Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” is almost certainly a lesbian, according to stand-up comic James Adomian, who lovingly refers to the iconic Disney diva in a recent viral bit as a “big dyke with a butch haircut.” Adomian, who is openly gay, doesn’t believe that Ursula deserves the negative treatment she receives in the movie. “Every time I’ve ever met a woman like that in my life,” he says, “she’s been awesome.”
To an extent, Adomian is right: Ursula definitely has deep roots in queer culture. According to bonus materials on “The Little Mermaid” DVD, Ursula was modeled after the famous drag performer Divine, star of the original “Hairspray.” Keep reading »
I rarely go see movies in the theaters — people loudly chewing popcorn! tickets are so expensive! — but an exception will absolutely be made for “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s adaptation of the page-turning Gillian Flynn novel. I loved the book, but was feeling a little ho-hum about the casting, especially of Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, until this quickie clip from the movie was dropped on the internet today. In just 30 seconds, Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Amy perfectly capture the sexy but sort of off connection between the future husband and wife in their first meeting. That smile on Pike’s face says it all. “Gone Girl” hits theaters October 3.
The full trailer for “Mockingjay: Part One” is here and it looks a lot like Mockingjay the book: really, really, really not as good as the first two book in the Hunger Games series. (Sorry, Hollywood, I know you don’t want to hear this.) In “Part One” — “Mockingjay” has been split into two films — Katniss Everdeen is living in District 13 and fighting to save Peeta, who has been taken hostage and tortured by Panem. But if you’ve seen “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire,” I suppose you’ll see this trilogy (er, quad-logy?) through to the end. Personally, it’s got too many guns and fighter jets for my taste. What do you think?
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
Actress Brittany Murphy died almost five whole years ago. On September 12th, the last film she worked on before her sudden death will finally be in theaters. “Something Wicked” is a horror film/psychological thriller that looks to be about a newly-engaged couple who are stalked by a psycho. Andm well, how do I put this nicely? It does not look to be the same caliber of work as “Girl, Interrupted,” “Clueless,” or “8 Mile.” Murphy filmed “Something Wicked” six months before she died from a combination of pneumonia, anemia and prescription pills. Rest in piece, Britt. [The Wrap]
A few years ago, I was obsessed with reading Wetlands by Charlotte Roche, but only a few pages at a time, because the subject matter — one woman’s absolutely filthy hygiene habits and obsession with her bodily functions and fluids — was kind of stomach-turning. But as a bit of a gross girl myself — though not at all to the degree that Helen is — I was titillated by the book’s willingness to get completely and utterly vulgar, plus I got a kick out of the way she called her inner and outer labia “ladyfingers” and “dewlaps.” Anyway, a film version of “Wetlands” hits select theaters this Friday and critics who saw the German film at Sundance called it, amongst other things, “Eww is the warmest color” (a play on last year’s French hit, “Blue is the Warmest Color”) and “the most disgusting coming of age film of all time.” Prepare yourself for everything from masturbating with vegetables and oozing hemorrhoids, to guys jacking off on spinach pizza and very, very dangerous pubic hair grooming. NSFW trailer above — watch if you dare…