best banh mi sandwiches

Over 100 years before fusion cuisine was a trendy buzzword in New York restaurants, the French colonialism of Vietnam made its mark on the local cuisine. Composed of a baguette, grilled meats, pate, cilantro, pickled diakon and carrots, mayonnaise, sliced chilies and a chili sauce, the banh mi was...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 11:23 PM

‘Texas Chainsaw’ by the numbers

Oh Leatherface, you never seem to leave us. Since the release of the smash hit in 1974, which was filmed on a shoestring budget, Hollywood has desperately sought to capture the magic of the power tool-wielding killer. In looking at the seven film installments of the franchise, we've learned a few...

Sunday, January 6, 2013, 9:14 PM

Ray Liotta can’t help it if he makes the perfect mobster

Ray Liotta knows how to give a hell of a fake beating. He's also good at taking one, as he does in his latest film -- mobster drama "Killing Them Softly." Though fans are still asking him to say lines from his iconic role in 1994's "Goodfellas," the New Jersey native doesn't mind slipping back into...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:14 PM

Winter movie guide: Comedies

All that holiday family time will leave most of us in need of a few good laughs. 'Playing for Keeps'Dec. 7 -- Gerard Butler seems to be the male Katherine Heigl of romantic comedies. Does it matter that "The Bounty Hunter" was terrible? Not to Butler fans. Here he stars as an ex-soccer player who...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:09 PM

Films most likely to score a golden statuette

1. 'Killing Them Softly'Friday -- Brad Pitt stars in this dark underworld thriller about a pair of small- time crooks that rob a mobster card game. Soon an enforcer (Pitt) is sent in to make sure that debts are properly paid. 2. 'Hyde Park on Hudson' Dec. 7 (limited) -- Bill Murray, Laura Linney...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 8:51 PM

Black Moth Super Rainbow keep their distance

Tom Fec, otherwise known as Tobacco, otherwise known (with other band members) as Black Moth Super Rainbow, is something of a man of mystery. Sequestered in the woods outside of Pittsburgh, Fec sings only through the electronic machinations of a vocoder, so it's rare when a journalist gets to hear...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 8:58 PM

James D’Arcy takes on Anthony Perkins for ‘Hitchcock’

James D'Arcy isn't one for impersonations. Though he has played King Edward in Madonna's "W.E." and more recently Anthony Perkins in Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" -- in theaters now -- the British actor is hesitant to claim an ability to mimic the famous personalities he's played."I think you don't...

Sunday, November 25, 2012, 10:28 PM

Suraj Sharma is about to be famous

Suraj Sharma is pretty much your average student. He's polite, well-spoken and majoring in philosophy at college this year. He also just starred in the new epic 3-D film by Ang Lee and counts the venerated director as a close friend who is legitimately his guru (there was a ceremony and everything...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 9:13 PM

Art outside an institution

"Eight Sculptors 2012"Now through December 22Paula Cooper Gallery521 W. 21st St.212-255-1105http://paulacoopergallery.comFeaturing the work of Sanford Biggers, Sam Durant, Matias Faldbakken, Liz Glynn, Justin Matherly, Matt Sheridan Smith, Molly Smith and Rudolf Stingel, this collection curated by...

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 10:54 PM

Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

As the fifth and final film in the "Twilight" series, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is a film that owns its campy charm. While all due respects are paid to the ardent fans who consumed the books with the seriousness of any respectable fanatic, there's also a nod of admission to the...

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9:43 PM

Amy Heckerling: ‘Vamps’ of a different color

Edward and Bella aren't the only bloodsuckers in town. Veteran director Amy Heckerling, whose teen comedies "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Clueless" have become modern classics, tried her hand at the vampire genre. But it was never her intention to jump on a bandwagon."I mean, I wrote this...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:13 PM

'Skyfall': It's Bond ... again

There are certain things that must always be preserved if one is to make a James Bond film. The shortlist includes many drinks thoughtfully sipped, a couple exotic and conflicted women, at least one gadget and three non-Western locations. There's also the occasional cheeky one-liner and a steamy...

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10:24 PM

New York Comedy Festival arrived just in time to offer dose of laughter

Anyone would agree that New Yorkers could use a few laughs these days. With the city still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy, it seems that the New York Comedy Festival is well-timed, at least for the audience members. Founder of the festival and owner of Carolines on Broadway, Caroline Hirsch...

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12:18 AM

What are New Yorkers doing while waiting for Hurricane Sandy recovery?

With the mass transit system at a standstill and many homes throughout the city cut off from electricity, New Yorkers are forced to find some inventive ways to entertain themselves.The coastal area of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, though mostly unscathed by the power outages, endured a fair share of fallen...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:17 PM

Let them 'Escort' you to the party

Whoever said "disco sucks" never heard Escort -- a 17-piece ensemble whose hooky melodies, soaring string section and throbbing beats make it impossible to listen without involuntarily toe-tapping. But then, Escort aren't a rare find you'll discover in a dusty bin of old records. With their debut...

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 10:05 PM

Helen Hunt like you’ve never seen her before

There's not much that Helen Hunt hasn't done in Hollywood. An actress since age 9, she has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, had a hit sitcom and she's written, directed and produced plenty more. But Hunt heads into the great unknown with "The Sessions," in which she portrays real life...

Monday, October 22, 2012, 9:32 PM