Under fire for the lack of women of color in its cast, ‘SNL’ uses host Kerry Washington to address the controversy in typically biting and hilarious fashion.
It’s been a ridiculous problem. For the past six years, Saturday Night Live has had enough white male cast members to have, at any give moment, at least six potential actors to play Matthew McConaughey in a sketch but no one to play the First Lady of the United States.
The fact that SNL’s cast has included not one woman of color since Maya Rudolph left in 2007 has consistently been a glaring problem these past six years. But the spotlight on the issue has been especially harsh this season: first when six new hires again included not one woman of color, and then earlier this month when cast member Kenan Thompson offensively asserted that the reason for the lack of diversity is that there are no qualified candidates.
The story of a Texas electrician who deals experimental AIDs drugs only took twenty years to make it to Hollywood. And it all started as a simple act of journalism.
Today Dallas Buyers Club is a major Hollywood motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician and rodeo habitué who transforms himself into an importer and distributer of experimental AIDS medications after contracting HIV.
But it started life as a simple act of journalism.
The longest-running TV show premiered, Fox debuted two iconic shows, and the highest grossing film series of all time cast a spell. It's a busy week in pop culture history.
November 2, 2003: Arrested Development premieres on FOX.
In its three seasons on the air, the ground-breaking FOX show raised the bar for network comedies and paved the way for recent critical favourites such as 30 Rock and Community. Although it was not a ratings giant during its original run (that’s why it was cancelled), it developed a strong cult following. After it was dumped in 2005, there was talk of a feature film. This film never happened, and instead Netflix revived the series for a fifteen episode fourth season. Netflix’s chief content officer said in September that fans can expect more episodes and at this point it’s a matter of fitting the schedules of all the cast members.
From the power of Photoshop on fashion images to an airborne tribute to a fallen soldier and a bus driver-turned-hero in Buffalo, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.
The first twin giant panda cubs to be born in the United States and survive past 100 days have been given names: Mei Lun and Mei Huan. This adorable video chronicles those days. It’s so cute, we can bear-ly stand it.
Who’s that sneaking out of Rio’s most popular (and expensive) brothel?
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Justin Bieber was busted sneaking out of a brothel in Brazil on Friday. The pictures of the incident allegedly show two security guards guiding someone covered in a white blanked out of “the popular whorehouse Centaurus.” In one of the photos, you can see a leather jacket and grey tattoos on someone’s wrists. Bieber was allegedly at the establishment for three hours, before being kicked out for his behavior, according to Brazilian news site EGO.
Pop star Justin Bieber hangs out on the balcony of his hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and snaps a few pictures with his friends on November 1, 2013. (FameFlynet)
On Saturday, Bieber tweeted that he was very excited to be in Brazil.
Lou Reed’s 1989 masterpiece New York shows just how much his beloved city changed in twenty years.
For all the well-deserved praise that Lou Reed is receiving this week for his lifetime of iconoclastic music, not enough attention has been paid to his 1989 masterpiece New York, an album that beautifully captures the ethos of a pre-Giuliani, pre-Bloomberg New York City. With the mayoral election just days away, it’s an apt reminder of how far New York has come over the past twenty years.
New York was released at a moment when New York was simultaneously grappling with sky-rocketing levels of crime, welfare, crack use, AIDS, homelessness, and racial tension. Rolling Stone called the album, “Lou Reed’s rock & roll version of The Bonfire of the Vanities,” which Tom Wolfe had released a year earlier.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has disappeared into the gulag transit system between Russia’s penal colonies, and her family is worried that authorities are trying to crush her spirit.
Early in the morning on October 21, prison guards put Nadezhda Tolokonnikova—nicknamed Tolokno, the most famous face of the Pussy Riot band—on a train and sent her away from her Penal Colony#14 in Mordovia region.
This is the secret “etap,” the gulag-style phase of transit still used in Russia, which ships prisoners off, often to an unknown destination. Tolokonnikova’s husband, Petr Verzilov, told The Daily Beast that the last time he received information about his wife was over a week ago, and that the train had taken her through Ulyanovsk and Ufa to Chelyabinsk. He immediately flew to Siberia to look for his wife. But in spite of all his efforts to find out where she was, officials preferred to keep Tolokonnikova’s location secret. The punk-turned-inmate has effectively vanished.
The song of the summer, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” has been inescapable since it was released this summer. So have the controversies surrounding it. A guide to the biggest.
Stephen Colbert called it the “Song of the Summer of the Century,” and every single person who turned on a radio since March has had it stuck in their head, voluntarily or not, at some point or another. But Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines,” the wildly successful track from the wildly successful album of the same name, has been at the center of what seems like constant controversy.
The biggest controversy of late comes from a lawsuit filed by Marvin Gaye’s estate, alleging that the Thicke’s hit plagiarized from Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” They are angered by Thicke’s apparent “Marvin Gaye fixation,” and want to be compensated for it.
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NBC gives a series order to Tina Fey-penned comedy starring The Office's Ellie Kemper. The series is tentatively called Tooken and Kemper will star as a woman who must adjust to life in New York City after leaving a doomsday cult. This may be a bit premature, but this will probably be next fall's best new show! TVLine
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian sue over leaked proposal video. They are suing a co-founder of YouTube who they claim violated a confidentiality agreement when he posted the video to his personal site. Entertainment Weekly
This week’s ‘SNL’ opened with a blistering takedown of the Obamacare website catastrophe, complete with outlandish figures about enrollment. It turns out, those stats were true.
Live from New York, it’s…the future?
Actress Kate McKinnon as Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Service on NBC's Saturday Night Live on October 26, 2013. (Dana Edelson/NBC, via Getty )
Saturday Night Live opened this past weekend with a sketch mocking Obamacare and the healthcare.gov website catastrophe, with the brilliant Kate McKinnon playing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a spoof of a press conference addressing the site’s many (many) glitches and the ensuing user outrage.
‘Time of Death’ is an unflinching examination of mortality, chronicling the final days of a terminal patient’s life. It’s also how the star of the show got to know her dying mother.
I bought myself a cheap video camera for my 25th birthday because I wanted to document my party, which was really a party for my mom. Instead of presents, I asked my friends to come up to my mother’s property, five acres of beautiful land. Her one-story house sits on top of the hill and the kitchen window overlooks the only land our family has ever owned. It once pastured horses and goats with fence lines drawn tight and secure. The barn housed tools, feed, and a playground of imagination for my much younger siblings.
Maria Lencioni in a scene from the six-part Showtime documentary series Time of Death. (D&J Productions/Showtime)
But, by the time I turned 25, my mother had been sick for years and was on her 78th round of chemotherapy. By then, her land was bleak like her and the fences had holes in them allowing unwanted animals to enter and destroy the garden. The weeds had spread and metastasized. It was a losing battle to upkeep. So, on the day of my birthday, the cavalry arrived fitted with work gloves, eager to help put back together pieces of the dying farm. Twenty friends and I dragged fallen tree limbs to the burn pile. We raked leaves and ran the lawn mower for hours.
If a band of twentysomethings gets an indie rock song into a movie, is that selling out? New Zealand's The Naked and Famous just wants to be heard. And have some fun.
Something weird happens to the two thousand in attendance at The Naked and Famous’ sold out October Terminal 5 show in New York: We all feel eighteen again.
Musician/vocalist Alisa Xayalith of The Naked and Famous performs in concert at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on October 2, 2013 in Austin. (Rick Kern/AP)
The New Zealand synthpop band, perhaps best known for their hit “Young Blood,” is touring for their second album, In Rolling Waves. The quintet of twentysomethings—singer and keyboardist Alisa Xayalith, her boyfriend and fellow bandleader Thom Powers, drummer Jesse Wood, bassist David Beadle, and everything-in-between Aaron Short—are on a victory lap after a wave of steadily crescendoing buzz carried them out of Auckland, to a headlining tour across the world, and to the soundtrack of an Oscar-contending film.
Ender’s Game isn’t just routine Hollywood fare. It’s based on a book with a cult following among America’s military brass and is now required reading for new Marines.
The trailers for Ender’s Game, a new movie hitting theaters Friday, make it seem like standard Hollywood fare—another big-budget epic featuring spaceships, evil aliens, Harrison Ford’s drowsy monotone, and planets exploding. But alongside the sci-fi fans and action-movie buffs that turn out for this sort of film, don’t be surprised if there’s a noticeable contingent from the military in the ticket line.
Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield star in 'Ender's Game.' (Richard Foreman)
The book Ender’s Game, on which the movie is based, is smarter and more interesting than the film’s promos suggest and has developed a large military following over the years. Copies of the paperback have been passed among troops eager for a good adventure read and who admire the fearlessness and ingenuity of the story’s child hero. The brass has also picked it up and formally assigned the book for educational purposes.
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