Etta James has died at age 73, according to her longtime manager.
The blues singer was born in 1938 in Los Angeles as Jamesetta Hawkins and proved herself a gospel prodigy from a young age, performing in churches and on the radio. At age 12, she began working with bandleader Johnny Otis and changed her stage name to Etta James; at 17, she launched a solo career where she became famous with ballads like “At Last.” Keep reading »
Some people remember Katherine Heigl from her days on the show “Roswell.” But the grand majority got to know the actress as Dr. Izzie Stevens on”Grey’s Anatomy,” a role which won her the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2007. (The film “Knocked Up” helped solidify her reputation that year, too.) But Heigl did not make too many friends when, in 2008, she pulled herself out of Emmy consideration, saying, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.”
Two years later, she left the show. “I am done,” she said at the time. “It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”
Fast forward to the present. I was interested to read an interview with Heigl today, in which she is eating some serious crow trying to get her old job back.
“I really, really, really want to see where [Izzie] is,” Heigl tells E! News. Keep reading »
“I went to fashion week for the first time when I was 13. People were confused about my being there for a few reasons; one was that I was a blogger. The word itself, ‘blog,’ it’s kind of an ugly word. It just doesn’t sound very legitimate. And fashion as an industry has been really behind about being online, so I think people were confused and angry that someone younger than them had figured it out. They would talk about how inappropriate it was for someone my age to be at fashion week. But this is coming from an industry that fetishizes youth!”
— Tavi Gevinson, the teen fashion blogger behind The Style Rookie and Rookie Mag, spoke to the BBC yesterday about the snotty ‘tude she got from fashion industry insiders. True, a lot of them have a snotty ‘tude to begin with. However, the dismissivness against Tavi (who is now 15) was about deep fears that some adults have about being replaced by younger, fresher voices. Hello, jealousy. It also doesn’t help that she’s female. If Tavi was a boy, I think she’d automatically be given more respect. Whether you think she’s a little weird, or you think she’s brilliant, you have to agree that Tavi is extremely bright, creative and ambitious. I’d much rather have her be a mouthpiece for young women than whoever the Disney Channel is pushing on kids these days. A lot of the Tavi trashing is just sexism and ageism and since she appears to be keen on not being “a flash in the pan,” I admire her strength with dealing with it. [NYmag.com]
I’ve been on the fence about Zooey Deschanel for some time now. Partly because she sang a ridiculously cute song with My Fantasy Boyfriend a few weeks ago, and partly because I feel that she’s cultivated this totally annoying Manic Pixie Dream Indie Rock Girl persona, and it just seems to goddamn fake. But then I’m like, eh, maybe I’m just jealz. Zooey D. has a TV show! And no credit card debt! And a cotton commercial wherein her warbly voice sings about “the touch, the feel” whilst we peer into her cavernous closet full of retro-inspired frocks. Good for her.
And then I read her interview in Allure magazine and I wanted to die. Keep reading »