Today is Dorothy Parker’s birthday. A poet, critic, screenwriter and satirist, Parker made a name for herself by writingly darkly witty and vicious essays and poems. She began her career as a journalist, writing for outlets like Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, before coming into her own as a poet and author. And eventually moved to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter, where she penned the Oscar-nominated “A Star Is Born” and “Smash Up: The Story Of A Woman.” She was known for her morbid, salacious humor. Witness her poem Résumé: Keep reading »
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Is it my birthday? No seriously, is it my birthday? How else can you explain someone creating such a perfect masterpiece of all the things I’m interested in? The only thing that’s missing from this extremely comprehensive video of the cast of “Breaking Bad” doing R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” is maybe a basket of kittens eating a pizza. If you don’t want to see Jesse Pinkman utter “bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce,” I don’t want to know you. [YouTube]
What you wear out to a night of drinks and dancing can be the difference between having a booty-shaking awesome good time, and winding up scowling miserably at the bar while all your friends are having fun. Wear a dress that’s too tight, or heels that are too high, and you’ll be ready to go home. But! Find the proper footwear and a cute, comfy skirt, and you’ll do fine.
So take a page from these celebs — what they did wrong, and what they did right — when planning your next going-out outfit.
In the ’80s and early ’90s, Carré Otis was one of the hottest models around. She was regularly cast in shoots with the other supermodels of the day, and she dated a bunch of celebs, including Mickey Rourke (the pair were married for six years and divorced in 1998). But for all the glamour, there was also a dark side to Carré’s life. In her 2011 memoir, Beauty Disrupted [Randomly co-authored by notorious "male feminist" Hugo Schwyzer, P.S. -- Amelia], she recounted how, when she was just 17, her manager and the boss of Elite models in Paris Gérald Marie raped her. Then there was drug abuse, an eating disorder, and an accidental shooting. All the while, Otis was starring in campaigns for brands like Guess and Calvin Klein.
Now 44 and married, with two kids, Otis is finally able to look back on those years and come clean. In a column in Australia’s Sydney Herald, Otis revisited some of the fan letters she received in the throes of her success. While many of the letters were from pervy guys jerking off to her photos, she says the ones that most upset her were the letters from young girls who wanted to know how they could grow up to be just like her. Otis recently revisited those letters and responded today as she would have liked to back then. One letter-writer asks, “I’m 10. What is your workout routine and what do you eat? I wish I had your body. What’s it like to look like that? I would die to look like you.” To which Otis responded:
Whoa Nelly, we’re not even sure how this is going to go down, but the baby geniuses behind “Law & Order: SVU” have gone and done it again. After their amazing “ripped from the headlines” Chris Brown/Rihanna episode, they’ve now announced they’re going to do a show inspired by both the Trayvon Martin shooting and Paula Deen’s racism scandal.
Now how is this going to work? No clue, but we do know who’ll be playing Paula Deen…
We’ve survived the ”Sharknado” and the “Birdemic” – but are we prepared for the newest killer animal on the block? Check out “Squirrels,” a horror movie about — you guessed it — killer squirrels. It’s currently in pre-production and still in the fundraising phase, but director Timur Bekmambetov is hoping we’ll bite. Bekmambetov has directed actually well-known movies like “Wanted” and “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,” and explains the plot thusly:
“When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom’s sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.”
So it’s got an environmental message, too? We’re sold. [Digital Spy]
Ever wonder what could make a shirt — a regular cotton-blend tee — cost more than two months of rent? Us, too. And it turns out, even the people selling the expensive goods have no idea why they cost as much as they do. Kevin Smith over at Business Insider was curious as to why a pair of Jimmy Choo slip-on sneakers were selling on online retail site Mr. Porter for $1,095, so he contacted the site’s help team to find out. At first glance, the slip-ons don’t look that much different from your regular Vans sneaker. The materials may be a bit more high-end — leather and studs — than a canvas pair of Vans, but the sole and basic shape are the same.
Ashley, the salesperson who took Smith’s query, wasn’t too sure why the shoes cost more than a grand. “Is it because of the materials?” he asked. “These Jimmy Choo sneakers are made of black suede and leather and also covered in metal studs. This is why they are so expensive. Also, Jimmy Choo is very high-end designer,” she replied. Which, okay, stating the obvious. Not particularly helpful. Keep reading »
Over the weekend, I picked up a carved bone ring and it hasn’t left my finger in five days. Smooth and subtle, carved bone pieces can add a bit of bohemian style to your general vibe. We’re not suggesting you don accessories made from human hair or bones (which is apparently a thing), but carved animal bones, and synthetic bone pieces can liven up a look. We’ve selected 12 carved bone necklaces, earrings and bracelets — all under $100 — for your perusal. Check ‘em out, and tell us your faves in the comments.
Back in 1988, the members of the University of Southern California chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity put together a promotional rap video to attract new members to their fraternity’s ranks. The vid, set to a funky original track, includes a multi-part rap about colors (!) and a lot of pretty awesome dancing. We’re particularly fervent fans of Ricky Z., the suspender-ed, long-haired main rapper who explains that “people say that I’m slow/why/’cause I’m high, but they don’t know.” Plus, we’re really digging the cameo from a really, really archaic old computer terminal. Basically, I’ve watched this video about 10 times now, and I’m hoping to memorize the rap so they’ll let me rush their frat. I think I have a good chance of getting in; my sweatshirt game is pretty tight. [Weird Dude Energy]
Designer line Band of Outsiders always pulls in a famous face to promote its collection. Where in the past they’ve used Amy Adams, Michelle Williams and the boys of “Harry Potter,” this time, they’ve tapped Rashida Jones and her sister Kadida, who is a stylist. This isn’t the first time the pair have modeled together: They were featured in a 1992 issue of Sassy magazine*. But this is probably the first time they’ve modeled in weird sweater turbans. [Band of Outsiders]
*If you have old issues of Sassy you wanna get rid of, drop me a line! I will buy them all!