Fuck Suicide? No, Henry Rollins, Fuck You

Last week, I wrote here about depression and suicide, apropos of the death of Robin Williams. In the week since, I’ve thought a lot about the media coverage of his death, and how impressive and non-sensationalist most (albeit not all) of it has been. Well, the tone changed yesterday afternoon, when Henry fucking Rollins waded in with a column for the LA Weekly entitled “Fuck Suicide.” In it, Rollins addressed the death of Robin Williams with his usual sledgehammer subtlety — leading with an acknowledgement that “I am sure some will strongly disagree with what I’m about to say,” and wheeling out pretty much every manifestation of the “suicide is weak/selfish/etc” trope one can imagine. … Read More

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Twitter and Abuse: Some Users Are More Equal Than Others

After all we’ve read in the last few months about Twitter’s disinclination to solve the problem of people using the platform to anonymously abuse other users, hey, suddenly Twitter’s taking the problem seriously! In the wake of the godawful abuse aimed at Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda in the wake of his suicide, Twitter is apparently “evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one.” This is welcome news, of course. It’s just a shame that it took so damn long. … Read More

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For the Weird Kid Who Has Everything: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book

Your film editor has a baby girl who is about to turn one, and my wife and I are looking ahead at the kinds of coloring books and activity literature that we’d like to start putting in front of her. There’s some good stuff out there, but I can’t help noticing that they’re all suspiciously short of one important element: actor Nicolas Cage. Lucky for me, newbie UK press Haunt Me has stepped in to fill that void with Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book, featuring paper dolls, mazes, searches, and more, all inspired by the slightly unhinged thesp. They’ve been kind enough to share a few pages with us; for more info (and to order a copy of your own), head over to their Tumblr. … Read More

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Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014

Lauren Bacall, the legendary actress and one of the last living icons from Hollywood’s classic era, died yesterday in… Read More

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The Underrated Acting Legacy of Robin Williams

People are writing about Robin Williams. There will be much more writing about him. It started on social media, when the sad and horrifying news of his death, by apparent suicide, broke last night; it felt like we knew him, so long had he been a part of our lives, and we wanted to talk about him. Now there are obituaries and testimonials, remembrances and praise. Because Mr. Williams’ talent was so copious, because he did — and excelled at — so many things, there are many ways to consider him: as a groundbreaking stand-up comedian, as a childhood hero (if you’re my age, it’s from Mork and Popeye; for younger viewers, it’s Aladdin and Doubtfire and Jumanji), as a humanitarian, as a mentor, as an open book who shared his struggles with substances and mental health. He was all of those things. He was also one of our most talented and versatile actors—a man whose gifts were, through much of his life, wildly underappreciated. … Read More

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Ian McKellen Helps South African Director Propose to His Boyfriend, Adorably

What do you do when you’re a South African movie director and want Patrick Stewart to help you propose to your… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Why Can’t Ricky Gervais Leave David Brent Alone?

It’s hard to remember now, but when the UK original version of The Office, starring co-creator and co-writer Ricky Gervais, first aired in 2001, it was a revelation — a wickedly funny, desperately sad mockumentary style look into the denizens of one paper-pushing company. It was the loneliness and desperation that burned through the screen, whether it was big boss David Brent’s (played by Gervais) attempts at fame and friendship or Tim’s (Martin Freeman’s) fight for something like love and sanity. It was a marvelous work, equal parts comedy and tragedy, certainly worthy of (high) placement in the all-time-best-show-ever pantheon. Gervais played the role of Brent so well that it felt like he was Brent, at times. The show felt lived in and accurate about the daily misery of the working man. It was not a show made by people who had no idea what it was like to be in an office job that could maybe become your life; rather, it was steeped in that existential terror. … Read More

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24-Year-Old Beyoncé Revealed the Secrets to Her Future World Domination in a 2006 ‘Cosmo’ Interview

Yesterday, to surprisingly little fanfare, Cosmopolitan reposted a 2006 interview with Beyoncé in which, Cosmo writes, she essentially predicted her future. It’s an intriguing glimpse behind the curtain, one that she hasn’t really given us in quite a while, despite releasing ostensibly revealing “documentaries” like HBO’s Life Is But A Dream and that five-part Beyoncé documentary that was posted on YouTube, which seem candid but actually tell us nothing. … Read More

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