There’s a certain aesthetic that I associate with decent to middling romantic comedies of the early millennium, usually starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, or Reese Witherspoon. This aesthetic surrounds a lovelorn heroine who is a clean-cut but slightly funky blonde, a little bit frenetic but also warm. She’s pretty for the guys and aspirational for the ladies, and utterly devoid of any real personality, grit, or distinctive cultural background. She’s a blank slate, made to reflect the projections of viewers, just as the big windows and gleaming surfaces of her home reflect her pretty face.
‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ Author Rebecca Harrington on Our Fascination With What Celebrities Eat
In Rebecca Harrington’s delicious, disgusting, and very funny new book, I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting, an expansion of her wildly popular “celebrity diet column” for New York Magazine‘s The Cut, the intrepid journalist and the author of the novel Penelope tries some truly nasty-sounding foods — Greta Garbo’s celery loaf, Marilyn Monroe’s raw eggs in warm milk, Dolly Parton’s Cabbage Soup — all in the pursuit of perfection. What we learn is that that pursuit is all pretty silly, as to properly emulate a female celebrity’s aspirational lifestyle, you have to live a truly awful life. Harrington’s book has some sharp feminist commentary about our demented diet culture underneath its candy shell, and we talked to her about the horrors of eating like the stars.
This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our …Read More
Hollywood is famous for its treatment of writers. They are the low man on the totem pole, the person banned from the set, the guy who wrote the Great American novel drinking himself to death in Los Angeles, rewriting dumb scripts. It’s funny, as Hollywood is also obsessed with portraying “writers” on screen. Flavorwire’s definitive, ranked list of the 50 Best Films About Writers of all time features the requisite mix of biopics, book adaptations (what’s up Stephen King and John Irving), foreign films that actually feature female writers, po-mo meta surrealist studies of madness (very frequent), and the works of Woody …Read More