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Winona Back in Court

Friday, June 7th, 2002

from the when-celebrities-go-bad,-part-II dept. Winona Ryder’s preliminary hearing resumed yesterday, with five witnesses testifying as to her behavior during her alleged shoplifting spree. The defense was pretty low-key, limiting itself to some sarcastic questions of store security guards (“And do you get a lot of homeless people wearing three-quarter-length cashmere coats?”), and then alleging almost […]

Winona Injures Arm. Or Maybe Not.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2002

from the same-story,-different-celebrity dept. Actress Winona Ryder, who appeared at a preliminary hearing yesterday in connection with charges she had shoplifted and possessed painkillers without a prescription, requested, and was granted, a delay after she said that her arm had been injured while she was pushing her way through the throng of reporters surrounding the […]

hauntedgardenbook: The beautiful garden in Bram Stoker’s…

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

hauntedgardenbook: The beautiful garden in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola). Winona Ryder as Mina; Sadie Frost as Lucy. The garden was created on an MGM studio soundstage, the same one with the giant swimming pool where Esther Williams did many of her water extravaganzas. [Screenshots via, altered a bit by […]

“Sherlock and Watson are best friends, certainly. They’re also chaste boyfriends, as well as a…”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

“Sherlock and Watson are best friends, certainly. They’re also chaste boyfriends, as well as a captain and his first mate. Mostly, though, they’re a god and a mortal, mutually besotted—the most impossible love affair of all.” – Emily Nussbaum in the New Yorker (via wutheringsherlock) Fun fact: Back in 2002, when Emily Nussbaum was writing […]

Why Don’t I Hate Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

The response to Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom has been, as they say, “mixed.” I knew that going in, and yet, I’ve kinda liked it. I see the things that the haters are complaining about, and yeah, I guess they bother me a bit. But I find myself really enjoying the show anyway. […]

Court-appearance Fashion Back in the News

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Stefanie Cohen at the New York Post has an article in today’s paper about starlets in New York taking advantage of their court appearances to get photographed wearing trend-setting outfits: Haute court-ture! It includes this obscure quote from the operator of an obscure blog, discussing his obsessive interest in an earlier courtroom fashionista, Winona Ryder: […]

Au on McCain’s Shortness and Bad Clothes

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Alan Au casts a critical eye at what John McCain is saying with his too-large jackets and old-man sweaters: Is 5’7″ John McCain Dressing For Defeat? In a world dominated by visual images, McCain has the fortunate opportunity to have what every shorter actor wants on camera… a female costar that can make him look […]

A Tenth Anniversary Reader

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

I’ve been so busy that I didn’t even notice at the time, but back in February had its tenth anniversary. In honor of that, I did a quick skim through the site’s entire history and jotted down comments about a few of my favorite items. Think of it as something like an audio-commentary track […]

Raising the Call: Boycott the Opening Week of “I, Robot”

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

Simply put, I want to spread the word that people should boycott the
movie “I, Robot” during its opening week in protest of 20th Century
Fox’s blatant abuse and misuse of Isaac Asimov’s classic book. I
don’t expect that anything I say will make a dent in the movie’s
bottom line, but maybe — just maybe — the studio will get the
message: don’t mislead your audience.

CalPundit on the Big Picture

Wednesday, July 16th, 2003

Let’s see; it’s been, what, 30 whole minutes since my last item on the State of the Union uranium allegation? Whoa; we’re overdue. So here you go. From CalPundit, a really nice piece called Why the uranium matters. Because it does, you know. (On the bright side, I can feel my obsession fading. It’s an […]