Spalding Gray

10 Memorable One-Actor Movies


Of particular note amongst this week’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases is Buried, Rodrigo Cortés’s tense, harrowing tale of a contractor, buried alive, trapped for the duration of the film in a 2’ x 7’ wood coffin. This is a risky formula for movie-making — not only must the filmmakers keep our interest in that confined space, but star Ryan Reynolds undertakes the considerable challenge of holding the audience’s attention, basically by himself, for 90+ minutes.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Watch the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s documentary film about Spalding Gray, And Everything is Going Fine, which his widow asked the director to make after his tragic death. [via Slashfilm]

2. More Steve Carell news: He and David Steinberg are making a documentary that will chronicle the evolution of comedy over… Read More

Exclusive: Q&A with Death Becomes Them Author Alix Strauss


With the announcement just last night of Patrick Swayze’s passing, we can only hope that this unofficial Summer of Death comes to a close with the cooling weather. As much collective mourning as any celebrity death can inspire, whether it’s somewhat expected (like Swayze’s) or not (like Michael Jackson’s), there’s something shocking — and haunting — about a high-profile suicide that leaves fans reeling. In her new book Death Becomes Them, Alix Strauss looks at the methods and the madness behind some of the most shocking celebrity suicides in recent memory, from Kurt Cobain to Elliott Smith, and some from not-so-recent history (think Vincent van Gogh and Hitler).… Read More