It’s officially December, and it’s getting chilly out there. So you know what that means: ’tis the season to cuddle up in front of a fireplace or, erm, beneath an overheated laptop and listen to some of your favorite holiday stories while you dunk your cookies in your milk. And hey, if those holiday stories are being read to you by John Krasinski or Molly Ringwald, well, so much the better. After the jump, we’ve collected a few seasonal tales as performed or read by famous actors, from the serious to the silly. Click through for some well-deserved story time, and be sure to point us towards any tales with notable readers that we missed in the comments. … Read More
I love John Hughes movies, but I’ve always been more of a Sixteen Candles or Breakfast Club girl than a diehard Pretty in Pink fan. That said, it’s a film that I both own and have seen countless times on TV. But never in all my years of watching have I ever stopped to wonder about whether or not Duckie, Andie’s angsty, Otis Redding crooning, bicycle riding BFF (who, now that I do think about it, was an obvious predecessor to My So-Called Life’s Brian Krakow), was gay. According to Molly Ringwald, he was one of the many gay characters who Hughes included in his work — even if it wasn’t something that the two ever discussed directly. … Read More
Well, kids, it’s Valentine’s Day, and those of you who aren’t looking to go out and spend a fortune at a swanky restaurant (read: those of you who are married or in relationships that have been going long enough that you’re not trying to impress each other anymore) may very well choose to stay in for the holiday, cuddling up on the couch and enjoying a nice romantic comedy. Except, ugh, they’re all terrible.
Or so it seems, in this Heigl/Hudson/Hugh/Sarah-Jessica saturated cinematic marketplace. But believe it or not, there are some genuinely great romantic comedies out there — smart, tender, funny movies that make you laugh and warm your heart. No, seriously! We’ve not only managed to collect ten of them, but even an alternate choice or two for each. Snuggle up and enjoy after the jump. … Read More
Hollywood has a way of telling us who we are and who we should be, and there’s no one more amenable to its requests than its own biggest commodities — actors. The handful of molds are generally unchanging: the blonde bimbo, the unmarriageable brunette, the debonair gentleman, the dopey, dorky friend. Any number of people can fill these steadfast forms — Jean Harlows are replaced by Grace Kellys are replaced by Marilyn Monroes are replaced by Madonnas. But once an actor has been molded into an archetype, it’s often difficult for them to be anything else. Still, even those who get caught in the quicksand of typecasting can sometimes eventually make it out, like these pigeonholed actors, who, for better or for worse, finally played a kind of different role. … Read More
Prepare to feel old: Ralph Macchio is 48 years old. Glad we got that out of the way. So, there are several reasons to watch the trailer for Wax On, F*ck Off, a faux documentary about Macchio’s attempt to stop being so happy and revive his career by becoming a Hollywood bad boy. There’s a cameo by Molly Ringwald that reminds us why we used to love her so much. A cocaine smiley face. Macchio does the infamous “Crane Kick” in a bar, and says things like, “Bonsai, motherfucker.” It’s the best Funny or Die clip we’ve seen in a while, and it actually gets funnier as it goes along. While we have absolutely no interest in seeing the remake, we’d pay for this movie — but that might be our late ’80s obsession with Daniel LaRusso talking. … Read More
Across the pond, debate is raging over a controversial new ad by online retailer Tesco. No, it isn’t racist or sexist or homophobic. But it does discriminate — against redheaded children. The copy plastered over an image of a carrot-top preschooler reads: “SANTA love all kids. Even GINGER ones.” Now, we’re not denying that Tesco intended the ad to be funny. We just don’t think a major company should be making jokes that could actually hurt red-headed little kids. They already have to grapple with insanely sun-sensitive skin.
So, as a bottle redhead dating a natural redhead (don’t worry, our hair isn’t the same shade; that would be weird), we feel the need to defend our people. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our ten favorite gingers. Who’s… Read More
With her distinctively coiffed hair and perfectly crafted synthpop, La Roux’s Elly Jackson revives the spirit of the Eurythmics and the Human League.
The 21-year-old artist is quick to declare her love for George Michael and lack thereof for Lady Gaga, while citing everyone from David Bowie to Molly Ringwald among her influences. Her self-titled debut album, written with producer Ben Langmaid, is full of back-to-back hits in the making, and has already made her a star in her native UK. … Read More