Alec Baldwin

25 Years of Oscar Hosts, Ranked

The perceived success of Oscar night hinges on many factors — how dull the speeches are, how interminable the musical numbers are, whether Debbie Allen is involved, etc. — but no element, it seems, is more important than the host. A good Oscar host has to be something of a miracle worker: they keep the show moving, react spontaneously to whatever clusterfucks occur (and they always do), rib the royalty but only gently, and make the night edgy enough for home viewers, but not too edgy for the Cryptkeepers in the audience. Many have tried, but only a few have succeeded, so in anticipation of Ellen Degeneres’ second run at the job, we’ve ranked every Oscar host from the last 25 ceremonies (save 1989, which had no host). … Read More

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Alec Baldwin Says Goodbye to All That Public Accountability

Greta Garbo is famously associated with a line she delivered in the 1932 drama Grand Hotel: “I want to be alone.” When she retired from Hollywood just a few years later, she embraced that sentiment in her private life: she refused to do interviews, she did not sign autographs, she did not answer fan mail. She eschewed the trappings of celebrity, but did so with a grace that is so rarely seen in celebrities of any kind. She didn’t make a big deal out of it, because doing so would only attract the attention she didn’t want in the first place. She most certainly would never have publicly announced her retirement from public life in a nearly 5,000-word statement to a magazine. Yet that’s what Alec Baldwin has done in this week’s New York magazine. He’s finished with public life, and he’s here, publicly, to tell you all about it. … Read More

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10 Memorable Moments From Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch’s Career

Elaine Stritch might be Broadway’s greatest living legend. At 89 years old, the star has appeared on international stages in classic productions of Company, Bus Stop, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Mame, as well as a popping up in acclaimed performances in Woody Allen’s September and as Jack Donaghy’s mother on 30 Rock (a role for which she won an Emmy). Today sees the release of a documentary about her long, storied career called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. A loving and touching portrait of the actor as she looks back at her life’s work and prepares to retire to her hometown of Detroit, the film features interviews from frequent collaborators and friends such as Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, John Turturro, and the late James Gandolfini. To celebrate the release, here’s a look back at some of the best moments from her versatile career on stage and screen. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in February

The new year rages on, but the pickings at the multiplex remain mighty slim: a Robocop remake that no one asked for, an Endless Love remake that no one asked for, a big-money Pompeii epic, a love-through-time story that somehow doesn’t star Rachel McAdams, and a Liam Neeson vehicle whose generic title (Non-Stop) may have taken an entire minute to think up. But, as usual, we need not despair: we’ve got a diverse slate of indies, documentaries, and foreign films that will send you to the art house (or, more likely, the on-demand channel) this chilly month. … Read More

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20 Great Stage-to-Screen Adaptations

August: Osage County, despite two Oscar nominations for its most famous actors, was kind of dead on arrival. It may offer some stellar performances, but the film as a whole is quite forgettable — which is often, sadly, the case when movies are based on heavy-hitting stage plays. Theater and film are two media that have as many differences as they do similarities; many theatrical moments do not translate well to the screen, simply because the ephemeral experiences of sitting in a theater to watch actors perform in real life cannot be replicated on film. Yet there have still been a lot of very good movies based on plays; here’s a roundup of some of the… Read More

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Alec Baldwin Subtweets Melissa Harris-Perry, Continues to Not Get It

“Poor Alec Baldwin,” one might say, if one were more forgiving of outspoken, pompous, melodramatic celebrities with overblown persecution complexes. “Poor Alec Baldwin,” I’d say, just before slipping in a wink and an ecstatic, “Just kidding!!!” Alec Baldwin, as per usual, gets what he deserves (at least until we conveniently forget about what a horrible human being he is), and this time it’s ridicule for showing his continued bitterness about his canceled MSBNC chat show by subtweeting Melissa Harris-Perry. Yes, even celebrities subtweet other famous people. … Read More

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The Naughty List: The Most Hated Pop Cultural Icons of 2013

What a year it’s been, full of wonderfully interesting people and movies and music and books. And yet, there were still plenty of things that made us angry, shaking our clenched fists at our computer screens and leaving angry anonymous comments on various blogs. Most of our ire, though, was directed toward famous people who managed to get a lot of attention for doing stupid stuff, saying stupid stuff, or being generally stupid. While Flavorwire, like everyone else, likes to share what we loved the most this year, let’s take a quick moment to remember those who drove us bonkers in 2013. Take a look at our picks, and leave your own grievances in the comments! … Read More

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Alec Baldwin Thinks the “Fundamentalist Gays” Sabotaged His MSNBC Show

For whatever reason, Alec Baldwin was given a weekly talk show on MSNBC. Well, I can name a few reasons why he got it: he’s famous, people like him, he sparks enough controversy by occasionally opening his mouth off-camera that the publicity can, in fact, be good for business. Of course, then he goes and does things like calling a photographer — allegedly, I will say — “a cocksucking faggot.” You see, he definitely called this stranger who attempted to take a picture of him “a cocksucking” something. It certainly sounds like that something was “faggot,” as it was caught on tape. Baldwin, of course, denies this, but it infuriated enough people that the actor was fired from his MSNBC gig yesterday. And, boy, he’s not happy about it. … Read More

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Alec Baldwin on ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and the “Risk-Free Movie Business”

Actor Alec Baldwin and writer/director James Toback (Black and White, Two Girls and a Guy) originally wanted to make an action/comedy with a dash of Hollywood satire thrown in, the story of a couple of actors who’ve been phoning it in for years who finally decide to start caring again. But then they made an unfortunate realization: “That’s gonna cost a lotta money.” So they came up with another idea, Baldwin explained during a conversation between the two men at New York’s 92Y on Friday. “Why don’t we go to Cannes and pitch a movie, and make a movie about pitching a movie?” The result is Seduced and Abandoned, a wise, witty, thoroughly entertaining kinda-sorta documentary (Toback calls it “an uncategorizable film”) that debuts tonight on HBO. … Read More

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