If I see another Holly Golightly poster on a bedroom wall, I am going to scream.
I just have to come out and say it: I am so done with the endless idolizing of Holly. I know she’s iconic and so is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn. But Holly is the last female movie character any woman should seriously want to emulate in real life and it really bothers me that she has become such a widespread role model.
I have no qualms with Audrey Hepburn herself. She did a wonderful job with the role she was asked to play — who is really nothing more than a tragic hot mess.
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Last night, The Frisky staff took a little field trip to Times Square to see the new Broadway play, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is, of course, based on the Truman Capote novela of the same name. (There’s also a little movie version starring Audrey Hepburn that you’ve probably heard of, but the play stuck closer to the original.) Starring the drop-dead gorgeous Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryan on “Game of Thrones”) as Holly Golightly and Cory Michael Smith as Fred, the play, like the novella, is based during the ’40s in the midst of World War II, and tells the story of the infectious and charming, but ultimately untethered Holly and the wide-eyed neighbor who gets wrapped up in her mysterious life. Clarke and Smith are both fantastic in their roles, with Clarke — who also sings a bit for the role — especially putting her own spin on the iconic character. Also! The costumes by the legendary Colleen Atwood are stunning, Holly’s cat “Cat” is playing by a real, live adorable feline, and there’s a full-on nude bathtub scene between Holly and Fred that was worth the wait. All in all, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was an engaging and moving staging of a beloved classic. And the best part is? One lucky reader will win two tickets to see the play on Broadway, as well as dinner at Glass House Tavern in NYC. Find out more about the prize and how to enter after the jump! Keep reading »
Earlier this month, Lizzy, a seven-year-old corgi, got fired from a West End production of “The Audience” starring Helen Mirren after she failed to make her mark in “16 consecutive preview performance nights.” She was replaced by a younger rival named Coco. (The corgi, I mean, not Helen Mirren.)
This week, on the other side of the pond, another four-legged Broadway star got the axe. Keep reading »
Tina Fey’s on the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly all done up as America’s favorite prostitute, Holly Golightly from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” And you thought she was too much of a class act to show her pussy on the cover of a magazine, didn’t you? [Entertainment Weekly]
We interrupt this blog roll to bring you news of an important new study: A recent Radio Times poll asked men and women to rate their favorite female film icons, and astoundingly, men rated Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder number one, whereas women chose Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. Judging from the number of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” posters on teenage girls’ walls, this is hardly a surprise. And what dude isn’t gonna pick a hot Bond chick in a bikini? The guys’ second pick was Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” (interesting), followed by Carrie Fisher in “Star Wars” (of course). Second on the lady list? A tie between Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” leaving us to go ahead and assume they polled our grandmas. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
In the 1961 classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, flits around New York City wearing Givenchy dresses and oversized shades. Many a woman has since tried to pull off Holly’s look, particularly the big sunglasses. The sunnies are supposedly a discontinued Ray-Ban style, so the movie’s title character, Tiffany & Co., has stepped in to fill the void. The brand is now selling Tiffany Charms sunglasses, which are reminiscent of the pair from the movie, in black, Tiffany blue, and purple. Of course, Tiffany wouldn’t make regular ole eyewear, so these feature charms you can switch up depending on whether you’re in a “T,” Tiffany logo, or heart kind of mood. Would you buy these to be one step closer to Holly Golightly? [Also, you would think that Ray-Ban would've stepped up and started producing them again by now. Guess they're too busy raking in Wayfarer sales.--Editor] [Luxist] Keep reading »
“Was Holly Golightly Really a Prostitute?” The New Yorker wonders. A British stage production of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s prompted the Telegraph to ask the same question. After the jump, what The New Yorker uncovered. Keep reading »
And please don’t say “Sex & The City.” Just in time for Fashion Week, Turner Classic Movies has released its list of their top 15 “favorite fashion trendsetting classic films” and we easily agree with their picks (and not just because we’re related). There’s simply no match for Faye Dunaway’s tams and pencil skirts in “Bonnie and Clyde” (number 10), not to mention those cheekbones. In “And God Created Woman” (7) Brigitte Bardot brought the bikini to the forefront of fashion and epitomized sexy style. We love that for “Annie Hall” (13), Diane Keaton stuck to her guns and insisted they shoot her wearing what she preferred in real life, menswear-inspired (and actual) trousers and vests. And while we admit that there’s simply no rival for Grace Kelly’s impeccably-dressed, haute couture turn in “Rear Window,” as clichéd a film as it has become, it’s Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (9) that we’ll always think of when it comes to the ultimate marriage between fashion and film. Well, that and “Blade Runner,” which, um, oddly didn’t make the cut. Check out the entire list here. Keep reading »
Women love movies. Dudes love movies too. Unfortunately, women and men don’t always love the same movies — that’s why we once vetoed a dude because he couldn’t see the cinematic power of Fear. When you’ve got a boyfriend or even when you’re just going on a date with someone new, going to the cinema necessitates negotiation. You want emotions and romance and hot guys, he wants explosions, and blood, and protruding limbs. You want Reese Witherspoon, he wants Bruce Willis. 27 Dresses sounds awesome, 28 Days Later not so much.
Now be honest, how many times have you been talked into seeing a movie that ends with an epic battle where the hero’s head comes flying off at the sharp edge of a masculine sword? If the answer to that question is anything other than “zero,” you need our help in choosing chick flicks he’ll actually like.
Lucky for you, we’ve assembled an amazing list of compromises: 10 chick flicks your dude will totally like. We understand all the elements that make up a great movie: a compelling story, some humor, and a hot person or, you know, five. But before that, start off with Ask Men’s Top Ten Guy Movies Women Will Like. You can opt for one of their’s next movie night, or you could skip the blood and guts fest and give HIM a lesson in film appreciation with these chick flicks he’ll have a hard-on for, after the jump… Keep reading »