Taylor Momsen

Christmas Movie Kids: Where Are They Now?

Christmas movie season is in full swing, and if you’re like us, you’ve got holiday films blasting from your television and Netflix window 24/7. “Timeless” is the term that gets thrown around for the good ones, and it’s often true — except in one respect. Those cute and cuddly kids so often at the center of yuletide tales have, in the years since they staked out a permanent place in your heart, grown up. Some have gone on to successful acting careers. Some dropped out once puberty hit. And one even, God help us, did porn. After the jump, our roundup of the after-Christmas lives of our favorite holiday movie kids. … Read More

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A History of Teen TV Scandals: 25 Years of Parental Outrage

MTV’s Skins may be the “most dangerous show on television” according to the Parents Television Council, but the racy British import isn’t in hot water solely for its characters’ constant drug use or girl-on-girl action, because that would be just too damn predictable. Instead, the show’s latest scandal stems from claims that it may have violated federal child pornography laws. Oops!

The thing is, this isn’t teen TV’s first media circus, by a long shot. After the jump, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest teen TV scandals from the ’80s through present. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. “In the end, Decoded leaves the reader with a keen appreciation of how rap artists have worked myriad variations on a series of familiar themes (hustling, partying and ‘the most familiar subject in the history of rap — why I’m dope’) by putting a street twist on an arsenal of traditional literary devices (hyperbole,… Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we loved this reaction tweet to the news of Facebook’s e-mail killing “modern messaging system.” We cringed as digital artist Michael Tompert turned our favorite Apple fetish-objects into smashed up sculptures. We were schooled by Sue Sylvester’s guide to insults. We wondered if a… Read More

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The 10 Greatest Sacrilegious Music Videos of All Time

Pop music has always butted heads with religion. Sure, for a few years there, when pop princesses of the Jessica Simpson variety reigned, you didn’t see the kind of great, envelope-pushing music videos we remember from the ’80s and early ’90s. But now, with Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” and Taylor Momsen’s “Miss Nothing” clip (whose saucy reenactment of the Last Supper, it must be said, is kind of a letdown), we may be entering a new era of Christian-baiting music videos. In light of this development, we present our 10 favorite sacrilegious spots of all time, as a sort of primer to those looking to learn from the past. … Read More

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In Praise of the Teenage Girl Rocker

Why do we fuss over 17-year-old Miley Cyrus’ sexy stage shows, same-sex kisses, and, um, underpants when 16-year-old Taylor Momsen is wearing ripped fishnets and smudged eyeliner, smoking cigarettes, writing songs called “Make Me Wanna Die,” and, well, also kissing ladies? That’s what Amber James at PopEater would like to know. And while we see her point and would love it if the girlhood police would mind their own damn business re: Miley, we also see some big differences between the two teens. Whereas Miley started her career as a pure, chaste Disney icon, Taylor’s first claim to fame was playing scheming little sister Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl — a show that’s never professed to have a moral center. Public transformations can mean public scrutiny, especially if you’re playing up that tiresome good-girl-gone-bad vibe.

As for Momsen, who writes her own songs and just generally seems more in control of her image, she is starting to remind us of our favorite teenage rocker girls of yore. After the jump, we revisit some famous musical bad girls who made their first splash before they were legal. … Read More

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Taylor Momsen’s Pretty Reckless EP: A Vanity Project Worth Streaming

Well, what do you know? Little Jenny Humphrey isn’t just snarl and smudgy, black eyeliner and throwing guerilla dance parties to Thurston Moore and Jemina Pearl’s cover of “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.” Billboard is streaming her new band, The Pretty Reckless’ self-titled debut EP, and guess what? It doesn’t suck! … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It was a bad weekend for older, beloved celebrities. Designing Women actress Dixie Carter died at 70, and Eddie Carroll, the voice of Jiminy Cricket, died at 76. [via USA Today; LAT]
2. So this isn’t shocking: Jay Leno has the oldest audience in all of late-night TV — about 10… Read More

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