Idris Elba is full of surprises. The British actor was so convincing On “The Wire” as Stringer Bell, the Baltimore drug kingpin in business school, that the first time I heard him talk out of character, I was shocked to discover that he is very, very British. And apparently, Idris has his eye on an iconic British role. Bond, James Bond. “It’s a rumor,” he said on NPR this week. “My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I ‘m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.” Fair enough.
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Adele‘s “Someone Like You” is the most gut-wrenching song ever. As in, I had to stop listening to it because it just brought me to a dark place. And now, following her bonkers performance of the song at the MTV VMAs, Adele has released the video for the song. It shows her walking along the river in Paris, by herself, in black and white. And then maybe meeting the guy she’s singing to at a cafe and watching him walk away? Adele, of course, looks stunning. And the overall effect is simple and very heart-tugging. Keep reading »
Patti Stanger did not make many friends this week when she argued that gay men aren’t into monogamous relationships. “There is no curbing the gay,” she said on “Watch What Happens Live” in front of Andy Cohen looking like he just got run over by an angry real housewife. “I’ve tried to curb you people and you just don’t … I’ve decided to throw in the towel and say ‘do what you want,’” Patti continued. Cue Bravo reeling to distance themselves from Patti’s words, since gay men are one of their primary audiences.
Hearing Patti say this, I thought, “Wow. That just isn’t true. I can name 10 gay couples in my social orbit who have been together for eons, I assume monogamously.” Not to mention the fact that for gay marriage to be the kind of issue that it is, some gay men have to want it. Then today I saw a Census statistic that proves Patti isn’t right about “you people.” Apparently, not only has the number of same-sex couples jumped 80 percent since 2000 (an indication that people are increasingly willing to declare their sexual orientation the Census), but 1 in 5 gay couples are married. Which is a high percentage considering that it’s only legal in seven states. In those seven states, 42 percent of same-sex couples have gotten married—a higher rate than straight couples. I only wish this study had separated out stats for gay and lesbian couples so I could really stick it to Patti with the numbers. [Washington Post]
Now, for the record, I love Patti Stanger. I think she is brilliant and tells it like it is. But she does have a habit of making an “iron-clad” law out of preferences she has noticed. For example, her claim that men just don’t like red heads. Or curly hair. Or that men only notice women in tight cocktail dresses. After the jump, I debunk some of Patti’s relationship myths, both anecdotally and scientifically.
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True love knows no bounds. I mean, who are we to come between grammar expert Courtney Stodden and her new hubby Doug Hutchinson? How can we judge a couple of
fame whores undeniable romantics who are just looking to make some quick cash off a reality show share their joy with the world? After all, age ain’t nothing but cause for statutory rape charges a number.
I thought “Butter” was just a movie about Jennifer Garner as a competitive butter sculptor. It turns out, the film is a metaphor for the entire 2008 election. Jennifer plays a woman pitted against a young African-American girl in a butter sculpting competition, sure that they’ll win the first place prize she believes she deserves. But when the young upstart impresses the judges, Jennifer’s character loses it — and you can watch her freak out in this new clip.
Personally I think her crazy-eyed look, pin-straight hair and power pumps are more evocative of Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann. And, no lie, “I’m sorry that I was born white and tall and pretty” sounds like something one of them would actually say. [Cinema Blend]
Last night’s epsiode of “America’s Next Top Model” was a rollicking good time. It was fun to watch Kristin Cavallari give the girls tips on striking while the iron is hot on their reality TV fame. And I am so excited that the gals finally did an interesting photo shoot—posing atop high fashion stilts. But the most comical part of the episode was during judging panel, when Tyra Banks went gaga over Allison’s photo and reveled in the fact that Allison had popped her butt out to accentuate her shape. Tyra, of course, dubbed this move the “booty tooch” a few seasons back. But she seemed so excited, it was like she had discovered it for the first time. From there, the word ‘tooch’ was repeated about 20 times in a span of 30 seconds. And Tyra asked Kristin to try a booty tooch, while Nigel ended up looking like a dirty old man in this still as he watched her. Welcome to the new ‘smize.’ [AOL TV]