First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)
Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been duly chastened. But a blog post announcing the impending arrival of a movie about blogging, called American Blogger, has inspired a week of steady disdain in the blogosphere and on social media, including countless posts, multiple hashtags, parody Twitter accounts, and spoof videos.
Upon initial viewing, there is a lot to mock about the trailer, released on Vimeo by first-time feature-length documentarian and husband of a popular “mommy blogger,” Chris Wiegand. First, there’s the voiceover. It sounds like a real trailer, in terms of the rhythm and timbre of the disembodied voice, but it immediately launches into a metadiscursive journey through the accomplishments of the filmmaker in this, his first feature-length film, that makes the viewer wonder if this is, in fact, a hoax.
“Beautifully filmed and artistically crafted,” it gushes, “this documentary will remind you of the value of your voice and the power of sharing your story.” “With stunning cinematography,” it continues, “this story is told against the backdrop of the great American landscape.” And then, as the soundtrack swells with what could be a forgotten Creed track, soaring vistas of the moon, the Grand Canyon, fireworks, Wiegand’s Ford F-250 and sweet restored Airstream trailer, and the swirling Milky Way stun the viewer with their artistry.
The actor says horses are bred to pull carriages and have done so forever. The minute he uttered those words, he should have packed up and left New York City.
Critics of gay marriage often find themselves simply confused by the terms of the debate. They seem to encounter the same unbending opposition, whether their approach is an appeal to the prudence of political gradualism, an invocation of the natural order, or a warning about the risks of casting aside centuries of habit and custom.
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That’s not because of anything that special about gay marriage. There’s a larger pattern at work. It’s the reason why conservatives find themselves playing defense so often. And it’s the reason why Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages are headed for the scrapheap of history—even though the venerable conveyances have habit, nature, public opinion, and Liam Neeson on their side.
After years of alignment with anti-vaxxers, Jenny McCarthy says she’s not anti-vaccine—she’s pro ‘one poke per visit.’
So close, Jenny McCarthy. So close. Well… not really. But I’m trying to adopt the same conciliatory tone that McCarthy affects in a recent Chicago Sun-Times op-ed, in which she claims that she was never really “anti-vaccine” and that believing otherwise is just a big misunderstanding.
“For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, ‘pro-vaccine’ and for years I have been wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine,’” she writes.
He was the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, but now he’s emasculated and broken. Let’s bring the old, lascivious ad man back.
What’s happened to Don Draper?
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He made sense as a habitué of a different 1960s—the early part of that decade, before the personal was political, when masculinity was still narrowly defined and the sexual revolution a distant rumble. He was a paragon of masculinity—a tall, dark, and impossibly handsome enigma.
George Carlin, eat your heart out.
"Position your seatbelt tight and low across your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra." That's just the tip of the comic iceberg for this Southwest Airlines flight attendant, who turns the typically stultifying safety speech into three minutes of mirth.
She may not be as coarse as George Carlin in his legendary "Airline Announcements" bit, but she rivals his humor.
Everyone’s favorite troubled starlet guested on ‘2 Broke Girls’ Monday night. And she was funny! Maybe Lindsay Lohan is actually a good actress, after all.
As Lindsay Lohan is learning, the comeback trail is marked with three tried-and-true steps.
Step one: Cry for Oprah. Lohan is checking that one off in epic, riveting fashion. Step two: Now that you’re relatable again (everyone loves a good ugly cry), you’ve got to be relevant again. That means: go viral on late-night TV. Thanks to Dave Letterman, Lohan’s got that covered, too. Now, step three: prove that you can still act.
It took Justin Jedlica 149 cosmetic procedures to look like this. He says Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers were his idols, while the Real Life Barbie is just faking it.
Following an appearance in photographer Phil Toledano’s book, A New Kind of Beauty, Justin Jedlica was dubbed ‘The Human Ken Doll’ while making a brief appearance on 20/20. The name stuck, and Jedlica—and his 149 cosmetic surgeries—have become an international phenomenon. Recently, Jedlica made headlines for calling Valeria Lukyanova, ‘The Real Life Barbie,’ “an illusionist” in an interview with GQ. He opens up to The Daily Beast about dreaming of becoming famous, fighting body dysmorphic rumors, and how he really feels about why Lukyanova has gone too far.
When did you first get the nickname ‘The Human Ken Doll’?
In the beginning [of the piece with 20/20], there was a voiceover that said ‘Meet the Human Ken Doll, whose upper body is filled with silicone implants.’ At the time, Valeriya [Lukyanova, The Real-Life Barbie] had been out about six to eight months in the media, and there was no other mention in the piece about Ken Doll anything. It was meant to be cute and catchy for the show, I don’t believe that 20/20 knew that people would then dub me as this ‘Ken Doll’ person. People wanted to believe that I walked into a doctor’s office with a Ken Doll and was like ‘Make me look like this!’ Things went viral.
The young woman who’s received the brunt of the evil boy-king’s wrath opens up about why he’s the worst, how the real Jack Gleeson is, and what’s next.
It’s been quite some time since the death of a major television character was greeted with such rapturous applause.
GAME OF THRONES episode 32 (season 4, episode 2): Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage. (Macall B. Polay/HBO )
On Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Lion and the Rose,” King Joffrey Baratheon, the demented child of incest and all-around sonofabitch, kicked the bucket. And the world—by that, I mean the internet—rejoiced:
‘Game of Thrones' didn't invent the surprise death, but it’s hard not to feel like we’re in the renaissance of dramatic house-cleaning. Abrupt exits can do wonders for shows.
When I watched last night’s Game of Thrones a few weeks ago on an advance screener DVD from HBO, the episode bore a subtitle that said, “Incomplete VFX.” Most of the time this just means that there might be a little digital pruning to be done on background images, but, as that disclaimer hovered over the late King Joffrey’s snotty face, I hoped that the producers planned on adding a little CGI flourish to this particular assassination. Never has an audience wished for a television character’s death more than for that of the flamboyantly cruel, homicidally bratty, lipless villain Joffrey Baratheon, first of his name. And the least HBO could do is let us see his eyeballs shoot out of his head or something to mark the occasion.
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Joffrey is by no means the first major casualty of Game of Thrones, a series that is justifiably notorious for dropping everyone from anonymous prostitutes to presumptive protagonists with gleeful abandon. And while this fatal wedding reception is certain to make The Knot’s list of the year’s most violent nuptials, it still pales in comparison to the “Red Wedding” that ended season three by dispatching a majority of the members of House Stark. In the wake of that massacre, this feels like an aftershock, a spin-off, Red Wedding: King’s Landing Edition.
The actor’s turn as a ruthless killer on a rampage that stains Minnesota’s snow-white landscape blood red proves why he’s Hollywood’s most reliable bad guy.
It’s tempting to classify Billy Bob Thornton’s genius, sinister turn in FX’s Fargo as yet another in his repertoire of brilliantly evil performances—Hollywood’s reliable bad boy bringing another scoundrel to life on screen. But Thornton, his devilish smile lighting up at the opportunity to set the record straight, would like to tell you that you’d be mistaken.
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo. (Matthias Clamer/FX)
“There’s this misconception about me that I’ve played a lot of very bad guys,” Thornton says. “And you don’t even realize it until you start going through the filmography that it’s not true!”
When Rita Ora relieved Zac Efron of his shirt at the MTV Movie Awards, his apparent surprise shifted quickly to strutting. Is this really a new era of male body anxiety?
Handily, Zac Efron wore a pop-button shirt to Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards. Handily, because when he won the Best Shirtless Performance award for That Awkward Moment, to catcalls from a baying crowd and a little help from the singer Rita Ora, the shirt was first unbuttoned, and then—in a oh-damn-it-all moment from its wearer—came off.
Zac Efron accepts the award for best shirtless performance for "That Awkward Moment" as his shirt is ripped open by presenter Rita Ora at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California April 13, 2014. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
The actor looked resistant at first and then, with the look of a man who knows his pecs are perky and biceps pumped for prime time, not so resistant. He threw his microphone down and, with a stripper-style toss of the pop-button shirt, revealed a body bronzed the color of a well-done Thanksgiving turkey.
The Irish actor stopped by University College Dublin in October and answered every question you’d dream of asking about his evil boy-king. [WARNING: SPOILERS]
If you have not seen Sunday night’s riveting episode of Game of Thrones, do yourself a favor and stop reading now.
In “The Lion and the Rose,” we were treated to the glamorous, star-studded wedding reception of King Joffrey Baratheon, the bastard son of incestuous brother-sister duo Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and Margaery Tyrell, the throne-hungry schemer.
Marky Mark dropped some F-bombs, Zac Efron showed off his abs, and more highlights from the MTV movie awards.
50 Celebrities, 1 Opening
After thousands of emails from MTV and celebrity representatives, host Conan O’Brien was able to land fifty stars for the opening act. The jazz-like sequence featured Hollywood’s elite, including Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Shaun White, Lupita Nyong’o (a last minute addition), and even Grumpy Cat.
Two new theories that ‘Mad Men’ will end with the ad man’s death popped up in Sunday’s season premiere. Add ‘em to the list.
The final season of Mad Men has begun, which means it’s time to obsess over how the final season of Mad Men will end. (We’re not ones to bask in the moment, are we?) Sunday night’s Season 7 premiere unveiled “a new Don Draper.” But ever since the opening credits rolled on Mad Men’s first episode, with that cartoon guy falling through the sky to his certain demise, we’ve wondered: is there going to be a dead Don Draper?
Everyone has a theory on how Mad Men will end, and one of the most popular is that our suave, slick antihero will die. He might not. BUT HE MIGHT! Realizing that we are totally reading tea leaves when there might not even had been tea, here, collected in one place, are all the signs from the seven seasons of Mad Men that Don Draper will die.
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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