Nighttime television usually belongs to journalists and white comics. Now Aspire wants an alternative, and is bringing five black women together for a good gab.
Prime time and late night are usually filled with journalists like Barbara Walters and white comics. But come June, the fledging African-American cable network Aspire wants you to have choices.
From left to right: Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Malinda Williams, Issa Raye and Rene Syler. (Aspire)
Which is why the network, owned by NBA legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, announced last week that it would premiere Exhale, a new nighttime gab fest featuring five women of color. Journalist Angela Burt Murray, comic Erin Jackson, web sensation Issa Raye, Rene Styler, and actress Malinda Williams were tapped to host the hour-long talk show, on which they will chat about everything from relationships and child-rearing to natural hair care. This fall will also see the return of late-night favorite and Johnson’s good friend Arsenio Hall. Queen Latifah will have a daytime show.
Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy take on Fitgerald’s classic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has critics sharply divided. Daily Beast fashion editor Isabel Wilkinson and culture writer/editor Marlow Stern take sides.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
For the uninitiated, the film is set at the height of the Roaring ‘20s—a time of glitz, glamour, and illegal booze. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is a struggling bond trader who rents a summer cottage next to the mysterious mega-rich Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) on the Long Island coast. The enigmatic Gatsby throws over-the-top weekly parties, which we later learn are to attract the attention of Carraway’s cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan)—a socialite Gatsby is hopelessly in love with. Unfortunately for him, Daisy is married to the brutish Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), a classist, racist old-money scoundrel who cheats on her with the working class Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher). Gatsby, with the help of Carraway, attempts to rekindle his romance with Daisy.
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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)
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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.
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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.
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