If you ever read Finn Family Moomintroll as a child, you’ll surely recognize the characters who populate Bjork‘s latest music video, “The Comet Song.” The Moomins children’s book series was created by Tove Jansson and went on to gain worldwide popularity, primarily due to its main characters: soft, white, fluffy Mommin creatures that live in Finland. The song appears in “Moomins and the Comet Chase,” a new movie compiled from a stop motion Moomin TV series that ran in Poland from 1977 to 1982. It stars Moomintroll, Moominmama, Moominpapa, Snufkin, Sniff, a Hemulen, the Hattifatteners, and more. (But where’s Little My?) [Your Music Today] Keep reading »
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Last night’s episode of “Bachelor Pad”
should have been called “The One Where They Try and Give Each Other Mono.” See, this week’s big competition was a kissing contest — every Bach and Bachelorette had a turn at being blindfolded, as the opposite sex took turns kissing them with as much gusto and tongue as they could muster. Then the blindfolded one would vote on which person was the best kisser and so on. Basically, ABC is not even trying to stand in the way of these dorks sharing bodily fluids. Do they at least test them for herpes? Keep reading »
Holy crap! Is it almost August 30? “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” two-part reunion special preview is up. I don’t need to see more than 1:53 to know that it is going to be the trash TV of the century. After the jump, the top five best moments … just from the freaking preview. Keep reading »
Oh boy, guys. There’s a new movie coming out in September about a topic that’s never been explored onscreen before: teen boys losing their virginity!
“The Virginity Hit” stars a lovable dork who’s just dying to lose his V-card and … wait … you say this topic has been explored before? How many times in the past?
Ohhhh. Hmm. Keep reading »
Oh, television, you are a good companion. Thank you for always providing a good time and never talking back. This week, it’s all about oversized award shows: Monday brings you the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant, then on Sunday the Emmy Awards. Oh, and the season finale of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Keep reading »
What do a mini-pony and “Project Runway”‘s Tim Gunn have in common? Well, not much — except that I consider both to be my spirit animals. What’s a spirit animal you ask? It’s anything, or anyone, you consider to be a guiding light or force in your life, or an animal you feel as though you have a special relationship with or affinity to.
In my case, the mini-pony is my spirit animal because it’s short, feisty and really, really, cute. And Tim Gunn, well, I feel a strong affinity to Gunn’s sense of style and propriety. Keep reading »
It needs to be said: Jennifer Aniston literally cannot carry a movie. Her latest, “The Switch,” bombed in its opening weekend, making only $8.1 million at the box office. This is significantly less than the opening weekend numbers for “The Bounty Hunter,” that horrifyingly bad movie she made with Gerard Butler, which was panned by critics and hated by audiences. That movie made over $20 million in its first three days and was considered a big ol’ failure. Aniston’s other recent films have done piss poor too: “Love Happens” made only $8 million its first weekend, while “Management” did less than $400,000. “He’s Just Not That Into You” was Aniston’s last big money maker, but she was only one player in an ensemble; “The Break-Up” was the last movie headlined by Aniston (alongside Vince Vaughn) to be considered a true success, making $39.2 million its opening weekend. Keep reading »
How does a women’s studies professor get a roomful of disinterested students excited about women’s historical contributions? Through the magic powers of rap, of course. When Professor Hannah Scott can’t get her class to pay attention, she enlists a team of campus rappers to teach her how to rap — and creates an original jam about famous female inventors throughout history. But will it work? [Funny or Die] Keep reading »
You may have heard of the novelist Jonathan Franzen, who always seems to be in the news about something. In 2001, he dissed Oprah — Oprah! — for having “schmaltzy” taste after she chose his novel, The Corrections, for her book club and then she rescinded the offer. His latest novel, Freedom, has already grabbed headlines after President Obama purchased a copy for his summer vacation reading. High brow, this one is.
Now Jonathan Franzen is at the center of yet another media s**tstorm after the author Jodi Picoult tweeted a pissy comment about his latest review in The New York Times Book Review. “NYT raved about Franzen’s new book,” Picoult tweeted. “Is anyone shocked? Would love to see the NYT rave about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Keep reading »