Marc Maron takes his popular podcast ‘WTF’ to IFC in his new scripted comedy, ‘Maron,’ out today. He dishes to Jean Trinh on angry comics, his love for LCD Soundsystem, and more.
“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.
What’s next for the man whose motto is ‘just keep livin’? The ‘Mud’ star gets serious with Marlow Stern.
“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.
Chevy, Mountain Dew, Hyundai—they’ve all yanked advertisements in the past week in response to public outcries of bad taste. Watch the commercials and decide for yourself.
After a week like this, one gets nostalgic for the days of a cheesy jingle, a dancing cartoon, and a slogan with a smile.
A jarring amount of advertisements in recent days have either been pulled by the companies that commissioned them or incited controversy for offensive content—including glaringly racist lyrics, mockery of suicide, and attempts to make violence against women funny. Here’s a quick tour through the hall of shame.
The Ansel Adams of selfies had a bathroom photo shoot with no shirt on Wednesday night and posted the fruits of her labor on the Internet. Haven’t we all? (NSFW)
We've all been there. You're standing in the toilet, looking in the mirror, and you think: photo shoot. You look down and see you're only wearing tights, tights that have severe rips and runs up and down the leg. Perfect. You look up. Uh-oh. You've forgotten to wear a top on this trip to the bathroom. It was meant to be, you shrug. The photo shoot commences anyway.
For the first photo, you try out that scrunched-up, just-smelled-a-fart look that's supposed to be sexy-cute, haphazardly covering your bare breasts with your arms, just as Gisele or Miranda Kerr would do. Nailed it. In the next, you go Little Mermaid style, draping your bleached-blonde weave over your bosoms. But, ah! There's a glitch! You recently just shaved half your head. There's only hair enough to cover one boob. What to do? But you fan your half head of hair out and cover that cumbersome left nipple with your elbow. You're crafty.
‘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.
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.
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.
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)
Ryan Gosling’s Film Booed at Cannes
“Only God Forgives” panned.More
Lonely Island Sings of Semicolons
In new track released Wednesday.More
CHANGE OF TUNE
New ‘Idol’ Judges: Former Contestants?
Reportedly under serious consideration.More
Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Beating Zendaya and Jacoby Jones.More
Apatow Forgot Lena’s Birthday
“Girls” executive admits to missing her 27th.More
Flynn McGarry, the teenage culinary prodigy behind successful pop-up Eureka, talks to Jace Lacob.
They may be clever wordsmiths, but they're not exactly the most erudite grammarians. In their new single 'Semicolon,' the Andy Samberg-led rap trio tries (and fails) to demonstrate what is perhaps the most inscrutable punctuation mark. At least the beat's hot.
And Beyoncé opens an online boutique. More
Post Office ordered to monitor King's calls More