Natalie Portman, Oscar Predictions, Xbox (New Substandard)

In this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review!), we discuss the sci-fi-horror-drama Annihilation. Sonny gives the big boy review, another reviewer was left angry and confused, and JVL thinks Natalie Portman’s better acting days are behind her. Yes, we do get into the Portman oeuvre. No, no one mentioned Mr. Magorium’s Wonder …

John Gizzi, Up Close and Personal

John Gizzi

John Gizzi was running late to yesterday’s White House press briefing. In fact, a camera briefly captured the Newsmax White House correspondent squeezing into a row of seats while Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was fielding questions.

Clint Eastwood, North Korea, Fifty Shades (New Substandard!)

In this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review, tell your friends), Sonny Bunch admits to being strangely drawn to The 15:17 to Paris despite all indications it’s a dud (such are the perils of using non-actors portraying themselves).

RIP Andre Surmain, Founder of Lutèce

Last week, French restaurateur Andre Surmain died at his home in the south of France at the age of 97. He is best known for running Lutèce, New York’s gastronomic temple that lasted from 1961 to 2004.

Disney-Fox, Pats-Eagles, and Vegas (New Substandard)

In this latest hodgepodge episode of the Substandard, Sonny, JVL, and I discuss the impending “Big Game,” the impending Disney-Fox merger, and the not-so-impending Substandard episode broadcast from the Wynn in Las Vegas (see, told you it was a hodgepodge).

Gizzi’s Honor

John Gizzi

“Come with me to the men’s room!”

I’d never had an interview subject say that to me until I met John Gizzi. It was in the D.C. office of NewsMax Media that the longtime White House correspondent invited me to the washroom so he could continue telling me a colorful anecdote. Why not, I thought. So I followed him in—the stories were just pouring out of Gizzi that day.