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“There’s A Misogyny In Audiences,” Says Director

“Nicholas Stoller, director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘ and ‘Get Him To The Greek,’ says, “There’s a misogyny in audiences, a much higher bar of required likability for women stars. You need to make the actress completely adorable, or else she’ll be thought of as the straight man or the bummer — which is why I focus so carefully on trying to write fully fleshed out roles for women in my movies.” To make a woman adorable, one successful female screenwriter says “you have to defeat her at the beginning. It’s a conscious thing I do — abuse and break her, strip her of her dignity, and then she gets to live out our fantasies and have fun. It’s as simple as making the girl cry 15 minutes into the movie.”

— A profile of actress Anna Faris in The New Yorker by journalist Tad Friend became a larger thinkpiece about the “required likability for women stars,” as one director put it put it. There’s a requirement that women on film are not too threatening to male — and one would assume, as well, female — audiences. You have to wonder why that is. I’ve always said that sexism still exists in 2011, only it is a lot less blatant than in years past. But if you ever needed evidence that sexism is alive and well, there you go. (If you’re curious, I wrote a post back in 2009 on this same general topic.) [The New Yorker via AnnaHolmes.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »

Nude Photo Of Elizabeth Taylor, Age 24, Surfaces

A nude photo of Elizabeth Taylor at age 24 has been released by a “private collector.” Yes, even Liz Taylor had a naked pic! Elizabeth reportedly had her friend Roddy McDowall take the photograph — in which she’s crouched naked on a shaggy carpet — as an engagement gift for her third husband Michael Todd. After Hubby #3 died, a heartbroken Liz reportedly gave the naked pic to her assistant/makeup artist, Penny Taylor. Somehow it found its way to “private collector” (of what, nude pics?) Jim Shaudis, who released the photo after Liz died on March 23. While it’s not exactly classy to bust out nude pics, I guess it’s somewhat more acceptable that the collector waited until her death. And let’s be honest: doesn’t girlfriend look damn fine? [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

The Justin Bieber And Ashton Kutcher Mind Meld

Is Justin Bieber the next Ashton Kutcher? Apparently, the two dudes will be getting time warpy in the movie “What Would Kenny Do?” The premise of the flick is that a cool 30-something guy goes back in time as a hologram to help his nerdy teenage self through the treacherous landscape that is high school. Justin is supposedly already signed on the dotted line for the movie and Ashton is set to produce and star in it.

Oh, and this isn’t the first time Ashton has alluded to Justin as his younger version. Keep reading »

Kaley Cuoco Defends The Shake Weight Until She Can’t Anymore


Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” apparently loves infomercials, and didn’t get why Ellen made fun of the Shake Weight. But the reason became clear to her as she demonstrated it on Ellen’s show. Her face got red as she said it was “good practice.” “This is so dumb,” she said. “I can’t believe I ordered this.” Then Ellen dared her, “Try to make it not look dirty.” Cute. “This brings back such memories,” said Kaley before getting embarrassed all over again. [FYI, I bought the Shake Weight and was disappointed to discover it was not battery-powered. -- Editor] [PopWrap] Keep reading »

Betty White’s New Show All About Pranking “Unsuspecting Youth Of America”

Betty White isn’t just the hottest star in Hollywood—she’s leading a movement to show us younger folk that old peeps are cool, too. NBC has ordered 12 episodes Betty’s new reality show, “Off Their Rockers.” For the show, hidden cameras will keep tabs on seven senior citizens as they play pranks on “the unsuspecting youth of America.” The series is already a hit in Belgium and South Korea, and Betty is excited to host the American version. “People have been telling me that I’m `off my rocker’ for years—now I can prove it,” she said. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Jon Stewart Pimps Jake Gyllenhaal, Makes Bad Mom Joke


Last night, Jake Gyllenhaal stopped by “The Daily Show,” and while last week, Jake tried to pimp his mom, this time Jon Stewart tried to pimp him to a member of the audience—and Jake said he’d think about marrying her. But then things came back to Jake’s mom in an awkward way. Jon asks, “I don’t know if you’re single, if you’re dating, if you’re looking for love … Have you ever met a girl and just fallen in love at first sight—like just boom!—and then you knew you were gonna go out with her?”

Jake’s response? Keep reading »

New “Breaking Dawn” Sex Scene Pics

Soon, we will have enough images from the “Breaking Dawn” sex scene to make a flipbook. The scene apparently took Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart more than 12 hours to film and looks like it could be pretty spicy, at least judging from this image. One more for ya, after the jump. [Buzzfeed]

UPDATE: Sadly we had to take down the images because, uh, the movie studio did not authorize their release onto the interwebs. Keep reading »

“The Hangover Part II” Looks Like The Same Movie All Over Again. Cool!

Confession: I only saw “The Hangover” last night, after a friend insisted it was “unAmerican” that I’d never seen it. So that makes it that much sweeter that the preview for “The Hangover: Part II” appeared this morning. It essentially looks like the same movie—only with a monkey rather than a tiger and a face tattoo instead of a missing tooth—but the first one was so fun that I’ll take it. Also, this one takes place in Thailand and doesn’t have a cameo from Mel Gibson. So, phew. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

“Grey’s Anatomy” Goes Musical Tonight


“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” did it once. “Glee” does it every week. Tonight’s “Grey’s Anatomy” will be a musical episode, tasking the cast with belting out tunes like The Fray’s “How to Save a Life,” Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” and Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.” The standout star of the night will be Sara Rameriez, who won a Tony for her performance in “Spamalot” on Broadway before joining the cast of “Grey’s.” The episode focuses around her, as her character Callie Torres dreams up the whole melody-filled thing when she is seriously injured in a car accident.

But there was one doc at Seattle Grace who was not onboard to sing. Keep reading »

The Backstreet Boys/NKOTB Single “Don’t Turn Out The Lights” Is Here


The Backstreet Boys/New Kids On The Block single is here! “Don’t Turn Out The Lights” is indistinguishably Top 40 and made for an eight-second clip on the next season of “Jersey Shore” as background music for Sammi and Ronnie being “on” again. Maybe two boy bands really are better than one. Pretty catchy, huh? [via NYMag] Keep reading »

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