The Daily Beast brings up a good point today about the phenomenon that is “Eat, Pray, Love.” Writer Danielle Friedman asks, “What’s it like to be the guy whose heartbreak launched a multi-million-dollar feel-good franchise?” She tracked down Michael Cooper, Elizabeth Gilbert’s ex-husband, and discovered that he is now a public interest law scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He’s also remarried, to a Canadian diplomat, and has two young sons. However, he wasn’t interested in commenting on the movie, the book, or Elizabeth Gilbert in general.
Which is interesting, because last year he was contracted to write a rebuttal book. Keep reading »
Following the speed limit is important, sure. But not as important as winning the alphabet game, OK? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
As Britney Spears keeps reminding us via Twitter, she is having a “GLEEKERIFIC!!!” time on the set of “Glee.” Yesterday, she posted this photo of her with Heather Morris, aka Cheerio Brittany, and it sure looks like they’re doing “Me Against The Music,” with BritBrit assuming Madonna’s role and Morris taking hers. “All my GLEEKERS in the crowd, Grab a partner take it down,” she captioned the pic. [MTV] Keep reading »
Finally, the most under-appreciated invention in the history of the world is getting its due; this fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal will film an indie romantic comedy, “Hysteria,” about the invention of the vibrator! It’s set in Victorian-era London and she plays the daughter of a doctor who treats what used to be called “hysteria,” i.e., crankiness and tension. Hugh Dancy will play one of the docs and Rupert Everett will play his best friend. Both are convinced a new vibrating device could help ladies clear that “hysteria” right up. I hate to spoil the ending but … well, we all know it works. [Variety] Keep reading »
Whoa. Whoa. Whoooa! “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” will be back in full effect this October. And as someone who has removed all personal drama from her life, I have to say I can’t wait for ATL battles. NeNe Leakes goes at it with Kim Zolciak (again) and her husband Greg, who seems to drop a cheating bomb on her. New housewife Cynthia Bailey appears to have the perfect life until her boyfriend/fiance comes clean about something. Kandi Burruss is trying to rebuild her life after the death of her fiance AJ, and she also gets in touch with her father only to learn he’s sick with cancer. Sheree Whitfield has decided to abandon her, ahem, clothing line, She by Sheree, for an acting career. Phaedra Parks, another newbie, is pregnant, but doesn’t know when her due date is. Huh? Oh, and her husband is a criminal like Martha Stewart, as Phaedra claims. And, of course, the other ladies feel the need to rub this fact in her face whenever possible. Oh yeah, and Kim is still trying to be singer. Keep reading »
Being the n’er-do-well pervert that I am, I love a good show about sex. And while Showtime seemed to beat other networks to the punch with my no-babysitter favorite “Red Shoe Diaries” and then “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” HBO has recently brought out the big guns with “Hung.” Now they’re working on a show about the porn industry! Apparently, the executive producers of “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire,” Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson, are working on the one-hour drama with controversial writer James Frey. The show will follow a Midwestern girl who’s moved to Los Angeles after her boyfriend convinces her to become a star and hooks up with a video company which is under siege from its internet competitors. The cast will consist of both actors and porn stars. Frey says, “We’re going to make a sprawling epic about the porn business in LA. We’re going to tell the type of stories no one else has told before, and go places no one has gone before.” Well, it wouldn’t take much to do that, but we’re more concerned about whether or not it will suck. Keep reading »
We were squealing in the office this morning to find out that two of our fave boy band outfits — New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys — will possibly going on tour together — creating some kind of all-powerful mega boy-band monster. The tour could start as soon as March 2011, and they might even produce a joint single to mark the occasion. Our minds are exploding at the sheer force of so much choreographed dancing and hair gel.
We’ve assembled some additional musical pairings we think need to hit the road together. Who would you like to see team up? Keep reading »
I have never been to Portland, Oregon, but I can imagine how annoying some people who live there might be. Possibly even more annoying than the ones who live in Brooklyn. So I thank the heavens for “Saturday Night Live”‘s Fred Armisen and ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein, who will enlighten us all when their new sitcom, “Portlandia,” debuts on the IFC channel. Keep reading »