Comes, of all places, from Robin Williams.
The last person you'd expect to weigh in on the Givenchy dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Ball? Robin Williams. But oh, it is good: on Tuesday, the actor tweeted a picture of himself in drag as the best character of all time (Mrs. Doubtfire) next to a pregnant Kardashian, in her body-con sofa-printed dress at Monday's Met Gala. "I think I wore it better!" he wrote.
Depite all the ridiculous things people have said about the dress, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci defended his creation on Wednesday: "To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers," he told WWD. "I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.”
Lee Daniels’s new film features Robin Williams, John Cusack, and Jane Fonda as former presidents and first ladies. But, more importantly, there’s Oprah.
The debut trailer for The Butler, Lee Daniels’s audacious attempt at a Forrest Gump-esque epic about a White House butler who served decades worth of presidents, features first glimpses of Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, John Cusack as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as JFK, and many more famous faces as historical luminaries. But none of that is important because—stop the presses—it premieres footage of Oprah Winfrey in her first film in 15 years.
Yes, Oprah Winfrey, patron saint of perfection and universe's life coach in charge of attaining its best self, is in a movie for the first time since Beloved, playing wife to Forest Whitaker’s butler and, more importantly, chewing scenery like it’s beef jerky and she just came off a juice cleanse. Is the trailer for The Butler stirring? Impressive? Indulgent? Horrifying? Perhaps all four. But that’s irrelevant, because here are the nine most glorious moments featuring St. Oprah in the trailer.
Is your favorite show safe? Jace Lacob on what’s on tap for the broadcast networks for the 2013–14 season, which shows are coming back, and which ones have gotten the ax.
Every May advertisers and members of the press descend on New York City as the broadcast networks host their annual upfront presentations, where they unveil their fall schedules, trot out talent, and announce which shows will be coming back next season and which won’t.
The Daily Beast has been reporting on every move being made by ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW as they unveiled their 2013–14 primetime schedules. 51 scripted series were ordered by the broadcast networks for next season, including 29 new dramas and 22 comedies. Of those, 31 shows will launch in the fall and 20 will be held for midseason berths.
Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy take on ‘The Great Gatsby,’ starring a brooding Leonardo DiCaprio, is a bizarre mélange of rap, Prada, and CGI, that is all pomp and precious little circumstance.
I am exhausted. Moments ago, the credits rolled for Baz Luhrmann’s $127 million 3-D film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. As I stood there, outside of the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown Manhattan, pondering Luhrmann’s operatic blunder—and my pounding headache—I thought of all the feeble attempts at translating F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated 1925 novel to the screen. All have failed at grasping its themes, ironies, and allusions. What they do not know is that, amid these monolithic skyscrapers and thump-thump-rah-rah revelry, it’s an exercise in futility.
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby.” (Warner Bros. Picture)
Fitzgerald’s novel is, after all, a cautionary tale about the decline of the American empire, drowning itself in a sea of excess. The empire, of course, didn’t fall. So over the years, the saga of James Gatz has been appropriated by the victors into a celebration of the very excess it abhorred. A similar thing happened to Oliver Stone’s 1987 film Wall Street, which is now a favorite among budding Masters of the Universe. The Australian filmmaker Luhrmann, best known for the boisterous Bohemian musical Moulin Rouge!, revels in the glitz and glamour of the Roaring ’20s, completely losing sight of the story’s central message.
He pioneered the mockumentary on film. Now Christopher Guest is bringing his latest comedy, HBO’s ‘Family Tree,’ to a TV landscape crowded with the format. Jace Lacob on whether he succeeds.
Over the last few decades, the mockumentary format has become almost totally synonymous with Christopher Guest, the writer/director (and often actor) best known for films such as This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. Each film—to varying success—mined the documentary format for laughs, setting up its eccentric characters as the butts of the joke ... or the only ones in on it.
It’s no surprise, then, that Guest would eventually seek to bring his brand of comedy to television, which has had significant success with the format: numerous comedies, from Modern Family to The Office and Parks and Recreation, have embraced the single-camera mockumentary format, allowing for characters to engage in “talking heads” segments in which they speak directly to the audience via an unseen film crew. It’s through this technique that characters are able to comment on what the viewer has just seen or will see, an act that creates an instantaneous and perpetual sense of intimacy. That rapport, in essence, sets up the audience as an additional, unseen character in the room, removing the narrative distance between the action and the viewer at home.
Fox’s Rihanna 777 documentary offered a behind-the-scenes look at the turbulent tour. Jean Trinh compares the differences between the video footage and actual reports.
Seven countries. Seven concerts. Seven days.
Rihanna 777—an hourlong documentary that aired on Fox on May 6— depicts Rihanna’s ambitious and controversial tour that visited countries from Mexico to Germany in November 2012, and brought along 150 journalists and 50 fans from around the world for the ride. The tour was intended to celebrate the release of the Rihanna’s seventh album, Unapologetic, and although it started off as a raucous party, it ended with sharp criticism from reporters, who lashed out through detailed, day-by-day articles and tweets, describing the situation as the “utmost hopeless place” and comparing it to “Stockholm Syndrome.”
Rihanna performs in her concert documentary, “Rihanna 777.” (Meredith Truax/FOX)
Matthew Inman of the wildly popular Oatmeal comics has a new book, ‘My Dog: The Paradox,’ out today. He talks to Jean Trinh about his critics, charitable fundraisers, and more.
An “Internet kingpin” and a “force to be reckoned with” are just a couple of the descriptions media outlets have assigned to Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, one of the most popular comics on the Web. Even Mashable warns readers, “Rule number one on the Web: You don’t mess with The Oatmeal.”
It seems a surprising take on Inman, 30. The Seattle resident is better known for his geeky, relatable humor; for capturing funny and touching moments with his pets; and for his entertaining musings on grammar, the underrated and dangerous mantis shrimp, and 20th-century physicist Nikola Tesla.
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