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Matthew McConaughey Looks More Skeletal Than Ever
On Friday Nov. 9, the Magic Mike actor, 42, turned up at Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight to New Orleans -- looking completely transformed from his usual lean-but-muscular self.
Walking through airport security, McConaughey (sporting an 80-style mustache and shaggy hair) looked downright skeletal in a blue long-sleeved shirt tucked into baggy jeans.
The actor has shed his usually muscular body for a new film role in The Dallas Buyer's Club, which tells the real-life story of Ron Woodruff, a drug addict in 198s-era Texas who contracts HIV. Woodruff became one of the first AIDS activists and launched one of the first AIDS support groups.
In August, McConaughey told Us Weekly he was eating "small amounts" of high-protein, low-carb good to lose weight for the role. "I'll get down to the weight I need to get to," he said. "I'm on my way, and it's what I need to do for the job."
"I'm playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn't," McConaughey explained. "For me, it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing."
Mischa Barton turned heads earlier this week upon arriving at Australia's Melbourne Cup horse race in yet another one of her eccentric ensembles. The former "O.C." star -- who nowadays lands an occasional supporting role in straight-to-DVD duds -- sought attention (received by the confused man in the background) by pairing an unflattering, layered frock with a mismatched headpiece fit for a royal ... not a D-lister.
A few days prior to Ms. Barton's style snafu, Nicole Kidman delivered an epic one of her own. Wearing a hat from the Cruella de Vil line -- and a bow-adorned lace dress from our worst nightmares -- the Oscar winner thoroughly embarrassed herself at a fashion faux pas-filled fete Down Under.
Lindsay Lohan + a lot of faux fur + what look to be lip injections + a lace tunic + 90 lbs. of hair extensions + biker shorts = nothing short of a fashion disaster. Yay, math!
Speaking of challenged follicles and rampant wig rumors, what do we make of Britney's mane these days? In addition to looking less-than-natural, the "Lucky" singer's locks are also looking a tad 1982.
Dear Demi Lovato, Enough with the top knots and white powder. You may think both are flattering, but -- truth be told -- both are frightening. Now, go wash your face and pull the pins outta that hairdon't.
How incredibly uncomfortable does Khloe Kardashian look in this long-sleeve mini? More importantly, how uncomfortable are you having to look at another Kardashian-infused photo?
Alan Cumming dressed as a bottle of Heinz ketchup for the BAFTA Britania Awards. Perhaps he can whip up another condiment-inspired ensemble next year. Perhaps a Grey Poupon getup?
Messy hair, a belted trench coat (with little underneath), and a sly smirk ... Is it just us, or does Penelope Cruz look like she's doing the walk of shame instead of attending a movie premiere? Just sayin'. (I don't think she looks that bad.)
As long as Russell Brand continues to wear legwarmers to yoga in relatively balmy Los Angeles, he'll continue to appear in What Were They Thinking?!.
What's worse, Beyonce's bang-enhanced helmet hair or her willingness to wear pajamas in public? Discuss!
So, which are the worst, which are okay, and which would you willingly wear?
The Sex Factor: X Factor's Lauren and Keaton are in love!
Looks like two members of Simon Cowell’s groups have started a group of their own and have started dating! vThat could be an easy answer for Emblem 3 member, Keaton Stromberg (16) and Fifth Harmony member, Lauren Jauregui (16), who are starting to fall in love!
When reporters asked Emblem 3 about their dating status at an after show press room interview Nov. 7, all the members of Emblem 3 were quick to say, “Single, we’re single. Very single!”
But their answer seems to differ from an In Touch report which says Keaton and Lauren are definitely an item.
“They’re both young, and it’s a really cute romance,” says a production insider. “Whenever they’re at the house, they are always hanging out together. [They] are getting closer and closer.”
So it seems they’re both publicly playing coy on their relationship status, but behind closed doors, things seem to be heating up — and we love it! Hopefully the relationship will blossom as the weeks continue, and The X Factor couple will fall more in love and won’t become The Ex Factor!
wow @ her amazing taste <3
Last week, we ranked the 50 greatest female sex symbols of film. This week, we're tackling the men, before they tackle us. Remember, there's an important distinction here. These aren't just sexy men; they're men who had a seismic impact on male sexuality. To be safe, it's probably best to avoid eye contact.
50. John Travolta
In his younger days, Travolta had a distinctly masculine grace and sensitivity that recalled the young Marlon Brando. Neither actor aged especially well, but we'll always have Grease.
49. James Franco
Go ahead and laugh at his pretensions and his ubiquity, but James Franco perfectly captured a particular brand of irresistible teen bad boy in Freaks and Geeks, and his good looks and undeniable talent keep him among the ranks of contemporary sex symbols despite his best attempts to silly-art-project his fame away.
48. Viggo Mortensen
There's a reason the Lord of the Rings movies sold millions of tickets to people who didn't really care about hobbits.
47. Leonardo DiCaprio
Had he stuck with his floppy hairstyle from Titanic, we might remember Leonardo DiCaprio as we do Leif Garrett. Luckily, he put his good looks to better use, establishing himself as a globe-trotting, supermodel-nailing sex symbol for grown-ups.
46. Tom Cruise
We know it's tough at the moment, but try to remember why Tom Cruise got famous in Risky Business, Top Gun, et al. The fact that he alienated Katie Holmes doesn't negate that when she was in high school, she and every other teen girl in Christendom wanted a piece of him.
45. Bruce Willis
Women want him, men want to be him, etc. Bruce Willis has swagger.
44. Gregory Peck
Contemporary audiences mostly remember Gregory Peck for his genteel nobility as the ultimate Southern gentleman in To Kill a Mockingbird. But he'd already established his sex appeal in a series of Westerns that used his angular jaw to the fullest. In that light, the hot-dad quality of his Mockingbird performance seems inevitable.
43. Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem's face looks like it was chiseled from a red sequoia by a Cubist, mescaline-amped sculptor, and it's disturbingly sexy. That's probably how he managed to secure People's Sexiest Man Alive award while sporting the doofiest haircut in the annals of film villainy.
42. Richard Roundtree
Emerging from the beige eroticism of the '70s, Richard Roundtree was a black-as-hell sexual pioneer, instantly iconic as a sex machine to all the chicks.
41. Alain Delon
Just being French generally makes you sexier than most people, but Alain Delon's sly and seductive performance in Purple Noon, as the sexually ambivalent Tom Ripley, propelled him into a new realm of lust.
40. Robert Wagner
Cf. Warren Beatty, the best way to become a sex symbol is often to sleep with other sex symbols. Take it from Robert Wagner, who slept with Joan Collins, Joan Crawford, Natalie Wood, Anita Ekberg, Barbara Stanwyck, and Elizabeth Taylor.
39. Keanu Reeves
When you don't trouble yourself with his didn't-know-he-was-being-filmed approach to acting, you will remember that Keanu Reeves was the wet dream of the '90s, in Speed, The Matrix, and My Own Private Idaho. Even today, we might not rewatch his movies, but we'd probably fuck him.
38. Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal and his unspeakably pretty face could have suffocated quietly in telenovelas. Instead, he earned international recognition with edgy performances in sexually charged dramas like Y Tu Mama Tambien. We're very grateful.
37. Burt Lancaster
One flash of that iconic smile in From Here To Eternity, and a few thrusts amid a surge of waves on a Hawaiian beach, and we have the blue-eyed Burt Lancaster, forever emblazoned in sex-symbol history.
36. Ryan Gosling
Thoughtful, intense, and unabashedly feminist, Ryan Gosling is a sex symbol for our time. Just ask every single woman in your Facebook feed.
35. Ramón Novarro
Lauded as the new Rudolph Valentino, Mexican actor Ramón Novarro subverted the trope of the distant, unattainable masculine love interest with his flashy romanticism in films like Scaramouche and Ben-Hur. He remains a comely vanguard for early gay (and straight) actors.
34. Patrick Swayze
When Patrick Swayze gyrated against a lithe virgin in Dirty Dancing, the world panted. When Patrick Swayze came up behind Demi Moore working a potter's wheel in Ghost, our seats got wet. He illuminated the '80s with his brusque charm, and remains lodged in our memories somewhere between crushable campiness and genuine lust.
33. Tom Selleck
Though Burt Reynolds paved the way for the hairy man, Tom Selleck earned his own witty niche in the mustachioed market.
32. Melvin Van Peebles
Standing at the helm of his own acclaimed film about a revolutionary hustler, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Melvin Van Peebles created blaxploitation and returned black men's sexuality to a cinema that had emasculated them for decades.
31. Wesley Snipes
He probably seems like less of a sex symbol now that he's in prison for tax evasion. But once, the chiseled Wesley Snipes projected the sex appeal of a man who could rip your dress off with one throw of a glaive. Just ask Jada Pinkett Smith, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez.
30. Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas is actually a pretty good actor (see him in an Almodovar movie), but it almost didn't matter in the mid-'90s, when he capably filled the "big-eyed Latin lover" niche. The camp appeal of stuff like the sex scene from Desperado should not be underestimated.
29. Michael Fassbender
If you're wondering if you can be called a sex symbol, ask yourself if George Clooney has complimented your enormous penis on national television.
28. Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson was an aircraft mechanic for the Navy and truck driver before gaining recognition as an actor, and he brought a working-class, salt-of-the-earth masculinity to films like Giant. His breezy chemistry with Doris Day in their string of romantic comedies established him as a charming, urbane prototype for generations of male stars.
27. Sidney Poitier
In 1963, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Lead Actor. But his suave, sophisticated style carried more lasting resonance than any award.
26. Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey is one of the few men on this list who's publicly stated that he feels comfortable being called a sex symbol. But part of this Southern boy's charm is his exhibitionistic self-regard.
25. Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty was a good-looking guy, but that alone isn't enough to make you a sex symbol. What is enough to make you a sex symbol is sleeping with an alleged 12,000 partners. Of his promiscuity, Beatty has modestly remarked, "It was what it was."
24. Steve McQueen
You aren't given the nickname "King of Cool" by just being averagely sexy. With a background in drag racing, Steve McQueen greatly advanced the devil-may-care sexy-man archetype.
23. Michael Caine
Because he's sustained a prolific career well into his seventies, Michael Caine's name may suggest "dignified elder statesman" more than "ascot-bedecked lust object." But watch Alfie and you'll see why he got famous in the first place.
22. Tony Curtis
With his dark curls and dark eyes, Tony Curtis radiated an intensity that allowed him to stand next to Marilyn Monroe in pumps and rouge in Some Like It Hot and still be widely regarded as a sex symbol. His bisexuality (see Spartacus for an on-screen example) only adds to the sense you get that this real-life satyr would sleep with anyone.
21. Errol Flynn
If you inspire an enduring locker-room boast ("in like Flynn"), it is safe to say that you have earned your spot as a sexual icon.
20. Bruce Lee
With one flying high-kick in Fist of Fury, Bruce Lee shattered a sign reading "No Dogs and Chinese Allowed." With the whole of his career, he shattered the similar restrictions about Asian-Americans in Hollywood, allowing actors who'd once been relegated playing waiters and servants to take roles with agency, sex appeal, and killer abs.
19. Ewan McGregor
Though Ewan McGregor's square jaw, bright blue eyes, and lovely speaking voice are indisputably appealing, we're most attached to his penis, which he shows off at any opportunity (see Trainspotting, The Pillow Book, Velvet Goldmine, Nightwatch, or Young Adam). More than his handsome face, it's that fearlessness that makes him a sex symbol for our time.
18. Rudolph Valentino
Rudolph Valentino was known as "The Latin Lover" despite being French-Italian. Part of that was just the total racial cluelessness of his times, but his fans may have been responding to the ambiguous exoticism of his sexuality, which tempered the usual action-hero machismo with a mysterious femininity.
17. Clint Eastwood
Before Clint Eastwood was exclusively speaking to empty chairs, his taciturn brand of masculinity was speaking directly to our downstairs parts. His work with Sergio Leone introduced us to a rough manhood that was terrifyingly sexy.
16. Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni's flawless features and brooding, European inscrutibility made him the international sexual ideal of the 1960s.
15. Johnny Depp
Though everyone agrees that he's been laying on the pancake makeup a little thick this decade, Johnny Depp can't make us forget the soulful persona he built up in the '90s. He's probably responsible for more unnamed adolescent stirrings than any other actor in history.
14. Kirk Douglas
A gift from the Golden Age, Kirk Douglas made himself a sex symbol with a series of virile, often bare-chested performances; no woman of 1960 could resist his sexual ferocity in Spartacus.
13. Cary Grant
Cast beside iconic female leads like Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant persuaded us that his suave, devilishly good-looks were not to be outshone. His very name still connotes suave handsomeness.
12. Harrison Ford
Even as he has turned into a cranky old guy with an earring before our eyes, Harrison Ford remains, somewhere, the irresistible rake we remember. His performances are actually generally quite chaste — probably as a result of his getting famous in the adolescent fantasies of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg — which makes it all the more impressive that he's an international sex symbol. He's just that fine.
11. Sean Connery
The domineering brow and the panty-dropping lilt of his Scottish accent were enough to make Sir Sean Connery an indelible sex symbol. Then, put that combo in a tux with a handgun and a rotating band of arm-candy.
10. Robert Redford
Robert Redford's sandy-haired, blue-eyed hunk persona has transcended the decades. That he leveraged his sex-symbol status on behalf of environmentalism and political advocacy only made it more lasting.
9. Gary Cooper
With relationships with sex symbols Clara Bow and Lupe Vélez, and starring roles in over one hundred films, Gary Cooper fastened himself as more than just a winsome face. When you've been immortalized in two separate songs ("Puttin' On The Ritz" and "Mr. Sandman") for being one stylish, sexy sonofabitch, you know you've made it as a sex symbol.
8. Clark Gable
There was something quintessentially dashing and commanding about Gable's Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, with his thick brow, debonair charms, and knowing glances. As Joan Crawford said, "He was a king wherever he went. He walked like one, he behaved like one, and he was the most masculine man that I have ever met in my life."
7. Burt Reynolds
If there's one hirsute body that could make the term "mustache ride" appealing, it belongs to Burt Reynolds. The Smokey and the Bandit star's animalistic appeal translated off-screen, as he shuffled through starlets like Tammy Wynette, Sally Field, and Dinah Shore. The vision of Burt Reynolds, in the buff, lounging on a bearskin rug, inspires something downright primitive in all of us.
6. Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington's sexiness is by turns domineering, genuinely charming, and grave. By toggling back and forth between those three erotic settings, he's managed to muscle his way not just to three Oscars, but into our hearts and loins.
5. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt proves that a man can be as captivatingly beautiful as a woman, but still rawly masculine enough to make men think he could beat the hell out of them. His universally recognized gorgeousness transcends character, costume, hair length, and beard style.
4. George Clooney
George Clooney represents every American male's fantasy of aging — he's gotten sexier over time. The silver streaks in his hair and crinkles in his eyes have only enhanced his sandpaper-voiced appeal. By avoiding middle-aged paunch, and perpetually flashing that mile-wide grin, Clooney's managed to make an eternal bachelor look like a catch.
3. Marlon Brando
Just watch A Streetcar Named Desire, okay?
2. James Dean
If Paul Newman is the quintessential sexy man, then James Dean is the quintessential sexy boy. No one will ever pull it off the tragic-rebel thing as well as he did, but it's an ideal worth aspiring to: forever encircled by a puff of smoke and pulling away to angst-ridden pastures on a Triumph.
1. Paul Newman
Whether it was the brooding masculinity of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof or the unyielding self-assurance in Cool Hand Luke, Newman's sexiness varied, but never wavered. Ice-blue eyes, chiseled torso, winking good humor, confidence that radiated outward for miles, and a universally acknowledged decency; the man had it all.
Justin Bieber is likely regretting fawning over Selena Gomez in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to air on "Oprah's Next Chapter" Sunday, November 25, days after Thanksgiving.
On Friday, E! reported that Bieber and Gomez ended their two-year romance; additional media outlets have since confirmed the split. Reports claim that the couple's grueling schedules are to blame for the break up. "Selena broke up with Justin about a week ago. It's been a really challenging experience over the last year because of their crazy schedules," one insider told Us Weekly. A rep for Bieber has not yet responded to Yahoo! Music's request for comment.
In a preview of the interview (which was conducted just a few weeks ago), Bieber gushes about Gomez and goes on to say how proud he is to be her boyfriend.
"I never make her separate from me [because] I don't want her to ever feel like I'm ashamed of her," Bieber told Winfrey. "I feel like a lot of guys do that, especially in the business. They don't want to be seen with the girl, so they'll make them ride in separate cars and do all that getaway stuff. ... We get away, we're getting away together."
Those quotes are just the ones that have been released - expect even more when the TV special airs. After all, Winfrey has called the interview the most in-depth chat the singer has ever done.
Oprah and multi-platinum superstar Justin Bieber meet for one of the most in-depth interviews the singer has ever agreed to do. Justin opens up about his growth as an artist, the pitfalls of fame, living in the spotlight and his relationship with Selena Gomez. Watch Oprah's interview with Justin Bieber on Sunday, November 25, at 9/8c.
Rihanna wowed her fans Friday by turning up at a Manhattan club where hundreds were grooving to her new album — and delivering supplies to the Daily News hurricane relief drive.
“Rihanna! Rihanna!” the fans began chanting when the sultry siren suddenly arrived at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in Chelsea.
“I’m so excited,” Rihanna told a reporter from The News as she embraced fans and shook hands. “I didn’t know all these people were coming, but it’s all for a good cause.”
Stunned Rihanna fan Darylin Rae Payton said, “She gave me a hug.” “My friends lost houses,” said Payton, 20, of Jamaica, Queens. “I like that she took time to do this. It wasn’t even just her. She got everyone in here to give back.”
Rihanna rocked her fans’ world after she sent out a Mayday message urging them to bring “tools to move forward from this terrible tragedy” with them to her listening party at the W. 25th St. club.
“Hurricane Sandy has deeply affected the lives of millions all across the Eastern Seaboard,” RiRi wrote in an email to The News. “Many are still without power, heat, and the basic supplies necessary to rebuild in the aftermath of such a horrific event.”
Rihanna, who has already pledged 1,000 new sleeping bags to The News’ ongoing storm relief drive, added: “Now is the time for us to come together and do whatever we can to aid those in need.” That message was received loud and clear as Rihanna fans flocked to the club with supplies in their hands.
Loved me some of that Morgwen Stockholm realness even though it is frakked up.
Also was I the only one annoyed by how no one is reflecting on how horridly the knights (esp. her own brother) treated Gwen last season?
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Former Saved By the Bell star Lark Voorhies spoke exclusively with ET to refute claims that she is battling mental health issues. Now we've recruited a mental health professional to weigh in.
With Lark's permission, the interview was reviewed by respected psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy, who acts as the medical director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
"I wasn't sure what we were seeing today," said Dr. Sophy, whose major concerns were Larks's sleep patterns, previous psychiatric care and possible history of substance abuse. Without further information, Dr. Sophy wasn't able to give the most accurate analysis of Voorhies' mental health.
Last month, Voorhies and her mother Tricia spoke to People, with Tricia claiming that the 38-year-old former teen star has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Likewise, former co-star Dustin Diamond told the magazine that he felt Voorhies "wasn't the Lark [he] knew" when he met with her in 2003 to record commentary for a Saved By the Bell box set.
People stands by their story, telling ET that they "spent hours with Lark Voorhies and spoke to those closest to her."
Voorhies adamantly denies being in poor mental health.
Kristina is from Wakson, Texas. Her fiance tragically died April 30, 2011 in a drowning accident that almost killed Kristina who was early along in her pregnancy. She went into premature labor and her son, Lukas Todd Hight, was born on September 26, 2011.
Kristina started dated one of Todd's friends TJ Head shortly after she had Lukas and they got married this past March before her 16 & Pregnant episode even aired.
Kristina announced in September that she was 21 weeks along with a bay boy due in January 2013.
Jamie McKay is from Asheville, North Carolina. She had a daughter Miah in October 2010 with her boyfriend Ryan McElrath. She posted a sonogram on twitter in late September that said RIP Angel. Many people thought she miscarried but she announced she had an abortion.
After facing lots of criticism, she deleted the picture and posted I keep the picture in HONOR of my child. I did not make that decision for nothing. I am focusing on school and Miah. That picture is a reminder to stay focused.
Ryan Murphy is the king of the Bad Relationship show. The affair is volatile and frustrating, and there are long stretches when you don’t get much from it and feel like a sucker for becoming involved; but then, just when you decide you can’t take it anymore, the show does something so wonderful and surprising that you fall in love again. I’ve gone through this range of reactions while watching Murphy’s nightmare soap American Horror Story, which just started its second season, and his high-school musical Glee, which is now in its fourth. I almost bailed on AHS midway through season one, when it seemed as though it was making things up as it went along, and I’ve announced publicly that I was done with Glee at least three times. Yet here I am, still watching both. Why? Because Murphy’s shows—made in collaboration with writer-producers Brad Falchuk (Glee, AHS) and Ian Brennan (Glee)—represent TV’s virtues and faults in their most heightened form. Scripted TV can be as tonally elastic as literary fiction, cinema, and pop music; it can be “realistic,” exaggerated, even figurative or fantastic, within the space of one episode. Yet few shows indulge that freedom, going anywhere their imagination takes them, and accepting the fact that the results will be hit-and-miss. The short list includes Louie, Wilfred, Portlandia, Community, and anything by Murphy, TV’s most polarizing, problematic showrunner. For all its trashiness and willy-nilliness, Murphy’s work gives me potent highs that neater, more measured shows don’t—ones that derive from his prizing exuberance over consistency, and the juxtaposition of beautiful moments with mediocrity, which makes the great bits pop like flowers in a junkyard.
Season four of Glee, which sent McKinley High School graduates Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) to study musical theater in New York, is a great example. I quit watching near the end of season three following a run of episodes that were half-assed even by Glee’s standards. I came back this year after friends (enablers?) told me it had gotten good again. I could spend this whole column citing this season’s missteps; at the top of the list would be the scenes with McKinley’s new freshmen, who feel like dull replacements for the aged-out original cast, and anything with glee-club coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and his fiancée, guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), who’s been so underused recently that I keep forgetting she’s on the show. But I’d rather praise the New York sequences, which invigorate Glee even as they beg us to believe unbelievable developments, such as tight-assed Rachel transforming into a Broadway trouper, and the greenhorn Kurt’s instantly becoming the confidant and creative sounding board of his boss, a superstar Vogue editor (guest Sarah Jessica Parker). But I’m willing to live with Glee’s irritants because, at their most raw and calculatedly naïve, the New York scenes remind me of what it was like to be on the cusp of twenty: sensitive and horny and ambitious; wanting to hold on to the person that you were, even as you strive to become the person you think you’re meant to be.
The fourth episode, “The Break Up,” was Glee at its most excessive yet assured. When it became clear that it was going to bust up not one, not two, but four couples in an episode—Kurt and Blaine (Darren Criss); Rachel and her old high-school sweetheart Finn (Cory Monteith); Will and Emma; and Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera)—I laughed out loud at its Glee-ness. But overall this was a somber installment, with unusually stripped-down musical numbers, the best of which were set in a piano bar called Callbacks. Finn, visiting New York after an aborted stint in the Army, watched Rachel duet with her fellow student and suitor Brody (Dean Geyer) and realized he’d made a horrible mistake by going into embarrassment hibernation and not calling her for four months. Then Blaine sat at the piano and performed an on-the-edge-of-tears rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” the song with which he’d serenaded Kurt two seasons earlier. Both numbers were about the pain of realizing that geography and maturity have opened an unbridgeable gulf in a relationship that once seemed perfect.
American Horror Story, which I’ve described elsewhere as Glee’s evil cousin, turns some of the alienating qualities of Murphy’s shows—short attention span; uninterest in character consistency; an eagerness to get a rise out of viewers—into strengths. Early in season one, I was put off by the show’s fast-forward pace and lack of dramatic connective tissue. Every few minutes there was a Big Moment—a rape by a black-rubber-suited ghost, a deranged monologue by Jessica Lange in Tennessee Williams freakazoid mode—and the horror classicist in me rebelled. But over time it became clear that this was the show’s aesthetic, and that, whatever issues I had with it, it was something new: all-highlights horror; a glossy, soapy, trailer-ized version of a ghost story, possibly derived from the experience of watching films in ten-minute segments on YouTube.
And in retrospect it became clear that the show was more meticulously constructed than I’d thought. For the most part, the pieces fit, the whole thing working as both black comedy–domestic satire and horror-tragedy. In the final stretch—a slide-trough to hell that showcased operatic gore worthy of Dario Argento—American Horror Story killed off every recurring character. Amazingly, that was okay, because the biggest of the show’s big surprises had to do with the format: All this time you thought you were watching an ongoing series, but you were actually watching a mini-series, one that would reboot itself with a new plot, a new location, and much of the same cast filling new roles.
We’re just three episodes into the second season of American Horror Story, which is set at a Catholic-run mental hospital and subtitled Asylum, but already it feels like an improvement on the first. The jumpy energy and jaunty perversity are still there, but the period setting (1964) gives the story more resonance, classy pop music, and a semblance of context. Just as Glee makes a point of satirizing and sentimentalizing society’s misfits and outcasts, alternately bullying and embracing them, Asylum is about the pain of not fitting in. But the stakes are greater here. The powers that be don’t just want to shame misfits but imprison, torture, even murder them. The choice of time period is as significant here as it always is on Mad Men. Climactic social change is afoot, and the Establishment is starting to panic. There are maybe a half-dozen ongoing subplots on Asylum. All are about repression—not just the private, individual repression of “impure” thoughts, as represented by Lange’s Sister Jude, a nun who wears a red negligee under her habit, but the systemic repression of then-taboo behavior. One asylum inmate (Chloë Sevigny) is there because her cheating boyfriend committed her for having retaliatory sex with an array of lovers and admitting she loved every minute of it. An interracial couple secretly marries in violation of an anti-miscegenation law, and then gets brutally separated by what could be an alien abduction or a kidnap-murder. James Cromwell’s Dr. Arthur Arden is the show’s stand-in for the patriarchy, a surgeon who delights in performing experiments on trussed-up patients, and who might secretly be the serial killer known as Bloody Face. Sarah Paulson is a nosy lesbian journalist who starts out trying to expose the asylum’s secrets but—thanks to panicked betrayal by her lover, a “respectable” schoolteacher—ends up trapped there.
As giddily naughty, vulgar, and demented as Asylum is, it’s a serious piece of work, and the product of a singular (if rarely neat) sensibility. I’m hopelessly in love with it at the moment, but don’t be surprised a few weeks from now when I declare that I’m done with it, or next year, when I write a piece about how I love it again. I really should rip the Band-Aid off my relationship with his shows, but I can’t bring myself to do it, because the only thing worse than Murphy at his worst is knowing that if you stop watching, you might be missing Murphy at his best. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I have watched his latest series, the Modern Family–esque sitcom The New Normal. I despised the first two episodes and swore I’d never watch again, but sure enough, as I type away on deadline, trying to finish this article, a friend e-mails to tell me I should give it another chance.
American Horror Story: Asylum, Wednesdays at 10 p.m., Fox.
Glee, Thursdays at 9 p.m., Fox.
I thought that since it seems like the majority of us seem to think the same as this article that it'd be a good place to discuss. Honestly, I haven't jumped back into 'Glee' yet, I heard it's better this season and was watching it on Hulu and it froze halfway through the premiere and took it as a sign. Is it still good this season or has it started declining in consistency?
Now this is an interesting looking project. Start with a novel by Dennis Lehane, whose work has inspired ‘Shutter Island,’ ‘Mystic River’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone.’ Put Michael Roskam, the Oscar-nominated director of the incredible ‘Bullhead,’ in the director’s seat. Finally, headline it with Tom Hardy, easily one of the most interesting and talented actors working today. Yep, that’s all you need to get us interested in ‘Animal Rescue.’
The project was originally in the hands of Neil Burger, but he stepped away to pursue other endeavors. The current line-up of talent is not a sure thing yet, but according to Variety, gears are turning. With luck, we could be getting a Roskam-directed, Boston-based crime drama starring Hardy, which sounds incredible. Hardy is a born leading man (and he’s had one helluva year with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Lawless’) and Roskam’s ‘Bullhead’ is one of the most unique and audacious crime films in recent memory. This is a dream team.
As for the film itself, the story “…follows a lonely Boston bartender who rescues a puppy from a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner, while simultaneously getting caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar.”
Of course, things could always change. Both Roskam and Hardy are in high demand, with the former planning to direct ‘The Tiger’ and an HBO pilot called ‘Buda Bridge’ and the latter signed on for a series of other projects, including Doug Liman’s ‘Everest.’ Still, we can only hope this all comes together — everything about this one feels right.
Hardy doing a Boston accent. Laawd.
LET’S be honest – only two X Factor singers this year have even half a chance of pop success.
ELLA HENDERSON and JAMES ARTHUR both combine some reasonable vocal talent with enough originality to have a sniff of a record deal.
Don’t give me any of your JAHMENE jive. The boy is afraid of his own shadow — and that brings back images of LEON JACKSON.
As for CHRISTOPHER MALONEY even a girlband like LITTLE MIX can see he’s not cut out for anything more than the club circuit.
JESY from the group, who won last year’s X Factor, even offered her sympathies to his mentor, GARY BARLOW.
She said: “Poor Gary, clinging on to Ma-phoney. We’re not fans.
“I don’t really get it and I don’t know who is going to buy his music. I guess ‘each to their own’. But I can’t see that he’s going to become a pop star.”
And her bandmate JADE vowed: “I’ll eat my hat if he goes the whole way.”
Tonight, Gary defended his act and said: "He's not been in the bottom two so he must be receiving a lot of votes. He can sell records."
Little Mix are set to give their new single, DNA, a massive boost by performing it on the show tonight — as long as everything goes smoothly.
But PERRIE said: “I am going to puke on stage.
“I am genuinely really worried about it. I am petrified. Really petrified.”
It’s no wonder show bosses drafted in Little Mix and ONE DIRECTION, who appeared in a pre-recorded segment last night.
This year has been a bit of a lame duck. Ratings are down and the non-stop deadlock politics between the judges have spoiled the show.
I liked JADE ELLIS, while KYE SONES has clearly got talent. But beyond that, the line-up has been average.
I’ve also enjoyed NICOLE SCHERZINGER and Gary as judges. But that’s not what the show should be about.
I wasn’t a massive fan either of LUCY SPRAGGAN — but there was a glimmer of hope with what she managed to do this year.
Lucy coined about £50,000 by playing her own song on the show, which earned her a decent slice of cash from downloads on iTunes.
The only way Chris will make that kind of money is if he heads back to the cruise ships.
Leighton (along with Emma stone) is featured in InStyle's Dec. 2012 issue.
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Eminem Reveals 2013 Album Is Coming With A Tip Of The 'Hat'
The Detroit Tigers may have been swept out of baseball's World Series by the San Francisco Giants, but the D still has plenty to celebrate now that there are signs that their native son Eminem will be dropping his eighth solo album next year.
Over the weekend2 weeks ago, Eminem's official online store debuted a Marshall Mathers baseball cap styled like the famous blue-and-white hat the Tigers wear. Instead of the iconic D, the new Slim Shady-inspired headwear features a backwards E and an inscription with the years Em dropped each of his solo albums on the side panel. "Side panel is dedicated to the landmark Eminem solo albums. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Marshall Mathers Foundation," reads the description on the site.
The 1996 inscription commemorates the release of indie debut Infinite while 2010 marks the drop of Marshall's last LP Recovery, but fanatics with a keen eye noticed the 2013 entry that points to a new album for next year — even though his label has not confirmed a date.
In August, while out promoting Slaughterhouse's Shady Records debut, Em confirmed to MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway that he was once again in album mode. "I've actually kinda just started. I've been on the move a little bit too, so I've in between things, sneak songs in here and there," Em said during a radio interview flanked by Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9" and Crooked I.
Actual link to his sitehttp://eminem.shop.bravadousa.com/Product.aspx?cp=54359&pc=BGCHEE04
Lauren Conrad went shopping at Urban Outfitters in West LA on a rainy Thursday November 8th. and looks appropriately embarrassed to be caught doing so. Urban Outfitters clothing selection has gone to the shitter in the last year or so.
Anyhoo she’s wearing booties are from her LC Kohl’s line making her one of the few celebs who actually wears the stuff they foist on the masses. Does J-Lo ever actually wear her Kohl’s line?
It’s been a couple of weeks since lil Fitz Conrad won the puppy lotto and got adopted from a shelter by Lauren. Now, owing to his ridiculous level of cuteness he’s an Instagram sensation. Fitz just got his first taste of dog-shaming.
Fitz with Lauren’s BF William Tell
Family portrait with Lauren, Fitz & Chloe
Fitz at Lauren’s office
Fitz looking ridiculously cute AGAIN
Interesting tidbit from Lauren about Fitz:
Since I don’t know exactly what Fitz’s breed is, it will be a surprise to see how big he grows. I was told he will be 30 pounds max, but we will see about that. When I got Chloe, the pound said she would be 40 pounds max…and now she is pushing 70!
Sorry Lauren but those paws look big to me. Big paws on a pup usually mean it's going to be a big dog.
Now THIS is a finely-honed troll move. Over the weekend, the above photo showed up in Lance Armstrong's Twitter feed, accompanied by the message "Back in Austin and just layin' around ... "
Armstrong is, of course, reclining oh-so-casually in front of the seven Tour de France jerseys he won. Those jerseys represent the seven Tour de France victories that the International Cycling Union stripped from him following the investigation and documentation of what the United States Anti-Doping Agency called "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Armstrong was also served with a lifetime ban from cycling events overseen by the USADA, and his 2000 Olympic bronze medal is now under investigation.
Now, obviously the UCI wasn't going to come into Armstrong's house and yank the jerseys off his walls. (The International Olympic Committee could be a different story. They have ordered disgraced medalists to surrender their medals in the past.) But even though Armstrong has removed the Tour de France victories from his Twitter profile, he's clearly not relinquishing the titles in the public eye.
Not exactly the most humble move, but then, not much that Armstrong does could ever be considered "humble." Clearly, there are more jabs yet to be thrown in this fight.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck met on the set of Daredevil in 2004 and were married in June 2005. They have 3 children, Violet [7 in Dec], Seraphina , and Samuel [8 months].
Seraphina has started taking karate classes after telling her mother that she wanted to be a butt-kicker when she grows up. She requested that she be allowed to start her ninja training and wants ~nuck-chucks~ from Santa. Last week, she won a medal for placing 1st in a board breaking competition.
Garner, who has stated in past interviews, says that Seraphina is a very headstrong little girl and has insisted on always picking out her own clothes since she could talk.
Little Seraphina marches to the beat of her own drum. Jennifer took her daughters with her to vote on November 6. Violet quietly took in this civic lesson as her sister drew all over her legs with pink marker and ran around like she got her hands on some Go-Go juice.