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Game of Thrones’ Bisexual Villain

He’s hedonistic, fearless, and wants the Lannisters’ heads on a platter. Get to know the man behind your new favorite character on HBO’s bloody and sexy saga.

There’s a scene early on in Season 4 of Game of Thrones, the wildly popular HBO-stewarded goulash of blood, sex, and swords, that epitomizes Oberyn Martell—a seductive, mysterious new character on the series better known as “the Red Viper.”

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Pedro Pascal and Indira Varma in a scene from season 4 of "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

Oberyn is laying in bed naked with his de facto lover, the striking, bodacious Ellaria Sand, as well as his newly appointed piece, a strapping young man.

“Everyone has a preference,” the man says, probing Oberyn about whether he prefers the company of a man or a woman.

“Then everyone is missing half the world’s pleasure,” he replies.

Kaput

Why Did Gwyneth and Chris Split?

The end of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s marriage is sudden, but it’s definitely no surprise. A history of the events leading up to the “conscious uncoupling.”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s nearly 11 year-long marriage is over.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and Chris Martin are seen at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala on Jan. 11, 2014 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Colin Young-Wolff/Invision/AP)

“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” reads a statement posted on Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop (which subsequently crashed from all the web traffic). “We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separated…We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner. Love, Gwyneth & Chris.”

SHE’S BACK

Return of the Bunny Boiler

In 1987, ‘Fatal Attraction’ had cinema audiences screaming, “Kill the bitch,” as Glenn Close terrorized Michael Douglas and family. The stage version, which just had its world premiere in London, features a more complex villain and the darker ending its creator wanted. SPOILER ALERT!

It’s taken more than a quarter of a century but Alex Forrest, the unhinged villainess in Fatal Attraction, has finally got her revenge.

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Michael Douglas, Glenn Close star in "Fatal Attraction" 1987. (Paramount/Everett)

You may recall the melodramatic home invasion sequence at the end of the film; Alex, played by Glenn Close, is shot dead and, despite the husband’s infidelity, the Gallagher family lives if not totally-happily-ever-after, then at least intact. That Hollywood ending was a re-shoot, tacked on to the end of a brilliant psychological thriller by nervous studio executives.

The Iron Price

All Hail King Bieber Baratheon

While Joffrey Baratheon didn't have a private plane to hot box, there's no way he hasn't tried to make a bong out of one of those old dragon eggs.

Sophie Turner, better known as Game of Throne's Sansa Stark, has boldly gone where no GoT cast member has gone before, finally articulating the link between Joffrey Baratheon and Justin Bieber. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Stark called Justin Bieber "the Joffrey Baratheon of our time." For the Game of Thrones ignorant, Joffrey Baratheon is a spoiled little blonde king who spends more time sadistically playing with prostitutes than working on foreign policy (in GoT land, foreign policy=invading dragons). Joffrey's parents are actually twins, which serves to partially explain his amorality, general horribleness, and annoying snarky face.

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Justin Bieber, on the other hand, has no excuse. Just like Joffrey, Bieber has displayed a lack of respect for the law, an inclination towards impish violence, and an alleged penchant for prostitution.

Bieber and Joffrey both have angelic faces that we kind of want to punch. They're both inexplicably wealthy and powerful, with beautiful girlfriends and proportionally smug attitudes. And while Joffrey Baratheon didn't have a private plane to hot box, there's no way he hasn't tried to make a bong out of one of those old dragon eggs. 

Luckily, because the Internet is a magical place that can predict all of our most pressing needs and desires, this Joffrey Bieber Tumblr already exists. While you gorge on this medieval feast of photoshopped wonders, remember to console yourself with the fact that Joffrey Baratheon is eventually going to probably get stabbed in the heart, or at least catch a serious case of chlamydia. As for Justin Bieber…hey, how's that deportation petition going?

No, It's Not Photoshopped

Branson's Nude Kiteboarding Pal

Richard Branson today reposted the celebrated picture of him kiteboarding with naked model Denni Parkinson clinging to his back, and we saw no reason not to do the same

Sir Richard Branson recently let it be known that he has made the move to Necker Island a full-time one—and after seeing these pictures, few will be in a position to blame him.

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For here the multi-millionaire entrepreneur is pictured very much enjoying the high life as he kiteboards through the sparkling ocean waters with a nubile blonde clinging to his back.

Rock and Roll

My Friend Oderus Urungus

The dry-ice machine spewed fog, heavy thrash-metal guitar rumbled from the amps, and Dave emerged in fishnet stockings, a faux-fur loin cloth, and a spiked helmet and shoulder pads.

The first time someone explains to you what GWAR is, you might have a little trouble visualizing it. I know I did.

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Vocalist Oderus Urungus performs in concert with GWAR at the Austin Music Hall on September 27, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Gary Miller//FilmMagic)

I was on my way to band practice and had stopped to pick up a pack of cigarettes at a gas station in what was then the far exurbs of Washington, D.C., when I bumped into my friend Dave from high school.

On the Radio

Country Music’s Big Gay Moment

The Kickstarter campaign to fund openly gay musician Steve Grand’s debut album ‘All-American Boy’ is soaring. Is Nashville ready for its own Frank Ocean?

On July 2, 2013, little-known singer-songwriter Steve Grand YouTubed the video for his indie single “All-American Boy”, which the now 24-year-old Illinois-native made for a little over $7,000. “I’d never used a credit card before,” he recalled with a laugh. The video featured a chiseled Grand serenading an oblivious (but ultimately understanding) straight male friend, asking him to be his “All-American boy tonight/Where every day’s the 4th of July.” Seven days later, the song had gone hyper-viral and Grand was being written about by every media outlet in the country (I covered him here). It even rocketed him to a spot on Good Morning America, where they proclaimed him a “gay country star.”

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Steve Grand (Joem C. Bayawa)

Perhaps it would be more correct to say the gay male country star, since there has yet to be one in America (Canada, on the other hand, is home to sexy bear crooner Drake Jensen). But while the response from fans was instantaneous and overwhelming, critics opined that a single did not a star make, and that country music just wasn’t ready for an out gay man to top the charts.

Closing Time

How to End ‘Mad Men’?

The creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner says that ‘there is a shadow being cast over this whole season that started not just last season, but the first time we met Don.’

Speaking Monday afternoon by phone, Mad Men creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner confessed that it’s been “challenging” to find the right ending for his acclaimed 1960s Madison Avenue period piece, explicitly comparing the upcoming conclusion of AMC’s flagship drama to the controversial finale of The Sopranos, the previous series Weiner worked on, and implying that some viewers may not be immediately happy with Mad Men’s denouement, either.

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Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

“There’s an immediate reaction to it and there’s a long-term reaction to it,” Weiner said. “If people behaved about The Sopranos the way they do now—with the reverence and understanding about what it was—it would have been a lot more pleasant for everybody involved. But there was such an uproar. Now we know that was the perfect ending for that show, and now we know that show is in the pantheon of the greatest shows ever. Did the ending affect that? Yeah. There are good ones and bad ones. As a writer, I want to end the story [of Mad Men] the way I think the story was told.”

WINTOUR’S FAIL?

Will Kim and Kanye Kill Vogue?

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The Daily Beast

Is it a bravura business decision, or will it lead to an exodus of appalled readers? Unsurprisingly, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is not apologizing for putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover.

Usually it takes a major scandal to shake consumer confidence in a brand. But in the case of Vogue magazine it appears that all it took was putting Kim Kardashian on its cover. The reality show starlet graces the April issue in a wedding gown alongside her fiancé Kanye West.

The backlash has been swift and brutal. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar led the charge with a tweet that read “Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???”

Apparently many are with her. As of this writing Gellar’s call for a boycott had been retweeted over 8,000 times and favorited by more than 11,000 people. But the outrage has not been limited to Twitter. Vogue’s Facebook page has been inundated with hundreds of angry messages. One reading, I’m done with Vogue. Subscription cancelled sick to death of Kanye and Kim used to be high fashion, your standards have been highly compromised!!!!!!” had received 146 Facebook likes so far.

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Annie Leibovitz/Vogue

The ‘World’s Most Talked About Couple’ opens up to Vogue’s Hamish Bowles.

“The fast-cooling Los Angeles afternoon air is filled with the scent of eucalyptus and mimosa,” is how Vogue’s Hamish Bowles begins his cover story featuring "The World's Most Talked About Couple," Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, for the magazine’s April issue.

Photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz (who also shot the Kardashian Kollection for Sears campaign in 2011), the editorial spread of the “creative polyglot” and his fiancee, a “cultural phenomenon,” is a display of gratuitous excess. Kardashian dons an array of wedding dresses by Lanvin, Shiaparelli, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton (who also designed Kate Middleton’s nuptials gown) as she poses alongside West and their daughter/muse, baby North.

“I put Kanye’s big chains around her, and I put a little Louis bag and some Jordans, and I was like, ‘What up, Daddy?’” Kardashian says of her daughter. West has even created a stop-frame video of North that makes it look like she is break-dancing.

Not Shock Value

‘Good Wife’s Perfect ‘OMG’ Moment

The showrunners promised that unlike George Clooney in ‘E.R.,’ characters wouldn’t be written off by being sent to Seattle. They really weren’t kidding. Warning: Spoilers.

ABC’s Scandal should take a note from The Good Wife. This is what a well-executed “OMG” moment actually looks like.

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David M. Russell/CBS

Following its return from a Winter Olympics imposed hiatus, CBS had been teasing a three-episode event that would culminate in “the most shocking Good Wife moment ever.” And holy sh** did it deliver. Nothing could have prepared us for the final act of last night’s episode “Dramatics, Your Honor.”

‘Nymphomaniac’

A History of ‘Real’ Movie Sex

From nifty CGI trickery to having their actors actually have sex, here’s how some of cinema’s most famous sex scenes were made.

“Sex and death,” William Butler Yeats once wrote, “are the only things that can interest a serious mind.” And since its inception, the cinema has held a unique fascination with human sexuality.

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Magnolia Pictures

In 1899, just four years after the Lumière brothers hosted their first private screening of moving black-and-white images—or motion pictures—French filmmakers Albert Kirchner and Eugène Pirou birthed Le Coucher de la Mariée. The film, silent and seven minutes in length, featured cabaret star Louise Willy performing a sultry striptease. Kirchner and Pirou’s short is widely regarded as the first pornographic film ever made.

Bring the Punk

Punk Goddess Who Wouldn’t Quit

From Bikini Kill to Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin, the many band names of ‘revolution girl’ Kathleen Hanna still add up to one epic feminist front woman as proven in the rock doc ‘The Punk Singer.’

The Punk Singer, a powerful documentary out on DVD this week, chronicles singer Kathleen Hanna’s revolutionary struggles—one cultural and one personal—and how they intertwine.

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Sophie Howarth

Directed by Sini Anderson, the film follows both the iconic “revolution girl sound” as it became known, that Kathleen Hanna and a group of committed feminists started in Olympia, Washington in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, as well as the singer’s brush with illness and recovery.

Theoretically

Is Terminus Full of Cannibals?

The Walking Dead’s penultimate season four episode finally gave us our first glimpse of Terminus—but is the "community for all" a trap? Spoilers ahead!

“Welcome to Terminus.”

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Gene Page/AMC

Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Us,” finally offered us a glimpse of the so-called “sanctuary for all” that has been the show’s main object of mystery for weeks. There were flowers and palm trees and meat was ready on the grill. It actually looked lovely—and no one in their right mind should trust it for a second.

TROPHY MEN

And The Escort of The Year Is…

The finalists wore tight mesh tops, yet their fans, so dedicated in their support of their idols in private, shrunk back from direct contact. Welcome to the International Escort Awards—and an uncomfortable evening celebrating the sex economy.

Three blocks from Aladdin on Broadway, two blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and one block from Papaya Dog, home of Midtown West’s best 99-cent hot dog, stands the Out NYC Urban Resort. It styles itself as New York’s first gay hotel, “the Big Apple’s local sanctuary” for a clientele of jet-setting homosexual tourists from Pittsburgh and Fresno. Opened in the summer of 2012, the hotel’s steel-and-glass-and-marble-and-more-glass aesthetic aims for posh futurism and manages neither.

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Co-hosts Leslie Jordan, front left, and Shequida, front right, present the 2014 lineup of Mr. International Escort nominees to start the show. (Melissa Bunni Elian)

The Out NYC boasts a middling faux-Mediterranean restaurant, a vast and chilly discotheque, chairs that look like human faces, and this year, the 8th Annual International Escort Awards. The Hookies, for short.

Why the GOP Is Angry About Colbert

When Stephen Colbert was announced as David Letterman's successor, Rush Limbaugh and company both criticized and politicized the move. Keli Goff discusses whether they're actually mad.

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