Hollywood’s It Girl was known at the prestigious drama school as a hard worker with raw talent and an intuitive gift for language, wowing in her audition for ‘Romeo and Juliet.’Jessica Hill/AP
The film legend opens up about his favorite roles, the film industry, why he’s fed up with conservatives, and more in an in-depth interview at SXSW.Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty
The jury at the phone hacking trial in London hears that Princess Diana sought allies to ‘take on’ Prince Charles in the media.
Princess Diana leaked information to the press in an effort to ‘take on’ her husband, Clive Goodman, a former royal reporter at the shuttered tabloid News of The World said in court today.
Diana was sensationally named by Clive Goodman, a defendant, as the source of a 1992 internal royal phone directory found in his possession.
At the phone hacking trial in London today, Goodman said that the high-level phone directory, known as the Green Book, which contained the personal phone numbers of senior royals, was sent under plain cover to his office in an envelope with his name on it. Princess Diana called him in person later that day, asking Goodman whether he received it.
No seriously, the antinatalist nihilist doesn’t want to start a family.
“If you’re going to live being so honest, without illusion, you said, then you can’t be serious. If you really think the reason you don’t want to have kids is philosophical, then you’re a blind man describing an elephant.”
This isn’t actually a line from Matthew McConaughey’s Failure to Launch, the 2006 romantic comedy about a 35-year-old man who just keeps livin’ at his parents’ house. It’s from ponderous, story of bro detectives that is True Detective.
For just over two hours Wednesday night, hip hop gods Jay Z and Kanye West tantalized a packed crowd at Austin Music Hall with hit after hit after hit.
“Hey, Tim Cook, the head of Apple, stop trying to get performers to play your festivals for free. You are rich as fuck. Quit trying to act like you’re so dumb.”
Jay-Z, left, and Kanye West perform at Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., Nov. 5, 2011. (Willie Davis/The New York Times, via Redux)
None other than Kanye West uttered those words during a concert last month in Newark, New Jersey. And anyone curious about how Samsung has achieved the upper hand in the smartphone market need look no further than SXSW.
Hollywood would never grossly distort the Civil War or D-Day. So why let ‘300’ get by with mangling the 2,500-year-old Greco-Persian War?
Of all the war-torn eras in the all the history of the world, why, Frank Miller and Zack Snyder, did you have to wander into mine? Such is my cry, and that of my fellow Greek historians, following the opening weekend of 300: Rise of a Franchise (oops, I meant “Empire”).
We tried to accept the original 300 with patience and grace, happy at least that the public had gotten some insight, however warped and distorted, into the iconic Spartan defeat by invading Persians at the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. We looked forward hopefully to the sequel, which, to judge by its many ads and previews, concerned the battle of Salamis, the miraculous naval victory of the Greeks that same year in the waters off Athens. Some of us, myself included, even encouraged our students to see the movie, thinking that digital technology might do much to illustrate the action of triremes, the oar-powered warships deployed by both sides in that battle.
Who should Daryl sleep with? Should the crossbow aficionado cut his hair? ‘The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus wants everyone to just calm down.
For three and a half years he’s been the object of cult-like fan love. Crowds amass to catch a glimpse whenever he leaves The Walking Dead’s set in Georgia. “If Daryl Dies, We Riot” is a slogan turned merchandise gold. And while he isn’t married, there’s more than one “Mrs. Reedus” on his Twitter feed. Norman Reedus, alternately known as crossbow aficionado Daryl Dixon on AMC’s zombie show, is cool with most of the attention. There are a few things he’s pretty much sick of though—enough to make him consider quitting social media. Chief among these is hearing about Daryl’s supposed “romances.”
“It’s not a reality show,” he says of how some viewers pair Daryl up with Carol (Melissa McBride) or, most recently, Beth (Emily Kinney). (Daryl himself has never shown more than close friendship with any female on the show.) And don’t even get Reedus started on the people nagging him to cut his hair.
With three hit singles to his name and more than 4,600 fans, Hatebeak is the best black metal band you’ve never heard of—fronted by a 25-year-old African Grey Parrot named Waldo.
There’s nothing worse than a preening musician—although in the case of black metal band Hatebeak’s lead vocalist, we might give him some leeway. He is, after all, a parrot.
It used to be an insult to compare a singer to a shrieking animal—Taylor Swift is probably still furious—but in the case of Waldo, a 25-year-old African Grey Parrot, it’s a spot-on analysis of his, um, “singing” style. Backed up by Baltimore-area audio engineers Blake Harrison and Mark Sloan, Waldo is the world’s only avian vocalist, with three singles under his beak and more than 4,600 fans on MySpace, sure to climb after a video of one of the band’s signature singles, “Bird Seeds of Vengeance,” went viral.
Early Thursday morning, a sedan ran over a crowd of people outside of the Mohawk in Downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW. Police are reporting 23 injured, 5 in critical condition, and two deceased.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a silver Toyota sedan with a cracked windshield plowed through barricades and crashed into a crowd of over twenty pedestrians in Downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW, according to the Austin Police Department and multiple eyewitness reports. Austin PD is reporting that 23 people were transported to the hospital. Of those, five are in critical condition, and two are deceased. The two deceased were reportedly operating a moped.
A man is transported to an ambulance after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW on March 12, 2014. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, via AP)
The accident occurred between 9th Street and Red River outside The Mohawk, a celebrated outdoor music venue. Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was playing a hotly anticipated show when the crash occurred, with the vehicle running over a crowd of people assembled outside. The suspect is reportedly in custody and was under the influence of alcohol, according to numerous reports. Several journalists were on hand to capture the aftermath. This is a developing story...
The Gladiator star has been avidly tweeting at Pope Francis, asking for a screening for his upcoming film ‘Noah’. Too bad Francis likes old Italian flicks.
Pope Francis apparently does not watch a lot of newly-released movies. Last fall, he told the Jesuit America Magazine that his favorite flicks were Federico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada and Roberto Rossellini’s 1945 film Rome: Open City. He also said he liked anything that starred Italian legend Anna Magnani, who was born in 1908. Given that, one might find the pontiff’s movie acumen just a little bit dated. Perhaps there just hasn’t been a movie since then worth seeing. Or, more likely, as leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, the pope probably doesn’t have a lot of free time on his hands, what with fixing the church’s complex problems and generally making headlines with good deeds.
As such, it is fairly unlikely that the pope will break his habit and succumb to the pressure being applied by megastar Russell Crowe, whom the Italian press has accused of “stalking” the pontiff about his upcoming Bible-inspired movie, Noah, which will be released in Italy on April 10. Crowe has allegeldy even offered to arrange a private screening just for Francis, but so far the Vatican is not biting.
Matthew Weiner teases what to expect on 'Mad Men.'
AMC’s Mad Men and it’s boozy, womanizing tour of American advertising is back soon (set your DVRs for April 13). The show’s creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner was interviewed by Vulture, and teased the final season. Of course, he’s keeping everything under wraps, and the most the cast can say is “I am still on Mad Men” and “please redact my previous statement.” Here’s what we sort of know.
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1. After Don, Peggy’s plotline is “No.2 on the list.”
Lindsay Lohan allegedly had sex with a bunch of A-listers and penned a definitive list on what appears to be a Scattergories answer cheat sheet.
Of course Lindsay Lohan has allegedly had sex with a bunch of A-listers. Of course she and her friends giggle and gossip about these alleged conquests in extremely public venues, and even go so far as to pen a definitive list on what appears to be a Scattergories answer sheet. (Again, this is all ALLEGED, people.) None of these aspects of the leaked Lindsay Lohan sex list are particularly surprising. What's truly shocking is the range in quality of celebs Lindsay's “had sex with.”
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These men run the gamut from un-talented D-listers to superstars; we're surprised that Lindsay even knows who Ryan Rottman is, let alone that she took time out of her busy schedule to sleep with him. If this list is true, Lohan doesn’t discriminate based on age, length of hair, or even attractiveness. She does, however, seem to discriminate a little based on race. Hey, no one's perfect.
And Hodor comes out.
A SXSW documentary reveals that the band of Ukrainian topless protesters is controlled by a manipulative man who confesses, 'I’m a patriarch in an organization against patriarchy.'
The documentary Ukraine Is Not a Brothel, directed by Kitty Green, opens in a most unusual way. A man is seated on a couch, his face obscured by a demented-looking rabbit mask. It resembles the apparition in Donnie Darko. He unleashes a wide grin.
This camouflaged huckster is Victor Svyatski and he is the alleged mastermind behind Femen, a Ukrainian organization comprised of topless female protesters. The striking (mostly blond) women, sporting floral headdresses, paint messages on their chests and backs, describe themselves as “sextremists” whose mission is “fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations: sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship, and religion.” The protest group, founded in 2008, has gained notoriety for its topless actions, which have included: a pro-choice demonstration against anti-abortion legislation at the belfry of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, ringing the church bells (topless); flashing Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel at the Hanover trade fair; and chainsawing down a large wooden crucifix in Kiev in support of Pussy Riot, to name a few. Femen has also, just recently, invaded U.S. shores.
Our very own Kevin Fallon joined Jorge Ramos on Fusion to discuss the famous Ellen DeGeneres selfie, pizza, and how to be a good Oscar host (ahem, Seth MacFarlane).
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