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Exclusive: In yet another instance in which F. Scott Fitzgerald is proved decidedly wrong, enter the members of the 70s rock band Gunhill Road. Best known for their 1973 single “Back When My Hair Was Short,” they were a sought after live act who opened for some of the biggest acts of the era, including George Carlin, Carly Simon, Lily Tomlin, Kris Kristofferson, Cheech & Chong, Robert Klein, Jim Croce, and Bette Midler among others. The group ceased activity in 1976 and… »
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Throughout the 82nd New York Film Critics Circle Awards, which took place Tuesday night at the Tao Downtown restaurant, the most frequent subject of critical ire was President-elect Donald J. Trump. David Edelstein of New York magazine, who chairs the critics’ group, opened the evening by saying its aim was to celebrate “a few of the good things that happened during the shit-show of a year we just had.” Later, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, while presenting the best documentary award to O.J.: Made in America, cracked that he thought we’d learned from the O.J. Simpson trial — until Trump’s election in November, which he called “another bad decision based on fame and race.” And other presenters like Robert Klein, Jonathan Demme and Baz Luhrmann, as well as some »
- Carson Blackwelder
Casey Affleck, the best actor winner at Tuesday night’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards, took the podium with some ammunition; a stack of bad reviews written about previous performances in his career. “Fortunately, he’s not the lead,” read an old clipping. “I would say that’s fair,” the actor chimed in.
Affleck, the star of Kenneth Lonergan’s drama “Manchester by the Sea,” is a frontrunner to win the best actor Oscar, and his stop at the Nyfcc dinner held at Tao Downtown was another momentum-building moment on the campaign trail. Although the Nyfcc doesn’t always overlap with the Oscars, they have singled out previous soon-to-be Academy Awards winners like Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) and Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”).
Since all the prizes had been announced in advance, the event was a celebratory lap with relaxed speeches and a few jokes »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The 82nd New York Film Critics Circle Awards dinner still managed to be full of surprises, despite the fact that the winners were announced more than a month ago. The ceremony, held at downtown Manhattan’s clubby Tao restaurant on Tuesday night, handed out 13 awards and featured several special guests, including the eight foot-tall Bulgarian folk monster from the film “Toni Erdmann,” who helped introduce director Maren Ade before she received the award for Best Foreign Language Film.
One of the highlights from the evening was Best Actor winner Casey Affleck’s speech, in which he read aloud some of the harshest words ever written about him by New York Magazine critic David Edelstein, also the chairman of the Nyfcc and the evening’s host.
“Affleck, though likable, doesn’t have »
- Graham Winfrey
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