Do the Tonys care about originality?
EVEN IF you haven’t made it to Broadway lately, you’ll likely recognize the names of this year’s Tony nominees for best musical: Bring It On, A Christmas Story, Kinky Boots, and Matilda. For the first time, each of the nominees is based on a movie or a text with an already famous film adaptation.
Regurgitating blockbuster material has become standard for Broadway—and it seems to pay off. In 2010, for instance, all the nominees for best musical were of the “jukebox” variety—squeezing one artist or era’s hits into a plot. Textbook example: the ABBA hit parade Mamma Mia! The last truly original—not book-, not movie-, not pop-song-inspired—musical to win was In the Heights in 2008. It saw moderate success and closed after almost three years. By contrast, The Lion King opened in 1997 and continues to gross over $1.7 million per week on average.
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Serena Williams (left) and Venus Williams smile together on the podium after receiving their gold medals in women’s doubles at London’s 2012 Summer Olympics. (Elise Amendola/AP)
There’s Psycho Serena (“She’s awesome”), which is her on-court demeanor. Then there’s Summer (“She helps me out a lot”), who does menial tasks and errands. There’s fashionable Serena, who films the tennis star’s appearances on HSN. There’s Megan (“She’s really mean … you don’t want to run into Megan”), who seems to be a cast member from Mean Girls. And then there’s Taquanda (“Taquanda is rough … She’s not Christian”). Then Serena adds, “She was at the U.S. Open in 2009.”
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10. ‘This Is Freaking Awesome’
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Reese Witherspoon got arrested for being a belligerent drunk, and it is the best thing that could have ever happened to her.
Typically, when a celebrity is arrested, especially when drinking and even more especially when drinking and driving are involved, it’s a publicity nightmare. Words like “doomed,” “career-ending,” and “toxic” may be thrown around. But as more reports about Witherspoon’s run-in with the police emerge, including recently leaked video footage of the whole ordeal, the words being used to describe the would-be fiasco are “terrific,” “fantastic,” and “funny.” The Atlantic wonders, “Is it wrong to be charmed by Reese Witherspoon’s drunk-driving tirade?”
The suspension of 33 high schoolers for a homemade ‘twerking’ video has sent the Internet into a butt-thumping tizzy. What’s this bootylicious bouncing all about? The Daily Beast breaks down the art of the twerk.
The twerking-induced suspension of 33 high school students in San Diego has brought the crazy, sexy, coolness of butt-jiggling to center stage. As the booty-shaking storm heats up, some are still scratching their heads with one simple question: What is it?
New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia's dancers perform during the 2012 Hangout Music Festival on May 20, 2012 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Erika Goldring/Getty)
The Wikipedia definition of twerking is, oddly, perfect. “Twerking is a dance move that involves a person shaking their hips and bottom in a bouncy up and down motion causing it to shake, wobble, and jiggle.”
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“I’ve been on Conan O’Brien like 47 times, and you don’t know who I am, right?”
Stand-up comedian and podcast host Marc Maron poses for a portrait April 11 in New York. His new TV series “Maron” premieres tonight on IFC. (Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
Marc Maron says this to his veterinarian the opening moments of the first episode of Maron—premiering on IFC tonight at 10 p.m.—in an attempt to impress her as she takes a look at his cat. However, this statement isn’t a fictionalized or even exaggerated part of his new scripted show; Maron has been on O’Brien’s shows more than any other comedian. A veteran in the comedy game, he’s performed stand-up around the country and has recorded specials for HBO and Comedy Central Presents. With a strong cult following backing his popular podcast, a new TV show based on his life, and a memoir, Attempting Normal, released earlier this week, it’s safe to say Maron isn’t an unknown.
Joffrey Bieber, a Game of Thrones-inspired Tumblr account, transposes King Joffrey Baratheon with pop star Justin Bieber. The results are hilarious.
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Too difficult of a question? Never fear, our new Tumblr obsession, Joffrey Bieber, lets both tow-headed annoyances live as one, together. The Tumblr page, which features photos and GIFs of the Game of Thrones’s character morphed with the head of tween heartthrob Justin Bieber, boasts the slogan: “Where fiction's biggest brat and real life's biggest brat become one!"
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“WHAT HAPPENS when a man turns 40?” asks Matthew McConaughey, rocking back and forth in his chair at a hotel suite in downtown Manhattan.
McConaughey plays fugitive and title character Mud in his latest film. (James Bridges/Roadside Attractions)
The megawatt Texan grin and good ol’ boy twinkle in his eye—A-list ammo that landed him a string of himbo roles in cookie-cutter romantic comedies like The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past—has metastasized into a penetrating stare. McConaughey is getting existential, y’all. The rocking stops. He leans in.
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