Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback Shows We’re as Confused About Her as Ever

Sixteen years ago, I spent every morning eating Cheerios with no milk and reading the newspaper, like every kid who wanted to know what was going on in the world. But on a September day in 1998, my copy of The Boston Globe had a special section about The Starr Report, an exhaustive, R-rated tale of how then-President Bill Clinton had an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Blue dresses. Linda Tripp. A description of the President’s sexual proclivities. The cigar was included, in excruciating detail. … Read More

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Remember When Aretha Franklin Sang “I Dreamed a Dream” For Bill Clinton?

Perhaps you love Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Les Misérables. Maybe you’re really excited for the Broadway revival of the show — the second since the original production closed in 2003 — which celebrated its opening last week. Or maybe you are just the kind of person who gets a lot of joy from searching for YouTube clips of random people singing the first-act show-stopper, “I Dreamed a Dream.” If you fall into the last camp, congratulations! You are me. But that also means you may have discovered something pretty intriguing amid the videos of Anne Hathaway, Patti LuPone, and pitchy teenage girls: Aretha Franklin sang the song at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993. … Read More

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Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform a New Obama Campaign Song

A campaign song that starts with, “I kissed your sister, then I kissed your mama”? Just bear with outspoken Barack Obama supporter Bruce Springsteen for a minute, because while it doesn’t get any less silly, it does get more topical: “Let’s vote for the man who got Osama.” The Obama campaign is pulling out all the stops in the swing states, and yesterday that meant a rally in Parma, Ohio headlined by both Springsteen and Bill Clinton. As part of his solo acoustic set, the Boss debuted “Forward and Away We Go,” written in response to the campaign’s request for a song inspired by Obama’s 2012 slogan “Forward.” It’s a folksy bit of base-pleasing fluff, with a few rah-rah references to the president and VP’s latest debate victories, but we can’t imagine Springsteen meant it to be anything more. Watch his entire seven-song set at Consequence of Sound, or click through to skip straight to “Forward and Away We Go.” … Read More

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7 Unexpected Celebrity Cameos in Real Life

Bill Murray has attained something of a mythic status over the past few years for his habit of making unexpected cameos in real life. A number of stories about the late-blooming hipster party crasher have made the rounds, with varying degrees of believability. This week, Murray bolstered his reputation for showing up in random places by joining in on a Brooklyn kickball game. But the former Ghostbuster is not the only celebrity with a legendary ability to make unusual appearances. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite real-life cameos by celebrities that keep us wondering where they’ll turn up next. … Read More

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10 Contemporary Politicians’ Favorite Books

After it was revealed that Paul Ryan was a longtime Ayn Rand fanboy, reporters, critics, and the general public had a literary field day. Out came in-depth analyses of how Ryan’s fiscal policies were akin to Randian philosophies, and what character he would play in Atlas Shrugged. It all got us thinking about other political candidates and their literary preferences. Usually politicians are the ones who are being written about in books, not talking about them. So is Obama still as big of a fan of poetry as he was in his college days? Which classic novel for young ladies has a beloved spot on Hillary’s bookshelf? After the jump, we take a stroll through some contemporary politicos’ favorite reads. … Read More

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Watch 10 Celebrities Reading Famous Poems Aloud

In honor of National Poetry month, we at Flavorpill have been amping up our poetic coverage a little bit, from suggesting poems you can memorize to celebrating our favorite badass poets. But since poetry is really meant to be read aloud, we’ve also been celebrating the month by listening to some of our favorite celebrities reading famous poems. Now, audio recordings of celebrities — especially (British) actors — reading poetry are a dime a dozen, so we decided to limit the field to actual videos of celebrities performing readings and recitations, whether on stage, in a more intimate setting, or filmed solo. Click through to watch a few of your favorite public personas read you some poetry, and let us know which ones you like best in the comments. … Read More

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Watch Mindy Kaling Gossip with Conan About Meeting Bill Clinton

A few weeks ago, we witnessed a holiday miracle: Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling appeared together on Today to talk about books. They seemed to get along — but we didn’t know quite how big of an impression Kaling made on the former president until last night, when she told Conan O’Brien about their fateful meeting. She discussed how embarrassing it was to recommend Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook when he was shouting out Marcus Aurelius and the way all her friends seem to have a crush on Clinton, which got Kaling thinking about her own chances. “I’m kind of Bill Clinton’s type,” she told O’Brien. “I was thinking of Monica Lewinsky, and if he was gonna, like, throw away a marriage, I was thinking, ‘I have a good shot at this.’ I’m kind of peppy and psyched, and I’m a little chunky.” (Note to Mindy: Girl, you are not “chunky.”) As it turns out, Kaling left the set before Clinton and later learned that he was disappointed because he’d wanted to say goodbye to her. … Read More

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Video: Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling Talk Holiday Books

This morning in random but delightful TV pairings, Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling discuss their favorite holiday books on Today. After a brief aside to assure viewers that his wife and Barack Obama are doing everything they can to help stabilize North Korea, Clinton mused that books are “a wonderful way to get away from the helter-skelter of your life and throw yourself into something else” and the duo launched into their selections.

Kaling’s picks were pretty populist, including Stephen King, the photo book LADY GAGA x TERRY RICHARDSON, and even that book Gwyneth Paltrow wrote. Her top choice, to no one’s surprise, was Tina Fey’s Bossypants – and Clinton approved: “I love Tina Fey!” he said. “I think she is so funny.” The former president’s recommendations were stately and largely highbrow, including Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, which he reads every year. Watch the thoroughly enjoyable segment after the jump, and make sure to stick around till the end, when poor Ann Curry tries to pronounce the name of Irish poet Seamus Heaney and says “semen” instead. … Read More

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The Best (Or Is It Worst?) of Post-Scandal Famewhoring

It’s a big week for the literary world: Traci Nobles, the recipient of the infamous Anthony Weiner wiener messages, announced that she will, in fact, publish her adult memoir, I Freinded  You  (the misspelling is intentional), about her relationship with the congressman. Thank goodness! Here we were thinking she was walking away from it all with only a handful of steamy Facebook messages. But, no — Nobles instead is acting in what has become a grand American tradition of cashing in on her 15 minutes of peripheral scandal fame in the most obnoxious fashion imaginable. After the jump, join us in reminiscing in some of the most outrageous media circus famewhoring. Maybe you can help us decide if we should be disgusted or impressed with these slippery folks’ refusal to leave the spotlight. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Sesame Street’s YouTube channel was hacked over the weekend, and all of its content was taken down and replaced with a 7-minute hardcore porn. [via The Daily What]

2. If you’ve ever fantasized about Lady Gaga giving Bill and Hillary Clinton a Marilyn Monroe-style serenade, then it’s your lucky day. Watch a… Read More

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