2943 posts categorized "POP CULTURE"

Jan 26 2015
Need To Know: Bashin' Carrie + BIRDMAN Spreads Its Wings + Snow Joke + Diplo Blow + PARIS Still BURNING + MORE! Comments (0)

Debbie-ReynoldsOh, how they do Carrie on!

*widget boy cultureSAG honors, daughter Carrie Fisher roasts, living legend Debbie Reynolds.

*widget boy cultureRedmayne upsets Keaton, Birdman upsets Boyhood at SAG; full winner list.

*widget boy cultureNYC might get three FEET of snow.

*widget boy cultureSarah Palin's racist, meandering speech in Iowa was so weird DNC thanked her.

*widget boy cultureColin Farrell pushes for marriage equality in Ireland.

*widget boy cultureJindahl believes that amending U.S. Constitution vs. gay marriage is do-able.

*widget boy cultureDiplo says Taylor Swift's fans are “the worst people in the world.”

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*widget boy cultureJennie Livingston revisits her landmark Paris Is Burning doc.

*widget boy cultureMale models flash peen on the runway.

*widget boy cultureMaryland's new governor disenfranchises LGBT people IMMEDIATELY.

*widget boy cultureUnexpectedly, marriage equality in Alabama is on hold.

*widget boy cultureCarly Fiorina: Former U.S. senator & Sec. of State Clinton's never done anything.

*widget boy cultureHillary polls better than Obama in rural areas. (Wonder why??)

Hillary-clinton_2440834bShe will run, she will win.

 
Jan 22 2015
Need To Know: Throwing SHADES + By Alien Means + Jeb & Mitt 2016 + Je Suis Idiot + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFifty Shades of Grey looks ridiculous, but it's tracking to be huge.

*widget boy culture130,000 pages of declassified UFO files hit the Web.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's victory-lap Facebook post as hacker is arrested.

*widget boy cultureRunaways Svengali Kim Fowley has died @ 75.

*widget boy cultureMAYBE THEY'LL CANCEL OUT?: Jeb & Mitt meeting in Utah.

*widget boy cultureISIL executions were real, but not necessarily about homosexuality.

*widget boy cultureThese are the only states that care about transgender students.

*widget boy cultureParis vs. Fox News—“this guy's clearly a complete idiot.”

*widget boy cultureMinnesota dad vs. his black daughter's school bullies.

*widget boy cultureThis poor ball boy at the Australian Open really lived up to his name:

 
Jan 21 2015
You Mad? Comments (0)

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Because Republicans are thin-skinned hypocrites who need to be run out of office in 2016 anyway, they're all mad that the president got the best of them during his SOTU speech last night.

Watch the classic zinger after the jump...

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Jan 20 2015
How Madonna Got Her MOJO Back Comments (0)

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Madonna's latest magazine cover—for Mojo—drops January 27.

 

 
Jan 19 2015
Need To Know: If Cheyenne Were A Tree... + Black Monday + Gayish + An Obama 'FIRST!' + Such A Dick + MORE! Comments (0)

Cheyenne-Jackson“How's that marriage going?” she asked, awkwardly.

*widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson goes along with a nonsensical review for Get Out!

*widget boy cultureRaven-Symoné didn't look black enough to get roles, so she tanned herself.

*widget boy cultureIf you're gay but don't feel like you fit in with other LGBT people, here ya go.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama will field questions from YouTube stars.

*widget boy cultureListen to Kurt Cobain's never-heard, long-lost mix tape.

*widget boy cultureGreg Plitt's death likely was the result of a slip-up while filming.

*widget boy culturePlitt's incredible body and bulge in gallery form.

*widget boy culturePodesta, Clinton I & Obama official, on board with Clinton II?

*widget boy cultureJustin Bieber and his big weiner are lampooned on SNL:

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Keep reading after the jump for three SNL spoofs of Bieber...

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Jan 17 2015
GOLDEN Oldie: Betty White Turns 93 Comments (0)

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Betty White turns 93 years old today, and it's celebrated by her Hot in Cleveland friends and family via flash mob. Video after the jump...

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Jan 16 2015
Lost World: A Review Of STILL ALICE Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE RATING: *** out of ****

In Still Alice, an articulate, accomplished linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) begins to forget things. She gets lost. She repeats herself. She suspects she could have a brain tumor, but the real answer is even more devastating—at the age of 50, she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Her workaholic husband (Alec Baldwin), handsome son (Hunter Parrish) and warring daughters—one archly perfect (Kate Bosworth), one studiously rebellious (Kristen Stewart)—have to cope with this out-of-the-blue development, and must make choices about their own lives and about the woman who is at the core of their family.

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland were hired to adapt the film from Lisa Genova's highly regarded novel of the same name, and wound up directing it. The partners in creativity and in love have crafted a no-frills, achingly intimate document of what often is a breathtakingly swift decline, one which allows Moore precious little space in which to do anything more than be. The result is a moving, unaffected, ephemeral performance of the type for which she is renowned, and a performance which could become the one that finally brings her the Oscar she's richly deserved for many years.

Still-Alice--Kristen-Stewart-and-Julianne-Moore_article_story_largeBaldwin, always so good, may have burned himself with his long stint on 30 Rock and as a frequent SNL host; he has snarky resting face, which distracts from his character and from the film. Stewart, on the other hand, gives a mature performance that perfectly complements Moore's. The others aren't really fleshed out enough to judge.

Ultimately, the film is so hands-off it sometimes feels a little underdeveloped. That hurts it as an overall artistic statement, making it feel like an unadorned TV movie at times, but that approach does nothing to damage Moore and Stewart's effortless shared depth.

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As a postscript: It may surprise some to know that Westmoreland's directing career was launched in gay porn in the '90s, and that his work with Glatzer includes the broadly comic The Fluffer (2001), set in that milieu. Less of a surprise is that the men co-directed the affecting drama Quinceañera in 2006.

 
Jan 15 2015
Oscar Nominations Are In: When Do We March? Comments (0)

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The Oscar nominations are in, and there are some snubs and surprises.

Most shocking to me was the hardcore snubbing of Selma. It's a really good film, a biopic with a lot of nuance and artistry. It's absolutely, unequivocally on par with and I would argue better than—as a film, as a piece of direction, as a collection of performances—The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game—and yet the achievements by director Ava DuVernay and lead actor David Oyelowo were ignored. (This guy's pissed, too.)

I have to say I must be living in a bubble, because I had thought Nightcrawler and Jake Gyllenhaal were going to be nominated. It was my favorite movie of the year, it's got nearly universal praise (far better reviews than The Theory of Everything and American Sniper), and it's a subject I would have thought voters would find engaging. It's a shame.

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I wasn't in the least bit surprised that Jennifer Aniston didn't get nominated. I haven't seen Cake, but no matter how good she is, I think it is perceived pretty clearly as a naked attempt at awards, a true, old-fashioned vehicle. And Aniston has not built up the kind of serious-effort points from the Academy to be this year's Sandra Bullock or Reese Witherspoon. Plus, the film has been negatively reviewed even if her performance has drawn compliments.

The most irritating development to me (aside from the out-of-nowhere embrace of American Sniper, the movie with the worst reviews of the eight nominated and a movie I have zero interest in seeing and now many have to) is the strong showing by Foxcatcher. I found that movie compelling throughout in a dry way, but as much as I love Steve Carell, I truly think his performance is silly. It comes off as phony and the fake nose changes from scene to scene. Why is the prosthesis even necessary? His character was not that famous to the average filmgoer that capturing his exact appearance was that important. The film's credibility is also seriously damaged by what feels like a strong-armed attempt to make it into a dated ick-fest regarding a creepy homo. To be sure, du Pont was almost certainly getting off on being surrounded by those jocks, but the framing the director used of this story feels exploitative and vaguely homophobic.

Check out all the nominations after the jump, with my notes, and please feel free to share yours. Blue are the ones I say will win, and if there is a pink choice, that's the one I wish would win. Otherwise, I'm happy for the one I think will win. Got it?...

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