Step aside, Anne Hathaway. Gwyneth Paltrow has resumed her crown as the media’s punching bag. But a decade later, why are we still harping on how ‘annoying’ she is? Plus…is she, really?
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball at Rockefeller Center on April 18, 2013 in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
There’s a veritable encyclopedia of quotes those who are annoyed by her can cite to prove what they perceive as her unconscionable lack of self-awareness and apparently unstomachable pretentiousness. Perhaps, as Star magazine quoted when naming the Oscar winner the year’s Most Hated Celebrity, it’s when she said, “I’m really fucking good at my job. People who are interesting and good know that, and that’s all that matters,” that irks these malcontents the most. Maybe it was when she proudly asserted, “I am who I am; I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year,” or “I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup,” that this exceptionally passionate faction of people decided that they just can’t with Gwyneth anymore.
‘Homeland’s’ war may be hotter than the Cold War in FX’s ‘The Americans,’ but Showtime’s spy drama, which returns for a third season this fall, could learn a few lessons from the latter.
When The Americans debuted on FX earlier this year, the Cold War–set espionage drama, which became as much about the arranged marriage between its main characters Elizabeth (Kerri Russell) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) as about their undercover activities, felt like a welcome replacement for Homeland, Showtime’s war-on-terror drama, which started off strong and spun into implausibility in its second season. The Americans could suffer the same fate in its own second season, falling prey to sappy and unconvincing romances and escalating and improbable spy plots. But for now, The Americans’s strong first season offers some potent lessons for how Homeland can recover its footing in its third year.
Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker/Newsweek Daily Beast; Photos: FX; Showtime
Most television shows about geopolitics depend on the idea that someone really is trying to destroy the world, and the hero is the only person who recognizes the threat, and who knows how to stop it. It’s a recipe that makes for excellent television drama, but a rather paranoid approach to the world at large, and one that generally makes the case for giving the government more power rather than less to fight the enemies that are all around us. Homeland juiced that equation by making its main character, CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), bipolar so that the people around her saw her erratic behavior and then her mental illness rather than her insight, and doubled her—and our—sense of vindication when her suspicions about Marine turned terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) were proved right.
Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy Carter is the next Gabby Douglas. After a day playing outside, Blue Ivy becomes an Internet target.
Last summer Twitter took a vicious turn with comments on the state of Olympic Gold medal winner Gabby Douglas's hair. The first African-American woman to take home the gold for gymnastics could barely bask in the glory of her win as she dodged focus on the look of her tresses.
Beyoncé, her husband Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy lunch at the restaurant Le Septieme before going to 'Bercy' for her concert. (Antoine Cau/SIPA, via Newscom)
Now Twitter is at again, and this time victim is much younger and even less equipped to fight back against the mean-spirited attacks against her physical appearance. Blue Ivy, the daughter of superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé made a rare, very public appearance this past weekend at lunch with her parents. While the child is perfectly adorable, she’d clearly spent the day out and about playing. As a result, her massive head of curls were scattered all over her head. The child instantly became the butt of Internet jokes and tweets.
Mariah Carey shut down Disneyland and dressed like Cinderella for her fifth anniversary. Luckily, she tweeted the whole thing.
Mariah Carey just shut down Disneyland for the wedding of every little girl’s dreams. And if that’s not enough to make every wide-eyed grade-schooler in the country slam down her Lisa Frank folder in envy, it wasn’t even her wedding. It was her fifth anniversary vow renewal.
The wildly immodest affair brought Mimi, her husband Nick Cannon, their #dembabies (which is, of course, what Carey calls her twins, Moroccan and Monroe, on Twitter), a full Entertainment Tonight camera crew (isn’t that how you documented your wedding?), and 250 of the couple’s closest friends to the Happiest Place on Earth—Disneyland—Tuesday night. If this sounds like the fairy tale spectacle you can’t believe you weren’t invited to, then you’re in luck: Carey tweeted throughout the occasion and posted ludicrous videos on Vine of all the pomp and circumstance.
Robert Downey Jr.’s quippy billionaire-cum-superhero Tony Stark is back in the self-aware, ridiculously fun ‘Iron Man 3,’ which also features a very buff Gwyneth Paltrow as his gal Friday.
It’s strange that a second-tier superhero like Iron Man—the billionaire playboy, industrialist, super-genius engineer, and all-around über-mensch based on Howard Hughes and conceived at the height of the Cold War—has emerged as Marvel’s cash cow, helping the Iron Man film franchise gross a massive $1.2 billion over two films (along with an additional $1.5 billion worldwide haul for The Avengers, an Iron Man–centric enterprise). Is it because, like his blockbuster compadre Bruce Wayne/Batman, he’s the preeminent technocrat in an increasingly tech-reliant world? Grand patron of individualism? Or an overblown manifestation of the American Dream?
Sure, it’s some of those things. But the main reason why Tony Stark—and his metallic alter ego, Iron Man—has become the most popular superhero property in the game can be chalked up to one thing: the quippy brilliance of Robert Downey Jr.
The first lady has shown ‘B’ a lot of love. But the singing star doesn’t always seem to put her relationship with Michelle Obama first.
In a perfect world our first lady would be free to choose her own friends and to define the perfect role models for herself and children, with no one daring to challenge her choices. But it isn’t a perfect world for Michelle Obama, and so her choice of Beyoncé as a friend for herself and a role model for her daughters—and, thus, for young girls around the world--hasn’t been universally applauded.
Unfortunately Beyoncé isn’t exactly helping matters. When Mrs. Carter belted out the classic “At Last’’ for the first couple at an inaugural ball in 2008, it was clear a strong alliance was on the horizon. The first lady and the popular singing superstar soon formed an unlikely bond that continued to grow through work with the first lady’s fitness program “Let’s Move.’’ The press regularly noted the two trading adoring sentiments, with first lady even taking her daughters to see her friend perform on a few occasions.
What happens when a character actor breaks big? Noah Emmerich talks about playing Stan Beeman, the season finale of ‘The Americans,’ and what’s next after this white-hot streak.
For two decades, Noah Emmerich toiled in dozens of “that guy” movie roles, wondering what it would be like to have his turn in the spotlight. After finally breaking out this year as Stan Beeman, the muted, tortured FBI agent slowly losing his bearings on FX’s crackling spy drama The Americans, the actor finally has his answer: it’s a lot like sleeping with Jack Nicholson.
“The thing that pops into my head is the Shirley MacLaine quote from Terms of Endearment,” said Emmerich. “She hasn’t had sex in awhile and then she has sex with Jack Nicholson and she’s like, ‘That was fan-fucking-tastic!’ And it is. It’s fan-fucking-tastic!”
Noah Emmerich as FBI agent Stan Beeman in FX’s “The Americans.” (Craig Blankenhorn/FX)
Prince Albert, Tony Soprano, and Bill Clinton were all known for theirs: the power paunch. Sean Macaulay on the most exquisite of all male accessories.
As he does every year, Prince Albert of Monaco attended this month’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tennis tournament. The 55-year-old head of the House of Grimaldi did all the appropriate regal things: he brought his wife, he applauded enthusiastically, he presented the winning medals. He also swapped his crested blazer for some tennis whites to play a few sets in an exhibition game, revealing a new dimension to the royal playbook. Namely, his majestic paunch.
“Should have keep your jacket on!” jeered the tabloid headlines. “Tennis whites don’t lie.” But such derision only reveals a lack of understanding of the finer nuances of the male silhouette.
Tom Hanks was on Broadway? What’s a “Kinky Boot”? What anyone living outside of New York City needs to know about this year’s Broadway kudofest.
People within the tiny microcosm of culture that is the Broadway theatre district were breathless with excitement this morning over the announcement of the 2013 Tony Award nominations. But unless you were among the 12 million tourists who purchased tickets to a Broadway show in the past year—and coughed up the $120-a-pop to see a one-woman show on the Virgin Mary instead of Phantom of the Opera or Wicked for the fifth time—you’re unlikely to have any clue as to who the contenders are, or whether the shows were any good.
Joan Marcus (3); AP
That’s where we step in, offering up this Outsider’s Guide to this year’s Tony nominees, featuring clips from those splashy musicals you may have missed, word on the buzz over who will win, and, most gleefully, which Hollywood big shots were left off the list.
Andrew Romano talks to 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan about the show's "victorious" ending.
Worried that the finale of Breaking Bad—which returns to AMC for its final run of eight episodes on August 11—will be a letdown? That the last few frames will fall short of the impossibly high standards set by Walter White & Co. over the preceding five-and-a-half years?
Jesse Pinkman played by Aaron Paul and Walter White played by Bryan Cranston in an episode during the fifth season of AMC's 'Breaking Bad'. (Frank Ockenfels/AMC)
Well, worry not: showrunner Vince Gilligan has assured The Daily Beast that he isn't going to pull a Sopranos and leave us hanging.
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