Anneliese Cooper is a former film studies major, trying to hack it in the real world (or its close correlate, New York City). In addition to writing about all things art-world-ish over at Artinfo.com, she cares for a particularly surly betta fish, manages her crippling David Bowie obsession, and makes killer stove-top popcorn.

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He's the Best at Being the Worst

Maybe you're better versed in Austrian TV movies than I, but prior to the release of 2009's Inglorious Basterds, I had never heard the name "Christoph Waltz." I mean, sure, perhaps whispered knowingly across the mists of time from somewhere yet untol…

This Faith Hill Song Spells Total Mental Collapse

Certain pop songs are so breezily immaterial that to hear them once is to have heard them 100 times — the kind that will always be echoing tinnily through the KMart of your imagination, at once seemingly harmless and authorlessly eternal, just a notc…

#TBT: HitClips Were Awful Tools of Corporate Evil

There is a reason that, for years, I only knew the chorus and second verse of Pink's "There You Go," and that reason is HitClips. For those of you not of age in the glorious four-year window during which these products were marketed — 1999, 2000, 200…

'New Girl' & 'It's Always Sunny' Are Exactly Alike

Fall is now approaching all too fast, which means back to school, back to sweatshirts — but also, back to our beloved fall TV line-up. In addition to a handful of premieres, September promises the much-awaited reboots and reworkings of our favorite s…

Lorde's First Band Had So Much Ukulele...

It's rare that a musician starts out fully formed. Sure, maybe sometimes the melodic alchemy is just that instantaneous and pure — but for most who want to strut and fret their half-hour upon a concerthall stage, getting to the point where you're pro…

Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball! 8 of Her Best Quotes

Ask anyone today to rattle off the top women in comedy, and you'll probably get names like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph — and rightly so, because they are hilarious and groundbreaking and deserve all plaudits all day. But it's im…

Christian Grey's Going to the Congo

If you're Jamie Dornan, you're going to want to springboard off Fifty Shades of Grey and quick, lest your identifying parenthetical forever read "Christian Grey, enigmatic tier of silk scarves" — which is exactly what the actor has done, leveraging h…

It's Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Role...

It's as strange as it is tragic when an actor dies young — their onscreen presence suddenly ghostly, their upcoming projects weighted with a new and terrible significance. And so it is with A Most Wanted Man, the latest adaptation from the collection…

7 Famous Faces in 'Drop Dead Gorgeous'

While Miss Congeniality may get most of the spotlight when it comes to comedies about beauty pageants — and, come to think of it, comedies about mid-pageant fatalities — real fans of hairspray and mayhem know where it's at: Drop Dead Gorgeous , which…

'When Harry Met Sally' Poisoned Your Brain

If you've ever considered faking an orgasm in Katz's deli to make a point, or spent a New Years countdown wishing someone would burst in and rattle off all the specific reasons they want to be with you, chances are you know — and probably love — When…

Gerard Way May Not Have Planned It, But It Rules

A few weeks ago, midway through a show some friends of mine were headlining, one of the opening acts bashfully took the stage — and, within 2 minutes, I had their lead singer pegged. Rumpled button-down/suit vest combo? Check. Black mop of face-obscu…

Not All Great Animated Movies Were Disney, Y'know

In the same way that "Kleenex" has become synonymous with "facial tissue" and "Coke" often acts a stand-in word for any brand of brown soda, the phrase "Disney movie" is often used interchangeably with "animated film" — to the point where it almost s…

Fan-Funded Concerts Are a Tricky Situation

Every major music fan knows all too well the anxiety of scanning your favorite band's upcoming tour roster and praying they've scheduled a stop even remotely near your town. Sure, you could always make a roadtrip of it, but that requires time off wor…

Thicke's Latest Video Tries to Be Cute, Isn't

In the past months since his divorce from Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has quickly spiraled from the "objectification-happy sexist" creep of "Blurred Lines" and Miley-grinding to the "wow, man, maybe you should get some help" creep of a man who is clea…

The Author of 'The Giver' Weighs In on the Movie

If you attended an American educational institution during your young adulthood — and that young adulthood happened to take place sometime after 1993 — chances are, you read The Giver, Lois Lowry's dystopian novel about engineered perfection, conform…

He Has Some Thoughts on Marriage — & Jesus

Rainbow flags are flooding any number of cities this weekend — and with them, of course, a reminder to reflect on / bask in Gay Pride. For some of us, this means reexamining the increasing ties between Big Business and LGBT celebration, for better or…

We Got Lucky: Daft Punk Are Getting a Documentary

When Daft Punk took the stage at the 2014 Grammys to accept their Best Album of the Year trophy for Random Access Memories, their faces remained cloaked as ever by opaque visors, not even a word to their audience — most of whom probably still had the…

'Daily Show' Video About Sexual Assault Is Spot On

Sexual assault on college campuses — and especially the woefully ineffectual policies in place to address it — have become a hot-button topic in the past few months, and thankfully, reform has been gaining some serious political traction as of late. …

Dakota Fanning Shines in 'Very Good Girls'

Growing up in the public eye has got to be awkward. I mean, if only from the sheer number of tabloid pages devoted to child stars' maladjustment, it's clear that being famous while adolescent isn't so much a picnic as it is a micromanaged, hopelessly…

North Korea Claims This Movie Is an "Act of War"

Seth Rogen simply can't seem to stay out of the news these days — and not just the Entertainment section. First, his recent frathouse comedy Neighbors was cited by the Washington Post 's Ann Hornaday as a primary example of how Hollywood may have co…