Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin Hates the Paparazzi. What Do They Think of Themselves?
February 24, 2014

Well, for starters, they don't think they're doing anything wrong. 

The New 'New York' Magazine Is A Lot Like The Old One
February 23, 2014

When it was announced last year that New York was going to become a biweekly magazine, there was a good bit of hand-wringing from two overlapping groups of people.

This Is Not the Alec Baldwin We Know and Love
October 14, 2013

The set of Alec Baldwin’s new MSNBC talk show “Up Late,” which premiered Friday night, is a wood-paneled diner with green leather booths and an image of the New York skyline twinkling through a fake window.

'Seduced and Abandoned': This is What a Movie Deal Looks Like in 2013
May 17, 2013

Two friends, Alec Baldwin and director James Toback, elected to go to the Cannes Festival with a film crew. Their plan was to make a movie about themselves running around Cannes attempting to raise money for a project. The result is a more candid portrait of Cannes than the distinguished films that will play at the Palais.

Maurice Sendak's Blistering, Bizarre Final Interview
March 18, 2013

What I learned about "Where the Wild Things Are" when its author mused about terrorism, murder, and Alec Baldwin.

Citizen Alec
January 31, 2013

Not so long ago, Alec Baldwin was a washed up star. He reinvented himself without changing a bit. And, in the process, became Hollywood's most believeable star.

From Howard Beale to Aaron Sorkin
July 01, 2012

We think we know what an “anchor” is—that quaint tri-form hunk of heavy metal that vessels throw overboard when they want to stop. That action and the word promise stability and security. So “anchor” has passed into the collected metaphors of our survival: A sentence is anchored to its main verb; a country is kept steady by its constitution; Citizen Kane holds the cause of film history in place. Your family is what keeps you where you should be in the rising swell and cross-currents of life. Aaron Sorkin is a mainstay of old-fashioned adult optimism.

Elf me? Elf You, Pal!
December 23, 2010

Since I made a Glengarry reference today, and since it is almost Christmas, I feel obliged to embed this classic parody: I adore this skit, but one thing that strikes me when I watch it is how much less intensity it has compared with the original move scene it parodies. Recreating a scene like that is so hard even Alec Baldwin can't do it (at least in a live performance.)

Always Be Pledging
October 22, 2010

Alec Baldwin spoofs his famous Glengarry Glenross rant for WNYC's pledge drive: Of course, this isn't the first time Baldwin has spoofed the rant: And here of course is the original scene:

Oscar Grouching
February 04, 2010

The Oscar nominations rolled on out this week, but with a difference: In a rather explicit admission that it does not trust its own judgment, the Academy has upped the number of Best Picture nominees from the usual five to ten. Let’s begin there. Best Picture Last year, there was widespread disgruntlement that critical and popular hits Wall-E and The Dark Knight missed the cut for this award. So the Academy decided, in essence, to protect itself from its own ineptitude by nominating more pictures.