A group of 5th grade boys at Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, who call themselves the “Band Of Brothers,” have pretty much just restored my faith in humanity. These little boys are so kind and loving that they almost make you forget how cruel kids can be. When the “Band of Brothers” heard that other kids were picking on Danny Keefe, the six-year-old water boy for the local Pee Wee football team, they did more than come to his defense. Keep reading »
Last week, we showed you this new advertisement from the girls toy company GoldieBlox, spoofing the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls.” Well, the company’s use of the song has sparked a legal battle over copyright infringement — but before you assume that it’s the Beastie Boys suing GoldieBlox, think again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, while the band claims that the inclusion of “Girls” in the video doesn’t fall under fair use and is a “big problem” that has a “very significant impact,” it’s GoldieBlox that’s preemptively suing the Beastie Boys, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to “vindicate the rights” of the toy company. Their argument is that the lyrics to “Girls” are sexist and therefore their use of that song in an ad related to little girls’ empowerment qualifies as “parody.”
In my humble opinion, the American Music Awards are kind of the red-headed stepchild of all of the music awards. And thanks to Miley Cyrus’ performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs earlier this year, the AMAs will really have to bring their A-game if they want to stand out— and I think they will.
That’s why we’ll be watching and live tweeting, every step (and inappropriate dance number) of the way. (Above, watch the livestream of the red carpet.) Keep reading »
Months before “Breaking Bad” fans lost their shit after finally learning about the fates of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in the series finale, their portrayers, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, read the script for “Felina” for the first time. And a camera was there to capture their reactions as they read the script aloud. I love being able to see Cranston and Paul process the information they’ve just read; the realization that Jesse makes it out alive, and that Walt doesn’t. And the bits of scene description/non-dialogue are fabulous too: “That big M-60 has been placed in there sideways, mounted atop the rig Walt built. It rattles away, sweeping back and forth like Satan’s windshield wiper.” Genius. [via Gawker]
“Gravity” co-screenwriter Jonás Cuarón, son of the film’s director Alfonso, has made a short film of his own. “Aningaaq” gives us a peek at who was on the other side of Ryan Stone’s (Sandra Bullock’s) distress call. Aningaaq, a fisherman in Greenland, picks up; he and Ryan can barely understand one another, but the connection they share is still comforting and I can’t help but love it. [NYMag.com]
What is Photoshop for other than to create nonsense? At least this nonsense is for a good cause. To mark Thursday’s Great American Smoke Out, a national day to quit smoking, Ellen DeGeneres took some “Mad Men” clips, removed all references to smoking and replaced them with party blowers. Don Draper would have been a hell of a lot less mercurial with party blowers! Slightly more annoying, though. [Ellen TV]
I can’t believe “Girls”‘ third season starts in less than two months. It feels like just yesterday that the show was making its debut to a chorus of equal parts “IT’S THE BEST THING ON TV EVER” and “THIS SHIT DOESN’T REPRESENT ME OR ANYONE I KNOW.” So what’s ahead for “Girls” in season three? More of the same, from what I can glean! Hannah and Adam seem to be together and traversing through the wilderness, Jessa is back and more luminous than ever, Ray is still a loser and there’s not nearly enough Shoshanna. And, as these are post-Miley times, Hannah finds time to twerk against a gravestone. I’m sure there’s a great reason! Will you be watching on January 12? I will, but I’m just as predictable as they are.
You’d better watch the full-length trailer for Lars von Trier’s “Nymph()maniac” before YouTube realizes that there’s a fully exposed, bare vagina and pulls it. You can freeze frame and screen shot it for posterity. You won’t see Shia LaBeouf going down on anyone, but you will see some semen, full-frontal nudity and lot of sex. I mean, it is a movie about sex addiction. Graphic images aside, the movie looks like it’s going to be really interesting. [The Wrap]