Nik Stephney

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'Sex and the City' Writer Making Feature Directing Debut With 'Take Care' (Exclusive)

Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski are starring in the indie, which begins shooting next week.<p><b>Liz Tuccillo</b>, the <i>Sex and the City</i> writer who co-wrote the …

A Guide to the Voices in Your Head

It’s not for me to suggest that you are suffering multiple personality disorder, but rather that we are all, quite often, visited by different …

'2 Guns' Premiere: Mark Wahlberg, Writer, Director on Making Deals and Action Movies

The film's co-star talks to THR about getting Denzel Washington and Baltasar Kormakur involved, and putting "Entourage" on the big screen.<p><b>Mark</b> …

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

UPDATED: The marketing executive is the first African-American and third woman to head the 86-year-old organization. Plus, Disney/Pixar's John …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

A History of Critics Praising Woody Allen's Films as a "Return to Form" - PAPER

In an annual occurrence as surefire as the Superbowl, Woody Allen's latest movie -- in this case, <i>Blue Jasmine</i> -- is praised as a "return to form," used as a cudgel for critics to beat down the recent clunkers that stand between contemporary viewers and the director's distant triumphs. Few dare …

Dean Pelton From ‘Community’ Takes Us Through The ‘Breaking Bad’ Writers’ Room

With only 17 DAYS remaining until <i>Breaking Bad’s</i> premiere The Sundance Channel has a new show premiering next week called, well, <i>The Writer’s Room</i>, which features host Jim Rash (Osca- winning writer of <i>The Descendants</i> and, of course, Dean Pelton on <i>Community</i>) basically taking the audience into the …

Kelly Rowland's "Dirty Laundry" Video Is So Intense and So Good - PAPER

The music video for <b>Kelly Rowland</b>'s confessional hit "Dirty Laundry" was released in full, and it's INTENSE. "Dirty Laundry" -- the second single off of <i>Talk a Good Game</i> -- got a lot of buzz for its lyrics expressing Rowland's mixed feelings about <b>Beyoncé</b>'s success (e.g., "When my sister / was on …

3 Haiku: Fate

1.<p>Do I pity you?<p>No, Karma will have its way.<p>I won’t waste nice feels.<p>2.<p>Simple twist of fate<p>I used to love this song but<p>now it seems too real.<p>3.<p>Well …

Real Talk, Ya'll: Why I Stopped Dating Potential

It’s hard to say when exactly it was that I realized I was dating the wrong guy. The funny thing is that I remember exactly when I knew why I was …

10 Tips on Writing from Joyce Carol Oates

In a recent tweeting spree, the inimitable <b>Joyce Carol Oates</b> offered ten tips on writing — a fine addition to this master-list of famous authors’ wisdom on the craft.<p>Write your heart out.The first sentence can be written only after the last sentence has been written. FIRST DRAFTS ARE HELL. FINAL …

Jay Z, Beyonce Attend Trayvon Martin Rally in New York

Organizer Al Sharpton says Jay Z told him "We all feel the pain and apprehension -- the law must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody."<p>A …

How To Write A Successful Screenplay

Slate has a piece out today on <i>Save the Cat</i>, specifically their assertion that the Hollywood screenwriting handbook is largely responsible for the proliferation the formulaic crap put out by the big studios every summer.<p>Summer movies are often described as formulaic. But what few people know is that …

Your Weekend Assignment: Watch Netflix’s ‘Orange Is The New Black’

It’s tough to be surprised by TV anymore. These days, the entire process of how a show goes from being an idea to something you physically watch while you’re tweeting about how much you hate it has become entirely transparent. Just look at San Diego Comic-Con: hundreds of movies and TV shows, all …

How Alt Is Pop? The Indie Bands Our Favorite Mainstream Musicians Love

We've always wondered what it's like to be a pop star. Especially when it comes to musical preferences — after all, it's not like they're sitting …

Frank Ocean – review

Pop years are a bit like dog years, shorter than most other time frames. More probably happens in six months in music than in most other human …

The wonderful world of Selena Gomez

Even by tiny celebrity standards, Selena Gomez is of practically Borrower proportions. Before we meet, we pass in the hotel lobby, and I assume she …

Here’s 10 Of Our Favorite Sundance Jury Prize Winners, In Honor Of ‘Fruitvale Station’

Here's 10 Of Our Favorite Sundance Jury Prize Winners, In Honor Of 'Fruitvale Station'<p>This weekend, Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” hits US …

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Watch Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in the ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Trailer

Today is apparently the day to drop your big-screen biopic trailer: first we saw Stringer Bell as Nelson Mandela, and now here’s Forrest Gump as Walt …

Note From Kim: Fashion's Problematic Love Affair with Youth Culture - PAPER

<i>Artist Paul McCarthy's subversive "Balloon Dog" at Frieze art fair</i><p>Brit fashion critic Suzy Menkes asked in her review, "How could Andrew Bolton, the brilliant and cerebral museum curator, whose blockbuster shows have included the Alexander McQueen retrospective and last year's fusion of Elsa …

Chatting With R&B's Secret Weapon - PAPER

Terius "The-Dream" Nash has long been R&B's secret weapon, but his cover's about to be blown. Having penned such monster hits as Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and Rihanna's "Umbrella," in addition to his solo career and day job as an executive VP of A&R at Def Jam, he has influenced every corner of …

‘The Past,’ ‘The Unknown Known’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’ Join Ten Others on Updated List of Best-Reviewed 2013 Films Among Criticwire Members

'The Past,' 'The Unknown Known' and 'The Selfish Giant' Join Ten Others on Updated List of Best-Reviewed 2013 Films Among Criticwire Members<p><i>According</i> …

Film Festivals

Breakup Style Do's And Don'ts: Celebrities Tell Us How To Cope (GIFS, VIDEOS)

Ladies, we know breaking up is hard to do. And once the deed has been done, there is a tendency to immediately change everything else in your life, including your look. You've already gotten rid of his or her phone number and all the pictures of the two of you, so why not get rid of your hair?<p>Not …

Quoted: Katy Perry Is Not Afraid to Take Career Chances (And Launch a New Scent!)

Photo: Getty Images<p>"This is how I view my career: not as a ticking bomb. A lot of people do things out of fear. A lot of people make choices [based on thinking] they won't have a career in five years. I know where I am, I know what I do is worth something and does not have an expiration date on it. …

Why singles sales aren't the good news the music industry claims

Riding on the back of a sport-based feelgood factor (Andy Murray, the cricket, Chris Froome's yellow jersey in the Tour) comes the claim that 2013 is …