On Tuesday night, Katie Couric sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to talk about where she’s going from here. She discussed her new talk show but also said that she has a new reality series in the works. “I’m particularly excited about that. That’s what clinched the deal for me,” she said. “Because, you know, I thought people really deserved an inside look at my life because it’s so fascinating,” Cut to a promo of “Kate Plus 80.” “Okay you little monsters, dinner time,” Katie yells into a bullhorn, before slingshotting pasta and spaghetti sauce all over a big group of kids. “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.” Who knew she had good comedic timing?
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It’ll be about a year until we get to see Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator,” which is based on the romance novel written by Saddam Hussein. But today the Huffington Post brings us the first image of Sacha’s newest alter ego. In this flick, Sacha plays a Saddam-esque dictator who travels to New York City when a lookalike goat herder assumes his rule. As the log line for the movie reads, it’s the “heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” What do you think—does Sacha look like he could rule a country with an iron fist here? I love that he’s channeled Marge Simpson, both on his head and his chin. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“I feel like there’s this weird thing that as a feminist band you get put in this role as ambassadors. Certain people are like ‘Oh, here come the Feminazis!’ You end up acting 10 times nicer than you even need to be, to be the opposite of the stereotype like ‘You’re the man haters!’ We’re always bending over backwards being extra nice. And I don’t know if being nice is my legacy. Johanna [Fateman, my Le Tigre bandmate] and I talked about it a lot. Both of us wish that we would have broken out of the mold sometimes and just be jerks more often.”
—Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre on giving interviews as a feminist musician. While I’m not sure I’d ever condone being a “jerk” — the world has enough jerks! — I can also relate to feeling responsible for ‘making feminism look good,’ so to speak. The “feminazi” stereotype is so pervasive that lots of people don’t understand what feminism actually is. Thanks a pantsful, Rush Limbaugh. But proving that we don’t hate men — which is completely untrue, obviously — is a waste of our valuable time and energy. [Spinner] Keep reading »
Last, the CMT Awards were held in Nashville. Taylor Swift
grabbed the award for Video of the Year with “Mine”; Lady Antebellum naturally walked off with the award for Group Video of the Year; and proving that they are country music’s ultimate power-yet-totally-down-to-earth couple, Miranda Lambert and new hubby Blake Shelton
won for Female and Male Video of the Year, respectively. But my favorite part of the show was the opening, in which Taylor and Shania Twain
did a 2011 redux of “Thelma & Louise.” Not only do Donald Trump and Kid Rock make appearances, but Chord Overstreet
of “Glee” hoses himself down in an ode to Brad Pitt
. And yes, the clip ends with them driving off a cliff. You can’t mess with iconic. Keep reading »
There is so much to love about about this French TV interview with “Bridesmaids”‘ stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. For starters, “Bridesmaids” is called a raunchy comedy, which apparently translates to “les comedies pee-pee, ca-ca coo” or something in French. And then somehow the interview devolves into a discussion about possible film plots in which farting is the main premise, because the interviewer, apparently, would watch an entire film about passing wind. So much for the French being highbrow. Seriously, this interview is so strange and hilarious, I am going to stop trying to explain it and just encourage you to watch and laugh. Keep reading »
I use Rotten Tomatoes often, especially when deciding whether or not I should add a flick to my Netflix queue. Using reviews from newspapers and websites around the country to come up with a “fresh” or “rotten” score on the “Tomatometer,” the site has become a reliable source of what’s what in film. In a recent Slate article, Christopher Beam and Jeremy Singer-Vine used the Tomatometer scores from the Rotten Tomatoes database to analyze careers in Hollywood. Sadly, the casualties of this scientific experiment were Jennifer Love Hewitt and Chuck Norris, who earned the titles of “Worst Actor/ Actress,” respectively. Chuck Norris bottomed the list of worst-reviewed actors while Jennifer landed at the bottom of the pile of actresses because of her penchant for starring in movies generally considered “rotten.” Mena Suvari came in a close second. Keep reading »
I was nauseous as I watched Bentley Williams play out his sociopathic master plan on Ashley Hebert on the latest episode of “The Bachelorette.” I still can’t understand how — even if he was behaving like a pathetic excuse for a human being — it benefited him in any way to reveal his cruel intentions on national television. Why? Just why? Especially considering that Bentley is allegedly a strict Mormon, which means he doesn’t drink alcohol or have pre-marital sex. But it’s okay for him to intentionally deceive people? It just doesn’t add up. I’m sure the Mormon Church would not approve.
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This Dutch woman loves her Facebook friends so much that she decided to get color photos of all 152 of them tattooed on her arm. What an innovative idea! Now she will have her entire social network with her wherever she goes. But on the other hand, one of them may unfriend her. Or change their profile photo. Or get old. Or decide Facebook is stupid. What happens then? [Flavorwire]
Update: You’ll be relieved to know that no one is really crazy enough to tattoo 152 Facebook friends on her arm. This video was a big, fat hoax. The ink you see is called a “transfer tattoo.” It washes off in a couple of days. [The Daily What] Keep reading »
Looking for a hot scandal-ish read to crack on the beach this weekend? Tamar Cohen’s debut novel, The Mistress’s Revenge, is the juiciest book we’ve read in ages and its subject matter is particularly intriguing at a time when a high profile man is busted cheating nearly every week. Cohen’s protagonist, Sally, had an affair with married Clive for five years, but he dumped her in order to refocus on his wife and kids. The novel looks at the unraveling of a mistress scorned, reveling in the fascinating, disturbing, and, well, kind of entertaining ways in which “an otherwise sane woman” can go a wee bit coo-coo-bananas when her heart has been broken. If you’ve ever been brutally dumped and, say, daydreamed about keying his car — or worse! — this book will both titillate and calm those urges. Think “Fatal Attraction” in book form. Sharp, funny writing — not to mention an unexpected twist at the end — make The Mistress’s Revenge the ultimate summer page-turner.