Alia Shawkat Is A Self-Loathing Hipster

“[Ellen Page and I] created a pretty stupid hipster versions of ourselves [on her HBO show “Stitch ‘n Bitch” with Ellen]. … We both want to become artists of any type or form. She’s the more earthy bitter one, like, We’ve got to save the world — that kind of hipster. I’m more of the, like, ‘I express myself through fashion and art, but I can’t really do anything type,’ and I just spend all my money. … I’m not going to pretend I’m not a hipster. What’s so funny about it is it has a bad connotation. Hipsters think it’s stupid to be called a hipster, but that’s what you are, and that’s what your friends are. That’s not bad, but that’s the whole point: We all want to be so different from everybody else. But I remember one of the lines when we were in Amsterdam, there was this homeless boy on the street, and he was pretty young, and Ellen was like, ‘Oh my god is that boy okay?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, he’s fine, he’s dressed okay.’ My character’s name is Kyla, and we ended up using that as something she says. Like there’s a homeless guy, but she’s like, “Well, he’s dressed okay,” so we kind of just pull from ourselves, but put it in extreme situations.”

— “Arrested Development”‘s Alia Shawkat can make fun of herself, which makes her 100 times more relatable than, like, any other star in Hollywood right now. How badly do you want Alia and Ellen to be your best friends? [Oh No They Didn’t] Keep reading »

“Real Housewife Of Beverly Hills” Taylor Armstrong Is A Big…

There’s definitely a lot that surfaced during the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion, particularly about the lies Taylor Armstrong has told. And now even more is coming out about her con-artist of a husband Russell Armstrong and more scams from crazy Taylor!

He’s a convicted felon, first off after being charged by the IRS of evasion of assessment. He’s also been repeatedly sued and filed for bankruptcy in 2005. And he sure picked a great partner in crime in Taylor. Watch the video after the jump to see all the lies she was caught in this season: denying surgeries, faking her name and claiming Adrienne Maloof is an old dear friend who is her child’s godmother…when they’ve only known each other three years! OK, can we start playing the Psycho music over this reel? Read more… Keep reading »

How Valentine’s Day Is Celebrated Around The World

You know the drill in America; when you’re little, you hand out perforated cards and hope your crush gives you one of the good ones instead of the obvious “just friends” version. And as adults, the pressure is on to have a special date night and be showered with gifts, or be forced to acknowledge that you are completely and utterly alone in the world. But, just like any other holiday, every country has its own way of celebrating. (Or not celebrating—Valentine’s Day is banned in many countries because of its evil consumerist Western roots.) Here are a few other traditions that might be fun to try. Keep reading »

Tina Fey Defines “Crazy”

“I have a suspicion that the definition of ‘crazy’ in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to f**k her anymore.”

Tina Fey, writing in The New Yorker. Yes, The New Yorker! My dream woman writes for The New Yorker! Which is kind of why she’s my dream woman, isn’t it? But seriously, this is so true. Just ask Helen Mirren. [The New Yorker via GQ.tumblr.com] Keep reading »

6 Reasons To Watch The Grammys

It’s mid-February and award season malaise is already hitting us hard. With the Oscars so close on our radars, it’s hard to get too exited about Sunday night’s annual Grammy Awards. Bashing the Grammys is something of a sport—when the nominations were bestowed in December, we noted how ridiculous it is that many classic albums of 2010 wouldn’t be considered because they dropped after the September 30th deadline and that the nominees in the rock/metal/hard rock categories seemed straight out of the ’90s. But still, you should still watch because, well, you should. After the jump, five SIX! reasons not to miss the Grammy Awards. Keep reading »

3 Actors Who’ve Played Cupid On-Screen

Cupid. The nude little guy with the bow and arrows who goes around shooting people and making them fall in love. On Valentine’s Day, he’s everywhere. But interestingly, Hollywood hasn’t given him that much play over the years. I set out today to bring you 10 stars who’d played Cupid on the big or small screen. And only came up with, uh, three. So, after the jump, three dudes who’ve played the god of desire and erotic love. Maybe some producer out there will be inspired to start developing something a little more substantial in this genre. Keep reading »

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