Russell Brand

On Activism and Cynicism: An Hour Waiting for Russell Brand in Zuccotti Park

I walked down to Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon. I haven’t been there since Occupy Wall Street was forcibly removed from the park in November 2011. And, look, I’ll admit it — I never went to the park during Occupy, either. Like many people, I suspect, I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with activism — or, perhaps more accurately, with activists. Insofar as Occupy had defined goals (and one of the smartest and most interesting things about the movement was its inclusivity), I supported them — anyone who reads Flavorwire regularly will be unsurprised to know that we often lean left of center. But when it comes to direct action or marches or such things, I have always had a problem, and that problem has a name: drum circles. … Read More

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Let’s Stop Pretending Russell Brand Is Either a Savior or a Fool

Reading over the debate about Russell Brand’s political philosophy in the last couple of weeks has been entertaining, if also frustrating. It’s a paradigmatic exercise in why celebrity and politics don’t mix all that well, because primarily the debate has been framed thusly: is Russell Brand good, or bad? At least in the past, most have said bad, because they associate Russell Brand with sex jokes and Katy Perry. And that, my friends, is a boring discussion, and the wrong one to be having. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Courtney Love on Her Upcoming Memoir, Russell Brand’s MSNBC Takedown, and Amanda Bynes

Courtney Love: she’s back. Well, she’s never really been away, not from the news, anyway — but this month sees her touring for the first time in ages, and she’s also got an album due out at some point this year, along with a book and some sort of mysterious TV gig about which she’s been keeping mum thus far. In conversation, Love is pretty much as you’d expect — clearly very intelligent, very voluble, and entirely unpredictable, given to going off on lengthy tangents that rarely have a great deal to do with the question that’s been asked but are generally highly entertaining. Case in point: I called to ask about her new solo album and upcoming tour. We ended up talking about her upcoming memoir, how she got Russell Brand started in America, and what to do about Amanda Bynes. So it goes. … Read More

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This Week in Trailers: ‘Ted,’ ‘Total Recall,’ ‘To Rome with Love,’ and More

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got eleven trailers for you this week, including new films from Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, and Seth McFarlane, plus Whitney Houston’s final role and Katy Perry in 3D. (Seriously.) Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were blown away by Seth Casteel’s awesome underwater dog photography. We met the oldest thing in the world. We watched Daniel Radcliffe pick up right where Ralph Fiennes left off with the Harry Potter erotic fan fiction. We appreciated Maura Johnston’s handy guide… Read More

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Celebrity Fight Club: 10 of Hollywood’s Bad Boy Elite

Jeremy Renner — who appeared in the recently released installment of long-running Tom Cruise action vehicle, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol — was at a pub in Phuket, Thailand last night when a huge brawl broke out. Rumors circulated that the Hurt Locker actor might have been injured, but later reports confirmed that Renner left the bar unharmed as soon as the frenzy broke out. The star’s reps advised J.R. was “not involved” in the attack, but it made us wonder if his bad boy screen persona had any real-life influence when it came to the verbal assault that apparently started the whole thing. Renner’s not the only Hollywood actor who appears to be a little too comfortable in the part of troublemaker. Past the break, we list several other stars working today that probably belong to the celebrity fight club we’re not allowed to talk about (them’s the rules). Who’d you add? … Read More

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Trailer Park: Coming Soon — Next Summer’s Blockbusters!

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week’s eleven trailers include several peeks at next summer’s blockbusters, which are presumably rolling out in front of the big holiday releases. But there are some smaller (and stranger) titles hiding in there as well; check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More

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Russell Brand Will Host FX’s First Late-Night Show

Earlier this week we raised an eyebrow over the news that Russell Brand would be teaming up with New Girl producers Chernin Entertainment to create his own animated series for Fox, which will be written by Bob’s Burgers sribes Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi. Now we find out that beginning this spring, he’ll… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were amazed by the wealth of Perfect Strangers fan art to be found on the Internet. We discovered that Charleston has more hot people than any other American city, at least according to Travel + Leisure. We were surprised that Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, … Read More

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