Mindy Kaling

Flavorwire’s Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More

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Etiquette Tips from 10 Pop Culture Icons

You’re not a proper celebrity these days unless you’re a brand and you’ve cornered the lifestyle market. Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Blake Lively are just a few of the famous figures who have built their empire by offering fans wellness tips, recipes, fashion exclusives, and more. Liv Tyler is joining the ranks of celebrity lifestyle gurus with a new book she wrote with her grandmother, Modern Manners: Tools to Take You To The Top. Etiquette is always in style, so we’ve brought you tips from pop culture’s finest that will improve your politeness and make you a better person. … Read More

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10 Film and TV Actresses on the State of Female Characters

A recent study from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism reported that only 28.4% of the 4,475 speaking characters in 100 of the most successful films in 2012 were female. It was a 4.4% drop since 2009. On-screen women are still struggling to have a voice in media, but the actresses who play them have plenty to say off-screen about the state of female characters in Hollywood and television. We looked to ten different actresses for their thoughts on the difficulties and successes women experience when playing women. … Read More

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‘The Mindy Project’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: Is a Sophomore Slump Inevitable?

If there is any show on television that has backed itself into a corner, it’s The Mindy Project. The sitcom’s phenomenal first season was like an exhilarating car ride in an automobile that isn’t all that sturdy and could crash at any second, but that’s sort of half the fun. Last season left Mindy Kaling’s character following Pastor Casey (Anders Holm) to Haiti, where he would do missionary work for his church and she would, ostensibly, provide medical care for those less fortunate. The idea itself, while not genuinely in poor taste, is a tough comedic conundrum, because there’s little to laugh at about Haiti; many people there do suffer, so Mindy and Casey working there altruistically puts the show’s main character, known for being self-involved, in a tight spot in terms of what she can do and how she can make us laugh. … Read More

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Let Mindy Kaling Be an Asshole

There’s a famous scene at the conclusion of a first-season West Wing episode in which White House chief of staff Leo McGarry, frustrated by President Bartlett’s timidity and caution at governance, hands him a note with a proposed new strategy: “Let Bartlett be Bartlett.” That moment flashed in my mind while reading that Mindy Kaling is “rethinking likability” going into the second season of her ever-evolving Fox sitcom The Mindy Project. In short: her initial notion — which shouldn’t be a radical one — was that the character of Mindy Lahiri didn’t have to be conventionally “likable,” and would in fact be more interesting (and funnier) if she wasn’t, always, all the time. Now Kaling’s walking that back. And that’s a mistake. … Read More

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Celebrities’ Punk Rock Selfies From Last Night’s Met Gala

Selfies aren’t just for the layfolk. Even celebrities take them now and again, and last night’s extravagant, punk-themed Met Gala — corresponding with the museum’s latest Costume Institute exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture — was an opportune time for the glitterati to take to social media with pictures of their dresses, hairdos, nails, and other accessories (including friends and other fabulous people). We scoured Instagram and Twitter to bring you the best of last night’s selfies. Take a peek through the images below, including a sufficiently punked-up Madonna sporting tartan and rocking a black bob, a very pink Debbie Harry, Katy Perry’s bling-tastic nails, and Zooey Deschanel’s pretty (if questionably punk) hairdo. Oh and, erm, Alicia Keys in a bathrobe. … Read More

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Celebrities Praising Celebrities: The Best Tributes From the Annual “Time 100″ List

Time magazine released its annual “Time 100” this week — a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list is, as usual, light on shock; it pretty much features the political figures, artists, athletes, and philanthropists you’d expect. What makes the feature compelling is the deployment of similarly well-known folks to write testimonials about the influential people they admire. Since we love hearing about the actors our favorite actors love, it warms our hearts to read, for example, Jon Hamm’s fan letter to his fellow AMC star Bryan Cranston. “Over the past five seasons,” Hamm writes, “I’ve marveled at Bryan’s ability to turn Breaking Bad’s Walter White from a feckless, terrified father and husband to a ruthless, terrifying father, husband and crime lord. The transformation is mesmerizing. The performance is fearless. Bryan is that good.” These stunt tributes don’t always work (particularly in the political realm — the only thing we want to read less than Sarah Palin’s tribute to Glenn Beck is Ted Nugent’s tribute to Sarah Palin), but when they do, they’re a joy to read. See our favorite celeb-penned tributes from the past five years of “Time 100″ below. … Read More

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Will Tina Fey’s Readers Make Lena Dunham’s Book a Hit?

Last October, 26-year-old actor, writer, and filmmaker, Lena Dunham signed a book deal for the reported sum of $3.7 million. After Dunham met with several publishers, Random House came out on top in a bidding war The New York Times called “one of the most heated auctions of the year,” purchasing the rights to her upcoming debut essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned. The Times quoted Dunham as saying that she’s “thrilled to be working with… Random House, and to be among their incredible roster of authors. I look forward to digging deep… to produce the most thoughtful and personal book I can.” … Read More

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