Sarah Palin

We Finally Know Sarah Palin’s Endgame: Late-Night Talk Show Comic Relief

“We personally don’t care about Sarah Palin,” an unidentified representative for Anonymous said in an interview back in 2010, after Palin blamed the group when her personal credit card and website were hacked. Four years ago, a lot of us didn’t care about Sarah Palin anymore, even though she was still making tons of money from television and book deals, becoming one of the biggest names associated with the Tea Party, and toying with the notion of running for president in 2012. We just kept hoping she’d go away. … Read More

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Martin Bashir Resigns, But Why Are We Still Listening to Sarah Palin?

Inexplicably enough, Sarah Palin, a sorta-politician who ran a state for a little while and participated in a miserable failure of a presidential campaign five years ago, is in the news again. This time, it’s thanks to MSNBC host Martin Bashir, who took issue with Palin’s jaw-droppingly boneheaded comparison of slavery and the national debt. In doing so, he deployed an ill-advised metaphor of his own, setting off a firestorm of criticism and, ultimately, his own resignation yesterday. Bashir’s comments were a major screw-up, of course, and more on that later. But what no one’s asking is the more obvious question: why are we listening to a know-nothing, powerless partisan hack like Sarah Palin in 2013 to begin with? … Read More

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43 Great Tina Fey Quotes for Her 43rd Birthday

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

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The Most Uncomfortable Portrayals of Celebrities in Art [NSFW]

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

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Flavorwire Interview: Armando Iannucci Says ‘Veep’ Gets Personal in Season 2

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

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Real People’s Reactions to the Films Based on Their Lives

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

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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

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Ridiculous Comic Books Featuring Famous People

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

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Watch the Trailer for HBO’s Sarah Palin Movie ‘Game Change’

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

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