You’re going to want to mark down today’s date now, because we’ve achieved a historical moment in drop-crotch history: New Kids on the Block, TLC, and Nelly are going on tour together.
All five members of the boy band of record and TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli showed up on “Good Morning America” today to announce that they’d be taking to the road with the band-aid wearing rapper this summer for their “The Main Event” tour, and as preposterous as this sounds, it is also the best idea in the history of ever. As Donnie Wahlberg put it, the tour will be “the most elaborate thing” NKOTB has ever done, adding, “We’ve built bar seats around the stage so our fans can literally sit right on the stage and converse with us and we can share their snacks and drinks if we want to,” because OF COURSE THEY HAVE. What else were Danny, Donnie, Joey, Jon and Jordan’s lives preparing for, if not a multi-city tour where they could imbibe on stage with their ’80s fans, who are definitely now old enough to be tossing back Madison Square Garden house chardonnay with aplomb before having to get home to tuck their kids in? Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s an-extra long, handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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Somehow we stumbled on the topic of the Sweet Valley High series in Frisky group chat this week and I found myself arguing the merits of various characters from the series. I’ve read most of the books multiple times and used to collect them — I was forced to give up about 20 of them during a major move about eight years ago and it’s among the greatest regrets of my life — so I consider myself a little bit of a Sweet Valley expert. Oh fuck it, I thought. I’ll just rank them. I started with the dudes, ranking them based on a mixture of how attractive they were as drawn with colored pencil on their relevant book covers, how interesting their little micro dramas were and various other criteria, like whether I would hit it… Keep reading »
As soon as Oscar nominations were announced this morning, Twitter strained to the point of breaking under the weight of thousands of bloggers, saddled with white guilt, who took up microblogging arms to announce the injustice of Ava DuVernay, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic “Selma,” being left off the nomination list for Best Director. And while it is an injustice, people just as quickly wheeled around to the inevitable (and not untrue) conclusion that the Academy Awards are ultimately tantamount to a high school student council election with friends voting for their friends, and that real change would come 10-15 years from now when the older white Academy members have died out.
All of these are true things. They are! I even snarkily tweeted earlier today that another round of thinkpieces on the lack of Oscar diversity would ultimately be meaningless. But the more I sat with it, the more I realized that there are other takeaways from the DuVernay snub, aside from the overt and obvious casual racism and misogyny that’s trenchant in Hollywood. Here are a few other issues that we also need to focus on, and keep fighting against, that come from DuVernay being overlooked. Keep reading »
When I woke up this morning and turned on the Twitter, I immediately noticed that one of the things trending was “Unfriended.”
“HUH.” Says I. Perhaps a lot of people are feeling unpopular right now? Being curious, I clicked on it, and it turns out that “Unfriended” is a movie produced by MTV that’s coming out soon. A SCARY MOVIE. And people, apparently, are incredibly scared by the trailer. Which is weird, because the acting in it is really, really bad. Keep reading »
I hope your Wednesday night is free and clear of all commitments, because what you need to be doing is smoking a giant blunt and watching the season 2 premiere of “Broad City” on Comedy Central. It is the best show on Wednesdays, hilarious, ribald and lewd in all the right ways, and the chemistry of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson is indisputable. Read this deep dive into what you can expect from the second season over at Grantland to prep, and watch the trailer for the second season above. If these two things aren’t enough, stop what you’re doing and watch the entire first season right here. It’s okay. Your boss isn’t looking. You’re probably not doing any work, anyway. [Grantland]