“I have little kids in school. I want to maintain my marriage and my family, so I have to be here when he comes home. … [I gave advice to a girl friend who] is an actress and in a new relationship with someone else with a big career, and I said this may not be feminist, but you have to compromise. It’s been all about you and you’re a big deal. And if you want what you’re saying you want — a family — you have to be a wife, and that is part of the equation. Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can do only what works for me and my family.”
– Gwyneth Paltrow talks to Harper’s Bazaar about juggling a career, family, husband, random appearances in Mario Batali cookbooks, and duh, GOOP. But I don’t think anything she’s saying strikes me as godawfully un-feminist. Gwyn is struggling with the same work/life balance issues that everyone else is struggling with (of course, at a higher pay grade) and feminism is supposed to be about letting people make the right decisions for them, rather than having our genders dictate our decisions. Making family life a priority is a totally valid choice. I might not personally have phrased it as “you have a be a wife,” but it seems to me what she’s getting at is how it’s difficult to be both A Huge Movie Star and a Wife And Mother at the same time. Suggesting compromise — for both partners — isn’t un-feminist. That’s just logic. [Evil Beet Gossip]
Say what you will about Lana Del Rey, but one thing is for certain: all eyes are on her. In fact, the internet contention has pretty much failed to cease or even quiet since that … unforgettable SNL performance a few weeks ago. I happen to like Lana, but I take her for what she is — a billionaire’s daughter with an aggressive PR team who’s capable of throwing down a pretty catchy pop tune and laughing all the way to the bank. Her album Born to Die debuted at number one in 14 countries, and furthermore, in early January, she was signed by NEXT Model Management. Keep reading »
I would like to commend the casting directors behind the upcoming film, “This Means War,” for picking Tom Hardy and Chris Pine to star opposite Reese Witherspoon. Rather than picking a couple of super typical Hollywood beefcakes — like Ryan Reynolds or Will Smith — to play a pair of warring CIA operatives, Hardy and Pine aren’t major household names just yet. All that is sure to change on Valentine’s Day, when the film opens nationwide, and America becomes a little more familiar with Tom (who starred in “Warrior” and “Inception”) and Chris (who played Captain Kirk in “Star Trek”).
Hey, that means I suddenly have two dates for V-Day! But who do I prefer? Hmm … it’s a tough choice so let’s battle this out via a good ol’ fashioned face-off, shall?
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“I’m terrified of being promiscuous. I don’t like the feeling you get when it’s not something that you truly want to do, and I hate the emotional abuse you give yourself afterward. It’s just uncomfortable when you’re with somebody and you’re like, ‘I don’t really know if I’m even comfortable with this. Why did I? Eww!’ I think dating can come without sex. I think that’s a really fun way to do it. Right now I’m happy to not have someone’s naked body around me. Except for my dog’s.”
– Amanda Seyfried on her fear of promiscuity in the March issue of Glamour. I respect what she’s saying about not sleeping with someone too soon, but her statement felt a little “doth protesteth too much.” I don’t think all of us feel “terrified” or “emotionally abuse” ourselves after a casual hookup. And the bit about her dog’s naked body? A bit odd. Based on this and some previous statements Amanda has made about only eating spinach and seeds, I suspect it’s not so fun to be her. [Celebitchy]
By now, you’ve probably heard the name Nate Naylor at least 12 times in the last 24 hours. If you are living in a tree house in the forest somewhere, Nate Naylor is Scarlett Johansson’s new advertising exec boyfriend that’s already been dubbed her Don Draper. Oy. Depending on which sites you consult, Scarlett has been dating the 38-year-old “average Joe” (although he’s far hotter and probably richer than “average”) for somewhere between four to six months. You can check out his personal website filled with artsy photography and tasteful nudes (hopefully none of which are Scarlett). Click through to see some more famous ladies who are happy with their average Joes. We use that term loosely, of course. [Business Insider]