Celebrity

‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Eats a Hot Dog in Batman Sketch on ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’

With the recent end of the first season of the uniquely slow and slowly excellent Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan seems… Read More

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Kanye’s Butt Not Balancing Champagne on ‘Paper Magazine’ Cover, But He Still Has a Lot to Say

As you probably recall, the image that lived up to its “#Break the Internet” title (AKA Kim Kardashian balancing a coupe… Read More

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Meryl Streep Is Combatting Hollywood Misogyny With Writers Lab for Women Over 40

No one ever needed another reason to love Meryl Streep, and yet, throughout the decades, the reasons have kept — and will… Read More

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Michael Eric Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West Fails to Count Activism as Real Work

The two times I’ve seen Cornel West in person in the last four years were very different experiences. The first time, he was getting arrested to protest New York City’s racially biased “stop-and-frisk” policy at my precinct in Harlem. I watched, camera aloft and chanting, as he and a mixed-race, mixed-gender, mixed-age group were loaded into a police truck, handcuffed. The second time was at a Jane Austen Society of North America conference, where West, a keynote speaker, brought the (surely not entirely progressive) house down with his class and religion-based readings of Austen’s texts and praise of her literary genius. … Read More

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Rue From ‘The Hunger Games’ Understands Something About Racism That So Many Americans Don’t

Her gorgeous performance as Rue from The Hunger Games attracted a cascade of racist responses on social media, but now teenager Amandla Sternberg is becoming a public voice on the topics of race and culture, thanks to a Tumblr video that has gone viral. In a few short, well-produced moments, Sternberg answered one question that American media consumers and creators fail to understand, and raised another that we’d all do well to seriously consider. And she did it all as history class project, with the help of a friend. … Read More

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The Mixed Message of Louis CK’s Apology to Sarah Palin

Louis CK slammed Sarah Palin with some particularly vulgar, obscene, anatomy-focused tweets back in 2010. They helped explode his Twitter popularity and resulted in Greta Van Susteren threatening to protest if he was named host of the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner. … Read More

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Read Tilda Swinton’s Swooning Amy Schumer ‘Time 100′ Tribute

The Time 100 always represents a strange confluence of agendas: celebrities big-upping their pals, actors trying to look smart… Read More

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Jemima Kirke’s Abortion: Can Celebrities’ Stories Make a Difference?

Jemima Kirke, who plays the troubled Jessa on Girls, had an abortion when she was younger. Because she felt she couldn’t tell her mother about her pregnancy, she struggled to pay for the procedure, foregoing anesthesia to lighten the bill. She tells the story in a new video for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Her quiet and powerful testimony has kicked off an interesting debate about the power of storytelling, and celebrity story-sharing, in changing the currently dismal climate for reproductive rights. … Read More

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star as Florist/Murderer Seymour in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at New York’s City Center

Jake Gyllenhaal proved, with Nightcrawler, his aptitude for playing horrific dweebs. (Of course, across his very full resume — to… Read More

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