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Same author, different dragons.
The Telegraph reports that George R.R. Martin, author of the popular Song of Ice and Fire books which have been adapted into the Game of Thrones series, has announced plans to republish his children’s book The Ice Dragon. The story was initially published as part of the 1980 anthology, Dragons of Light, edited by Orson Scott Card, and then republished as a stand-alone book in 2007. The new edition, by Tor books, will feature artwork by Spanish artist Luis Royo. It will arrive on shelves October 21 this year.
The book has been out of print in the U.S. for several years, but its mythology will be recognizable to fans of Martin’s other work. The author’s website notes that The Ice Dragon is set in the same world as the Song of Ice and Fire series, and the Telegraph points to an instance in Martin’s A Dance with Dragons where a character remembers a childhood tale about an ice dragon, which could be the same story.
But while The Ice Dragon might tie in to the bloody world of Westeros, the book’s themes more resemble those of a children’s fable than HBO-ready sex-and-gore fare. The story follows Adara, a young girl who befriends a a mysterious ice dragon in the midst of a long winter. When fiery dragons descend on her town years later, it’s up to Adara and the ice dragon to save it.
Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice novels have solve 25 million copies worldwide since their first publication in 1991. Martin is currently working on The Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in his saga—which is why, as he explains in the video below from the EW Hideout at San Diego Comic-Con, he won’t be writing a new episode for the coming season of Game of Thrones.
Video at source.
Listen, fun is fun. Even fun that feels an awful lot like other fun—even fun that was specifically designed by a fleet of fun engineers to remind you at the microscopic level of fun you had two years and three months ago.
Thus: Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that is undeniably fun, is also undeniably The Avengers. And Thor, and Iron Man, and Captain America: For all the chatter over the last couple years that Guardians would mark a wild departure from the Marvel Studios superhero safe zone, James Gunn’s space (rock) opera looks an awful lot like the nine other Marvel films, if you scrape away the mixtape-soundtrack and all the pastel-skinned aliens.
1. The entire plot revolves around a bad guy trying to get his hands on a Ridiculously Powerful Color-Emanating Thing, because the bad guy wants to conquer and/or destroy the world. (Captain America: The First Avengers, Avengers, Thor: The Dark World)
2. Once the bad guy gets his hands on said Ridiculously Powerful Color-Emanating Thing, he plugs it into the end of his ornamental weapon, thus creating the Ultima version of that weapon. (see also Loki’s scepter in Avengers)
3. The bad guy is a minion of Thanos. Thanos appears briefly in a scene that promises we’ll definitely see a lot more of him in a few years. (Ronan the Accuser = Loki in Avengers)
4. The lead characters are a ragtag gang that start out hating each other, then they briefly get along, then around the geographic middle of the movie it seems like they’ll never get along, then there’s an action scene, and then they all decide to get along so they can save the world. (Avengers)
5. The lead protagonist has to learn to be a hero while still remaining a lovable cad, as if Han Solo transformed into Luke Skywalker for the second hour of Star Wars before transforming back into Han Solo for the denouement. (Iron Man, Thor, weirdly Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 also)
There’s more, if you’re looking for it. After Winter Soldier, this is the second straight Marvel movie to end with a TV-style closing montage that checks in on all of the supporting characters. (Maria Hill goes to work for Stark Industries = John C. Reilly has pink children.) And you could easily swap Ronan the Accuser with either of the Thor sub-franchise’s Big Bads: He’s another Frost Giant/Dark Elf, spending half the movie declaiming in a shadowy throne room. (Lee Pace joins Christopher Eccleston and Colm Feore in the grand tradition of good actors made unrecognizable in a Marvel film.)
But the question remains: Does all this matter? Marvel is a brutally effective blockbuster assembly line, producing megabudgeted entertainments at a twice-annual rate. The good thing about an assembly line is that it runs efficiently. Look at the worst Marvel Studios movie—I pick Thor 2, some people despise Iron Man 3, a few freaks don’t like Cap 1—and you’ll still see an effectively created product, with a clockwork three-act narrative and solid digital effects and fine actors doing paycheck roles. Marvel Studios has never made an X-Men Origins: Wolverine or a Green Lantern.
The flip side, though, is that an assembly line doesn’t necessarily produce original work. Guardians has the most distinctive look of any of the Marvel movies: If there is any justice, Gunn’s neon-dream glitter will replace Nolanist grit as the blockbuster style du jour. But for a movie that comes on strong like The Dirty Dozen in Space, it’s a bit toothless. There’s no real danger; Michael Rooker’s Yondu is the Bloodthirsty-Space-Pirate-as-Lovable-Crazy-Uncle. Again, not necessarily a problem: Any major motion picture that features blue-skinned red-hawked Michael Rooker is a worthwhile endeavor.
It could be that the best way to understand the Marvel movies is the way we understand video game franchises. Every Grand Theft Auto of the last decade-plus is basically the same game reskinned with different locations and a different soundtrack. (Guardians of the Galaxy = Vice City.) Guardians adds some new flavors to the formula—the clothes, the music, Dave Batista’s incredible deadpan turn as Drax—but it’s still the formula.
Where it really hurts, though, is right up there at #1. Guardians is the first movie to dive deep into the mythology of the Infinity Stones, the color-coded MacGuffins that have occupied the center of almost half the Marvel movies. The Red Skull and Loki both held an Infinity Stone; so did Malekith, who might be the least memorable villain in a movie that grossed over $600 million. The Infinity Stones aren’t interesting, really; you can parse out how the Blue one and the Red one and the Purple one have vaguely differentiated powers, but it all comes down to a bad guy holding up a glowing rock and screaming, “I have the power! The power of Forcing The Protagonists To Set Aside Their Differences To Fight Me!”
Really, this is why Marvel so rarely produces interesting villains. In great action movies, there’s a sense that the hero(es) and the villain(s) are locked in a duel with genuine emotional stakes—that there’s some reason they’re fighting beyond “He’s the Bad Guy with the Evil Power, and I’m the Good Guy with the Good Power.” So the most consistently interesting arc in Guardians is Drax seeking vengeance on Ronan, and one of the least interesting ways to end that arc is with the good guys firing Purple Goodness at Ronan using the power of love.
Of course, Ronan isn’t the real villain of Guardians, just as Loki wasn’t the real villain of Avengers. Like its earthbound progenitor, Guardians is an elaborate game of narrative kick-the-can. At the end of the movie, Drax wants to kill Thanos and Gamora probably wants vengeance on Thanos and there’s a general sense that everyone will fight Thanos eventually. This is part of the genius of Marvel: They’ve turned their mega-franchise into the blockbuster version of One Thousand and One Nights, telling an almost-complete story before ending on a promise that the real story hasn’t been told yet. It’s a formula, and it’s a successful formula, and Guardians of the Galaxy proves that the formula can be pushed in some exciting, crazy-within-reason directions. But how long can one franchise remake itself? Do moviegoers care? And is it weird that the most successful movie franchise of the modern age has a narrative structure as rigid as a &rsq
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Kate Upton and her baseballer boyfriend Justin Verlander stepped out for date night in NYC Sunday evening looking red hot together.
Dressed in black heels and a black top paired with a super-sexy red dress that showed off lots of leg, the 22-year-old Sports Illustrated model looked smokin' hot while strolling the Big Apple streets. Upton completed her high-slit look with a black bag, bright red lipstick and her blond hair up.
As for their dinner date, Upton and Verlander grabbed a meal at American Whiskey in Chelsea, a source tells E! News. While at the eatery, the twosome was spotted dancing, cuddling, kissing and chatting with pals, including Miguel Cabrebra and more of Verlander's Detroit Tigers teammates.
Upton and Verlander stayed out late into the night before heading back to her place for the night.
At tonights Yankees/Tigers game
I still recall the hundreds of thousands loyal fans that gathered at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Fla. on this day in 2003 to pay their final respects to the “Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz. Wednesday marks the 11th anniversary of her death, yet her legacy keeps living.
Cruz gained international success and was highly respected worldwide for standing strong against the Castro government and doing what she felt in her heart –singing.
Though her music is banned in Cuba, the GRAMMY-winning artist continued her journey into people’s heart with songs such as “Rie y Llora,” “La Vida es un Carnaval” and “La Negra Tiene Tumbao.”
Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba’s Santos Suárez, neighborhood on October 21, 1925 to a poor family. She died on July 16th, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey from complications after surgery to remove a brain tumor.
This is how we pay homage to the legendary Cuban artist, by noting 11 unique things that we miss about having her around.
1. We miss Celia Cruz’s energy on stage.
2. We also miss her colorful wardrobe and matching wigs.
3. The adorable way she referred to her husband as “mi cabecita de algodón” (my little cotton head) because of his halo of white hair.
Pedro Knight and Celia Cruz had unconditional love and support for each other. Their relationship was a 41-year romance.
4. We also miss Celia Cruz being unstoppable when producing albums, which included hits-after-hits.
Celia and Johnny Pacheco’s music is preserved by the US Library of Congress
5. We miss how humble she was and her music with a positive message.
I think it's safe to say that all of us Latinos, regardless of what country we come from, grew up with some Celia. What's your favorite Queen Celia Cruz song?
Neil Patrick Harris is in the final weeks of his triumphant run in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch and seems in the mood to savor every moment.
Harris, who won a Tony Award in June for his performance in the musical, recently posted pre-show and post-show selfies of himself on Twitter.
The first selfie has him in full make-up as the transgender rock singer Hedwig but without the glittery character's big, blond wig.
The post-show selfie is what is getting the most attention because the star appears to be wearing nothing but fingernail polish and what is left of his make-up.
Harris ends his run as Hedwig on 17 August. Andrew Rannels will take over the role three days later for at least a two month run.
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The O.C. star Mischa Barton could lose her massive Beverly Hills mansion in foreclosure ... if she doesn't cough up $100K in back mortgage payments QUICK.
Barton just got slapped with a default notice -- obtained by TMZ -- informing her she's skipped more than 100 grand in payments ... triggering the foreclosure process.
The crib is awesome -- 8 bedrooms, 11 baths, 3 guesthouses all on 1.2 acres. She bought it for $6.4M in 2005 -- when "The O.C." was a big deal, and took out a loan for $4.2 million.
The show went off the air in 2007 and Mischa's been trying to unload the house since 2010 when she listed it for 8.695M, but no one bought it. She re-listed in 2011, and again no takers.
Her last ditch effort was attempting to lease it for $35K/month last year ... but that move appears to be way too little too late.
Mischa's been acting in some small stuff lately, playing Ms. Monica in the TV movie, "Gutsy Frog." She also did an appearance at an Atlantic City club.
We reached out to a rep for Mischa ... so far, no word back.
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Man I got the most UNRHYTHMIC WHITE WOMAN dancing next to me at the jay and bay concert... This bitch… http://t.co/NRseqnNpjA— marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) August 4, 2014
Delta Goodrem’s “UNRHYTHMIC WHITE WOMAN” dancing has become a viral sensation after American comedian Marlon Wayans inadvertently snapped a picture of her awkward gyrations at a Beyonce and Jay Z concert.
His Instagram post has attracted over 24 thousand likes and flooded Facebook this morning – although not everyone was laughing.
Following criticism from angry Delta fans, the star of the 2004 comedy White Chicks issued a non-apology on Twitter. “Let me start by saying suck it long, hard and til y’all mouths hurt to all these sensitive ass people,” Wayans wrote. “Secondly, I ain’t apologizing for a joke. Third… She still can’t dance. Now go correct someone who is correctable and actually gives a fuck. Peace.
Delta responded by posting a video of “The Elaine Dance” from Seinfeld:
Had a blast last night. 💜 D x https://t.co/2bD5hVJ6IA— Delta Goodrem (@DeltaGoodrem) August 5, 2014
(For non-Australian ontders, Delta Goodrem used to be on the Australian soap Neighbours, had a big album in 2003, dated Brian McFadden for a bit, was a coach on the Australian version of the Voice etc etc. First post, so apologies if I mess it up.)
Beyoncé and Jay Z may be drunk in love, but a man at their Saturday night (Aug. 2) show in Pasadena, CA was drunk and apparently a little hungry.
According to the Pasadena Star News, a man was arrested at Bey and Jay’s recent stop at the Rose Bowl for biting off the tip of another man’s finger after groping the man’s girlfriend.
A 25-year-old man named Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica was arrested in suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem, which is legally defined as “disabling or disfiguring a part of a victim’s body.”
According to police, the alleged attack occurred after Alcaraz-Garnica groped a woman in her 20s and the woman’s boyfriend confronted him leading to a fight between the two men.
“During the altercation, the suspect bit the victim, causing serious injury to his finger,” the police said. “He lost the tip of one of his fingers.”
Alcaraz-Garnica was taken to the Pasadena Police Department’s jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance. No word yet on the status of the man’s finger.
At that same show, police arrested 10 additional people — eight for public drunkenness, two for ticket scalping during the event.
you can find pictures of the finger here if ur into that
Selena Gomez's rear was slightly damaged Sunday in North Hollywood in a fender bender she allegedly caused.
Gomez was pulling out of a 7/11 parking lot when she backed into another vehicle -- causing some minor damage to her SUV. Immediately afterward, she tweeted and seemed to be blaming paparazzi for distracting her.
Only I'd get into an accident because of men with cameras who have great careers and offer the couple a package at Burke Williams. Oh LA.— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) August 3, 2014
Unclear what if any damage was done to the other car, but Selena exchanged info with the driver -- and, so far, cops haven't been called … so it looks like she's in the clear.
MasterChef is down to 11 out of 22 home cooks and the competition is getting tight. This is a huge week for MasterChef because everyone wants a spot in the Top 10. The cooks are doing all they can to stand out, but some end up doing a bit too much.
Mystery Box Choice Challenge
The cooks come in for their next mystery box challenge and find out that this week's challenge actually has two mystery boxes because this week is all about choice. The cooks lift the boxes on their right and see everyday ingredients, while the boxes on their left have the luxury version of the same ingredients from the first box. Courtney says the second box is what she would want to buy if she could afford it. The cooks get to decide which box they want to cook with.
Victoria has a point when she says that the luxury box could be a trap because if you mess up with one of the ingredients, you could get in trouble, but Elizabeth says you should take advantage of the amazing ingredients you're given.
The cooks pick their boxes and get started on their dishes, while the judges talk to some of the cooks. They say that Victoria's dish sounds "almost good." Gordon, meanwhile, asks Elizabeth who she doesn't see in the Top 10, and she says, "Maybe Leslie." Leslie's actually having some trouble. He's cooking with the fancy box, but Joe tells him that his truffles aren't seasoned and he starts defending himself. Francis is also using the luxury box and is making a surf and turf chessboard. He says that traditional is boring to him.
The judges pick three stand-out dishes from the mystery box challenge. They pick Elizabeth, who used the high end box, first. She made a pan-roasted pork chop and they love it. Graham says that people should look at her for inspiration and that it's the best dish she's made so far.
They call Victoria up next and she says that her everyday ingredients dish is her on a plate. She made tilapia with ham steak. It even has nacho cheese sauce. Graham loves the pickles from the vinaigrette and says that she made it hip. This may be the night where she wins her first mystery box.
Lastly, they call Leslie up. He used the luxury box and made pork, beef and ahi tuna. He's the only one who went with all three. Gordon says that it's the best dish that he's cooked all season. Joe even likes it.
In the end, Leslie wins the mystery box challenge and is getting a game-changing advantage for the elimination test.
Leslie's Big Moment
Leslie has to choose between three types of stuffed pasta. He chooses between tortellini, caramelle, which Leslie has never heard of, and ravioli. He also doesn't have to cook in the challenge, which makes him the first home cook to be in the Top 10. He chooses the caramelle stuffed with mozzarella. Big Willie doesn't know what that is, either. It's okay. I don't, either.
The cooks rush to the pantry to get their ingredients. Cutter's pretty nervous, and notices that it's supposed to look like a candy. Francis is actually going to dye his pasta with beets and make it look like bubblegum. Suddenly, the chefs announce that Leslie's getting another advantage. He gets to give a cook a rolling pin and take away his or her pasta machine. He makes the most of it, teasing people with the rolling pin, but ultimately gives it to Daniel. This is his big moment and he's loving it. Daniel says he's not surprised because "Leslie is a petty man who likes to hold grudges."
The cooks rush to get started and Daniel starts rolling away. Leslie says that Daniel has been nothing but nasty to him and he wants to send him home, then Daniel starts talking about Leslie to the camera. He loves baseball and he's swinging for Leslie. He says he likes when Daniel gets frazzled.
Stuffed Pasta Elimination Challenge
Courtney's not worried. She's a third generation Italian and is keeping it "classy and traditional, just like me." Gordon goes up to Francis and asks him if he ever plays it safe. He calls him nuts, but I like his bubblegum idea. Graham talks to Big Willie, who's making a dessert dish. He says, "Go big or go home," but Graham says he shouldn't want to go home. Hopefully, this will help him stand out.
Meanwhile, Joe goes up to Daniel to talk about his issues with Leslie. He also talks about his dish and says he's worried about his wine reduction. Gordon goes up to Jaimee, who says that she's channeling her dad with this dish. He says her dish looks good so far. I really want her to be in the Top 10. The judges don't understand why so many people are taking such big risks with their dishes when they are trying to get into the final 10 on MasterChef.
Daniel's called up to present his dish first and he's pretty confident. He made a short rib caramelle. Graham doesn't like the color, but he says that's what he was going for. It doesn't taste very good, either. Joe hates it and says that the biggest challenge for him wasn't the lack of the pasta machine, but himself. Gordon makes him eat it too and congratulates him on "standing out tonight, possibly outside the door." He went really far out with his dish and Gordon calls it disgusting.
Jaimee's up next. She did a take on her dad Michael's sauce. He works for the Department of Sanitation and makes a "killer" meat sauce. I love that they talk about her dad. Joe loves her dish and says she really captured the spirit of the challenge.
Scottish Francis is up next with his short rib caramelle. The chefs are not impressed with him using beets solely for the color because it reminds him of candy and it doesn't taste good at all.
Cutter's up next with a short rib caramelle, and it tastes good. Gordon says he cooks "like an angel." Courtney comes up and the chefs love her dish as well. Joe calls it a "super sexy, simple dish."
Big Willie's up last with a squash and apple caramelle and the chefs are really upset that he made a dessert. Gordon hates it and says it "sounds disgusting" and loos like "regurgitated dog vomit." Gordon calls him Lazy Willie.
The two stand-out dishes are Courtney and Jaimee, who had the winning dish. They'll be captains in the next team challenge. The three worst dishes are Daniel, Francis and Big Willie. They were all too desperate to stand out. Daniel and Willie are both called up and are both safe. In the end, Francis is sent home. He was just trying too hard to be different and is reminded that cooking shouldn't be an art.
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We think we have come up with the Top 5 but if you have any better or worse ideas, feel free to join in.
From stereotypical views of Ireland in “Leap Year” and atrocious acting and accents in “Far and Away” to the embarrassing tales of “High Spirits” and “A Tiger’s Tale,” there have been some really awful films made about or in Ireland.
Here at IrishCentral, weave saved the number one spot for one of the most bizarre movies ever made.“Holy Water” is a tale about a group of men who put Viagra in their town’s water supply. Need we say more? Here’s our full list of the top worst Irish movies of all time:
Holy Water (2009)
Just a short description of this Irish movie will show you quickly why it got our number one vote. The story centers around the town of Kilcoulins Leap, home of a famous Holy Well. A postman, Podger Byrnes, comes up with a plan to hijack a van of Viagra and sell it in Amsterdam. When the plan goes wrong and Viagra’s makers send in their muscle, the postman and his friends hide the load of Viagra down the town’s Holy Well. You can guess the hilarity that follows.
Far and Away (1992)
Back in 1992, “Entertainment Weekly” spelled out perfectly what was wrong with this Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman epic about venturing into the Wild West in the 1800s. The review reads, “Cruise has no edge, no inner fire. He lacks the passionate, volatile qualities that might have expanded the character into something more than a screenwriter’s concoction. … Machine-tooled and weightless — that’s Cruise in ‘Far and Away’. And that’s the movie as well."
This movie is also an example of some of the worst Irish accents and lines in an Irish movie. The most famously bad line from this movie is one of Cruise’s when he says to Kidman’s character, “You're a corker, Shannon. What a corker you are.”
Guilty of leaving Ireland in the dark ages, “Leap Year” casted Oscar nominee Amy Adams as Anna, a woman desperate to marry her long term boyfriend. She plans a trip to the Emerald Isle for February 29, when traditionally in Ireland women can propose to men.
“The New York Times” got it right when a critic described “Leap Year” as one of the worst movies of the year. The romantic comedy paints modern Ireland as a backward country where a power surge caused by Adam’s Blackberry wipes out electricity for an entire town. The hackneyed love story does little to promote the true identity and lure of Ireland.
The Tiger’s Tail (2006)
Written and directed by Englishman John Boorman, this is one Irish film that belongs on the editor’s floor. Good points start and end with the cast line up, which includes Brendan Gleeson and Kim Cattrall (with a very unconvincing Irish accent).
Gleeson plays Liam, a property developer in Ireland’s economic heyday whose dodgy dealings leave him seeing a double of himself, akin to Macbeth’s ghosts who haunt him for the duration of the film.
High Spirits (1988)
The brilliant Peter O’Toole plays a major role in this movie which does not paint the Irish or Americans in the best light. Stereotypes and an embarrassingly predictable story earned this movie a place on our list.
The movie tells the story of a busload of American tourists who arrive at Peter Plunkett’s Iris castle, where Peter himself pretends that it is haunted.
Do you agree with this list? Or have another to add?
In light of last week’s very unexpected, yet very entertaining feud between Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber, this ONTD Original revisits a few memorable Celebrity Feuds from years past.
Will.I.Am vs. Perez Hilton
In 2009, Will.I.Am and Perez Hilton got into an altercation at an after-party for a music award show in Toronto. With a crowd surrounding them, Perez, Will, and Will's manager (Polo), argue back and forth for about a minute, until Perez tells Will, "you're not a f**king artist ... you're a f**king f*ggot." The scene suddenly turns chaotic -- and in the mess someone punches Perez in the face.
Hilton tweeted about the incident and followed up with a vlog recounting his side of the story.
Sources 1, 2, 3
Mariah Carey vs. Eminem
Mariah and Eminem had been rumored to be dating back in the early 2000's (though the extent of their relationship varies depending on who you ask). They've both "addressed" these rumors throughout various songs and interviews, though things came to a head after Carey married Nick Cannon in 2008. Eminem fired shots at the couple on his album Relapse, wishing Nick "luck with the f***ing w****." This led to a lengthy blog post from Cannon, where he defended his wife, claiming Eminem never got to "second base" and called him racist. Later in 2009, Mariah released the first single from Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, "Obsessed"; the video is a clear shot at Eminem, portraying a stalker made up to look like him.
Taking offense to "Obsessed" and Mariah's constant denial of any previous romantic involvement, Eminem released a scathing diss track aimed at Mariah and her husband. He goes into graphic detail about their one sexual encounter and threatened to release incriminating pictures and audio confirming their relationship.
Mariah had nothing but nice things to say during an interview with Andy Cohen in 2013.
Sources 1, 2
Star Jones vs. NeNe Leakes
NeNe Leakes and Star Jones have been feuding ever since meeting on Celebrity Apprentice 4. The whole ordeal began when Star suggested that NeNe should be project manager for their latest assignment of staging a live hair show. But the Real Housewife of Atlanta was not happy about being told what to do and unleashed a barrage of insults and threats against Star. "Who the f*** died and made you the God of assigning project managers?" Leakes shouted. "I will take you down... when the rest of these girls won't."When NeNe appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March 2011, she hurled firing balls of insults Star Jones's way. "She is bossy, she is manipulative, conniving," Leakes said. "And I'm not even being funny. I think that is real. I honestly think that is who she is."
When Jones appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show herself, she described the encounter as follows: "Not for nothing, I need to keep calm, but when you're confronted in the wild with an uncaged animal, you're supposed to retreat," Jones said. "You're not supposed to attack."
When DeGeneres asked Jones how her relationship with Leakes is now that filming (aside from the finale) is over, she let out a little laugh. "Well, the lawyer in me would say we were not friends before, we clearly were not friends during and we are not friends after," Jones said.
Sources 1, 2
Alyssa Milano vs. Shannen Doherty
While portraying sisters on the television show Charmed, rumor has it costars Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano didn't quite share the bond their characters had behind the scenes. Doherty and Milano's feud began at the start of the third season of the show, and many felt Shannen was jealous of Alyssa's popularity and endorsement deals. It got so bad between the two, Paramount sent a mediator to the set to resolve any tension that existed between the actresses. This mediation proved to be unsuccessful when Doherty left the show after the season. But according to Shannen, Milano issued an ultimatum to the producers that Doherty be removed from the series or she would leave herself. Alyssa Milano has repeatedly denied these claims.
During an interview with Bravo's Andy Cohen on his Watch What Happens Live! Show, Alyssa likened working on the show to being in"high school"; When asked about Shannen's departure from the show, Alyssa replied with "We never really found out what happened...; I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years, and there were definitely some rough days." Doherty tweeted afterward to assure there was "No drama."
Sources 1, 2, 3
Lindsay Lohan vs. Paris Hilton
Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were the epitome of frenemies in the early 2000's; they traveled in the same circles and had been pictured partying together on multiple occasions. In 2006, a video surfaced of Paris Hilton, out with oil heir, Brandon Davis. As the pair club-hopped in LA, Davis unleashed a filthy torrent as Paris laughed with approval. Davis makes numerous sexual comments, questions Lindsay's hygiene, and infamously dubs Lohan a firecrotch. Not long after, Lohan was recorded calling Hilton a C***, though later denied having said it. The exchange led to a falling out between the two, and over the years, they've traded insults and snide remarks. In 2013, Lohan allegedly had Paris’s brother Barron Hilton attacked while at a party in Miami.
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Lucy Liu vs. Bill Murray
Things were bit rocky between Lucy Liu and Bill Murray for a while after they costarred in Charlie's Angels together. Rumour has it that Bill Murray stopped a scene purely to tell Lucy Liu that she couldn't act. Not surprisingly, Liu did not take it well. In fact she reportedly threw a punch at the Groundhog Day star. When asked about the onset spat, Murray told the New York Times,"Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me. When our relationship is professional, and you're not getting that done, forget it." In the years since, Murray appears to have moved on, saying, "I feel very warmly for her (Liu) now."
Chris Brown vs. Frank Ocean
Chris Brown was involved in an all-out brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013, and sources connected with Chris insist Ocean started it.
Chris was at Westlake Studio in the L.A. area listening to one of the artists he represents. The sources say as Chris went to leave, Frank Ocean and his crew blocked Chris from leaving. The sources say Frank said, "This is my studio, this is my parking spot." Allegedly, Chris went to shake Frank's hand ... and that's when one of Frank's people attacked Chris. Sources connected with Chris say one of Chris' friends jumped in front and hit Frank's friend.
Sources connected with Chris say Frank then came at Chris ... Chris pushed him away and they started brawling.
After the incident, both parties shared pieces from their respective sides.
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Patrick Dempsey vs. Isaiah Washington vs. T.R. Knight
Back in Oct of 2006, an argument between costars Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington on the set of Grey's Anatomy made headlines, supposedly over timing and production. Details emerged a few months later, claiming that the argument was over their other costar, T.R. Knight. Knight had been late to filming, and while Dempsey and Washington argued over starting without him, Washington allegedly used a homophobic slur toward T.R. Knight.
Washington denied using the slur in direct reference to Knight, which drew fire from another from another Grey's co-star, Katherine Heigl, who said Washington "needs to just not speak in public."; Knight claimed that the incident played a major part in his decision to come out. In June of 2007, ABC terminated Washington's contract at the end of the 3rd season. He later returned for a guest spot in season 10.
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Paris Hilton vs. Nicole Richie
Though they certainly weren't strangers to social scene, Paris and Nicole were catapulted into mainstream fame in 2003 with the premiere of their reality show, The Simple Life. The show followed the seemingly inseparable childhood friends throughout their antics as they traveled across rural America.
In April 2005, reports surfaced that the two were no longer speaking. Hilton commented: "It's no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. Nicole knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it." Neither Richie nor Hilton spoke publicly about the cause of the split, though it was speculated that the pair fell out because Nicole allegedly showed one of Paris' homemade sex tapes to a group of their friends. When asked about their friendship last month on Bravo’s WWHL in July of 2014, Nicole gave the following response; "The short answer is I haven't spoken to her in a while, but we are very good friends and I love her and love her family and have a lot of respect for her."
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Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift
Arguably one of the most controversial moments in VMA history, Kanye infamously interrupted Taylor Swift in the middle of her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. After taking the microphone from Swift, West proclaimed "I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." The feed awkwardly cut away from Swift, who later returned with Beyoncé to finish her speech. West later apologized on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, admitting fault and saying he "hurt" Swift. Swift has since poked fun at the incident via her opening monologue for SNL, as well an Instagram post directed toward tourmate, Ed Sheeran.
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LC vs. Spiedi
We’ve come a long way since The Hills in being able to recognize scripted reality tv for what it is. We’ll never know how much of their feud was real, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining.
Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag became friends when they attended school in San Francisco (back when LC was still filming for Laguna Beach). When Lauren was offered her own spinoff, The Hills, Heidi joined her as her roommate and a member of the cast. By the second season, Montag and Conrad's friendship had deteriorated after the former began dating (and later moved in with) Spencer Pratt. During the third season, Conrad ended her friendship with Montag after she suspected that Pratt was responsible for rumors of a sex tape involving her and her former boyfriend Jason Wahler; the ensuing feud carried through each subsequent season. LC attended Heidi and Spencer’s wedding as a peace offering, which also marked the end of her run on the show. Since The Hills finale in 2010, Montag claims that they’ve spoken a few times, mostly "just catching up and saying hi and things like that.”
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Matthew Morrison vs. Jonah Hill
In September of 2011, Jonah Hill slammed Matthew Morrison on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, after having not one -- but two! -- less-than-friendly encounters. Hill claimed Morrison first embarrassed him in a room full of A-listers at a Fox event. "This dude from Glee calls me out!" the comedian said, explaining that Morrison, 32, jokingly asked Hill if he ever stopped talking.
Then, a few weeks later, the two stars ended up at "some douchey Hollywood party," Hill said, where he attempted to pull a prank and snuck up behind Morrison who was engaged in a conversation with Chace Crawford. Before he could even prank him, Hill overheard his own name being used as a punchline in Morrison's joke.
"Matthew Morrison, you better bring your sh*t next time, dude," the Moneyball star ranted. "I'd like to see him sing his way out of this one!"
Rosie O’Donnell vs. Donald Trump
Donald Trump has been involved in a number of feuds, most notably with Martha Stewart, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and recently President Obama. But it was his feud with former The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell that had all the news and entertainment shows talking about the riff between these two loudmouths. It all started back in late 2006 when Rosie criticized Trump for not dethroning Miss USA Tara Conner after her drug and sex scandal. She also called him a “pimp” and “snake oil salesman.” The Donald fired back at Rosie and called her a “big, fat pig” and a “loser.” He also threatened to steal O'Donnell's wife from her. The two exchanged comical insults for several months after.
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Madonna vs. Elton John
Elton John and Madonna have famously feuded for several years, the root of their public standoff stemming back to 2004. While Madonna typically remains mum on their disagreements, John is rarely one to bite his tongue. In recent years, John made headlines for calling Madge a “fairground stripper,” among other insults. John instigated the famous battle during the 2004 Q Awards. While accepting the award for classic songwriter, he said: ”Madonna, best live act? F--- off. Since when has lip-syncing been live? Sorry about that, but I think everyone who lip-syncs on stage in public when you pay like 75 quid to see them should be shot. Thank you very much. That’s me off her Christmas card list, but do I give a toss? No."
John’s husband David Furnish got involved after Madonna took home the Golden Globe for best original song in 2012, beating John. ”Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism.” ; Furnish wrote at the time, though he later backtracked on his statements. Fielding questions about John backstage at the Globes, the Material Girl said, ”I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years. He’s known to get mad at me. He’ll win another award. I don’t feel bad."; Not exactly fighting words, considering John told NBC host Carson Daly that Madonna didn’t “stand a f---ing chance” for the award earlier on the red carpet.
Christina Aguilera vs. Kelly Osbourne
It all started in 2002, when an episode of The Osbournes aired, featuring Sharon talking about Christina Aguilera’s album, My Kind Of Christmas. Kelly responds with saying she wanted to stab herself while listening to it. During the 2003 MTV Europe awards pre-show, Aguilera refused to walk the red carpet if Osbourne — a guest VJ for the event — was present. Kelly responded by calling Aguilera’s music “crap” and saying she was a “cow." Later, a skit was aired of Aguilera throwing darts at a board decorated with a picture of Osbourne. This irked the Ozzy offspring, who voiced her disapproval when she came onstage to present an award. ”If Christina Aguilera has to resort to throwing darts at my head after everything she’s achieved and everything she’s done, then she’s a really sad, sorry person,” Kelly said. “And I take it as a complete compliment.”
”Honey, if you can dish it out, you’ve got to learn how to take it back.” Aguilera later retorted.
In recent years, Kelly’s revived her side of the feud, taking jabs at Christina while hosting on Fashion Police. Osbourne has chimed in with comments like, ”Maybe she is just becoming the fat b*tch she was born to be. I don’t know. She was a c**t to me. And she bought my house!” and “She called me fat for so many f***ing years,” Osbourne continued, “so you know what? F**k you! You’re fat too.”
Aguilera has not publicly acknowledged the feud in years.
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Ciara vs. Rihanna
As a guest on Fashion Police in 2011, Ciara revealed that she had a bad encounter with Rih and her friends. ”I ran into her recently at a party, and she wasn’t the nicest....I’ve always respected what she’s done in fashion, but this time, it wasn’t the most pleasant run-in."
The R&B twosome got into a heated Twitter feud afterward. They made up, but things reignited during a radio interview with Ciara.“I don’t know what her problem is. I think she’s nuts right now, like, whatever’s going on, because for me, it doesn’t make any sense,” she said of the Diamonds singer’s controversial behavior. Rihanna supposedly mocked Ciara on Instagram after the latter posted an acoustic performance of her single, Body Party from a bathroom.
Sources 1, 2, 3, 4 (RIP badgalriri)
Jimmy Kimmel vs. Kanye West
In 2013, Kimmel aired a skit spoofing Kanye West’s one-hour BBC Radio 1 interview. He ribbed ‘Ye for being his ”own hype man” and questioned whether the “leather jogging pant” is really a thing. Because he couldn’t understand much of what West was saying in the interview, Kimmel hired a couple of kids to read the transcript (while sipping on milk shakes, of course), including a bit with ‘Ye’s most recent reference to his favorite movie, The Truman Show.
As expected, Kanye did not appreciate it. In response, he took to twitter, and started an epic rant about Kimmel, beginning (in all caps) with ”JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS”. Kimmel invited Kanye onto his show later on, to clear the air and make peace.
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Tom Cruise vs. Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields released her book Down Came the Rain in 2003, which chronicled her battle with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan. Cruise told Access Hollywood that is was "irresponsible" for Shields to assert that antidepressants helped cure her. "When someone says (medication) has helped them, it is to cope, it didn't cure anything. There is no science. There is nothing that can cure them whatsoever," he said.
"Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them," says the former Suddenly Susan star.
Cruise, who is an ardent advocate of Scientology, which condemns mind-altering prescriptions of any kind, instead suggests that women care for themselves with "vitamins and exercise." He then added about Shields: "I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented women, (but) look at where has her career gone."
Cruise later apologized for publicly berating her. "[Cruise] came over to my house and he gave me a heartfelt apology," Shields, told Leno. "And he apologized for bringing me into the whole thing and for everything that happened. And through it all, I was so impressed with how heartfelt it was. And I didn't feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it."
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Katy Perry vs. Chief Keef
Now this one was just weird. Last year, Katy Perry mentioned a song by then 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef, saying that the title “I Hate Being Sober” caused her to “have serious doubt for the world.” The offhand remark caught Keef’s attention several days later, at which point he issued a violent and profanity-filled response. “Dat bitch Katy Perry Can Suck Skin Off my D---”, he wrote. “I’ll smack The S--- out her.” Keef also revealed plans to release a new song targeting Perry. The songstress quickly returned to Twitter to apologize for her remarks. “Mr. Keef! I’m sorry if I offended you. I heard a lot of people guesting on the song & didn’t even know it was you in particular”, she wrote. “I’m a fan of your “Don’t Like” video tbh. I was really just having a general opinion on our generations [sic] desire to be constantly intoxicated.”
Chris Brown vs. Drake
Azealia Banks vs. The World
Rihanna vs. Teyana Taylor
Miley Cyrus vs. Sinead O’Connor
What are your favorite Celebrity Feuds ONTD?
Ever since we learned of Ciara and Future’s coupledom, we knew that ole boy had children from prior relationships. Four to be exact (including baby Future). And each child has a different mother.
We’ve known about the children and baby mommas. What we didn’t know was that Future, 30, was having trouble keeping up with his child support payments. According to The Jasmine Brand, a Georgia judge is ordering that monthly child support payments be deducted directly from his paychecks from his music label.
The ruling is in response to Jessica Smith, the mother of Future’s 10-year-old son, claiming that the rapper is trying to pay less than his income dictates.
Last year, the two reached a child support agreement where Future paid $1,662 a month based on claims his monthly income was $16,516. But in March 2013, Smith submitted a child support modification suit stating that she believed Future was lying about his income and was actually making more than $50,000 a month and she wanted his child support to reflect the increase in pay.
Future alleged that he never lied about his true income and then filed documents requesting increased custody of their son.
Though Future claimed there was no increase in income back in 2013, just last month Smith and Future came to a new agreement. And Future’s child support payments are now $2,800 a month. The payments will be deducted directly from his checks and given to Smith. He was also ordered to pay $3,952 in past due child support.
The documents also note that Future has two more children whom he is still fighting in court over child support issues.
If you’re interested in reading the court documents, you can do so here.
It’s interesting that Future spent $500,000 on an engagement ring for Ciara when he had child support that he hadn’t paid.
And in other news, rumors are starting to circulate that Ciara and Future are no longer together. There are several pieces of evidence. Future hasn’t been featured on Ciara’s Instagram page since Father’s Day, she recently vacationed to Ibiza without Future and probably the most damning evidence of them all is the fact that Ciara hasn’t been seen wearing her ring in a long time. Yikes.
I guess, it’s something like another one of his baby mamas, Brittini Mealy said, “Something about adding a kid to the equation changes things for him.”
What do you think about Future’s child support situation and the rumors that these two are no longer together? Are you surprised?
With a freshman run spanning just eight episodes, ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter stands to deliver a “contained, intense adventure” for its title character.
British actress Hayley Atwell promised as much during her visit to TVLine’s Comic-Con suite, where she also surveyed the rigorous physical, combat and stunt training ahead for her (ahead of the series’ September production start).
Having previously played Peggy in two Captain America films as well as the Marvel One-Shot featurette packed into Iron Man 3 Blu-ray sets, Atwell also reveals why Agent Carter is a “dream project” and shared what she loves most about the circa-1940s, Howard Stark-appointed S.H.I.E.L.D. bigwig.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is due to premiere at midseason, spanning Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’.s winter hiatus.
-Positive fan reaction to her one-shot was the biggest reason the show got the go-ahead
-Her "delirious" reaction when the series was greenlit
-She wants to do as much of her own fight scenes and stunts as "is legal"
-Her favorite part of Peggy is the one "audiences have yet to see"
-Her dress is adorable
Lucy Hale rocks teased hair on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine’s September 2014 issue.Here’s what the 25-year-old actress and singer had to share with the mag:
On the superficial image Hollywood sells to young women: “[Pretty Little Liars] is about how we look too. That’s terrifying sometimes because you’re breaking out or you feel gross and you still have to be in front of the camera. We’ll post pictures on Instagram and people will be like, ‘Y’all are so flawless.’ Little do they know it’s fake hair, fake eyelashes, and a good filter. Little girls see that and think they have to be like that.”
On her latest project, making a country music album:“So many people didn’t want to touch the project with a 10-foot pole. Literally, I had people laughing and saying, ‘You’re making an album? Good luck.’ … But if you sit down and talk music with me for 10 minutes, you know that’s my passion.”
On auditioning to play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey:“That audition was so uncomfortable! It’s exactly what you thought it would be: a big monologue but very, very sexual…there were some things that I was so embarrassed to be reading out loud, but it’s one of those things where you have to commit wholeheartedly or you’re going to make a fool of yourself.”
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Roxane Gay is the gift that keeps on giving. The author released her riveting first novel, An Untamed State, back in May, and she already has a new book out: an entertaining and thought-provoking essay collection called Bad Feminist. In it, she covers of range topics from pop culture to politics, from Fifty Shades of Grey and Sweet Valley High to Wendy Davis’ filibuster and the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant.
TIME: You wrote these essays between 2010 and 2013, but some of them feel especially of the moment — I was reading your essay about privilege while the Internet was having a passionate debate about the topic. Can you see the future?
Roxane Gay: I try to pay attention to what’s going on in our culture, and a lot of the issues I write about are ongoing issues, so it’s always interesting to see those issues come back to the public’s attention over and over. Privilege is something we’re increasingly talking about culturally because people are starting to say, “How do we acknowledge our privilege and acknowledge the ways in which we’re not privileged? How do we keep from stepping on each others toes?” It’s one of the many reasons why we’re having this conversation again.
I thought the essay did a great job of discussing the importance of acknowledging privilege while also critiquing the ways “check your privilege” gets thrown around. What do you think people misunderstand about that phrase?
I think that when people hear that phrase, they start to feel defensive. They feel like they have to apologize for some things they have no control over. You can’t control the fact that you are born a white man or born into wealth. When people say “check your privilege,” they’re saying, “Acknowledge how these factors helped you move through life.” They’re not saying apologize for it. But I think oftentimes, because we’re human, we hear these things and feel we have to apologize, and I think that’s where a lot of it is coming from.
One definition of feminism that you mention in the book is “women who don’t want to be treated like sh-t.” Is there one perfect definition out there?
No, I don’t think there’s one definition of feminism. I think there are multiple definitions of feminism. But at its core, I think it’s that women deserve certain inalienable rights in the same ways that men do. We have to look at reproductive freedom and making sure that the female body is no longer legislated. We have to look at the wage gap and think about race and class and sexuality and ability because we inhabit multiple identities. I think one of the most important things we can do as feminists is acknowledge that even though we have womanhood in common we have to start to think about the ways in which we’re different, how those differences affect us and what kinds of needs we have based on our differences.
Is there value in knowing whether young women in Hollywood identify as feminists?
Yes and no. The value in that is it’s important for more women to claim feminism so people can understand that feminism really isn’t a bad thing or something we need to avoid or be afraid of. But you know, I think that it’s a choice. It’s not something you want to force everyone to believe in. I mean, I would love for everyone to be a feminist, but I have to respect people’s choices. If you don’t want to be a feminist and don’t want to claim feminism, that’s entirely your right. But I think the more visible women that stand up and say, “I’m a feminist,” the better off feminism is going to be, and the better off women overall are going to be.
What did you think of the recent “Women Against Feminism” reaction happening on social media?
I thought it was absurd and sad, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. I disagree entirely and think feminism is what made it possible for them to make those kind of provocative statements. And in many of the young women making statements, I saw women who were saying very feminist things. Mostly I just thought, “How sad that they’re this ignorant.” It’s really ignorance that’s at play here, more than anything else.
Where do you even start with trying to combat that ignorance?
They start by understanding that feminism is just an idea. It’s a philosophy. It’s about the equality of women in all realms. It’s not about man-hating. It’s not about being humorless. We have to let go of these misconceptions that have plagued feminism for 40, 50 years. It’s ridiculous that we’re still having this conversation. “But I love men!” Who cares! It’s not about men at all.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Beyoncé in the past year and how she gets policed for being a bad feminist or doing feminism “wrong.” Do you think she’s a particular target?
Yes, I do. I think that anytime a woman is visible, she becomes a target. I think that Beyoncé is in a particular bind because she’s a big public figure and a role model and also, especially with her most recent work, very sexual and owning her sexuality. Whenever a woman owns her sexuality, it starts to make people uncomfortable. So what we’re seeing is a lot of discomfort, and people are confused because we don’t use a lot of nuance when we talk about our cultural figures when we’re either for them or against them. People are having a difficult time holding multiple opinions about Beyoncé at the same time. I think we’re seeing a lot of that pushback. Whenever a woman does something, we have to comment on it.
Your essay, “What We Hunger For,” is a standout. I didn’t expect a piece that starts off talking about The Hunger Games to transition into talking about personal trauma so seamlessly.
The feedback to that essay is some of the strongest feedback I’ve received on all of the essays. It’s been really wonderful because people found something they can relate to, especially this idea that I come to at the end, that reading and writing is sometimes more than reading and writing — there’s salvation in there and solace. I’ve been really overwhelmed and gratified by the response to the essay. And I think it speaks to my style. Light and dark are two opposites of the same situation. I think that you can start in one place and end in another, and one of the things I love about writing essays is doing that. It’s not something I plan, I just write my way to the unexpected place. When I get there, I realize this is where I go all along.
Is the Internet usually your first draft?
Not always. I find that because I start on Tumblr with no mission, the writing is often more interesting and stronger because I’m not sitting there with a deadline. I’m just writing for myself, so that’s where I do my most open and honest writing. The Internet works well because it’s so responsive and so immediate. I have some thoughts and I put them out there. When I do it on my personal blog, there’s nothing at stake. It’s just my blog, and as far as I’m concerned, no one’s reading it. So that really helps reduce some of the anxiety. I don’t feel a lot of anxiety about my writing, but definitely messing around on Twitter or writing on my Tumblr is just where I’m starting to work through things and figure out what I’m thinking or feeling.
Do you have those moments where you’re confronted with the fact that people are reading your work?
Yeah, definitely. Whenever someone points out something or talks to me about something they liked or that I’ve done, there’s this uncomfortable moment of oh wow. My delusion is really profound. People are reading these things, but I actively work on the delusion.
I’d imagine you’re having more and more of those moments.
I have. It’s been awkward! But yes, absolutely, it’s becoming harder and harder to maintain the delusion. But I’m working hard!
What was the ultimate goal for this book?
When I started to look at this body of work I had created over the past several years, there was a common thread. How do we question the world we live in and question the popular culture that we consume while also admitting to our humanity and enjoying sometimes inappropriate things? And having inconsistent ideas? This is a manual on how to be a human.
In one of your essays, you write, “I’m raising my voice to show all the ways we have room to want more, to do better.” You have essays that explicitly talk about feminism, but you also have essays about college-town life and your competitive Scrabble league — those seem just as important to include when it comes to this mission of speaking up.
I think that if you can’t find anyone to follow, you have to find a way to lead. I wouldn’t call myself a leader, but I’ll stand up and say I’m a feminist. I’m a bad feminist, but I’ll stand up and own my feminism. In each of these essays, I’m very much trying to show how feminism influences my life for better or worse. It just shows what it’s like to move through the world as a woman. It’s not even about feminism per se, it’s about humanity and empathy.
Ricky Gervais is to produce a feature film centering on David Brent, the character he played in the original BBC version of TV comedy series “The Office.”
The movie, “Life on the Road,” will follow Brent’s progress in the 15 years since leaving the company at the center of the TV show. Brent will be seen working as a travelling salesman in order to fund a U.K. concert tour as he pursues his dream of becoming a rock star, the BBC reported Tuesday.
The film, which the BBC is developing, will take the form of a mockumentary. Brent believes it to be a rockumentary, in the style of Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones docu “Shine a Light,” but it turns out the crew are shooting a “Where are they now?” documentary, tracking down the original characters from “The Office.”
The pic is set to go into production next year.