Celebrity

Why Gwyneth Paltrow Will Always Inspire Schadenfreude

When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin broke the news of their “conscious uncoupling” on GOOP yesterday afternoon, the announcement immediately crashed the lifestyle website and sent the average person into peals of laughter. And after that laughter came the feelings like, “Oh, Gwyneth. It’s too bad you’re getting a separation! Why did you announce it on your lifestyle website, using the most hilarious wording possible? What is a ‘conscious uncoupling,’ and is that better than the way that some people head towards severing a relationship, where they’re throwing vases across the room and having to deal with crazy mediators en route to a divorce?” … Read More

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Gwyneth Paltrow Announces Divorce from Chris Martin in Most Gwyneth Paltrow Way Ever

Via her lifestyle newsletter/website Goop, which now looks to be crashed, mere minutes after the message posted.

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“Talk and Listen, Listen and Talk”: Acting Tips From Robert Duvall’s SXSW Panel

AUSTIN, TX: Robert Duvall, as you might expect, is a man of few words. He’s in Austin this week for the North American premiere of A Night in Old Mexico, a film that his Lonesome Dove screenwriter William D. Witliff had been trying to make for something like 35 years, so he joined film critic Leonard Maltin for an hour-long “Conversation with Robert Duvall” on Tuesday afternoon. And Duvall, while endlessly fascinating and full of kind words for his previous collaborators, wasn’t always forthcoming; most of his answers were short and simple, leaving Maltin to coax as many words of wisdom as he could from the 83-year-old actor. But he did occasionally get the legendary thespian to impart a few thoughts on his life’s work. … Read More

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SXSW: The 10 Best Quotes from “A Conversation with Tilda Swinton”

AUSTIN, TX: Tilda Swinton has, perhaps not entirely purposely, cultivated a persona of genuine strangeness. Maybe it’s the offbeat roles she chooses, her fascinating romantic life, her tendency to turn up in, say, a glass case at MoMA. (Maybe it’s the fake Twitter account.) But anyone attending her interview sidebar at SXSW Saturday only experienced occasional flashes of that peculiarity; in the flesh and in conversation, Swinton is warm, eloquent, and wonderful. Rather than louse it up with a bunch of poorly-matched prose, your film editor decided to just get out of the way, and share some of her best moments from the panel. … Read More

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Spike Lee’s Speech and the Problem With How We Talk About Gentrification

You may well have read by now about Spike Lee’s lengthy response to a question about gentrification during a lecture he gave at Pratt in honor of African American History Month (if not, the entire text is here — and, yes, everyone is, unfortunately, calling it a “rant”). As one might expect from such a polemic, there’s been a pretty polarized response to Lee’s views; depending on who you read, either he’s dead right or he’s talking out of his ass. The thing is, though, the current discussion about gentrification in NYC isn’t helping anyone, and the sort of rhetoric that Lee is throwing around is a prime example of why. … Read More

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Roll With Whoopi in New Web Series

Have you ever had a mildly amusing conversation with friends, then, somewhere in the middle, worked out the formula “Wow,… Read More

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Clean Person Jolie Kerr’s Cleaning Advice to Pop Culture Icons

For years, when I’ve found myself in sticky domestic situations — clogged toilets, red wine spills, and, well, red wine vomit — I’ve turned to my friend Jolie Kerr. She’s always given me the best advice on how to clean up after myself and feel like a real grownup — and done so without shaming me (I mean, who hasn’t thrown up red wine?). She began to put her handy advice to good use at The Hairpin, in her column “Ask a Clean Person,” which now runs on Jezebel and Deadspin under the moniker “Squalor.” Her columns have proved the need for a friendly, down-to-earth, judgement-free advice-giver, and today sees the publication of her ultimate cleaning manual: My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag… and Other Questions You Can’t Ask Martha. … Read More

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Alec Baldwin Says Goodbye to All That Public Accountability

Greta Garbo is famously associated with a line she delivered in the 1932 drama Grand Hotel: “I want to be alone.” When she retired from Hollywood just a few years later, she embraced that sentiment in her private life: she refused to do interviews, she did not sign autographs, she did not answer fan mail. She eschewed the trappings of celebrity, but did so with a grace that is so rarely seen in celebrities of any kind. She didn’t make a big deal out of it, because doing so would only attract the attention she didn’t want in the first place. She most certainly would never have publicly announced her retirement from public life in a nearly 5,000-word statement to a magazine. Yet that’s what Alec Baldwin has done in this week’s New York magazine. He’s finished with public life, and he’s here, publicly, to tell you all about it. … Read More

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The Sad Truth About Why People Dismiss Bill Cosby’s Accusers

This week, the internet’s been discussing older allegations against America’s Dad, i.e. Bill Cosby. Tom Scocca at Gawker was the first to point out that Cosby has been accused of some pretty serious harassment in the past. After setting out the allegations as reported in the mid-2000s, Scocca notes that they had little impact on either Cosby’s standing in the culture or on his new development deal for a sitcom:

Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle…

Conceptually, it was the sensible way to deal with it. No one was talking about it anymore. The whole thing had been, and it remained, something walled off from our collective understanding of Bill Cosby.

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