Review: The Rebirth of Broadway’s ‘Side Show’

Side Show

In 1997, a musical called Side Show based on the true story of Depression-era vaudeville stars and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton opened on Broadway. While the show would go on to receive four Tony Award nominations (including an unprecedented shared Leading Actress nomination for co-stars Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner), its lukewarm critical reception and poor ticket sales caused it to close after only three months and 91 MORE

The Elusive Chanteuse: Back to Basics on ‘Me. I Am Mariah.’

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is an American institution. Not the Statue of Liberty or Silicon Valley, but something very much Americana and, occasionally, very necessary. The pop star as fast food: Mariah is McDonalds—not inherently healthy, but a constant to be relied on, especially during Christmastime, and a valuable barometer to gauge our evolving tastes. Everyone knows The History of Mariah, but to refresh: what started in 1990 copping an even whiter MORE

Sam Smith Previews ‘In The Lonely Hour’ in NYC: Concert Review

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is the best new artist of 2014. Yes, it’s only March and Smith has yet to release an album. But that said, there’s a reason that so many fans are heralding the 21-year-old English singer/songwriter as “the male Adele” across the web. For starters, Smith is the recipient of the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll and the BRIT Critics’ Choice Award, both of which Adele won in 2008 before collecting her first Grammy a year later. And MORE

SXSW Film Review: Fort Tilden

Fort TIlden

I blame Lena Dunham. It all started when Tiny Furniture premiered at SXSW’s 2010 Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature. She took the reigns from the mumblecore pioneers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Mark and Jay Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Baghead) and sold it to HBO. Movies made by twenty-somethings about twenty-somethings now has corporate money to share its millennial neuroses with the larger culture. Girls MORE

Film Review: Bad Words

Bad Words

The poster for Bad Words look almost austere: muted tones, calming white Helvetica title, Jason Bateman’s name, centered and high, with just a pinch of kerning. His mouth is the only image on display, curled as if about to spit or say a four-letter word. It could be the latest cinematic retelling of Jane Austen (“See You Next Tuesday: A Modern Emma” starring Lea Michele and Jason Bateman). It is the mass market equivalent of artsy and edgy. MORE

SXSW Film Review: Take Care (with Leslie Bibb)

Take Care / Leslie Bibb

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you got hit by a car in New York City and broke an arm and a leg? Are there people in your life that would take care of you? Well, Liz Tuccillo, writer and director of Take Care has imagined that exact scenario. The charismatic Leslie Bibb stars in the film as Frannie, a single woman who happens to live in a four-story walkup in Manhattan. Yes, Frannie, with two broken limbs declines her sister MORE

Album Review: St. Vincent

St. Vincent

The Billfold recently shared the thought process behind building a resume, now outfitted for a recession: start with everything you can offer, all your savviness, all your creativity, every computer program you’ve mastered, every blog where you’ve published. Start with, apply to a couple jobs, interview a few times, realize what the world wants from you, strip everything from your resume, use aggregating job-listing sites like MORE

Film Review: Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake

Is Stranger By The Lake an allegory for AIDS? Is it the latest ode to Alfred Hitchcock? Is it an opportunity to see a lot of French taint without buying the latest movie from Treasure Island Media? Like Hitchcock, and like every gay porn ever, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake doesn’t spend its energy on back story or character motivation: everything is shown in a present tense of a nebulous past, every angle is wide and seemingly MORE

Film Review: Labor Day

Labor Day

Kate Winslet is no stranger to playing complex, multi-layered characters. In her new film, Labor Day, the Academy Award winner takes on the role of Adele, an aggressively agoraphobic single mom who lives with her tween son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith). Not only can she not lift a finger without her hands shaking, she also only leaves her house once a month to pick up groceries and supplies from a local convenience store. And by astutely observing MORE

Kelly Clarkson gets ‘Wrapped In Red’ for debut Christmas album

Kelly Clarkson

There are two types of people in this world: those who love Kelly Clarkson and those who haven’t been blessed enough to see her light yet. But thanks to the release of Clarkson’s first Christmas album, the number of unfortunate souls in the latter category is about to shrink rapidly. Hitting stores on Tuesday, Wrapped In Red is that rare record that you know is an instant classic before your first listen is even over. “I've been dying MORE

Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

Don Jon

"There's only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn," Jon Martello tells us in a voiceover in the beginning of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon. It's his version of "GTL," the phrase coined by MTV Jersey Shore star The Situation. For the record, it's Gym, Tan, Laundry for those of you who were fortunate enough to live your lives without ever hearing MORE

TFF2013 Film Review: Bridegroom


There's a collective fluster among the crowd, who are seated in a theater in Chelsea, waiting for the world premiere of Bridegroom at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The screening is running almost thirty minutes late and nothing is happening. George Takei, who is probably the most famous gay geek on the planet keeps coming in and out of our row and apologizing immensely each time. In typical NY fashion we're all complaining to the ushers and MORE

TFF2013 Film Review: Adult World

Adult World

Scott Coffey loves his screwball comedies. His directorial debut Ellie Parker which starred Naomi Watts was a brilliant little film that was criminally underrated. You also might know him as one of David Lynch's many muses. He has appeared in Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway and was the voice of Jack Rabbit in Inland Empire. Coffey is no stranger to weird, which is why I'm somewhat disappointed by his second feature Adult World. He replaces Ellie MORE

TFF2013 Review: Dark Touch

Dark Touch

Marina de Van is one of the most interesting filmmakers working today and PopBytes had the privilege of attending the world premiere of her new film Dark Touch at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It's our first year officially attending the festival and it seemed rather appropriate for de Van to welcome us into the theaters of New York City with her brand of provocative and disturbing subject matter. Her first film, 2002's In My Skin, she plays MORE