In the '60s South, long hair was a signifier and a deal breaker for men. In East Texas, they took this up a notch, as Bud Shrake discovered when Mrs. Shrake got ostracized, too.
The late Edwin “Bud” Shrake was part of a rich crop of writers that came out of Texas in the ‘50s and ‘60s and included Dan Jenkins, Blackie Sherrod, Larry L. King, John Graves, Larry McMurtry, Grover Lewis, and Cary Cartwright. Shrake was a newspaperman, a magazine writer, screenwriter, and a fine novelist. “The Land of the Permanent Wave,” first appeared in Harper’s during the magazine’s heyday in the ‘60s. Willie Morris, their celebrated editor, said that along with Seymour Hersh’s devastating account of the My Lai massacre, Shrake’s was his favorite story.
In his memoir New York Days, Morris recalled Shrake as “a large, tall Texan with a blunt exterior that disguised a lyric but misdoing heart. This piece was infinitely less ambitious than ‘My Lai,’ but struck a chord in me that I have never quite forgotten, having to do with how clean, funny, and lambent prose caught the mood of that moment in the country and mirrored with great felicity what we were trying to do at Harper’s. To me, few finer magazine essays have ever been written.
It’s the adorable alternative to the big game—and it’s gaining steam, with 12.4 million viewers last year. A look behind the scenes at what it takes to be a puppy superstar.
Super Bowl counterprogramming has a short and uninspiring history. Some networks resort to old Seinfelds, while others air forgotten documentaries. Animal Planet inadvertently stumbled upon TV gold.
The Puppy Bowl, which airs on Super Bowl Sunday starting at 3 p.m., features more than 60 adorable and adoptable puppies playing canine football, complete with a kitty halftime show and penguin cheerleaders.
The start of every year brings a swell of great international movies that miss out on being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and turns your local indie theaters into Cannes or Berlin.
Adventuresome moviegoers can thank the Oscars as bunnies can thank spring. One can have a ball at the sight of the other.
There is currently a flourish of thoughtful foreign movies such that a visit to the indie theaters near you can resemble attending a great film festival. And since the Academy only nominate five titles for best foreign language film—this year they are The Great Beauty, The Hunt, Omar, Broken Circle Breakdown, and The Missing Picture—other worthy contenders get ignored at the box office, as foreign films are given to. That’s not to mention that perhaps the best foreign films of the year showed their heads too early in the season, like Beyond the Hills, Something In the Air, Like Someone In Love, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Caesar Must Die, and A Touch of Sin.
From Beyoncé and Paul McCartney to the most famous wardrobe malfunction on live television, see the best performances.
The best excuse to call in sick on a Monday for work is finally here. Yes, we’re talking about the Super Bowl. For those who aren’t easily entertained by football, food, and hilarious commercials (some of which cost more than a brand-new Bentley), there’s always the halftime show. You know, the concert that some consider the main event of the night. Remember Mick Jagger is skinny jeans? Beyoncé reuniting with Destiny’s Child? Nipplegate?!
But before all that, the halftime show originated with members of the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan marching bands performing at the first Super Bowl in 1967. Halftime performances did not become an annual part of the festivities until 1993. It has since evolved into a large display with lights, fireworks, and more panache than whatever’s in the salsa you’ll eat while you.
From Michael J. Fox to Cindy Crawford, see some of the best celebrity cameos in Super Bowl commercials.
Millions of dollars are spent trying to make the most of the thirty seconds of airtime during the Super Bowl (Four million dollars into every thirty seconds, to be exact.)
And yes, that means celebrities make cameos. This year, commercial enthusiasts look forward to a reunion of the men from Full House, Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson, Bruno Mars, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Terry Crews with the Muppets, just to name a few.
Four years after writing ‘Labor Day,’ author Joyce Maynard was teaching Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet to bake pies for a scene so sexy it’s being compared to the pottery sequence from ‘Ghost.’
When an author’s book is being made into a movie, it’s common for the writer to have a certain list of demands: script approval, final say on casting, access to the set. Joyce Maynard thought all of that would be nice when Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) approached her to turn her novel, Labor Day, into a feature film. But there was really only one thing that she insisted on as a stipulation of the adaptation: she personally must be the one who teaches its stars how to bake pie.
(Left to right) Kate Winslet is Adele and Josh Brolin is Frank in LABOR DAY (Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush)
Labor Day, which hit theaters this weekend, stars Kate Winslet as a suburban New Hampshire single mom, a hermit who over-relies on her young son once her husband leaves her. Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict who slyly convinces Winslet’s character to harbor him in her home over Labor Day weekend in 1987. Over the course of the weekend, the two fall in love. The moment they do—and here’s where Maynard’s peculiar demand begins to make sense—is when Brolin and Winslet bake a pie together.
Ten years ago today, Janet Jackson’s boob was unleashed on an unsuspecting public during the Super Bowl halftime show. A nation of pearl-clutching Puritans cried foul, and the world’s most popular mini-concert was never the same.
It lasted just 9/16 of a second, but the backlash is still felt to this day.
On the night of Feb. 1, 2004, the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots clashed in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The nationally televised mega-event was held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Hometown girl Beyoncé sang the national anthem. And the game was a nail-biter, with the Patriots clinching the victory with four seconds left on a game-winning 41-yard field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri. Led by quarterback Tom Brady, the Pats took home their second Vince Lombardi Trophy, winning 32-29.
Janet Jackson performs with singer Justin Timberlake during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII in this February 1, 2004. (Win McNamee/Reuters)
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5. Anna Kendrick’s Super Bowl Anti-Ad
Newcastle Brown Ale hired the Pitch Perfect lead to star in their Super***• commercial, only to run out of funds days before shooting. Watch the “hot to the kind of guys who, like, feel bad calling a girl hot” Kendrick tell the beer company to “suck it” for bailing on her.
The story of how 20th Century Fox’s Richard Zanuck and David Brown led the doomed charge in sexually adventurous cinema with a pair of disastrous movies—in 1969.
Slowly, once again, the movies are edging toward respectable triple-X fare that features such porn staples as penetration, ejaculation, and erections along with superior screenplays, acting and direction. Of course, leave it to the French to push the boundaries, with Blue Is the Warmest Color and Stranger by the Lake.
"Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls", from left: Dolly Read, Michael Blodgett, 1970. (20th Century-Fox Film/Everett)
Curiously, it was mainstream Hollywood, i.e. 20th Century Fox, which over 40 years ago led the way with sexually adventurous cinema—only to be felled by the head-to-head crash of Myra Breckinridge and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Here’s the story of that one step forward and many leaps backward.
An artist creates art to plug a hole in the universe. A model railroad builder is more practical. But can there be art without intention?
Rod Stewart—yes, that Rod Stewart—is a model train fanatic. This, I admit, took me by surprise, although to deep-dyed Stewart fans and model railroad enthusiasts it’s apparently old news. He has, after all, been at it quite seriously for a couple of decades and a model train fan since childhood. The third floor of his Los Angeles home contains a model railroad layout that measures 23 X 124 feet, and he estimates that he has at least another three years before it’s complete.
I would have known nothing about this had someone not sent me the February issue of Model Railroader magazine with a feature about Stewart’s passion. I laughed when saw the story. And then I began reading about the depth and breadth of his zeal (he has two assistants, he rents an extra hotel room on the road when he’s performing for designing, building, and painting the structures that populate his layout). Then I studied the photographs in the magazine closer—and the more I looked, the more impressed I became. The attention to detail, coupled with carpentry skills and a painter’s eye (he’s colorblind and someone has to check his reds and greens, but still), strongly suggest that here is an artist—a nutty artist, maybe, but an artist.
This begs the question: what is an artist? The answer grows harder to formulate by the day. Someone who makes something out of nothing? Someone who clarifies the world in ways no one had thought of before? Yes and yes, surely, but we know there’s more to it than that. Art, more and more, is a know-it-when-you-see-it commodity.
It’s not that shocking, actually, if you consider Eisenberg’s turn as Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network.’
Few upcoming movies have garnered as much hype as the (still?!) untitled Warner Bros. “Superman-Batman” movie. Set for a May 6, 2016 release, this film seems to have it all: superheroes, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill. Considering the fact that Man of Steel grossed $668 million worldwide, its sequel seems poised to enjoy similar box office success. However, a series of recent casting decisions, culminating in today’s announcement that Jesse Eisenberg will be playing Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor, have triggered some serious backlash.
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Fans were initially caught off guard when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman. The subsequent announcement that the role of Wonder Woman would be played by Gal Gadot, a relatively unknown Israeli actress, raised more than a few eyebrows. But today’s Lex Luthor decision was the Internet’s final straw. Lex Luthor is a powerful, psychopathic billionaire—a mere mortal with enough perverse confidence to take on the man of steel. Jesse Eisenberg, who has garnered critical acclaim by playing a series of man-children in indie flicks such as Adventureland, doesn’t exactly exude a comic book villain vibe.
And J.K. Rowling sues 'The Daily Mail'.
Shia LaBeouf comes out of retirement. Apparently the prospect of starring in Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah was enough to lure LaBeouf out of his 21-day retirement. Hollywood Reporter
Michelle Obama is a Scandal Fan. On the plane ride to a Hawaii vacation, the first lady binge watched the White House drama. As far as we know, she was not simultaneously plotting to steal the next presidential election. New York Magazine
The best-selling female R&B group of all time performed a rare concert in Manhattan last night. It was everything.
A grown man was weeping. "I've been there since the early stuff," he says.
So have we all. And though many (most…er, the rest) of us weren't weeping, our hearts were still aflutter. That's because we were all in New York's Beacon Theatre watching TLC perform their first full concert in roughly 10 years. (After Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes's death in 2002, TLC is now the duo of Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins.) It was part of VH1's Super Bowl Blitz concert series. God bless VH1.
The best-selling R&B girls group of all-time (take that, Destiny's Child) opened with an explosive rendition of "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," featuring background dancers on stage dressed in football-themed costumes…and, you know, 3,000 more background dancers in the audience. As if the audience was not going to stand and dance like it's 1994, they're in their wide leg jeans, and their massive boom box is pushing full volume on their Oooooooh…On the TLC Tip cassette. TLC was in their presence! Singing for them! Stand up, scrubs!
Pawnee said farewell to the aggressively healthy Chris Traeger and tropical fish Ann Perkins. Here’s to the Parks and Recreation couple America loved to dismiss.
The departure of aggressively healthy Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and tropical fish Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) from NBC’s Parks and Recreation Thursday was heartbreaking— kind of. Neither super critical to the plot, their exits won’t leave a gaping hole in the Emmy award-winning sitcom. What they will do: usher in the welcome demise of popular pastime, Ann Perkins-shaming.
Attacked with a plethora of hate pieces— and at least a few courageous defenses—Perkins became the Skylar White of Parks as early as season two. But much like the vitriol spewed at Anna Gun, the arguments against Perkins have had little more substance than “she's annoying.” (Which, to be fair, isn’t completely off base.)
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