In the new issue of Zoetrope All-Story, Lena Dunham contributes a short essay on her discovery of Alice Munro’s work. Fueled by a lazy night with the recent Munro adaptation Hateship, Loveship on demand, she turned to the collection that includes the original story, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, describing a night spent under the covers with the book, underlining nearly every line. … Read More
Let’s take a pop quiz. Please select the stupidest human being from the following three choices:
a) a famous actor who, when pulled over while intoxicated, goes off on a bizarre rant about Jewish people.
b) a famous actor who, when harassed by paparazzi, spews a homophobic slur.
c) a famous actor who, in the calm of an interview situation, looks into the eyes of a journalist, points his mouth in the direction of a tape recorder, and defends actors a) and b) as victims of “political correctness” and a culture where “no one can take a joke anymore.” … Read More
Just-turned 81-year-old joker Joan Rivers has a new book due out July 1st, the not-a-Tyler-Perry movie Diary of a Mad Diva, and she’s making headlines because of offensive content within: namely, that Girls creator, director, and star Lena Dunham is committing crimes against nudity by showing her body on television. According to the New York Daily News, Rivers claims that people watch Girls with “their hands over their eyes,” because Dunham is “the first fat girl naked on television.” She even suggests that Dunham could have a salad once in while, crudely. … Read More
Last night, as you’re well aware, the fourth season of Game of Thrones came to a close, and everyone went bananas. And perhaps, somewhere, some future literary superstar penned a fan letter to George R.R. Martin, telling him what an inspiration his work is. It’s not too much of a stretch — presumably in preparation for the finale, iO9 dug up that great fan letter that young Master Martin wrote to Marvel’s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, raving over the greatness of a recent Fantastic Four issue. Such a missive is a blast to read now; it’s also but one example of the fine tradition of superstars who reveal themselves (either before their own fame or after it) to be super-fans. … Read More
Ah, yes, celebrities: they’re just like us. Which means some of them are just as annoying as your aunt on Facebook, as unnecessarily cranky as your old college roommate on Twitter, and as insufferable as your #humblebrag colleague on Instagram. They’re basically The Worst, with the icing on the cake being that they have a built-in web audience since they’re celebrities. Here’s a guide to the worst offenders, from Ted Nugent to Jason Biggs to… Read More
As you may or may not have heard, depending on how many musical theatre nerds you know, the 2014 Tony Awards happened last night. Hosted by Wolverine, er, Hugh Jackman, the evening’s highlights included Jackman, LL Cool J, and T.I. performing a rap version of “Rock Island” from The Music Man; Audra McDonald winning her sixth Tony to become the first person to win in four different acting categories; Neil Patrick Harris unsurprisingly winning Best Actor in a Leading Role for Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and Carole King joining her fictionalized younger self from Beautiful onstage. … Read More
When you Google Melissa McCarthy, the top automated search suggestion is “Melissa McCarthy weight.” Sure, McCarthy stars on a popular TV show in which her plus-size status is central to the concept (Mike & Molly), but the fascination with her weight is voyeuristic at best, fat-shaming at worst.
This is nothing new, of course. The public is cruel when it comes to celebrity standards of beauty. But this week came another reminder that the problem extends beyond viewers. Despite being one of Hollywood’s most unanimous sweethearts in recent years — magazine editors, please try out a different tagline than “favorite funny gal” — McCarthy struggles to find designers to dress her on the red carpet. … Read More
For anyone who might have missed the latest thing an incensed celebrity said to a paparazzo, last weekend, Jonah Hill told one such pest to “suck [his] dick, faggot.” Last night on Jimmy Fallon, Hill earnestly apologized for the slur, saying that while he meant it as generically hurtful and not homophobic, “how you mean things doesn’t matter — words have weight in meaning. The word I chose was grotesque, and no one deserves to say or hear words like that.” He attempted to turn the offense, and public image calamity, into a lesson, saying, “If you’re watching this, and you’re a young person especially, if someone says something that hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do, and don’t respond with hatred and anger, because you’re just adding more ugliness to the world, and again, I’m so sorry.” … Read More
If you have a pulse and an internet connection, you’ve surely seen it by now: last night at the 2014 CFDA Awards, Rihanna wore a sheer Adam Selman gown, exposing her breasts (and behind) beneath a translucent sheen of glittering Swarovski crystals. Yes, the dress was was daring and risky, and people still seem to be struggling to get their heartbeats back down to a normal level. But the bigger shock is just that — the fact that people are still shocked by Rihanna, still aghast at an exposed bosom, still adhering to these strange Puritan standards of censorship that we should have shucked off four centuries ago. … Read More