The boundary-pushing porn star-turned-Hollywood actress discusses her special appearance, her new film, society’s issues with porn, and much more at SXSW.Denise Truscello/WireImage
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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.
Now in its third season, 'Billy on the Street' is more popular than ever. Billy Eichner explains why yelling at innocent New Yorkers makes us laugh so damned hard.
Billy Eichner has been screaming at strangers in the streets of New York for nearly a decade and has yet to be punched in the face. More, his drive-by shouting has had the complete adverse effect, building into the most unlikely of successful comedy careers. God bless him--and, of course, Meryl Streep--for that.
Season three of Fuse's Funny or Die Presents Billy on the Street premieres Wednesday, an absurdist game show on which pop-culture savant Eichner ambushes unsuspecting New Yorkers with entirely subjective quizzes ("Would Drew Barrymore like this?," for example), mining comedy from their startled reactions and earnest attempts to muster a flustered answer.
When it returns, it will have been a year since we at The Daily Beast dubbed him "Comedy's Next Big Thing," and Eichner's lived up to the title. The show is more popular, he's parlayed its success into an uproarious guest arc on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and even picked up a Daytime Emmy nomination for hosting the series last year.
‘The Real Housewives of New York’ returned Tuesday night for its sixth season. The bitching and drinking flowed as expected, but amid talk of blowjobs for earrings and prosthetic limb jokes, is this franchise exhausted?
The great unsung stars of reality television are not the overly primped, tanned, hysterical stars of shows squalling over men and dresses, and weddings and rumors about affairs, and pop singles they are only doing because they have made a dubious name for themselves marrying and squalling over men and spreading rumors of affairs. Who’s to criticize? Momma’s gotta make rent.
No, the people really excelling in every episode are the show’s musical ringmasters—what else to call them? These maestros compose and execute those little frisky tum-ti-tums on xylophones or guitars or drums to accompany each moment of confected drama. They are at their most skillful in the actual exchange of filthy looks between characters—I hate that this reveals me as a connoisseur, but I’m among friends right? The camera stays on a face a beat too long, there’s a dramatic twang, cut to another face for a beat too long, twang, and then all twanging hell breaks loose.
The delightfully trippy television special has been mocked as feminist propaganda disguised as entertainment. This is exactly why, 40 years later, we still need ‘Free to Be.’
Forty years ago today, Free to Be...You and Me, one of the most innovative, progressive, and certainly groovy programs for children aired on ABC. The brainchild of Marlo Thomas, Free to Be was about boys who like to play with dolls, girls who want to be firefighters, and, as the title suggests, the idea of being free—regardless of gender or background—to grow up and be whatever kind of person you want to be.
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Thomas, known for her iconic role as prototypical “nice girl” Ann Marie on That Girl, was a left-leaning feminist eager to change the way boys and girls conceived of gender roles. She worked with the Ms. Foundation and Letty Cottin Pogrebin to create songs and stories that challenged the traditional notions of stoic, emotionless men who rescued pretty, simpering damsels in distress. She recruited some of the biggest and outspoken celebrities of the era including Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack, Cicely Tyson, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Alda, Dionne Warwick, Mel Brooks, and Michael Jackson, and writers Shel Silverstein, Mary Rogers, and Carl Reiner.
The commander in chief was skewered by 'The Hangover' star on everything from his birth certificate to NSA spying on the hilarious 'Funny or Die' parody show.
President Obama’s always had a knack for comedic timing. There’s the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, where he’s eviscerated everyone from Donald Trump to Matt Damon. He’s slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. And he’s even called Kanye West “a jackass.”
But early Tuesday morning, the commander in chief went for his broadest comedy swing yet: an appearance on Zach Galifianakis’s parody series Between Two Ferns. The show, airing on the Funny or Die website, is a so-awkward-it’s-funny parody of ass-kissy celebrity-interview shows. Set literally between two ferns and shot public-access-style, the hirsute Hangover star’s sketches have become viral sensations, with some garnering tens of millions of views. He’s spanked scowling pop star Justin Bieber on the butt with his belt, gotten into a slap-fight with Bradley Cooper, was called “fat” by Jennifer Lawrence, and once asked Natalie Portman if she shaved her “V for Vagina.”
The Oscar winning screenwriter of ‘12 Years A Slave’ sat down at SXSW to discuss his film ‘Jimi: All Is by My Side,’ chronicling the London years of Jimi Hendrix, and much more.
John Ridley, balancing a colorful assemblage of libations—coffee, orange juice and water, is seated across from me in an expansive, sunlit lobby at a hotel in downtown Austin. He’s buzzing from a cocktail of caffeine and creativity, the bedfellows of the restless artist. The Lone Star State beckons for two reasons: first, that he’s begun production on a hotly anticipated ABC pilot dubbed American Crime, and second, to promote his low-key, sensational biopic of Jimi Hendrix, Jimi: All Is by My Side, which is screening as part of SXSW.
Jimi All By My Side. (Open Road XLrator Media)
He has been so busy that the Oscar statuette, which he took home just over a week ago for penning the screenplay to the gripping drama 12 Years A Slave, is still sitting on his kitchen table. It was a history-making accolade for Ridley, who became only the second black person to win the Best Screenplay Oscar.
There was no engagement and no declaration of love. The worst ‘Bachelor’ ever ended with Juan Pablo telling a girl he liked her a lot and finally doing something that wasn’t dumb.
The Oscar winning actress sat down for a candid talk about her new vampire romance, gay Putin, her MoMA performance art piece, and her ‘cousin’ David Bowie.
Would you like a coffee, love?
Tilda Swinton looks on during a press conference to promote the movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 6, 2014. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
Those are the first words out of Tilda Swinton’s mouth when I meet her. It’s 10 a.m. and we’re in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The British actress is here to promote her latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive—a moody, elegiac vampire saga about two star-crossed, blood-sipping lovers in Detroit and Tangier. It stars Tom Hiddleston as Adam, a reclusive, suicidal vamp-rocker, and Swinton as Eve, his extroverted foil and the love of his life, and was directed by her pal, indie film legend Jim Jarmusch.
Jennifer Lawrence’s bestie and Oscar date Laura Simpson knows there are perks to being a star’s pal. But just wait until you have to hold a coat while your VIP friend poses for pics.
Very rarely does the best coverage of a major event come from an unknown writer publishing on MySpace. But this year the most entertaining coverage of the Academy Awards and the A-list parties that followed came from none other than Laura Simpson, aka Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend and Oscar date. Simpson is likely best known to the public—or rather her back is—as the stabilizing force Lawrence grabbed on to for dear life after her highly publicized trip and fall (a sequel to her trip on the way to the stage last year). The fact that Simpson was only at the ceremony because of her friendship with Lawrence, and the fact that while everyone seemed to care that Lawrence fell but no one noticed Simpson almost did, perfectly captures the extreme highs and lows of being a celebrity best friend.
Celebrities are notorious for their entourages, so much so that the concept inspired a long-running show, Entourage, featuring the fictional Vinny Chase and the friends who knew him long before he made it big. According to Lola Ogunnaike, an anchor for Arise TV who previously served as an entertainment reporter for CNN, that’s the primary reason so many stars like keeping longtime friends close by. “Celebs like to surround themselves with their friends because it keeps them grounded and they believe those friends will be honest with them in a way their friends in the industry won’t be,” she says.
‘Looking’ was headed to disaster, but it was saved through the sudden discovery of plot, tension, and a love triangle.
I’m not sure there’s an analogy that goes with my relationship to Looking on HBO, but let’s try this. You have a terrible date, no, a sequence of terrible dates with the same person. Why would you do this? There’s something about them: not their looks which are broadly handsome and appealing, but they intrigue you. You feel there might be something there, or there ought to be. But they talk in a mumble, they don’t seem to do anything. You get home after every date enraged with them, with yourself. You go back for more, hope for more.
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Then, on the fifth date, long after your friends have recommended you give up for your own sanity, for there is no fun to be had here, your bad date becomes a hot date. They stir from their lethargy. They are witty, they twinkle. You look forward to your next date. Three weeks of relative bliss follows. Then they tell you they’re going away for almost a year, but will be back—and will you wait for them?
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