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He’s 20 years younger and a professional pearl diver. His name is Will Hanigan or Simranjeet Singh, depending on who you ask. Meet Demi Moore’s awesome new love interest.
“The rainforest will heal you on so many different levels. The ayahuasca gives you the visual journey of what you’re going through on a physical and meta-physical level. It’s good.”
Demi Moore arrives at the Target presents AFI Night at the movies held at ArcLight Hollywood on April 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty)
Ladies and gentleman, meet Demi Moore’s alleged new boyfriend.
There are some pretty wild parties in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby,’ in theater Fri. From the Roaring Twenties free-for-alls in ‘Gatsby’ to the orgies in ‘Caligula,’ check out the wildest movie parties.
Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top $127 million 3-D film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, the celebrated 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has earned mixed reviews. But one thing most people can agree on is the parties that Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, throws are pretty out-of-control—thanks to the design and costume work by Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning wife and producing partner, Catherine Martin (with a tip of the hat to Miuccia Prada and Brooks Brothers).
A party scene from The Great Gatsby. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
But where do Gatsby’s jazzy, champagne-poppin’ parties stand among the wildest movie parties ever?
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Why have critics and readers throughout the ages hated Gatsby’s girl so much? By Katie Baker.
Is there any female character in American literature more coquettish and coveted than Daisy Fay Buchanan? She’s the most desirable debutante, the ever-evading maid. She’s warm, feverish, thrilling, intoxicating—a siren, an enchantress, a blossoming flower. She’s Galahad’s chalice; she’s Guinevere and the Grail. She’s the quintessential Southern belle, cool in her white dress with her white mansion and her little white mobile. She’s the enchanted object, the great American dream, all bright eyes and a voice full of money—and of course she’s the light, that green light, drawing men, mothlike, to her flame. She’s the golden girl and the incorruptible angel and all the Platonic ideals that artists and poets throughout the great ages have required their muses to be.
She’s also—at least for many of The Great Gatsby’s readers—a rather unpleasant inamorata, at best infantile and impressionable, and at worst, possibly selfish to the point of pathology. In his afterward to the 1992 edition, publisher Charles Scribner III writes that Fitzgerald blamed Gatsby’s initial commercial failure on the fact that “the book contains no important woman character and women control the fiction market at present.” Seeing as how Daisy is at the heart of the novel and of Jay Gatsby’s very existence, we can only infer that F. Scott meant his book contained no sympathetic woman character. Edwin Clark, writing the first New York Times review of Gatsby in April 1925, seemed to agree: the East Eggers, he said, had a “meanness of spirit, a carelessness and absence of loyalties…dumb in their insensate selfishness, and only to be pitied.”
Carelessness—which is also Nick Carraway’s final assessment of the Buchanans—happens to be among the nicer things that critics have said about Miss Daisy née Fay. Academics have compiled lists of the brackish opprobrium slung at Gatsby’s girl: she’s a woman of “vicious emptiness,” of “criminal amorality,” a “destroyer” and “femme fatale,” the “villain-heroine” who stands as both “Dark Lady and Fair, witch and redeemer.” Alfred Kazin found her “vulgar and inhuman.” A literary friend judged her “vapid, naïve,” a superficial “Lotus Eater” narcoticized on privilege and blind admiration.
Forget June Cleaver, some of TV’s greatest moms are downright mean. From Mad Men’s Betty Draper to Game of Thrones’s Cersei, see which mothers did bitchy best this season.
Carrie’s Margaret White. Olivia Foxworthy of Flowers in the Attic. The Goonies’ Mama Fratelli—there are plenty of terrifying movie mothers, but the bad moms of cinema aren’t the only ones who have us praying for the well-being of their spawn. The evil mothers of television have also carved out a niche in our hearts—and nightmares.
January Jones, Lena Headey, Vera Farmiga, Madeleine Stowe (AMC, HBO, A&E, and ABC)
And just in time for Mother’s Day, The Daily Beast lists this season’s most memorable meanie moms on TV—from Mad Men’s Betty Draper (January Jones) and Game of Thrones’ Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) to Bates Motel’s Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga)—using a Joan Crawford meter-of-meanness we last used here.
The Catholic League labeled the great David Bowie a “switch-hitting bisexual senior citizen from London” over Bowie’s new music video for “The Next Day,” depicting him as Jesus. It’s ridiculous, writes Marlow Stern.
David Bowie’s latest—and brilliant—music video for “The Next Day,” the title track off his critically acclaimed album released in early March, depicts a caliginous brothel of sorts run by members of the clergy, with scantily-clad women kissing their hands for cash. Various pale-faced men deliver lashes to their own backs. Gary Oldman plays a priest who revels in the proceedings, dancing provocatively with one of the supposed women of the night, played by a glammed-up Marion Cotillard. The Thin White Duke, dressed like Jesus, performs the song for the crowd and when he points at Cotillard, she experiences stigmata.
The Catholic League, as is their wont, is in a tizzy over the Floria Sigismondi-directed video. League President Bill Donahue went all fire and brimstone on Ziggy Stardust in a message posted on the organization’s site titled “Bowie’s ‘Jesus ‘ Video is a Mess.”
The four ‘Idol’ judges are reportedly getting the pink slip. With speculation starting over who should replace them, the better question is why would anyone want to?
It’s become Hollywood and the music industry’s favorite new parlor game: star casting reality TV talent competition judges. But with an increasing number of beaten-down A-listers limping away from these judges tables with bruised reputations and dim career prospects—albeit a fair amount richer—and the shows themselves barely seeing a benefit, it may be time to call game over.
From left: Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey. (Michael Becker/FOX)
News leaked from an “insider” Thursday that Fox is planning to fire all four of American Idol’s judges at the end of this season, the lowest rated of the reality TV elder’s 12 seasons thus far. That means that Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson, who has thus far survived every dizzying round of musical chairs at the Idol judges table, are all getting pink slipped. Or, at least, that will now be the narrative when the quartet does not return next year—they were fired—even if they had planned on quitting on their terms.
Like ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Romeo + Juliet ‘before it, The Great Gatsby is over the top with razzle-dazzle—and people adore it or despise it. Can a director so polarizing really be good?
When it was announced that Baz Luhrmann would direct a splashy new adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald book The Great Gatsby, movie critics, the Internet, the world, collectively cringed. No, wait, they screamed in excitement. Actually, they gagged at the thought of it. Or did I remember them creating a countdown calendar to the release date?
Director Baz Luhrmann on the set of 'The Great Gatsby'. (Hugh Stewart/Warner Bros. Picture)
There are few directors who elicit such polarizing reactions from moviegoers. A starkly divided chorus of groans on one side and coos on the other follow the mere mention of Luhrmann or his previous films: Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and Australia (2008). The warring factions are on the front lines of their most epic clash now that Luhrmann’s über-stylized, utterly Luhrmann-esque take on the treasured American classic is hitting the big screen in all its bombastic 3-D glory: The Great Gatsby is coming.
Meet Thug Kitchen, a vegan cooking blog that is as street as it gets. The creators tell Jean Trinh how to “eat like you give a f--k” and about their biggest fan, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Thug Kitchen isn’t a place for wimpy cooks or for carnivores. It’s a place for readers to find some healthy vegan cooking recipes and a hilarious dose of f-bombs. Since the Tumblr started in August 2012, it has garnered more than 126,000 likes on their Facebook page, won Saveur magazine’s best new food blog award last month, and even got some love from Gwyneth Paltrow on The Rachael Ray Show. It’s gotten so popular that a Thug Kitchen cookbook is now in the works.
Not too shabby for a relatively new blog in an arena that not only offers recipes on dishes like Roasted Chickpea and Broccoli Burritos or Tucson Tempeh Pasta, but also dispenses advice on healthy living in general. In Thug Kitchen’s posts, the authors tell readers to “drink some goddamn water” and give tips on feeding frozen peas to dogs to make their coats “shiny as fuck.”
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