One of Flavorwire’s favorite people, Tina Fey, turns 43 years old today, so we’re marking the occasion in the best way we know how — by rounding up some of the funniest witticisms and best advice from the brilliant and funny writer/comedienne. We’ve got one for every year, so click through for her thoughts on working motherhood, celebrity, homophobia, strip clubs, and Mark Wahlberg’s… Read More
Celebrities are voracious connoisseurs of art (even Beyoncé loves art history), and are among the few people in this world who can actually afford to collect it, so it makes sense that celebrities often appear as the subjects of artworks. Of course, that’s not to say they always inspire flattering portraits. The recent $1.9 million sale of artist John Currin’s 1991 nude portrait of Golden Girl Bea Arthur has inspired Flavorwire to round up the most awkward portrayals of celebrities in art, from politicians in the buff and doused in urine to installation art, sculpture, and a certain former president’s wet and wild self-portrait. … Read More
Armando Iannucci’s characters, whether on his HBO series Veep, his BBC show The Thick of It, or that show’s film spin-off In the Loop, all share one common trait: a gift for inventive, ingenious insults and profanity. So while it’s not exactly a shock that Mr. Iannucci is such a cheerful, soft-spoken, and friendly chap, it is a bit of a relief; what’s surprising is that he insists, “I don’t swear myself!” In the worlds he’s writing about, “there is a fair amount of profanity but profanity can be quite dull.” With his characters, though, “we try and make it as interesting as possible so it’s not so much the swear words, it’s more the phrases around the swear words that make it more interesting.” … Read More
Former mobster Henry Hill — who had a drug-fueled stint with the Lucchese crime family and an eventual turn as an FBI informant — died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 69. His life became the basis for investigative crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi’s 1986 book Wiseguy, made famous by Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas.
Ray Liotta starred in the film as Hill, which chronicled the reformed mobster’s roots as an errand boy for Lucchese capo Paul Vario in the 1950s, his rise through narcotics trafficking, and retirement into the witness protection program. As TMZ reported, the real Hill prided himself on cleaning up his act later in life, but what did he think about his cinematic counterpart? Find out past the break, where we examined what other people thought about their on-screen doppelgangers and the films based on their lives. … Read More
1. NBC News has apologized for playing an edited version of George Zimmerman’s 911 call to police the night he shot Trayvon Martin, that was “trimmed to suggest that Zimmerman volunteered to police, with no prompting, that Martin was black.” The network claims that it was “an error made in the production process that we… Read More
Had enough of costume-clad superheroes? A Vancouver-based comic book company called Bluewater Productions specializes in biography books about everyone from Steve Jobs to Stephenie Meyer. When we heard of their plans to release a Saturday Night Live-inspired book in March, we were curious to see some more celebrities, politicians, and historical figures in comic form. What we found is pretty weird, to say the least. … Read More
We’ve been anxiously awaiting HBO’s original movie Game Change, which is based on the tell-all book about the 2008 presidential campaign by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, ever since we first learned that Julianne Moore would be tackling the juicy role of Sarah Palin. While her version of the former governor of Alaska is far more subtle than Tina Fey’s wink-laden portrayal on Saturday Night Live (for obvious reasons), the end result is so much more powerful. She is fantastic here. In fact, we almost found ourselves feeling sorry for Palin — particularly in those scenes where she seems to be having a total emotional meltdown — while watching this trailer. Will that sentiment last? We’ll just have to wait until Game Change premieres on March 10th at 9pm to find out. … Read More
Politicians and celebrities are the most photographed people in the world, so it figures that somewhere there would exist pictures of both politicians and celebrities together. Some of these chance encounters are less glamorous or remarkable than they are downright weird. After the jump, in honor of the 2012 campaign season, we’ll take a look at some meet-ups between famous figures that are guaranteed to make you do a double take. … Read More
The first trailer for HBO’s Game Change — based on New York Magazine’s John Heilemann and Time’s Mark Halperin’s tell-all book — has arrived. Focused on Governor Sarah Palin’s entry into John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, the film sports Ed Harris as McCain, Woody Harrelson as his adviser Steve Schmidt, and best of all, Julianne Moore as the former Alaska governor. While the real Palin flip-flops about her decision to run for president — she said all bets were off, but then recently said it wasn’t too late to run — we’ll look forward to Moore possibly hosting Saturday Night Live in character soon. Check out the clip past the break, and let us know if you’ll be tuning in for some titillating El Presidente charades. … Read More
Ever fantasize about sleeping in the bed Jersey Shore’s Ronnie threw out onto the deck that one night? Or cooking in the kitchen that the girls can never be bothered to clean? Perhaps you’d like to use the toilet that was so famously clogged by a wifebeater? Well, friend, The Daily is here to tell you that dreams really do come true: You, too, can live like a guido if you’re ready to throw down $2,500 to spend a night at the notorious six-bedroom, three-bathroom Seaside Heights house. Apparently, MTV rents the place out in the off season.
Call us ungrateful, but we probably wouldn’t be tempted to stay at the shore house even if it were free. The duck phone is cute and all, but we can’t imagine that the novelty of it all would outweigh the squickiness of laying our head in a place where so much hair gel-and-Bacardi-lubricated sex has taken place. Besides, although unscripted series have featured more than their share of tacky homes, there are plenty of gorgeous reality TV dwellings that we’d be thrilled to rent out (if only we had the money). Check out eight such houses after the jump. … Read More